Chocolate Dream Loaf

If you hadn’t already guessed, I have an insane sweet tooth. And I’m not saying I have a few pieces of candy here and there. I’m talking eat a dozen cookies and half the batter in one sitting kind of sweet tooth. It’ll probably be a problem for me in years to come, but hey it makes me happy so I’m not pulling this tooth anytime soon.
For those of you who also love sweets or just want to make something yummy for others, this Chocolate Dream Loaf’s name speaks for itself. It tastes like a dream come true. I’ve baked this loaf a few times now and every single time it turns out just so damn moist. I sliced off a piece of this loaf three days after making it and it was just as fresh and delicious as day one.
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I love this recipe because it’s super easy to make (though does make quite a few dirty dishes) and it also makes a great gift!
You can find the recipe here:

CHOCOLATE DREAM LOAF

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 6 tbsp. Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F and grease a 9 x 5-in loaf pan.

2. In a bowl, whisk milk into cocoa powder to make a smooth paste; then whisk in the yogurt and set aside.

3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs one at a time and vanilla extract.

5. Take turns stirring in flour mixture and milk mixture, making around 3 additions of each at a time. Fold in chocolate chips.

6. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 60 to 70 min. Let cool in pan for 15 min. Turn over onto rack, remove the pan and let it cool completely.

7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do!

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Gingerbread Donuts

Christmas may be over but I still haven’t taken off my furry reindeer slippers! I have really been loving spending time with my family curled up in sweatpants, drinking endless cups of coffee in Cleveland. I hope everyone has been enjoying family time during this holiday as well! Along with all the coffee drinking, I haven’t stopped baking all of my favorite Christmas treats!

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{You can find my comfy pjs here: J. Crew PJs, Mistletoe Sweatshirt, SlippersChristmas Santa Claus Mug 

Also check out my gorgeous dainty rings at https://www.agildedleaf.com. It’s a fair trade jewelry company that prides itself on being socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible. }

You how people feel about pumpkin spice during fall? Well that’s me with gingerbread. I’m actually not the biggest fan of pumpkin in general but gingerbread has me hooked. It all started with my great Grandma Estelle’s gingerbread man recipe which is a secret 😉 but these gingerbread donuts come pretty darn close.

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Not only are these gingerbread donuts delicious but they’re pretty easy to make. Below is the recipe…try them out for yourself!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 c . all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp . ground ginger
  • 1 tsp . ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp . baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp . baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp . salt
  • 1/4 c . coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 c . brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 c . molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 c . milk low-fat ok
  • 1/3 c . fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 c . granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp . ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp . ground ginger

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2 6-count donut pans.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together coconut oil and brown sugar.

4. Whisk in molasses.

5. Add egg, and whisk to combine.

6. Add milk and yogurt; whisk until well-combined.

7. Add flour mixture, and whisk until just combined.

8. Scoop into donut pans and bake for about 14-18 minutes.

9. In a wide, shallow dish, stir together the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Dip the tops and bottoms of warm donuts into the mixture.

What gingerbread treats do you guys like?

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Spiked Peppermint Hot Cocoa

I’m currently flying over these seriously magical clouds on my way to Cleveland and it made me think of this delicious whipped cream I made the other day.

I used the whipped cream on just about everything I could think of. It was perfect on a cup of my favorite spiked peppermint mocha hot cocoa. I wanted to share this heavenly recipe with you just in time for Christmas! Hot cocoa during the holidays is a must but sometimes it’s fun to spice things up by adding some peppermint schnapps and Bailey’s. You can make it without the alcohol though if you are under 21 or just don’t drink and it tastes just as good!

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Here is the recipe to warm your soul this holiday season!
Ingredients:

SPIKED PEPPERMINT MOCHA HOT CHOCOLATE

  • 1 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/3 cup Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha Creamer
  • 5 1/2 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3 tablespoons Irish Cream, optional
  • 2 tablespoons Peppermint Schnapps, optional
  • Marshmallows, Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes, or Whipped Cream Cutouts

WHIPPED CREAM CUTOUTS

  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

SPIKED PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE

Add the milk, peppermint mocha creamer, and chocolate to a small pot. Bring the mixture to a boil over low heat, mixing constantly with a whisk.

Continue to cook on low for about 1 minute, while whisking. Then turn off the heat, and slowly stir in the peppermint schnapps and Irish cream.

Serve immediately, topping with either whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint, or all of the above!

WHIPPED CREAM

In a chilled bowl add the cream and sugar and whisk at a medium speed until the cream begins to thicken.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the whipped cream out into an even layer. Place in the freezer for a few hours or until completely firm. Using a cookie cutter cut out shapes of the whipped cream and store in a freezer-safe container until ready to use!

Important:

Do not serve alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21. This recipe can be prepared without the Irish cream for serving to minors, or anyone who does not consume alcoholic beverages.

How do you guys like your hot cocoa?! I’d love to hear!

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Boxfox – The Ultimate Gift Box

Running out of gift ideas this holiday season? No need to stress about getting that perfect something anymore. With gift boxes, you get to give a whole box of goodies! At Boxfox they have adorable pre-curated boxes for you to choose from and their holiday themed boxes are amazing! You can also design your own gift box out of their wide variety of items. These boxes are the perfect gift for both men and women.

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I designed this particular box for a girlfriend of mine. It’s packed with a cute little notepad, well-kept wipes, caramel popcorn, matches, and a candle from the little market. They also provide you with the cutest little cards that they will handwrite for you or you can do yourself!

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My favorite part about BoxFox is that it incorporates The Little Market, an online fair-trade shop that sells beautiful products by artisans all around the world. There are many Little Market candles to choose from but if you head to https://www.thelittlemarket.com you can read more about it and see that there is more than just candles to choose from!

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A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

Not only does this candle do a lot of good for the artisans and their families, but it also serves as a reminder that lifting others up is never a bad thing. Try and light up someone’s day today whether it’s simply with a compliment or by helping them accomplish something and tell me about it below!  screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm