Spiced Chocolate Truffle Muffin: Entertaining Guests

November 1, 2017
spiced chocolate truffle muffins

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When I was growing up, I spent nearly every Sunday either at my grandparents’ or great grandparents’ houses. I played with my cousins and we ate dinner together. Sadly, I feel like families don’t visit each other like they use to, or at least my family doesn’t. We seem to only visit during holidays, birthdays (if it’s a big one), weddings, and, unfortunately, funerals. When was the last time you had dinner or visited with your extended family? We spent some time with my husband’s family last week; his grandmother unexpectedly passed away. While everyone certainly grieved her passing, it was nice to catch up with many of them again. My husband got to spend time with his beloved great uncle and he got to meet our daughter for the first time. When everything was over and everyone went home, I just wanted to sit with my husband and relax. There are only a few things that I find more soothing than a nice cup of coffee and a bite of chocolate. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite coffee and chocolate pairings, Starbucks® Holiday Blend Coffee and Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles. This Spiced Chocolate Truffle Muffin recipe is lightly sweet with a burst of chocolate in the center. spiced chocolate truffle muffins Continue reading Spiced Chocolate Truffle Muffin: Entertaining Guests

Easy Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa With Starbucks®

February 22, 2016
salted caramel hot cocoa

“This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Last week was a terrible, no-good, very bad week for my family. It started with yet another snow. We live in southern Kentucky, and we’ve received unusual amounts of snow given our proximity to the south. A few weeks ago, we got nearly 2 feet in the matter of days. It started snowing Sunday afternoon, and didn’t stop until Monday morning. Snow makes it very difficult to get off the farm. I bet you’re thinking, that isn’t such a bad way to start the week. School was cancelled for Gabe, and I luckily work from home. Things started to fall apart quickly that morning. Jeremy took my French Bulldog Bob out for his morning walk, and he began yelping in severe pain. I managed to fall in the snow and ice, and badly injured my hand. We had a sick dog and a lame owner. I decided that Bob needed to go to the vet first, and I waited a day to go to the ER. In a blink, everything changed. At the end of the week, we had said goodbye to my beloved Bob, and I was treated for both a quickly spreading infection in my hand and a fracture. I needed all the comforting that I could get; I settled into the couch with a cup of Starbucks® Hot Cocoa, a warm cozy blanket, and some tasty shortbread cookies. My heart and my body needed rest. I had received these products in my Starbucks® Cozy Collection, and they were very much appreciated in my moment of grief. When I ran out of the Starbucks® Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa K-Cup® pods, I decided to make my own Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa using Starbucks® Classic Hot Cocoa K-Cup® pods.  It was definitely what I needed to speed along my recovery. I’m sharing how to whip up a delectable Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa in a matter of minutes.

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