Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sweet potato brownies #Choctoberfest


Disclosure: Imperial Sugar is a gold sponsor of #Choctoberfest and provided me with sugar. All opinions expressed are my own.

Guys, can you believe all the amazing chocolate recipes there are for #Choctoberfest already?! I hope you are all following along this week with our hashtag on all your favorite social media platforms. I'm excited to share my next recipe with you today -- Sweet Potato Brownies! Pumpkins are amazing and all, but sweet potatoes deserve fall love, too. They can be used in a lot of baked goods which may normally call for pumpkin. But, the humble sweet potato is often overlooked (except for its amazing pie). So, let's change that by using it in more delicious treats like these brownies. These brownies have a sweet potato topping gently swirled into the top of the brownies as well as a bit of sweet potato in the brownie batter itself. They are super moist, sweet with a touch of warm spices, and chocolaty, too. Plus their colors make them fun for Halloween party treats! Thanks to Imperial Sugar for inspiring these brownies which will certainly become a fall favorite for our family. In case you missed my Instagram post when I received my sugar, my little goblins were excited to help me out in the kitchen and to be taste testers for these yummy brownies!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spooky double chocolate eyeball cookies #Choctoberfest


Disclosure: I received a complimentary container of Gourmet Baking Cocoa from Rodelle, a #Chocotoberfest sponsor. I was not required to make a recipe or post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Eye, I mean, I always feel like somebody's watching me..... I'm kicking off #Choctoberfest with these fun and spooky cookies! Not only are they fun and spooky, but they are also super tasty! I made these cookies with Rodelle's Gourmet Baking Cocoa. Their cocoa is Dutch-processed making it very rich and dark (as you can see from the cookies - they turned out perfect for Halloween). My husband and I both couldn't stop smelling the cookie batter and the cookies themselves once they were baked because the chocolaty aroma was addictive! The flavor was unmatched to some of the cheaper grocery store cocoa powders I've used in the past.

These cookies were made for our annual family apple picking day. Each year I make a treat, usually some sort of pumpkin cookie (chocolate chip, oatmeal, snickerdoodle, just to name a few), but this year I surprised everyone with something different and they were a hit! The kids liked the eyeballs (you can leave these off if you so choose - they are just for fun, but the cookies are amazing without them). Take these to a Halloween party or on a fall outing with family or friends! It's like eyes are peering at you through the dark autumn night. I modified this recipe and the below version will make about three dozen cookies.


Monday, October 16, 2017

#Choctoberfest 2017 Welcome & Giveaway!

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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 be posting 200+ chocolate recipes over the next week. Keep your eyes peeled, visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long. You can also enter to win our #Choctoberfest prize pack. Thank to our amazing sponsors who are contributing the following items for the prize:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Banana spinach oat blender muffins


It's been a while now since I posted a baby and/or toddler food recipe. This is mostly because my twins are now pretty much eating what we eat most of the time. However, now that they are toddlers, they are starting to show some food preferences. They are still pretty excellent eaters, but I will never miss an opportunity to get a little more good stuff into them however I can (especially when lately more vegetables end up on the floor rather than into little mouths). I found this recipe recently and used it as a guide for making these muffins. Let me tell you how tasty these muffins are -- so yummy! Sweet from the banana, a little earthy from the spinach and flax, and a touch of warm spice from nutmeg and cinnamon. Nutmeg is a spice I love with bananas and I frequently use with greens, so it was a must-have in these. I love the vibrant green color from the (pretty much liquefied) spinach! It makes them so pretty. They would be fun for Halloween as well (maybe add some dark chocolate chips). These muffins have been twin tested and approved, but they are great for the whole family. This recipe will make about 16 muffins.


Friday, October 6, 2017