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World Nutella Day: IT’S COMING

Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Sound like big holidays? WRONG. These holidays are nothing–nothing–compared to what’s coming up this Saturday. Friends, are you prepared? Giant 26-ounce jars of Nutella purchased? Pantry stuffed with baguettes, pretzels, bananas, and apples, all ready to be slathered with Nutella? Starvation diet enacted to compensate for the calorie bomb that is a…

TWD: Great Grains Muffins

In trying to articulate my feelings about the Great Grains Muffins for this week’s TWD recipe, I decided that it would be easiest to explain with a visual aid.* If you will please refer to the above figure, it is evident that my enjoyment of a food increases proportionally to the degree to which said…

TWD: Nutty Swirly Sour Cream Bundt Cake

I’m a little late posting this amazing bundt cake I made over the weekend, but I have a good excuse. Her name is Madeline, and she is verrrrrry distracting.

TWD: Midnight Crackles

HAPPY NEW YEAR! How has this happened? I wasn’t even used to saying twenty-ten yet, and now we’re already on twenty-eleven. (Cue old-lady grumping about the passage of time and kids these days.) We had an exciting New Year’s Day. I’ll give you a hint: it involved giant dragons… …and marching bands… …and horned frogs…

Fashionably Late Buche de Noel

Merry Few-Days-After-Christmas, friends! Did you all have wonderful holidays full of eggnog and stockings and too many cookies and repeated viewings of Elf? I know I did. I also had an awesome gift from Santa: How great is that?! I guess he reads the blog! Sweeeet. A sassy shirt is all well and good, but…

Hot Chocolate On A Stick

I have a love-hate relationship with hot chocolate. I love that such a product exists. Chocolate! In a cup! Suitable for slurping! I hate that it most often comes from chalky powdered mixes. Ew. I love that hot chocolate goes with everything: marshmallows, candy canes, a nutritious veggie-packed dinner… I hate that it is the…

Make Your Own Candy Cane Joe-Joes

I don’t know what I would do without my local Trader Joe’s grocery store. Where else would I go with a shopping list 3 items long and leave an hour later, $70 poorer and with four overflowing shopping bags stuffed to the brim with impulse buys like chocolate-covered soybeans and freeze-dried mangoes? Yes, Trader Joe’s…

TWD: Devlishly Good Chocolate Shortcakes

Whew! One major holiday down, one big one to go. Now that I have somewhat recovered, I can tell you that Thanksgiving was epic. My friends, we had three pies and one cake for four adults. Plus whipped cream. And ice cream. It was obscene. There are not enough stretchy-waisted pants in the world to…

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