Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cupcakes {cake mix}


We’re back on the cake mix bandwagon, my friends!—but this time:  chocolate cake mix.  These cupcakes require 1 cup of cake mix from a box of chocolate devil’s food cake mix.  If you’re curious about the exact type of cake mix, here is a link. Do not buy cake mix that comes with a pudding [...]

Peppermint Mocha Affogato


Ohhhh, this drink.  This drink is my latest obsession.  I made it for my very good friend Bev who is having twins.  Two babies!  Today, a bunch of bloggers are throwing her a virtual baby shower.  We wish we could all go to Bev’s house and touch her belly and pet her beautiful face, but instead, [...]

Dinner for Two: Mediterranean Pasta {vegetarian}


This might be a bit embarrassing for me, but I’m sharing with you the meal I eat most.  This is my single girl supper.  It’s nothing fancy or complicated.  I never tire of it; any chance I get to make this meal, I do.  My husband claims to not like pickled or briny flavors, and [...]

Cranberry Vanilla Dream Cake {cake mix chronicles}


Well well well…did you expect me to make a mini cake for two with part of a cake mix? I conveniently realized that a cake baked in a 9″ square pan becomes two large pieces of cake once stacked and sliced.  How many life occasions do you need just two slices of cake?  On Mondays? [...]

Eggnog Cookies {cake mix chronicles}


I’m thinking December is a busy month for you. Am I right? You’re probably hunting for gifts for everyone on your list, planning your holiday meals, making travel arrangements for family, buying and selling a house and moving in 30 days, etc. Wait, is that just me on the last part? Yeah. We had a [...]

Orange Spice Coconut Pumpkin Pie {+giveaway}


Today, I broke the law.  I made you a full size pie.  A pie that serves 8 to 10 people.  I know, I know.  But, it’s Thanksgiving and I’m sure you have more than two to serve.  {But if you are serving just two, I got you covered: I made a Thanksgiving dessert for two [...]

Chocolate Cream Meringue Pies


Pie week continues!  Today, I made you a gluten free pie that’s so good, you won’t even notice it caters to allergy sensitive folks. Have you ever had meringue as a pie crust?  It’s fabulous with chocolate cream pie.  The meringue crust takes on a marshmallow flavor.  When you add chocolate cream filling and whipped [...]

Mini Pumpkin Pies {+2 giveaways!}


Are y’all ready for Thanksgiving?  We’re doing Thanksgiving in LA this year with one side of my husband’s family.  I’m really excited to walk away from this whole house selling thing.  If there’s a worse time of year to sell a house than the week before Thanksgiving, please, let me know.  I could really use [...]

Boozy Pomegranate Cider


I whipped up this boozy cider on the first night it was acceptable to turn on the fire place. Wait, our fireplace has been on since September thanks to the fact that my husband accidentally paid the gas bill twice one month…one month, twelve months ago. And then, he continued to keep paying it, even [...]

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Orange Muffins


I’m pretty sure I just created my new favorite muffin: tart cranberries and dark chocolate with orange. I’m in love. I can’t decide if these are more suited for breakfast or dessert. I sprinkled powdered sugar on them for dessert, but my husband, who insists on dessert at all hours of the day, eats these [...]