Crafty Me. And Cupcakes.

Triple Chocolate, Browned Butter Yellow Cake, and Champagne Cherry Chip

I had a very crafty childhood.  Perhaps it was because those were the dark days before internet, Wii games, and DVRs with on-demand kiddie shows.  The days when a stay at home mom had to do more than push a button to keep two active kids entertained.  Don’t read that as judgement, please – I’m about to become a button pushing mom myself.  But something about being pregnant has made me increasingly nostalgic about my own childhood, and my memories of the fun and crazy things my brother and I did, all in the name of daytime entertainment.  A lot of what I remember was food related.  Or at least kitchen related.  I specifically recall getting to do “experiments” – which involved a dish tub and a large number of random ingredients, some edible (flour, spices, etc) and some not so much (dirt, bugs), all mixed up with water into something that can only be described as nasty.  I’m sure it was a great way to keep a little one distracted and out of the way – but wow!  I can’t believe my mom supported that kind of craziness.  And cleaned up after it. Continue reading

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Caramelized White Chocolate Rocky Road

People, let it be known – I have found Confectionery Nirvana.  And it lives at the intersection of David Lebovitz and Shauna Sever.  Which should come as no surprise to any of you who spend any time drooling over reading food blogs.

It all started way back in 2009 when I saw David’s post about caramelized white chocolate.  It immediately caught my eye, since I often have white chocolate “discards” from my business – pieces which chipped when they came out of a mold, which can’t be melted down again because they have cocoa butter designs which change the color of the chocolate.  Still tasty, but as I’m not a huge white chocolate fan, what to do with all of it?  Enter David Lebovitz – also known as My Hero – and his super easy (and brilliant) technique of slow cooking the white chocolate until all the sugars caramelize Continue reading

Rocky Road Popcorn

One of my favorite snacks has always been popcorn.  Growing up, we used to have family TV nights (those were the days we didn’t watch TV constantly, remember that?) where we would gather around a big bowl of popcorn and watch the latest episode of Battlestar Gallactica.  You know, the original version.  With Dirk Benedict as Starbuck.  Dreamy.  *sigh*

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Rocky Road No Bake Bars

It’s Friday afternoon.  Motivation is gone.  Snack-ivation is in full force.  What’s a girl to do?

Make the easiest cookies EVER – and then make them even better with mini marshmallows and crunchy salted peanuts!

And then eat the whole pan and feel very very bad for a while.

I should not be left at home, unattended, with chocolate and marshmallows and peanuts in the house.  While I’m pregnant.  Or, you know, EVER.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This post was supposed to go up last Sunday. It would have happened – but I’ve been in a funk. Apparently funk-itude does not encourage posting about cookies . . . even cookies this good.

So. I am not one who would normally air my dirty laundry. But I’m going to. I need to get the stink out.

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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

If you’re one of those people who does that January thing that involves resolutions and dieting and exercising and giving up sugar and attempting to find a healthier you to start the year . . . well, good for you!  But you might want to leave now and not visit again until you’re feeling less . . . resolved.  Don’t let me be your undoing.

There now.  For the rest of you, please join me as I continue the feasting and the festing and the full fat full sugar excess of the previous few months!  I’m pregnant.  I can’t help myself!

That’s a lie.  I was doing the same thing last year when I wasn’t pregnant.

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Pumpkin Oat Bread

Hey!  Just thought I’d pop in and give you a quick update.  And hey, thanks for stopping by and checking on me.  I know you are out there, I see you on my site stats!  So, thanks.

Guess what?  In October, I (a) sold a house, (b) bought a house, and (c) landed a HUGE contract for my chocolate business.  Oh, and I worked the last 12 days in a row.  The first two things happened with the help of my husband of course – and the third is happening with his (long-suffering) support.  As in, he’s been doing a lot of the cooking and cleaning and general taking care of business around our house!

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Brown Sugar Cookie Crumble Ice Cream

I am happy to announce that summer has (FINALLY) arrived in the Pacific Northwest.  This means I will stop posting about the atrocious weather related news headlines we’ve had, and I will stop whining about grayness and rain, and I will brighten things up around here with some lovely, summery confections.

On the other hand, as soon as we’ve had five days in a row over 80 degrees, I will start complaining about the heat.

I am a true Portlander.

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