Sweet treats don’t have to be time consuming. They just have to be good. In my book there’s nothing quite as simple, and definitely not as good, as a decadent, rich chocolate. Hit it with a little Chipotle spice and a salty crunch and man oh man, I go weak in the knees. Sounds like every Valentine’s dream, right?

Spicy Chocolate Bark with Chipotle and Almonds

I’ve had a thing for chocolate bark ever since I featured Gerry of the food blog Foodness Gracious in my Holiday Issue of FoodieCrush magazine. Not only does the guy do savory, he also knows his way around the sweet side of the kitchen.

But that wasn’t the first time I fell hard for his confections. The first time I met Gerry was at The Big Traveling Potluck when he handed me one of his luscious specialty caramels. Let’s just say we started off on a very good foot which left me licking my fingers clean.

Spicy Chocolate Bark with Chipotle and Almonds

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$100 Albion Fit Giveaway

by heidi on February 5, 2014

As I write this post for a $100 Albion Fit Giveaway, I’m watching the big—or actually much smaller, leaner and more toned—season finale of The Biggest Loser.

Coincidence? It’s probably more like a get off the old butt and get moving motivator.

Albion Fit Timp Vest

After re-upping the gym membership and making my 2014 diet and fitness goals, I more than welcomed the offer from Albion Fit to check out their workout wear.

The fact that the company is based locally in Salt Lake City and is named after one of my favorite canyons (the wildflowers in the springtime are INSANE) makes my eagerness to try their fitness gear all the more attractive.

And a little workout giveaway doesn’t hurt either.

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Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

by heidi on February 3, 2014

I’m not embarrassed to admit it. In our first days of being married—yep, that was just a feeeewww years ago—Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper was totally a favorite of my husband and mine.

Cheeseburger Macaroni

Maybe it’s because my mom rarely made dinner from the box that gave that dang Hamburger Helper version a secret appeal.

Or maybe it was just because it had the basic ingredients that make a comfort food dinner completely craveable: pasta, hamburger and cheese sauce.

We always doctored up the boxed version with sliced onion and mushrooms, it’s not like we could just eat it the cardboard cutout way.

Cheeseburger Macaroni

But when I started reading labels and trying to pronounce words in the ingredient list that I needed to pull out the dictionary for, the boxed version went by the wayside.

But that didn’t mean my craving went away.

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I’m just one of many content creators who create recipes, take drool-inducing photos of their inspired dishes (hopefully) and share it with the world through blogs.

Lunchbox Fund Photo 1

The ingredients we shop for and the food we make is readily accessible and plentiful. Shopping at the grocery store is just a car-ride /subway stop /quick walk away from our fully-functioning kitchens.

A visit to the weekend farmer’s market with morning coffee in hand is a social event, not a matter of life or death.

And the happiness of sharing a leisurely Sunday dinner with those you love makes it all the more easy to forget that there is a whole other side of the world out there. To forget that hunger plagues too many of those less fortunate.

And that too many of those who are less fortunate are innocent children.

On February 10, 2014, food bloggers are putting their words and photos to work. Food bloggers are coming together for a nationwide fundraiser with the goal of raising funds to provide one daily meal to 100 South African schoolchildren for one year. If you are a food blogger, you can join us in making a difference. If you are a reader, you can donate and do your part. It’s a win-win for each side of the globe.

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Friday Faves and 5 Decadent Cake Recipes

by heidi on January 31, 2014

Here we are, the last day of January. Are you still resolving, er, goal-setting? Or have you settled into your old routine and can’t wait for February to hit with it’s white sales, bikini displays at the mall and Superbowl feasts or Valentine’s Day treats?

I’m still on the bandwagon, trying to not to stray from the straight and narrow by bingeing in the deep end.

Friday Faves and 5 Decadent Cake Recipe Links

I subscribe to this newsletter and this week she shared a nugget that nailed me to a T.

“There’s a lot of talk about what we need to do to make our changes stick…So often, we get caught up in what the 10th step is going to be. We freak out about how we’re going to handle a lapse in commitment two months down the line when our shiny new change isn’t quite so shiny and new anymore.”

Yep, that’s me. But hopefully not for much longer.

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