Creamy Lavender Hot Chocolate Recipe for a Better Night Sleep

Life has been incredibly stressful lately, and that stress has been keeping me awake at night.  I bet you know the feeling, right?  Do budget issues, health concerns, and work deadlines seem to pop up in your brain the minute your head hits the pillow? Homemade hot chocolate to the rescue!  When stress levels are high, this creamy lavender hot chocolate recipe is just the thing you need for a better night sleep!Tips for Making Homemade Hot Chocolate Making homemade hot chocolate takes only a few minutes.  It is also … [Read more...]

Decadent Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake Recipe

This Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake Recipe has been sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.  All opinions expressed here are my own.Ice cream has always been one of my family's all-time favorite desserts. My daughter tends to stick to the fruit flavors and rarely ventures away from strawberry.  The husband loves the classics...butter pecan and pistachio.  My son and I have more decadent tastes when it comes to our favorite ice cream flavors.  A bowl of rich, creamy ice cream loaded with chocolate, peanut butter and chunks of candy bits is … [Read more...]

Easy Bourbon Ball Recipe Full of Rich, Smooth Bourbon!

Every year I make about 15 different kinds of homemade candy and one of my husband's favorites is this easy bourbon ball recipe.  Probably because he is a big fan of all things bourbon!  He has even toured some of the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky which he really enjoyed.  Bourbon balls are incredibly easy to make and you can make them strong or mild, depending on your own tastes. I have played around with the recipe over the last few years and have come up with one that works for us.  Feel free to modify it to … [Read more...]

Decadent German Chocolate Brownies Recipe

I just finished making this German chocolate brownies recipe and seriously don't think I can wait for the frosting to firm up before I cut into one and devour it!  My husband and I are having an Oktoberfest party tomorrow night so I wanted to make a nice German dessert recipe to go with our Bratwurst and German beer.  I came across several recipes for German Chocolate Brownies and they looked absolutely divine.  Don't these just make your mouth water? The secret to this German chocolate brownies recipe is really the frosting. … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffle Recipe

The last few weeks have been crazy with all the baking, shopping, wrapping and decorating.  It's easy sometimes to choose the fastest possible gifts and decor solutions when you are pressed for time.  Keep in mind, however, that making homemade gifts gives a personal touch to your holiday gift giving.  I have been making homemade candy for my family, friends and neighbors for years and this year I added a new one.  This chocolate chip cookie dough truffle recipe is incredibly easy to make.  Your gift recipient will love the personal touch you … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

I have a horrible sweet tooth and most days I find myself hunting in my pantry for something sweet to eat.  I am currently being tempted by the 8 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought from my Girl Scout daughter.  Not exactly the healthiest choice, right? I have been scouring the interwebs looking for healthy snack recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth.  If I don't find a healthy snack recipe, my family may just come home to find me in a Girl Scout cookie sugar coma! I stumbled across these chocolate dipped clementines and decided that they … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Have you ever brought your kids grocery shopping with you and they randomly pick up stuff and try to sneak it in the cart?  Think only little kids do that?  No..my teens and my HUSBAND are the worst offenders!  There are certain things that they love that I just don't like buying.  Whether it is due to the price or the questionable ingredients, sometimes mom just says NO!  That jug of chocolate syrup almost always tries to leave the store with us but have you actually LOOKED at the ingredients?  I'm not calling out any brands by name here but … [Read more...]

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe Makes a Delicious Gluten Free Dessert!

This Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe was inspired by a product I received at no charge to review but all opinions expressed here are my own.I love having company visit for the holidays and find it to be a great excuse to cook for people.  While splurging on a restaurant meal or two with company is fun it gets to be a little expensive after a while!  This year one of my visitors has a gluten allergy which makes menu planning a bit tricky.  I decided to make this flourless chocolate cake recipe, which is one of my mother in law's favorite … [Read more...]

Chocolate Espresso Cake Recipe and Basic Cake Decorating Tips

This cake recipe was inspired by a product I received at no charge but all opinions expressed here are my own.I love to bake but cakes are one of those things that I am a little hesitant about making.  Sure, if it is just a basic cake recipe that you bake and eat...I can do that!  I can beat batter, pour and use my oven.  What REALLY scares me are the cakes I have to dump out of the pan that they baked in and then DECORATE.  I have a serious problem with decorating things with frosting.  Even cupcakes.  Yes, I dislike making something as … [Read more...]