Mint Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

A fudgy mint brownie spread with a fluffy, mint buttercream and a rich, smooth chocolate ganache.

A fudgy mint brownie spread with a fluffy, mint buttercream and a rich, smooth chocolate ganache.

Tonight I made my first green smoothie. I tossed in a few handfuls of spinach, some orange slices and a bit of frozen pineapple in the blender. The result wasn’t too bad and something I could probably drink on a regular basis. No bitter spinach taste came through, but it definitely wasn’t as sweet as my normal fruit smoothies. I’m trying to convince myself that all the nutrients are worth it, but my idea of something green and delicious is these Mint Brownies with Chocolate Ganache. [Read more…]

Beef Barley Soup

A simple but hearty supper, perfect for cold nights, this beef barley soup is a family favorite.

Beef Barley Soup A simple but hearty supper, perfect for cold nights, this beef barley soup is a family favorite.

The last few days have been some of the coldest of winter so far (our first negative temps of the season). No matter how warm we heat our house, we can’t get warm, because the cold is seeping in through every little crack. My family came to visit me this past weekend though and we had a blast staying inside, playing games and eating good food. This Beef Barley Soup is an easy favorite and is perfect for those extra cold nights.

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Apple Dumpling Bake

A simpler version of apple dumplings, this Apple Dumpling Bake is made in a casserole dish with soft, cinnamon apples sandwiched between layers of tender crust.

Apple Dumpling Bake Casserole (3)

I know in February you’re supposed to make all sorts of chocolate desserts with pink and red accents. But I’m sharing a family favorite recipe. My family generally loves any dessert with apples. Dad’s all-time favorite dessert was apple pie, but we also love apple dumplings, apple bars, and most recently, apple pizza. This Apple Dumpling Bake is way easier than traditional apple dumplings with all the delicious flavor. (Please note the cute little hearts cut in the top crust.)

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Lemon Berry Muffins

Bright Lemon Berry Muffins are a perfect for cheering up a cold January Day.

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I’ve totally lost all confidence in the weather men ’round these parts. Sometimes they way over-predict the snow. Like last week when they called for 8 inches and we ended up with less than a centimeter. And then on the other side of it they totally have missed two storms. Last night I was driving home from work in blowing snow and watching the car in front of me slide all over the road. The longer I followed him, the more I realized that he was doing it on purpose.

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Andes Mint Cookies

Andes Mint Cookies are a soft-baked chocolate cookie loaded with Andes Mint pieces and spread with an extra layer of mint goodness. They’re amazing straight from the oven.

Andes Mint Cookies. Soft baked and spread with mints. They're amazing straight from the oven.

 

So I meant to post these recipes before Christmas, but I decided time with my family and friends was more important than writing about cookies, so I’m sharing these treats with you now. And the timing may be perfect, because while treats abound in December, who doesn’t need some baking inspiration in January , especially soft chocolately, minty, warm-from-the-oven inspiration.

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No Churn Peppermint Ice Cream

Enjoy Peppermint Ice Cream all year round with this easy, no-churn recipe. 

Enjoy Peppermint Ice Cream all year round with this easy, no-churn recipe.

So I know it’s freezing cold outside and snowing! And actually I’m excited about it. It’s Saturday and I don’t have to drive anywhere so I’m quite content to be stuck at home while everything brown is covered with a white blanket. Plus eat some ice cream. I believe that ice cream is essential for any time of the year, not just summer. I like to curl up with a blanket, a book and a bowl of ice cream. Forget the coffee. [Read more…]

Pomegranate Cupcakes – White Cake with Pomegranate Buttercream

The best white cupcake with tangy, creamy pomegranate buttercream makes these pomegranate cupcakes perfect for a special occasion.
The best white cupcake with tangy, creamy pomegranate buttercream makes these cupcakes perfect for a special occasion.
 

I’m going through one of my fruit obsessions right now. I’m all about the pomegranates. I’ve been enjoying them plain, in smoothies, and, of course, I had to make a dessert of out them. The little red jewels add so much color this time of year when everything is drab and brown (Although we finally did get some snow to brighten things up). [Read more…]

The Top 5 Recipes of 2014

Happy New Year! For my first post of 2015, I thought it would be fun to review my reader’s top 5 recipes of 2014. There is something about a new year that makes us reflect on the old year a bit and look forward to the new. Top recipes of 2014 from Chocolate With Grace

It is certainly interesting to see which recipes my readers loved. I have to say, I’m a bit surprised by a few that made it in the top 5. As you scroll through this list, you can definitely see an improvement in my photography. Many of these recipes are from earlier in the year when I had just started dabbling in food photography, and I cringe a bit when I look at these pictures, but it’s also exciting to see improvement. [Read more…]

Pomegranate Banana Smoothie

This Pomegranate Banana smoothie is and easy, healthy and delicious treat to start out your new year!

This Pomegranate Banana smoothie is and easy, healthy and delicious treat to start out your new year!

I am sad because Christmas is over :(  (Although I can only handle so many sweets before I need to start eating healthy again). So, here is my first attempt to get back to a more normal diet with lots of fruits and veggies. Besides, pomegranates are almost as good as candy, and they are certainly prettier. [Read more…]

Buckeyes (Peanut Butter Balls)

Buckeyes, also known as Peanut Butter Balls, have a smooth peanut butter center and a fun chocolate shell. Make this simple buckeye recipe for your Christmas treat trays. 

Buckeyes, also known as Peanut Butter Balls, have a smooth peanut butter center and a fun chocolate shell. Make this simple buckeye recipe for your Christmas treat trays.

With only a few days until Christmas, I’m sharing one more treat for the season and since I’ll be celebrating Christmas in the Buckeye State, I figured it would be only fitting to share this treat. Buckeyes have been a classic and absolute favorite for my family for Christmas ever since I can remember.

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