Chocolate Mocha Bundt Cake


Searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert recipe that will wow your family, or that special someone? This Mocha Bundt Cake is packed with love and flavor, not to mention also low in sugar! A Valentine’s Day (or any day) chocolate indulgence with half the guilt and twice the jolt. This decadent, delicious mix of chocolaty goodness, with a hint of coffee flavor, is the perfect ending to an amazing Valentine’s Day dinner!

Chocolate Mocha Bundt Cake

Chocolate Mocha Bundt Cake

Ingredients:
2 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting
2/3 cup high quality cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan, room temperature
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sour cream
5 tablespoons cold brewed coffee
Butter Coffee Pour Over (recipe to follow)

Directions:
– Preheat the oven to 350°F.
– Generously grease a Bundt pan with butter. Set aside.
– In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
– In a standing mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and light in texture (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the sour cream and coffee and mix until combined.
– Gradually add the dry JUST until incorporated.
– Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt and bake until the center of cake springs back when touched and a skewer inserted near the center comes out clean (about 45-50 minutes).
– Remove the cake from the oven and pour Butter Coffee Pour Over mixture over the hot cake. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Release the sides and bottom of the cake from the pan with a narrow metal spatula or knife. Invert the pan onto a plate or cake stand. Remove the pan and dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar before serving.

Butter Coffee Pour Over

Ingredients:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brewed dark roast coffee
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar

Directions:
– Add ingredients to a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.

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February 8, 2016 – 5:49 PM - | Posted in recipes, Valentines Day | No Comments »

“I Love HUE” – Paint On The Valentine Charm With Duri


Duri Nail Polish

Valentine’s day is upon us, how many of you are looking for a last minute gift idea? Why get the usual chocolates or flowers, why not give the gift of color?!?! Duri Cosmetics brings you the perfect set of polishes for Valentine’s Day.

Duri Valentine Hues

Their Valentine inspired hues come in some great colors like:
EVERY DAY IS A VALENTINE – a pigment rich true red
CUPID RULES – a modern bubblegum pink
ICED ROSES – a ten digit worthy pastel floral bouquet
UNEXPECTED KISS – a sheer, orchid pink
SWEETHEART – a bright, red-orange shade.

Duri Valentine's Gift Box

 

Whether you purchase them for yourself, or give them of a gift, Duri nail polish brings something new to a Valentine. To make things even better, Duri is allowing you to customize a Valentine’s Day Gift Box with your four favorite hues for just $24.

Duri Polishes are available retail for $6 each and can be found on www.duri.com. Duri nail polishes are completely safe, environmentally-friendly and 3 FREE (no DBP, TOLUENE, FORMALDEHYDE).

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February 8, 2016 – 4:50 PM - | Posted in Reviews, Valentines Day | 1 Comment »

MILO’S KITCHEN RECALL YOUR FAVORITE DOGGY MEMORY CONTEST *GIVEAWAY*


Enter to win a 6 Month Supply of delicious Milo's Kitchen doggy snacks!  Ends 2/15

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Did you know that one in five Americans would rather spend Valentine’s with their dog than a significant other? And it’s no wonder why – they’re loving, they’re loyal, and you don’t have to put on Spanx to go out with them.

Milo’s Kitchen – the makers of premium-quality, home-style dog treats – wants to celebrate all the furry soulmates out there this Valentine’s Day by sharing your (puppy) love connections. When you met your pooch was it love at first lick or did you take it one paw at a time? Did you fall for those puppy dog eyes or find yourself bowled over by that big, fluffy tail?

Enter to win a 6 Month Supply of delicious Milo's Kitchen doggy snacks!  Ends 2/15

Recall the moment love blossomed between you and your pup for the chance to win the ultimate Doggy Date Night Essentials Kit from Milo’s Kitchen! Whether you’ve got a foodie Fido who savors his Steak Grillers or a ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of pooch who loves nothing more than some down-home Grilled Burger Bites and Sweet Potato Slices, Milo’s Kitchen has the snacks to make an un-fur-gettable Valentine’s Day for your pup.

Now’s your chance to reward your four-legged companion for all he does for you.

To enter: ‘Like’ Milo’s Kitchen on Facebook and share your favorite doggy memory in the comments section of this post.

I found some great doggy outing ideas at TheNosePrint.com, a site with tons of paw-some tips, tricks and advice for dog parents.

Turn date night into a mini getaway? Yes, please! This article tells us the top 10 best dog-friendly destinations in America.
http://thenoseprint.com/article/america-s-best-dog-friendly-destinations

How about a sweet treat? Here’s a great roundup of DIY Valentines to make for your furry friend.
http://thenoseprint.com/article/valentines

With Valentine’s Day coming up, this #DoggyDateNight couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m excited to do something special for Mello. Though I’m fairly certain his idea of a dream date is feasting on some Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers. They are his favorite!

Want to surprise your pup with a special Valentine? Enter below for a chance to win a 6-Month supply of decadent and delicious Milo’s Kitchen snacks, proudly made in the USA!

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February 8, 2016 – 2:20 PM - | Posted in Giveaways, promotions | 70 Comments »

DIY Chocolate Coconut Sugar Hand Scrub


This sweet and tasty scrub is perfect to revive dry hands and feet! The cocoa in this scrub is rich in antioxidants which are very beneficial to your skin. Skin is very absorbent and will draw the antioxidants from the cocoa, helping to battle free radical damage that makes it look dehydrated and dull.

DIY Chocolate Coconut Sugar Hand Scrub

Ingredients:
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (in solid form)
1/3 cup almond oil
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
a few drops of coconut extract or essential oil

Directions:
Add all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until combined. Make sure to mix enough so there are no chunks remaining. To use the scrub, simply rub it all over your hands and feet and let sit for about 5 minutes. Rinse it off using warm water and follow up with a hydrating moisturizer! Also always apply a cuticle oil to keep nails looking fresh.

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February 1, 2016 – 5:26 PM - | Posted in beauty | 3 Comments »

Smirnoff Ice Gets You Game Day Ready With These Great Drink Recipes!


The playoffs have officially kicked off (pun intended) and Smirnoff Ice has some fun cocktails to celebrate your football fandom. Whether you’re hosting friends for a homegate or bringing it to the parking lot for a tailgate, we’ve got you covered in the cocktail department.

Below please find simple, delicious and festive recipes, like the Super Bowl Sangria, Playoff Preparada and Winning Moscow Mule.

Super Bowl Sangria

Super Bowl Sangria

Serves 6
Ingredients:
· 2 cups Smirnoff Ice® Screwdriver
· 2 cups pinot grigio
· Fresh fruit slices

Preparation:
Mix in a pitcher and garnish with fresh fruit.

 

Playoff Preparada

Playoff Preparada

Serves 1-2
Ingredients:
· 1 bottle Smirnoff Ice® Green Apple
· Fresh fruit
· Chili lime seasoning
· Chamoy

Preparation:
Fill glass halfway with ice. Add chopped apples and oranges. Flavor with some chili lime seasoning and chamoy to your taste. Pour one bottle of Smirnoff Ice® Original. Top it all off with some maraschino cherries.

Winning Moscow Mule

Winning Moscow Mule

Serves 1
Ingredients:
· 1 Bottle Smirnoff Ice® Moscow Mule
· Fresh fruit

Preparation:
Pour bottle into copper mug with ice. Garnish with fruit.

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January 24, 2016 – 5:20 PM - | Posted in recipes | 1 Comment »
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