Muffins!


Oh, yes I did!  My fave flavor combo, chocolate & orange, plus some extra dark chocolate chips, made these muffins the most irresistible breakfast/dessert ever! 

Here is the recipe, adapted from the bite sized baker:

½ cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup Dutch-processed unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
¾ cup milk
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Zest of 2 oranges
1/3 cup sour cream (not non-fat) or yogurt (I used yogurt)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat together butter, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in eggs, then stir in milk, orange juice, orange zest, and sour cream. Mix in flour, then chocolate chips.
  3. Divide batter equally between the muffin cups, they will be full. Sprinkle each muffin with a little coarse sugar if desired.
  4. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out without crumbs on it – chocolate is ok. Remove from oven, cool on wire racks 10 minutes, remove from pan to wire racks and cool completely.

*PS, I didn't use muffin cups...A. because I don't have any, and B. I hate peeling the paper off to eat my muffins anyways!

When buying the ingredients for this, splurge on the dark chocolate chips and cocoa powder...my friend Nate used to always get the good stuff, and it really makes a difference!  Thanks Nate!

Also, I've seen many recipes that call for a tablespoon or two of orange liqueur, such as triple sec.  I don't keep any in our house, but I am sure you could toss some in for an extra orangey-punch. 

Happy baking!

Recipe Card


As my work projects start to build up, I get the urge to create something just for fun!  Today I made a recipe card template showcasing my trusted pink hand mixer.  This is inspired by a recipe exchange I recently was involved in along with 26 other ladies.  With all my new recipes, I needed a cute place to write them all down!

Feel free to print this recipe card template at home and share some recipes with friends and family–they will truly appreciate it (and so will their tummies!).



(via myself)

10 Reasons

Here are my top 10 reasons to love Valentine's Day


10. Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Or any kind of cupcake for that matter.




9. Crafts.

Everyone knows that homemade valentines are the best.




8. Pink and Red

You can rock it with no fear of looking like a fashion disaster.





7. Ruffles

Girly ruffles are a MUST today.


6. Red Lipstick

So romantic. So chic. So punk rock. (sigh)



5. Little Black Dress.

Paired with red lipstick and high heels, of course.




4. It my Birthday





3. Roses

(from admirers...)





2. Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate



1. My (very sweet) Valentine

...Dylan...