Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Brownies

I try to eat clean 90 percent of the time but every Sunday I have a cheat meal which means I can eat just about anything I want. But I’m not going to scarf Cheetos and Cherry Coke just because they’re available, I want something good! And if I’m going to indulge in something, it has to be worth the calorie count. So last week when I was craving chocolate, I thought, why not make a tray of brownies?  Continue reading “Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Brownies”


Trader Joe’s Visit

After seeing so many different blog posts on Trader Joe’s and products from Trader Joe’s, I decided to find one to visit on my road trip last week. Luckily, there was one around the corner from my hotel.  Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Visit”

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes

Most runners who complete a race take a banana at the finish and eat it then and there. Not me. No, I’m not hoarding bananas because that would just be wrong. I just don’t like the taste or texture of raw bananas. Too mushy and squishy for me. Yuck. So at the end of the Sporting Life 10K, I ended up with a banana and a bagel. The bagel was gone in about 4.95 seconds (I’m kidding) but that banana was headed off for bigger and better things. Like what? How about banana chocolate chip protein pancakes! Sounds good to me! Continue reading “Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes”

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate and peanut butter. Do you even have to ask? Well, you know something’s good when you’re eating the pie filling out of the mixing bowl and deciding whether you should actually continue making the pie or just eat the filling by itself. And you know it’s really good when you give a piece of the finished pie to someone who doesn’t like chocolate with peanut butter and they eat the whole thing, pie crust and all. Yes there is actually someone who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter but I can’t name names.  Continue reading “Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie”

Unexpected Easter treats – La Maison du Chocolat

For years, my mom would make us baskets filled with little Easter goodies and treats. She does this even though we’ve long passed the age of painting eggs and searching for chocolate around the house. Every year, we smile and say “Oh mom!” but secretly we love feeling like little kids and scarfing down chocolate. I mean, how many times a year do you really get to eat unlimited quantities of chocolate? (I think there are three chocolate related occasions but I’m not counting) So imagine our surprise this year when we didn’t get ANY baskets. Not a single chocolate egg or colorful jelly bean to be found anywhere in the house. My mom was so busy preparing for a potluck that we were left out. A chocolate-less Easter or so I thought.

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Easter nest cupcakes

I love this time of year! It’s warm enough to go outside without a jacket, there’s more sunshine, flowers are starting to bloom, and then there’s Easter. The sight of colorful eggs, chocolates and hot cross buns instantly brings back fond childhood memories. Thoughts of Easter egg hunts and eating chocolate all bring a smile to my face. It seems that the simple things in life are the ones that can make us the happiest. Continue reading “Easter nest cupcakes”