Our nightly dance party

We have developed a new routine in the evenings that is humorous and cute and quite ridiculous all at the same time.  Here are the rules of the dance party game (as told to me by my 5 year old):

* we must dance to a Taylor Swift song
* masks, glitter skirts, and twirling ribbon are optional
* EVERYONE must dance
* personal dance space... completely non-existent

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I know that some day soon I will look back on this nightly routine and miss it so much.  I will most definitely miss the fact that they think that their mommy has the best dance moves they have ever seen!  Haha!  But seriously, I will miss the giggling, the wiggling, and the fact that, in their eyes, a 10 minute family dance party was the best part of their whole day.  It was the best part of mine too.


:: Toothy grins and laughing at her own jokes.  On this particular day, she thought it would be fun to walk around with a blanket of her head.  Hey, it's all about whatever makes you happy.

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:: Clean out the fridge cooking.  Inspired by the multiple power outages we have experienced due to this crazy tornado season, we are making a really strong effort to not waste any food... whether that is out of the garden or in the fridge.   This little tasty mish-mash of food  turned out to be one of our favorites and is now in heavy rotation in our meal planning. Recipe coming soon.

Orange Blossom Flourless Chocolate Cake & Outlander Day

Last week, my friend, Jess, and I had to most amazing idea to come together for a binge-watching marathon of Outlander. Outlander Day was dreamed up weeks in advance when both Jess and I were going through some curve balls that life occasionally throws in to keep things interesting.  It was a day to look forward to. Even though we live only an hour away from one another, we do not get to see each other as much as we would like.  So any day that we get together is a great day... a great day that requires chocolate and wine.  

So why Outlander Day and what does that have to do with Orange Blossom Chocolate Cake?  Well, I am getting to that.  So bear with me a little longer.  Jess reintroduced me to the Outlander books right after I moved to Fort Worth.  Anyways, the books are great and provided a good dose of escapism... lots of history, a romantic couple, bad guys, battles, and little bit about medicine all against the backdrop of the 18th century Scottish highlands.  All the makings of a good story.  And of course, with the tv series out on Starz, we had to check it out.  And since, I do not have cable, we had to wait until it came out on streaming.  The anticipation of waiting so long to see Jamie Fraser come to life on the big screen just about made me crazy!

Anyways... orange blossom flourless chocolate cake.  Well, as most of you know, food is one of my love languages.  And Jess is one of my most favorite people ever.  So only the most decadent, most amazing dessert will do.  This cake is delicious, rich and addicting. The orange blossom water and orange zest provide an element of surprise.

So what do Outlander and orange blossom flourless chocolate cake have to do with one another?  Absolutely nothing... except that they are both awesome, make me think of Jess, and provided exactly the much anticipated pick-me-up day that we were hoping for.

Orange Blossom Flourless Chocolate Cake
1 tbsp + 1 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp cocoa powder
12 ounces chocolate chips*
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c maple syrup
1/2 tsp orange blossom water**
1 tsp orange zest
2 tbsp water
 5 large eggs
1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a round 9-inch cake pan with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and then dust it with cocoa powder.  This will keep the cake from sticking.  Then, wrap the bottom outer edge of the pan with foil.  This will make more sense in a minute.

Carefully melt the chocolate chips and 1 cup of coconut oil together.  I just melted mine in a bowl in the microwave, watching it closely and stirring every 30 seconds.  Once melted, stir in the orange blossom water, orange zest, vanilla, maple syrup, salt, and water.  

Once the mixture has cooled just a bit, stir in the eggs one by one.  If you skip this step, you run the risk of chocolate scrambled eggs. Bleeegch!  Whisk everything together until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Pour the cake into the greased pan.  Then set the round pan wrapped in foil into a large baking dish.  Fill the large baking dish with about a 1/2 inch of water.  I find that the foil provides an extra security measure so that no water can leak into the cake.

Place the baking dish with the cake pan on it into the oven and back for about 45-50 minutes.  You will know the cake is done when a thin crust forms on top and does not move too much when you shake it.

Remove the cake pan from the water bath and let it cool in the pan until it is at room temperature.  Then tip the cake out onto a platter. Dust with grated orange zest or cocoa powder if you want to fancy it up more.  And then grab a fork and dig in!

Things that make me say Woohoo!

Hanging out with this little Firecracker

Super Girl shirts - let's all activate powers together!

Orange Blossom Flourless Chocolate cake (recipe coming soon)