Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

SO the weather here in Phoenix has been crazytown. Friday we broke the record with how hot it was, and then yesterday and today it was about 70 degrees. We were confused, but OH SO THANKFUL to have some more days of playing outside. To celebrate, we made some hot chocolate. Continue reading

Smoothies: The Drinks that are Meals

So with the warmer weather returning (much warmer weather soon according to the weekend forecast…), it’s time to get back to one of my favorite drink varieties: the smoothie. Continue reading

Baking #30: Double (or triple?) chocolate muffins…

IMG_7247Another busy week where we need easy things to take on the go! This week’s recipe was actually inspired by seeing my stage manager eat a DELICIOUS looking chocolate chocolate chip muffin last week. so I decided to bake some based of of the regular greek yogurt chocolate chip muffin I tried back in May as well as some skinny chocolate muffin recipes I found online.

I wanted to try and bake some chocolate chips into the muffin top but that did not go well and ended up taking away some of the fluffiness as I tried to push the chocolate chips in… oh well, lesson learned! IMG_7249They tasted pretty good at least, and aside from needing to buy more chocolate chips, it was an easy recipe that utilized things we already had in the pantry or fridge which is good because we just don’t have time for any big grocery trips right now! I have to admit that I wish I hadn’t skimped out and done the “skinny” recipe. I could definitely taste the applesauce substitute and I’d prefer whole milk and sugar to honey any day… Give me good stuff in moderation instead of lots of mediocre stuff!

That’s all for now. As I said before, shorter and fewer blog posts for the next month or so, but I’ll try my best to do what I can!

As usual, Leslie Knope gets me…

Baking #20: Happy Birthday Son, You’re 1!

So, of course I knew that this week’s baking project was going to have to be a cake of some sort for my sweet son’s birthday. But before we get to that, I want to talk about some of the other ways we celebrated, some of which were pretty standard, and some of which might be a little different. Continue reading

Baking #17: Stress baking & chocolate chip muffins

“You should have a muffin. They’re really good and they’ll help you.”

I originally got into baking in college because it made me feel good when I was stressed. Instead of stress eating, I could bake and enjoy the smells of the treats in the oven and then know that I could easily give it away by just walking down to the callboard hallway and offering it to a ton of other stressed out exhausted theatre majors who had probably forgotten to eat most of the day after going from class to rehearsal to another rehearsal and back again. (In a lot of ways being a theatre major really prepared me for parenthood….) I actually started baking so much due to stress my senior year of undergrad that people started making jokes about the Grey’s Anatomy character Izzy Stevens- Continue reading

Baking #14: Hot Cross Buns

I learned this Lent, from someone in my church group, that hot cross buns are a Catholic tradition for Good Friday. I had no idea! In fact, I had never even tried hot cross buns until a dear friend baked some for my bridal shower several years ago. Before that, I thought they were just nonsense words in a nursery rhyme song you learn to play on the recorder in elementary school music. (one a penny two a penny….) Regardless, I remember them being delicious (which made me a little confused because usually Lent means giving up all the delicious) so I decided to go do a little research.  Continue reading