S’mores Cookie Cups #Choctoberfest

I know some people think that s’mores are only for the summertime, but let’s be real…if you set a s’mores in from of me, I will eat it any time of year. They are perfect for #Choctoberfest! (Have you entered our #Choctoberfest giveaway yet? Click here!) These cookie cups are a great s’mores alternative if […]

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pie #Choctoberfest

One of our favorite restaurants in the world happens to be next door to none other than The Cheesecake Factory. We usually can’t resist stopping for a piece of cheesecake to take home. I have to admit, I don’t love having dinner at The Cheesecake Factory (it’s just a little overpriced for what it is, […]

Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream (Dairy Free) #Choctoberfest

This post is sponsored by Barlean’s. All opinions are my own. A few years ago, I made an easy no-churn chocolate ice cream using Barlean’s chocolate silk greens. This year, when Barlean’s agreed to sponsor #Choctoberfest again, I knew I wanted to make a churned ice cream using the new ice cream maker attachment I […]

Angelic Chocolate Sponge Cake #Choctoberfest

Sometimes things don’t turn out as expected. But it’s not always a bad thing. That’s exactly what happened when I was making this cake the other day. I planned and the universe laughed. It was my first free Saturday in several weeks. I’m usually out and about working for the local winery at a wine festival on […]

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread #Choctoberfest

My mom’s pumpkin bread recipe is the best in the world. The best, no competition. For #Choctoberfest, I wanted to make a chocolate version, filled with delicious cocoa. This year, Rodelle sent me some cocoa powder to taste-test, and although I am under no obligation to use it in a recipe post here on my […]

White Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Cups #Choctoberfest

We just love quick and easy semi-homemade recipes that look like they’ve taken you a long time but are really very easy. This recipe only has four ingredients, and you probably have three of them in your pantry already. All you need is some fresh raspberries. I made these brownie cups for Allison’s bachelorette party […]

57 Unique Hot Chocolate Recipes #Choctoberfest

I love a piping hot mug of hot chocolate when the weather gets cool… and a frozen hot chocolate in the summer! With so many hot chocolate recipes out there, it is impossible to get bored. #Choctoberfest is the perfect opportunity for a yummy hot chocolate recipe roundup! If you haven’t yet, click here to […]

Classic Chocolate Whoopie Pies #Choctoberfest

This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar. All opinions are my own. It’s #Choctoberfest this week and I couldn’t think of a better time to share this recipe from my childhood that has been past down from generation to generation. Nowadays you can find whoopie pie recipes for any flavor imaginable. While red velvet is one […]

Chocolate Apple Pie #Choctoberfest

It is the perfect time of year to load up on apples… and this week is also #Choctoberfest, which means that it is also the perfect time of year to load up on chocolate. So… why not a recipe that combines both? My version of Chocolate Apple Pie is based on a recipe from from […]

Welcome to #Choctoberfest 2017 with Imperial Sugar

Today is one of my favorite days of the year, because it is the official start of #Choctoberfest. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below. Over 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will […]

Berry Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowls

On weeks when I am testing out new recipes, my kitchen is usually a disaster zone by mid-day. I love a quick and easy treat that I can whip up in my blender for a late breakfast, lunch, or a mid-afternoon snack. Smoothie bowls are also so pretty, am I right? Some food bloggers go […]

Chocolate Bacon Pancakes

I originally published this recipe on Instagram as part of a sponsored campaign I did for Smithfield Bacon… but y’all, these pancakes are so good that I just had to share ’em on the blog too! Full disclosure: I was sent free bacon and paid for the Instagram campaign… but I was not compensated to […]

Raspberry Beet Mint Protein Smoothie

I love a dash of mint in my smoothies. It really brightens the flavor and matches well with just about every smoothie flavor. So, when I saw this recipe, I knew I’d love it before I even tried it… and I wasn’t disappointed. I received a review copy of 175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes Using […]

Crunchy Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas #FantasticalFoodFight

Fellow bloggers, do not forget to sign up for #Choctoberfest 2017. Sign ups close on Oct 1. If you want me to run the other direction, feed me healthy snack food. Seriously, pretty much every “healthy” quick grab-and-go snack I’ve tasted might as well be cardboard. When I need a pick-me-up during the day and […]

Applesauce Spice Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These spice cupcakes are one of my all-time favorite desserts of all time. When we were picking wedding cupcake flavors, I instantly know that this needed to be one of the options (my husband Jeffrey chose red velvet with white chocolate buttercream, and we also did a lemon cupcake for good measure). Here’s a photo […]

Butter Poached Shrimp and Scallops with Creamed Corn

We have a wonderful little restaurant here in Virginia called The Leaping Lizard Cafe. It’s a small place, set back in a wooded area, and easy to miss. It was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Their food looks and tastes like something you’d get at a fine dining experience in any […]