Chocolate-Chocolate Gelato Recipe

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My husband's marriage proposal was incredibly unique and extremely romantic.We were hiking in a canyon way out in Malibu (the same trail where we got lost on our third date -- which is a long story for another time).It seemed out of nowhere that a guy from a band I loved appeared from behind a cliff and … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Nutella Brownies Full of Heart! {Gluten-Free}

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My whole life people have asked if I was born on Valentine's Day.Nope.Then they ask if I'm Italian.Nope.My parents just liked the name Valentina.Could my name be the reason that I've always loved Valentine's Day?I thought Valentine's Day was so fun when I was little - exchanging little … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Pink Gerberas and Double Chocolate, Double Espresso Cookies

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My husband brought home a bundle of these extremely beautiful Gerberas for me.  So sweet!  After I thanked him for the love and got the pretty flowers in water, my mind immediately went to chocolate.  And espresso!  I know: weird!(Good weird?  I think?) The flower’s creamy pink hues were stunning to me, but I … [Read more...]

Nutella Truffles

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I know, I know, you get it already:  I have a thing for Nutella.And yes, while I love my Nutella recipes, I also love Nutella right out of the jar. (Who wouldn't?)And this "recipe," my friends, is brilliant!  And ridiculous! My friend Aimeé was over and sampled these the first time I made them.  She put it … [Read more...]