This is 30: a Milestone Birthday, My Life Story until Now, and the Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in My Twenties

Hi all! The week since my last post has been a whirlwind: last Friday we flew to New York to spend the weekend with Rob’s family and attend our nephew’s christening, then came back to Washington on Monday just in time to celebrate my birthday the following day. The big 3-0 has finally caught up with me, and what’s a better way to celebrate it than with a giant vegan chocolate birthday cake?! You know how milestone birthdays have a tendency to stress us out because we assess our lives and what we’ve achieved so far? Well, I’m glad to admit that I enjoyed my 30th birthday way more than the previous couple ones. And I’m not just saying this because I want you to think that I’m oh so perfect (spoiler alert: I’m not), but because I embraced everything that happened to me in my 20s as a pretty crazy … Read the rest of the post

Chocolate Decadence Candy Recipe (Only Three Ingredients!) to Please Your Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here we go again, celebrating a holiday that beats all records of candy sales nationwide. Regardless of whether you love Valentine’s Day or roll your eyes at how commercial it has become, I hope you have a lovely day today! I’ve been thinking of posting a dessert recipe on Valentine’s Day, but most of the things I baked recently were inspired by cookbooks or Pinterest, so the recipes weren’t mine. Then it hit me: I could just post the recipe for my supereasy dark chocolate candies with dried plums that I’ve been making for years! All that’s left was to come up with a sexy name for them (it’s Valentine’s Day, after all!), and the star was born. Meet the three-ingredient Chocolate Decadence Candy – a dark chocolate lover’s ultimate delight! A batch of these beats any store-bought candy like nobody’s business! Making these is so easy that calling … Read the rest of the post