Category Archives: Projects

Chocolate Hazelnut Recipes

It’s World Nutella Day! You know, the day in February that people all over the world celebrate the delicious combination that is chocolate + hazelnut. If you love all things chocolate and hazelnut (and I bet you do), check out the recipe links for Nutella recipes and Nutella inspired recipes posted on the World Nutella Day site.

Obviously, I’m a big fan of chocolate + hazelnut, and have posted several Nutella inspired recipes over the past few years. Here are some of my favorites:
Chocolate Hazelnut Recipes From Eating Clean Recipes: Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie Bites, Chocolate Hazelnut Bark and Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

Chocolate Hazelnut DrinksFrom Drink and Cocktail Recipes: Chocolate Hazelnut CoffeeChocolate Hazelnut Martini and Spiked Hot Drinking Chocolate

More chocolate hazelnut deliciousness:
Nutella Cookies from Frites and Fries
Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Pops
Nutella and Hazelnut Brownies from Sweet and Savoury Pursuits
Nutella Lava Cupcakes from Cleo Buttera
Nutella and Salted Caramel Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cookies from Hot Chocolate Hits

Project Bandit: Sketching an Incomplete Story

The Incomplete Story

What’s the best part of working in a creative field? For me, it’s often the process that’s most rewarding. I love discovering, dreaming, creating and collaborating.

This summer, I participated in a creative collaboration workshop lead by Gary Hirsch. The workshop was an extension of the World Domination Summit– a gathering of people aiming to live remarkable lives in a conventional world. (Chris Guillebeau is the host of WDS and author of books like The Happiness of Pursuit and The Art on Non-Conformity.) Throughout the workshop, Gary lead us through a series of improv exercises and games focusing on collaboration. At the end of the day, we were invited to take a piece of his original art work (a sketch or painting) and create something…anything with it. The idea was to add to The Incomplete Story.

I was drawn to a sketch of a creature I’ve come to think of as a bandit. At first, I didn’t know why I liked this character so much. Then I realized what intrigued me was the many facets and moods of the character. Every time I looked at the black and white bandit I saw something new. To pull out some of the characteristics I made a few sketches. It was a reminder to change perspective and take more than one look at what you are working on.

Art SketchThis sketch was all about perspective. By turning the sketch upside down and editing some elements I saw a whole new character.
Black and White SketchesAnother thing I saw in the character was many moods in the form of faces. I sketched 4 of the faces I found with expressions ranging from blissful to indifferent. It reminded me of the many pieces and parts that make up the whole of each of us.

The story of the bandit is still incomplete because there is more to discover. I’ll keep looking.

Project Orange: Pumpkin Recipes

The last recipe project I worked on was in the heat of late summer. I was inspired to create a collection of DIY popsicle recipes to celebrate my new food blog. It was was a fun, messy and melty project. Now for something completely different…

If you’ve browsed this blog at all you may have guessed the subject of my latest recipe project. Come fall, it’s all about pumpkin and spice. (Although apples also have my eye.) I’m calling my latest recipe collection of pumpkin recipes Project Orange. Here’s a round-up and links to all the pumpkin and spice recipes!
Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Spice Power Smoothie

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Frappe Drink

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Project Melt: Frozen Pop Recipes

melting pops and raindropsWhat happens when you decide to start a frozen pops recipe project at the end of summer during the hottest week of the year? MELT. You get melt. Especially when you photograph the popsicles outside on your front steps right before a thunderstorm. (Look closely at the picture and you’ll see raindrops in the melting pops!)

Despite the heat and the storm, I created 5 new frozen pops. Check out the recipes from Project Melt.
Watermelon Ice Pops
Watermelon Ice Pops Recipe– an icy and refreshing blend of watermelon, fresh lime juice and honey.
Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Pops
Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Pops Recipe– double chocolate equals double delicious. If you like the flavor of nutella, you’ll love these pops.
Peach Frozen Yogurt Smoothie Pops
Peach Frozen Yogurt Smoothie Pops Recipe– a mix of fresh peach chunks, banana, Greek yogurt and vanilla.
Creamy Coffee Pops
Creamy Cold Press Coffee Pops Recipe– strong cold press coffee with creamy sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk. Like Vietnamese iced coffee, but frozen on a stick!
Salted Chocolate Fudge PopVegan Salted Chocolate Fudge Pops Recipe– a pinch of sea salt complements the chocolate flavor in these non-dairy fudge pops. Yup, they’re vegan.