Portillo’s Chocolate Cupcakes

So it was my little brother's high school graduation this weekend! It was a gorgeous ceremony. Picture happy students eagerly waiting for their hard-earned diplomas...proud parents snapping pictures and taking videos... a beautiful school choir singing songs of encouragement and good luck.... And.. The power goes out. Halfway through distributing the diplomas. Pitch black.  (pic of the gym post-black-out) Best graduation EVER! I swear it was like a rave. Only better. It was almost … [Read more...]

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

I"m home! I'm home! I'm home! ....And I'm ready to turn right back around :) NYC was SO much fun! I don't even know where to begin telling you about it! [divider] How about Birthday Cake Truffles at Momofuku Milk Bar?? Tomato Focaccia at Eataly? Chocolate Souffles at The Little Owl?? At least 5lbs of peanut butter M&Ms at that ENORMOUS M&M store in Times Square. Don't judge. [divider] O wait... and what's that Kristina? Who did you see? Is that... is that a blurry Nick … [Read more...]

Mom’s Day Recipe Round-Up

So the game plan for today's post was supposed to be "Mail Order Mom's Day"... and no. Not like ordering a new mom. I was going to do baked goods that are 'mail-friendly' for those of us too far to visit mom on her big day or those of us doting children who forgot to buy mom a gift. So the point was to give all you procrastinators some easy  recipes to make and send to mom for Mom's day...only today is Friday. I'm just realizing that I totally just defeated the point of my post. Mom will not … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

Dear Chocolate- Please please please forgive me for completely ignoring you in my last post. Those Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes meant nothing to me... I swear. It was just a one night thing, I was confused...I thought I wanted vanilla...those little flag cupcake toppers were just too cute...it won't happen again, I promise.  You can have the password to my myrecipes.com account, check my saved my recipes! I swear!   Don't get me wrong - I love a good simple vanilla cupcake, or a … [Read more...]

Vegan & GF Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It's Monday everyone...uh oh... And it's not just any Monday. Its Daylight Savings Monday. Its when whatever powers at be decided that getting up early wasn't nearly a big enough struggle and that we should now set our clocks an hour back so that we no longer wake up to sunshine and birds chirping, but pitch black and crickets. And the moon. I go to the bed with the moon. I do not wake up with the moon. But I guess now we get dinner's with sunsets and evening commutes with sunshine so I … [Read more...]

No Pudge Double Fudge Brownies with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Happy almost- TGIF everyone! I don't know about you all but I'm sooo ready for the weekend! I'm ready to relax...read a good book...sip a few cocktails...eat some guacamole....lay by the beach...Ok ok so I really just want Spring Break... I'm over this whole winter thing. This may have been a mild winter but I still can't strut in my flip flops down Michigan Avenue (Or trip my way down..can anyone really walk gracefully in those??) But now I'm rambling! I have a more important story to tell … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Coffee Morning Muffins

Monday morning, 7:30 am: Pull into Coffee Shop parking lot. Groggy, rub eyes. Smear mascara. Quickly wipe on lipstick to distract from raccoon eyes. Open door to coffee shop. Me: "Um.... so I'd like a....." Coffee Shop Boy interrupts. Coffee Shop Boy (interruption allowed, kind of cute) : "Small decaf soy latte, extra hot." Hands me drink, already made without me ordering. Me: "... I love you..." but actually comes out as caveman grunt. Don't know how to speak before coffee. Hand cute … [Read more...]

Gooey Rocky Road Bars

Ok....so these brownies are ugly. Like really ugly. But I don't judge you when you're having a bad hair day? Or when you only have two finger nails still painted pink because you were too lazy to scrub off the rest.. Or when you wore that awful sparkly headband last weekend. Ok okkkkkk so maybe that was me last week. But whatever, stop staring.... ! We all have those days. Some more than others.... So these are not the Heidi Klum of brownies, but what they lack in looks they make up for in … [Read more...]

Caramel Swirl Fudge Nut Brownies

Rich. Smooth. Chocolate chip fudge brownie. Layered with crunchy walnuts and swirled in creamy homemade caramel.... O ya, and then topped in another solid layer of gooey delicious caramel... These are serious brownies. For not so serious bakers (these are super simple!). Don't let the homemade caramel scare you off. I've always shied away from making homemade caramel. It's such a touchy little candy. You have to break out the candy thermometer (I found mine all dusty and shoved in the  back … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Banana Whoopie Pies with Fudgy Frosting

I am obsessed with Pinterst. Its horrible. Between Facebook, Pinterest, and blogging my butt has been glued to my desk chair for way longer than Michelle Obama's new Healthy Living Campaign would approve of. But I eat my vegetables....? I love daydreaming about my next recipe by scrolling through the hundreds and hundreds of delicious looking goodies people have pinned. You can gain at least 5 lbs just by looking at some of the yummy desserts people have created. First I found the most … [Read more...]

Individual Chocolate Cream Pies and My First Blog Award!

Valentine's Day might be for sharing love, but no one said anything about sharing dessert. These little individual pies are perfect portions of creamy chocolate and fluffy whipped cream on top of a chocolate chip graham cracker crust. Mmmmm....! I love baking individual sized deserts for small get togethers or holidays because I think something about everyone getting their own personal portion says "I made this specially for you". I think its shows some extra love. Plus, it makes you feel … [Read more...]

Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Fudge Brownies with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

So for all of you single ladies out there- I've been doing some research. (more like way too much magazine reading, please don't judge). And according to Cosmo Magazine (again.. please don't judge.. I was in a waiting room... I was bored...??) There are 3 tell-tale signs a guy is into you. So if your worried about asking that cute guy in the cubicle next to you, or that guy you've been stalking relentlessly on Facebook on a date... don't be. Are you ready for this? There are "3 Clues He's … [Read more...]