The Coolest Chocolate Rocks

Chocolate art: sweet bites that look like actual rocks

Chocolate art: sweet bites that look like actual rocks

This year, Easter weekend was pretty crummy for me. I was hit with a bad flu and so I missed out on family celebrations and getting the chance to visit my in-laws.

As a surprise, my sister swung by my place and brought over some chocolate. The batch of treats that caught my eye the most were these “chocolate rocks” that I thought were amazing. Yes, they are 100% chocolate but they look like they could be put at the bottom of an aquarium or in a garden.

I always love seeing art through food. I remember watching chocolate competitions on television (mostly ones involving Jacques Torres) and being in complete awe with all of the masterpieces and creations made just by tempering chocolate and letting artistic skills come into play.

Chocolate art: sweet bites that look like actual rocks

Lemon Cookies to Welcome Spring

Welcoming the warmer weather with some season-appropriate treats: lemon cookies

Welcoming the warmer weather with some season-appropriate treats: lemon cookies

Recently, I’ve grown a liking to lemon-inspired desserts. I mean, it’s not like I didn’t like them before, but I’ve been more drawn to them as of late. It may also explain my new obsession for all-yellow clothing items (just ask my best friend – it seems like I’ve only been pointing out sunshine and daisies at the mall).

These lemon cookies were a wonderful way to welcome warmer spring weather. They were crisp and light, much like the temperatures outside. I love the lemon rinds that were on top because it really helped balance out the sweetness of the buttercream frosting.

What are your favorite lemon desserts?

Welcoming the warmer weather with some season-appropriate treats: lemon cookies

Colorful Krispies

Rice Krispie Treats with M&Ms

Rice Krispie Treats with M&MsRice Krispies treats are definitely my go-to dessert when it comes to offering baked goods either at the office, at a friend’s get-together, or kids’ birthday parties. I like to think of how sturdy they are and so I never get paranoid when I transport them from one place to another. I find it’s easy to get creative with them and steer away from their traditional vanilla and marshmallow flavoring.

Last week, I decided to make a batch spruced it up with M&Ms and a top coating of dark chocolate. Some of the candies actually melted into the hot marshmallow mix, which offered some sort of marble look that was totally accidental but turned out rather nice.

How are other ways you prepare your cereal treats?

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Semi-Naked Cake

Valentine's Day Cake

Valentine's Day Cake

Lately, I’ve been incredibly inspired by everything I’ve seen on Pinterest. From perfectly plated meals (that always seem impossible to replicate) down to those intricate and gorgeous rustic-glam weddings, everything that I’ve stumbled upon on my Pinterest app has been a magical and dreamy experience.

E ver since we signed the lease to our new apartment, I’ve found myself ‘pinning’ and discovering more often than usual (if that’s even possible). The possibilities in those perfectly staged kitchens and my future gallery wall seem endless.

What I’ve also noticed are the baking trends, especially in cake decorating. One that immediately caught my attention were the oh-so beautiful “semi-naked cakes.” The idea behind a semi- naked cake is that you leave your cake bare, and let its single crumb coating speak for itself. The result is a fresh-looking cake, boasting a simple yet, elegant design.

For Valentine’s Day, I decided to try it out. Joe prefers fruit over chocolate in his dessert, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to make him something I knew he would really enjoy.

We celebrated V-day with a pasta dinner (alla carbonara – deliciously prepared by my husband) and for dessert, a couple of slices of a vanilla-strawberry semi-naked cake.

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White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Homemade Oatmeal Cookies

Usually after dinnertime, I’ll often feel this jolt of excitement and the next thing I know, I’ll be craving my next, best treat. I’m not kidding. I am a walking sweet tooth and my constant dessert cravings can get a little out of hand.

Something’s changed, though. For the past several days I’ve been carrying on without this jolt and have been getting through a number of evenings without eating any dessert. There are many possibilities as to why and I’ve narrowed them down to two: a) My 7-year-old sweet tooth has finally caught up with my actual age or, b) I’m getting tired of my usual “go-to” treats.

Must be option b.

I have, however, had the urge to bake. While I lacked inspiration for my own cravings, I knew that I had all of the ingredients for one of my husband’s personal favorites: chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

I pulled this recipe from Averie Cooks and as always, my batches came out ooey, gooey, and perfect.

I always love baking for others, but help me find my sweet tooth again! What are some desserts you suggest that I try?

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