December = No Self Control

my awesome candy house! must eat all the SUGARS!

Well, December was a crazy month. (food-wise.) I could not stop eating Christmas goodies! I gave some away and I even resorted to throwing some away after Christmas, because I was so sick of having no self control around the stuff!

It’s shameful because I was even having a hard time controlling myself around candies that usually don’t tempt me so much. (hard candies, saltwater taffy, skittles, suckers, etc. I’m generally a chocolate girl)

Embarrassing story:
I told my husband to “hide” a bunch of the candy in his car, so that I wouldn’t eat it.  Well, the very next night I was out in his car scrounging for sugar.  He is not a very good hider, so it didn’t take much for me to find them.  (in the trunk.  good try, honey! )
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I didn’t buy chocolate!

it’s brown, but it’s not chocolate 🙂

You guys will not believe this.  I went to 2 stores and did NOT buy any form of chocolate or refined sugar!  I am so proud.

I still decided to indulge tonight.  It’s really funny that this is what I chose instead of chocolate. haha!  Trust me, I even surprised myself.

It’s weird.  I walked past the cheese section and I saw a bunch of different dips.  Artichoke dip, spinach dip, and BLACK BEAN DIP.  I saw that and remembered my awesome black bean dip recipe.  It is so easy and so tasty.

So, I bought some cream cheese at the store and came home and whipped it up.  It is SO delicious!  And hey, guess what?  No sugar! haha!
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Healthy No-bake cookies!

that is my silpat in the background. LOVE IT!

My husband actually calls these my “desperate-for-chocolate cookies”. lol! He knows me too well! Yes, I did originally create these in a moment of desperation and I’ve been tweaking them a little bit ever since. Now, my 3 yr old asks for them! He thinks they are awesome “cookies” (we use that term loosely around here).

Here is my favorite version of the recipe. Feel free to make your own little changes here or there.

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Chocolate Confession: M & M’s

evil little things

We all know how addictive M&M’s can be. And personally, I don’t even like them THAT much. (not as much as REAL dark chocolate) But, the sugar addict in me keeps coming back for more anyways.

Well yesterday, I bought a bag of dark chocolate m&m’s just to try them… and because I wanted chocolate and sugar (of course).  I also convinced myself at the store that they might help me to get my toddler to actually TRY to use the potty. (no, it didn’t work by the way.  stubborn kid!!)

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Chocolate Review- Nestle Dark Chocolate chips

nestle chocolate chips

Okay, I am a complete chocolate addict. You should know this, even if you have only read a little bit of my blog.
I am obsessed with finding the perfect chocolate chip. I love to bake with them, snack on them, melt them and dip things in them. (Currently, my favorite are Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips.)

I was at the store earlier today and saw a chocolate chip variety that I had never seen before. Nestle Dark Chocolate chips. I was intrigued. Naturally, I couldn’t resist trying them out.

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An addict always finds a way – fudgy banana bites.


Fudgy Banana Bites

I was having a sweety chocolate craving this morning. Since I am an addict, I can make do with almost anything. I found this recipe and thought it looked pretty good. And hey! I had all the ingredients! So, I made them this morning.

They are pretty good. I mean, don’t get me wrong. Yes, I would rather have REAL dark chocolate. But, this is a pretty good alternative if you are desperate for some sweet chocolatey goodness! Continue reading

Homemade Peppermint Patties – so yummy!!

yummy minty goodness!

I made some yummy, healthy peppermint patties recently. The best part is? (besides how yummy they are) They are SO EASY to make!

I brought some that I made to a family birthday party and everyone loved them (especially my dad, who is a mint FANATIC!).

I wasn’t super specific with measurements and just made the mint part until it looked like it was a good texture and tastes minty and sweet.  So, when you try the recipe yourself, don’t be afraid to experiment a little bit with the amounts of things.
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“But, it’s healthy for you!”

That is the response I hear most often when I talk about my chocolate habit.  I really do love dark chocolate, and people are always telling me how healthy it is.  My response?  “Healthy for me?  Yeah, maybe if I had any self-control.  I don’t think it’s healthy in the quantities I’m consuming it.”

But really, I don’t think it’s healthy at all!  It is highly processed, and has a lot of refined sugar in it.  I just can’t stop myself from eating it!  I love it, but I also hate that I love it so much.  My relationship with chocolate is very much a tangled web.   The last thing I need is a justification of my addiction.  “It’s okay if I eat this bag of dark chocolate,  I am getting some valuable antioxidants.”  ha!  It’s laughable, really.  You can get so many more enzymes and antioxidants in REAL living foods… like fresh fruits and vegetables!
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Coconut Flour Cupcakes


coconut flour cupcake.. mmm

Wow, I had quite the weekend – a lot of baking! We had my son’s first birthday party on Saturday and I wanted to experiment with a few recipes.

The first recipe that I experimented with is this one. Her blog is based on cooking sweets for diabetics though (she uses a sweetener called erythritol), so I did change a few things.  Here is the recipe as I made it.  (it made 18 cupcakes) Continue reading

Grain Free Cheesecake Brownies

grain-free cheesecake brownies

Yum! Watch out for these brownies, they are highly addictive! I made these over the weekend and me and my husband polished them off that same evening. These brownies will not last long! So, if you make them, you should probably do it when you have a lot of people over so that you don’t eat 3 huge brownies like me. It’s embarrassing, really. I have no self control. Continue reading