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


Dead Simple (And Delicious) Chocolate Tart

I know what you are thinking.  Who posts something like this on the evening before Thanksgiving?!  You’ve already planned your menu, you’ve done your grocery shopping, heck, you’ve probably prepped half the meal!  And here I am throwing something at you in the twelth hour. Twelth, is that a real word?

I’m sorry to do this to you, I am.  But this really is a dead simple tart.  And you might even have all the ingredients hanging around.  If you didn’t have the cookies for the crust, you could easily sub in a pre-baked tart (pastry) crust.  It’s the filling, all that smooth, creamy ganache, that makes this a star.  And the fact that it comes together in no time, doesn’t require any space in the oven, and is perfect all by itself, or simply adorned with some whipped cream.  And it pairs beautifully with pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and apple pie.  And it really makes my sister in law happy, since she doesn’t like pie.  *gasp*

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