espresso cupcake

espresso cupcake, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

oh my WORD.
not too sweet, super moist cake, and a perfect espresso finish in the buttercream frosting. SO. DARN. GOOD.
[at liberty market]
[i love this place]

if you live nearby, treat yourself to one of these!!
you are worth it.




honeyed popcorn

honeyed popcorn, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

one of the simplest treats you can make for yourself –
sweet, salty, crunchy…
it’s the ultimate snack, i’m telling you.

you need:
a hot air corn popper, or your favourite method for popping those kernels.

1/4 c popcorn kernels
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons honey
salt to taste

pop…the popcorn kernels.

melt the butter and honey together gently (it will overflow if you’re not careful!)

toss with popped corn and salt to taste.



mid morning nomnomage

mid morning nomnomage, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

inspired by my friend Clive and his Facebook post today about a little snack he had just enjoyed. it sounded so good i promptly ran to my kitchen to create something similar..

roasted garlic bread slathered with spinach and artichoke cream cheese, topped with fresh tomato slices and a sprinkle of kosher salt. and of course a few olives.

so good.
thanks, clivios!

enjoy your day, everyone! be sure to take some time and make something special for yourself. even just a little snack can really be a nice touch.


it takes work

it takes work, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

today is the day i celebrate eight years of marriage to an incredible, hard working, faithful, funny, awesome man.

it’s been quite the journey.

first year newlywed bliss (aka: ignorance and naivety)
second year reality check (aka: oh, he really snores. great, she’s really OCD)
third year a new journey begins (aka: diapers and bottles and puke and poop and tears and memories and laughs and no sleep whatsoever)
fourth year things are calm (aka: still catching up on sleep from the third year, no time for anything else)
fifth year things really suck and almost don’t make it to the
sixth year grace and love rediscovered
seventh year economy strikes and only makes our love stronger, so suck it money and hard times, we don’t need you to survive to the
eighth year and counting (aka: i wonder what it will all hold. every day is a new adventure.)

all i know is that it will take more work.
and deeper love.
and stronger grace.

and i’m ready.
i love you babe.

you rock.


p.s. – stay tuned…i’m thinking of making a special cake or sumfin nice for tonight. 🙂

spring crazy

life’s too short…, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

i must be going stir crazy from the long cold winter (HA!)…or was that just that i am…crazy?
anyway, i got the itch to do some “spring cleaning” and totally revamped my pho-to-graphy website:

would you have a looksie, lemme know what you think, and be sure to tell me if there are any glitches?
i yelled enough not nice things last night while working on the site, so i think i scared most the glitches away….but you never know.


your friendly neighborhood dork.