Salted Cocoa Nutella Cupcakes

Salted Cocoa Nutella Cupcakes

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If you love chocolate….can you put down your coffee cup…..

…and raise your hand.

This is the post for you.

And if chocolate is not your thing….

….no worries.

Come back tomorrow where we completely transform a free spool from the home improvement store into something that should be in the Guggenheim museum.

But until then…..

….let’s talk chocolate. :) Continue reading


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Lemon Almond Biscotti

Lemon Almond Biscotti

 

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photo credit:  offbeat + inspired

I can still remember the first time I ordered biscotti.

I was trying to impress my boyfriend who was about to be my husband.

We were on a date and I was wearing a headband with my name painted on it and two layers of extra red lipstick.

And my headband and I stood awkwardly in front of a giant chalkboard with rows and rows of fancy writing…..full of words like cappuccino and espresso and honey roasted and macchiato and mocha latte and sighed…..

….because the only word I really wanted to see was diet coke. :) Continue reading


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Recipes in a Jar:  Cherry Cheesecake

Recipes in a Jar: Cherry Cheesecake

 

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As you are reading this….

….bhg is in the house.

I know.

Seriously.

At this point I’ve told you….the general population of Wal-Mart….my entire county….the guy at the gas station….my sunday school class….

….and a few random assorted people at Hobby Lobby.

I might be just a little excited. :)

I had big plans for the day.

Big…..I’m telling you.

Like when it was time for lunch here at Thistlewood…..this is what I was going to be serving them…..

……Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar.

Yes…..please.Continue reading


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Toffee Chocolate Chip Scones

Toffee Chocolate Chip Scones

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photo credit:  offbeat+inspired

Have you ever met someone and they could do something you could never do?

Something that was so wonderful and awe-inspiring…..that if you lived to be 125….and you tried extra hard every day of your 125-year-old-life….

….you still wouldn’t be able to do it.

Have you ever met someone like that before?

Me, too.Continue reading


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Ice Skate Cookies From Ready-to-Bake Cookie Dough

Ice Skate Cookies From Ready-to-Bake Cookie Dough

 

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A couple of weeks ago I was at the Chapel Market…..and the sun was shining in through these amazing windows and the boxes were unpacked and the tables were filled and I stood in the middle of the room….holding this incredible vintage sign and laughing and talking to a group of friends….when all of a sudden I stopped.

I put up my hands and (with my charm bracelet jingling)…..said….Can we just pause?

Can we take a moment?

I want to remember this….all of this.  I want to pause and appreciate and stop for a second…..so it can all sink in….

….and I won’t forget.

And my friends that were there….the ones who know me….paused and then sighed a little.as if to say….we love you karianne…..

….but do we always have to “take a moment?”Continue reading


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Walnut Raisin Pumpkin Bread

Walnut Raisin Pumpkin Bread

 

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I discovered the Waltons the other day.

Seriously.

Where have they been all my life?

I mean….if you would have asked me about the Waltons last week….I could have told you they lived in the country in a house where they all told each other goodnight all the time and that the mom was always baking and that John Boy was really cute.

Which is all true……

…..but so totally missing the point.

This is a family.

A family that loved and lived and struggled and overcame obstacles to triumph in the face of adversity.

I watched episode after episode.

I laughed.

I cried.

I cheered.

And I wish that they lived down the street.Continue reading


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How To Make a Pumpkin Roll (Literally)

How To Make a Pumpkin Roll (Literally)

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Did you know there are six words that fill my heart with fear?

That make me shake.

That make beads of sweat form on my forehead.

That make me want to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head.

Six. Simple. Words.

 

What are you bringing to dinner?

Seriously.

One time I actually showed up to a party with a some slice and bake cookies….

….still in the package.Continue reading


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How Do You Cook French Toast:  Five Easy Tips

How Do You Cook French Toast: Five Easy Tips

 

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How do you cook French Toast?

(And total aside….do you capitalize it?)

That’s what I wanted to know yesterday.

I’ve made French Toast before and it was fine.

Sufficient.

Passable.

But yesterday…..I was so over fine and sufficient and passable.Continue reading


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