dear Haiti,

dear Haiti,, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

i love you. my heart is broken for you. i pray you heal and find peace and hope again.

– here is a very simple way we can all help.  i hate to sound cliché, but for the cost of a latte and a donut, we can all contribute to the epic relief efforts in Haiti even just a little bit.  and so you know i am not just preaching at you, i have done this myself.  it is truly this simple:  after you Text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts, you will receive a confirmation text back from the Red Cross – follow their directions to confirm and you are done.  they have already raised $10 million dollars to aid Haiti – let’s raise that!

– please also take a moment to leave a comment over on The Pioneer Woman’s blog.  she is holding an incredible giveaway for the relief efforts in Haiti, and all it takes is a comment.

– i know there are many more incredible relief efforts out there – please feel free to leave links, names, anything you like in the comments to spread the information on their behalf.

i cannot even begin to imagine what this must be like for mothers, fathers, children, friends.  here are some photos of the current state of things.  as i have scrolled through each image, i have put myself in their shoes and wept.

i want to gather all those children in my arms and make their hurt go away.  this is so horrific.  there just aren’t words.  let’s all give what we can, and pray, and hope and pray some more.




good morning, 2010

good morning, 2010, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

i enjoyed my very first cup of stumptown coffee this morning, sent to me by a lovely friend.
i also had some fun shooting my first photos of 2010!
rather appropriate subject, don’t you think? 😉

happy, happy new year to each of you.

this one’s gonna be awesome. i can tell.

i am already plotting my next kitchen adventures, and looking forward to a year of learning and growing as a cook/photographer/writer/wife/mom/dork.  cannot wait to share my journey with all of you!!!




wrapping things up

limoncello cupcake, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

well, phew! i have been making cupcakes for almost 24 hours now, haha!

-red velvet cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting

vanilla cream cheese frosting

– peanut butter and chocolate chip cupcakes to be topped with bittersweet chocolate ganache

cute, warm, melty, chocolatey, peanut buttery mini cupcakes

pumpkin spice cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting


– lemon cupcakes with limoncello frosting


i am finally done and about to pack everything up, get cleaned up and changed into my little black dress [if it still fits after all this taste testing!] and head on over to the house where my incredible, beautiful friend will be saying her vows to a very lucky man at midnight. what a way to ring in a new year!

i just wanted to take a quick moment to wish you all a truly happy New Year, wherever you are. I hope the coming year is so sweet for each of you.
oh, and stay tuned – first recipe of 2010 will be these delightful little limoncello cupcakes! you know i love you. 😉

pucker up




things i love VII: CUPCAKES!!!

things i love: CUPCAKES!!!, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

tonight i am making four different kinds of cupcakes for a dear, dear friend’s wedding tomorrow night!
red velvet batter
yep, it’s a new year’s eve wedding, how fun is that?!

and the wedding cake is CUPCAKES!!! how much fun is THAT???!

i say pretty fun.

first batch: red velvet cupcakes. oh my word, these are soooo good. not that…i would, uuuh, know.

*wipes crumbs off face*

i am having too much fun.
hope your night is just as sweet as mine.


roasted veg

roasted veg, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

i am telling you, nothing beats roasted vegetables on a “cold” winter’s day.  i say “cold”, because i am in Phoenix, where we pretend it’s winter for a couple weeks and then just give up the illusion and return to flip-flops and swimming and getting third degree burns just from getting into our cars and gripping the steering wheel.  and that’s even when the darn car has been parked in the garage all day.  not that i am bitter about it or anything.


ANYWAY, here’s how to make your very own super hott roasted veg for your actual cold winter’s day.  that is, unless you are here in Phoenix as well.  if so – uuuh, come join me by the pool.

uniformly chop the following:

sweet potatoes + russet potatoes + red onions + carrots + green beans + brussels sprouts + zucchini + anything else you like


a few sprigs fresh thyme
a few sprigs fresh rosemary
[strip the leaves off and discard stems]
a few whole garlic cloves

toss everything in some

olive oil + balsamic vinegar + kosher salt + freshly cracked black pepper.

roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour.

after about 40 minutes, add one can of chickpeas that have been rinsed and tossed in olive oil and a splash of balsamic.
continue roasting 20 minutes more, or until the potatoes + veg are tender [but not mushy! ew.] feel free to add more balsamic and salt and pepper through the cooking process if you think it needs more!

so hott

this would be lovely served alongside your favourite roast, as a go-to holiday side dish, or as a main course with some crusty bread and butter on the side.
i personally prefer to scoop it straight out of the oven and into my face as is.

which is what i am doing right this minute, actually.  by the pool.  in my flip-flops.  i should have waited perhaps a few more minutes until they cooled off first, though.




love, chanelle

things i love VI

restaurant, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

up next in my “things i love” series:
checking out locally owned restaurants with old friends.
especially when it is one old friend in particular that i had not seen since the seventh grade!!!
and especially when we meet at a delightful little diner in the heart of phoenix:

with a waffle and scrambled egg for him, and “The Five Spot” [sans bacon] for me…

and hours of delightful conversation recounting childhood’s good times, bad times, and everything in between.
i left our time with my heart [and my stomach!] very full.


ah, life is so, so good.

and delicious.