Happy Martin Luther Valentine Day!?!

Chocolate+chocolate chips+raspberries= what potty training problems?

I realized when I logged on that the last post I worked on was a post for Martin Luther King, Jr. day that I had stopped writing midpost and never returned to… what happened in the intervening weeks to so completely consume me? That would be the birthday and potty training of a very strong willed 3 year old. I will be the first to say that I feared the potty training process. It did not go well with My Sweet One and she was much more eager to please than the Boy King. So, when it came to him I waited a full YEAR longer than I did with her to even begin potty training. Then I went with the much more hard core let your child run around with out any bottoms on so they are forced to realize they are eliminating and (theoretically) head for the nearest potty. It has been a long 3 + weeks since we began this process. Things are only just now seemingly sorting themselves out. But enough about that chaos. Additionally, I have my laptop back and am no longer trying to blog from my iPad which is another hurdle cleared.

This is what everyone who knows me is probably now thinking!


Now the plan is that I will use the book/treat I had originally planned for MLK day next week, this week I will share a Valentine treat, then the week of the 25th we will have a special post as part of the Booking Across the USA blog project!

Sigh… now back to the happy business of just thinking of fun books and yummy things… it’s like my own personal happy place ;)

Olive My Love

This week’s Valentine book is Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh. I first met Olive at Christmas time when she thought she was a reindeer. She is small, cute, and sort of reminds me of the dog version of Amelia Bedelia. :) In this book she is on a Valentines Day adventure that will keep you smiling and perhaps shaking your head. It is the perfect book to read while nibbling on a delicious chocolate raspberry muffin… that’s right, I said “chocolate raspberry muffin.” You’re welcome!

As you might be able to tell I have been a wee bit stressed lately. When I’m stressed I’m much more likely to think that I need a “treat.” For instance, there is a small locally owned coffee shop near where I teach. They make a great chai latte and have wonderful muffins so every so often I convince myself it will be a good idea to go through the drive through on my way too work. Last week I ventured through the drive through and was treated to an incredible chocolate raspberry muffin. I thought, “I have got to figure out how to make these!”   Can I just say, not only did I figure something out, but it is a wonderful something that makes the softest, yummiest most delectable muffins all the while including one of my favorite ingredients to sneak in while I’m baking… some Greek yogurt!

Every recipe needs a "secret" ingredient...


Double Chocolate Raspberry Muffins


    • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
    • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melt then measure)
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 cup almond milk (or regular milk if you are not out of it like me! ;)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 cup vanilla chobani yogurt
    • 1 cup raspberries
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli 60% cacao chips)

1.Preheat oven to 400.

2.Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking powder in large bowl.

3. In another bowl whisk together oil, egg, milk and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.

4. Stir in sour cream until combined. Fold in raspberries and chocolate chips.

5. Pour batter into 12 paper-lined or greased, regular muffin tin.

6. Bake in 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until pick inserted into center comes out clean.

This recipe was adapted Kitchen Simplicity.

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