Monday, August 27, 2012

It's been a while, but I have returned with a little Wonderland magic...

Cocoa powder love!
I'm looking at the date of my last post...I can't believe it was over 2 weeks ago! What would the baking divas say?! Don't fret, I have returned with a simple, yet yummy little recipe that will take you all of 5 minutes, (maybe even less). This one's a little invention of mine that I call my "Tiramisu in a Teacup." Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite animated films and since I'm having an Unbirthday Party in a couple of weeks, I thought I better start putting a fun menu together! This recipe came about a few weeks ago, when I was going to make some hot cocoa, with just a hint of coffee liqueur for kicks.

Suddenly (and quite sadly), I realized that it was just too hot outside for me to enjoy said drink: what was I to do? Well, in a moment of spontaneity, I decided to make the recipe, minus the heating-the-milk part. The result was a delightful little concoction with a bit of an edge, something that I'm sure the Mad Hatter would have loved to have at his tea parties in Wonderland. 


1 cup cold vanilla almond milk (or whatever milk you like. Just be sure to add a 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract to the recipe if you're using plain milk)
1-2 generous teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder (the particular amount depends on how much you want to stir in the milk and how much you want left over for dusting)
2 to 2.5 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon coffee liqueur
Cinnamon for dusting


(1) Stir cocoa powder and sugar into milk. It's okay if there's a small layer of cocoa powder left on top of the milk, (I actually like the contrast it gives to the milk, but if that's not your style, stir it in completely. Different strokes for different folks)!

(2) Stir in salt and coffee liqueur. Add cinnamon on top layer. Enjoy with a bit of nostalgic Wonderland whimsy:

Love Always,

Friday, August 10, 2012

Golden Bars for The Golden Girls!

Golden Bars that Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia would love!
I have yet another confession to make: anytime a Golden Girls rerun is on TV, I feel obligated to watch it, even the episodes I've seen too many times to count when Lifetime used to play them almost everyday, (and I should mention that this was before Betty White's fabulous comeback). I can't tell you how many times my mom and I stayed up way too late laughing at all the shenanigans of our favorite Floridian roomies! So, I decided to celebrate these ladybugs with a new chocolate chip-themed recipe. Yes, I know The Golden Girls were always having cheesecake nights and that there were few exceptions to this rule, but personally, I always thought the most important part of these dessert nights were the fact that they always involved women coming together to support one another. No matter what drama Blanche, Sophia, Rose, and Dorothy were going through, they always had each other's backs, (and kept us laughing while doing so).

It is with this sense of love and loyalty that I present my latest recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.
The oats are optional if that's not your scene, but if you nix them, these bars will be more cake-like. Oh, and this is all Betty Crocker, no copyright infringement intended:
Here are my adjustments: I added 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (of course) and just a little extra bit of vanilla extract. I also opted to nix the nuts, but I'm sure they taste just wonderful in these treats! I must cheesily point out that I shared these Golden bars with some lovely friends at a fun girls' night, so this recipe is dedicated to them and all the fantastic ladies who take time out of their day to laugh together, share positive energy, and lift each other up.

As Marcel Proust once said, "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Cheers to you, lovelies!