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Thick & Creamy Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Thick & Creamy Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 in Happy Endings

~Ch-ch-ch-chia!~

You know I had to.

Ahem. So! Chia seeds. Surely you’ve heard of these little mini wonders, one of the newer super-power foods that everyone is raving about? They can go into all kinds of things and make them awesome. Including this thick, rich, creamy chocolate coconut pudding.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 in Happy Endings

Yeah, so I had to pack up these chocolate oatmeal cream pies and get them out of the house almost the instant they were put together.

Don’t misunderstand – I taste-tested them. Thoroughly. I mean, it’s my job, right?! My kid and my guy tested them repeatedly as well. And then, later, my guy’s coworkers. They were a hit. Especially with me. Which is why they needed to be out of my clutches as soon as humanly possible.

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Whole Wheat Carrot Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Whole Wheat Carrot Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

We’re still dealing with a seriously picky-eating toddler over here. I joke that bacon is one of her food groups; except that’s not really a joke – it’s kind of the truth. And if she had her way, chocolate would be another food group. At least our kid has something in common with her vegetarian chocoholic mama.

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Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Granola Clusters

Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Granola Clusters

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Happy Endings

These tasty little clusters were one of those last-minute ideas that, thankfully, turned out even better than I imagined. Good thing, because most all of my last-minute kitchen ideas of late have been disasters. Like, say, grated parsnips in Crock Pot chili (eww, slimy). So I needed the confidence boost.

See, I was making some chocolate bark with pretzels sticks. But at the last minute, I decided to reserve half of the melted chocolate and stir some of the granola left over from this recipe into the remaining chocolate, pile it in mounds, let it harden, and see what happened.

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Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in Happy Endings

This is what making cookies with my almost-two-year-old daughter looks like these days:

I scoop the flour and hand it to her. She very carefully, and surprisingly accurately, tips it into the bowl and lifts up, dispensing the contents like a pro. A teaspoon of baking soda … tip and pour. A mix with the whisk, and then the salt and the cocoa powder. Precise. Impressive.

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Happy Endings

I’m not going to say “you’ll never know it’s there!” because clearly, if you look at the cookie, well, you’ll see it’s there. If you eat it in the dark or blindfolded, though, it’s true. You might not know it’s there.

My veggie-averse (sigh) toddler doesn’t know it’s there. Or she doesn’t care. She loves, loves, loves these cookies.

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Even though our daughter is still pretty young, she’s started helping in the kitchen. Sure, “help” involves my holding her up to the counter while she flips ingredients out of bowls and “blesses” flour and sugar and baking powder with a poke of the finger before I pour them in. And then when I have to put her down, “help” involves clinging to my legs until I give her a set of measuring spoons or a whisk and a plastic bowl to keep her occupied while I quickly finish (and, yeah, clean).

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Salted Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

Salted Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Happy Endings

I love having a food blog. I’ve always adored experimenting with recipes, writing is in my blood, and I’ve been huge into photography since the beginning of time (though for me, food photography is much more of a challenge than landscapes, pets, or portraits). Oh, and I love creating spaces on the web – I’ve been drawn to the internet since its inception, shaping my career first around web design, then development, then focusing more on writing professionally for corporate websites, and then finally, this blog – such a perfect intersection of so much of what I love.

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Vegan Banana Chocolate Smoothie

Vegan Banana Chocolate Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in Beverages

It’s happening. My daughter is saying new words every day, and as much as I’m trying not to succumb to the baby talk, well, sometimes it’s a little contagious. So I may have found myself calling her diaper a “by-poh” once or twice. Elmo is eh-ma, the cat is “me-AHHHowww” (said plaintively, just how the cat says it). And bananas? Na-na-nas. Naturally.

So today, I have brought you a vegan na-na-na chocolate smoothie. I know, I know – it’s only cute when she says it. Okay: vegan banana chocolate smoothie.

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Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Beverages

Chocolate and strawberries. Strawberries and chocolate. A natural pair. MFEO. Peas in a pod. And perfect for today.

I think you’re looking at the perfect breakfast to whip up for your Valentine this morning. Or any morning, really. It’s chocolatey – oh, so chocolatey – but it also boasts a nice, big dose of healthy, juicy strawberries along with vanilla yogurt, a little orange juice, and a dash of vanilla.

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in Foundations, Happy Endings

I adore recipes like this one.

This homemade chocolate syrup recipe isn’t only an acceptable replacement for commercially-made chocolate syrups, it sort of beats the pants off of store-bought. It costs pennies to make, it takes all of 10 minutes to whip up, you know exactly what went into it, and it tastes ah-mazing.

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Boozy Hot Chocolate

Boozy Hot Chocolate

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 in Beverages

It’s quiet, relaxed, and lazy in our home right now. The mayhem of Christmas is behind us, but birthdays and New Year’s are just around the corner … which means things are going to be crazy again before we know it. So for these next couple of days, I’m going to dig my fuzzy-slippered heels in and keep my flannel PJ pants on as long as I possibly can. And just, you know, lounge. Aaaah.

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Slow Cooker Peppermint Mochas

Slow Cooker Peppermint Mochas

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 in Beverages

I’m as much of a Starbucks fiend as the next person.

Okay, more. Maybe a lot more. I’m slightly recovered from my three-a-day habit (I live in Seattle! There were three within close walking distance from my office and I needed the caffeine!), though I must admit the addiction has seen a bit of a resurgence since I’ve recently discovered that, indeed, it is difficult to get much sleep when you have a baby, even when the baby is nearly a year old. This discovery goes hand in hand with how I’ve really discovered the true beauty of the Starbucks drive-thru for new moms … so convenient when you’ve got a sleeping baby strapped in the back (oh now she sleeps).

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