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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Odds & Ends

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odds and ends

1. I love the majority of Allison's blog posts, but How I Learned a Mess Could Be Beautiful really spoke to me! Ryan and I are both pretty anal about keeping our house clean, but the reality is our house is messiest when it's full of people we love...our friends, our family, and now...our sweet Brecken. Instead of letting messes stress me out, I'm determined to find the beauty in the mess!

2. Ha, and speaking of messes, I went through a major desire to spring clean a few weeks ago. While I still have time on maternity leave, I decided to take advantage of the urge and do some serious purging and organizing. Over the course of a few days, I cleaned out closets, organized cabinets, and donated lots of clothing (pictured above!). It was pure coincidence that The Handmade Home posted "purging: 10 mantras to live by" that same week, and it totally guided me as I found myself amidst my projects!

Carter's chambray shorts
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3. I recently bought Brecken these Chambray Pull-On Shorts and I'm just dying until she can finally wear them! ...And, not going to lie, totally wish they came in my size so we could match!

Easter cookies

4. Need a last minute Easter treat? You can't go wrong with my very favorite Coconut Almond M&M Easter Nests or Crispy Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Eggs...both are easy enough to whip up today and will look so cute at the Easter brunch or dinner table!

One Year Ago: Barbacoa Beef Salads with Black Bean Avocado Salsa
Two Years Ago: Braided Cherry Danish
Three Years Ago: Oatmeal Raisin Bars
Four Years Ago: Pesto Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Spinach, Zucchini, and Goat Cheese

Friday, April 18, 2014

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache
When it comes to dessert in our house, we tend to stick to cookies or ice cream. There is always ice cream in our freezer (Ryan has a giant bowl every night before bed. Oh to have his metabolism!), and I find myself throwing together a batch of cookies once or twice a month. Cake, on the other hand, is more of a rarity. This is partially because with a few exceptions, Ryan doesn’t like cake. I know, I don’t understand either. Also, cake tends to be more of a commitment, both in baking and in eating.

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Every so often, however, I get the craving for cake…and when the craving strikes, things like this chocolate bundt cake happen! Thankfully I have friends willing to eat cake, since I can’t count on Ryan here. This cake has a deep chocolate flavor, enhanced by the coffee in the batter. It bakes up with a tight crumb, making pieces easy to slice. The chocolate frosting isn’t a necessity, but definitely enhances the finished product, as does a scoop of vanilla ice cream! When your cake craving strikes, pull out this recipe!
chocolate bundt cake with chocolate ganache
One Year Ago: Chocolate Mocha Almond Blondies and Pear, Pecan, and Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Two Years Ago: Greens, Beans, and Chicken Panini and Cheddar, Bacon, and Spinach Egg Casserole
Three Years Ago: Breakfast Brownies and Coconut Pomegranate Scones
Four Years Ago: Lindsay's Chocolate Cafe Chocolate Chip Cookies and Crispy Tilapia Sandwiches