raspberry margarita cake

 I hung out with a few friends last night. we had no plan and no expectations of where the night would end or what it would be. I know some people really don’t like this lack of structure, but I personally thrive on it. it doesn’t really matter what we are doing. we could honestly end up at a nowhere bar playing board games and I’ll be having the time of my life like I just stepped out of the limo. sometimes I catch myself in these moments and I don’t know why I’m having so much fun. why am I so happy in this moment? I shouldn’t be having so much fun doing the lame things we do!

raspberry margarita cake

In this, I have realized I feed off of the energy and vibes of my friends and I truly love being around them. I love how they make me laugh, think, and feel. I believe when we find people who make us feel joyous, comfortable and seen then our labels and expectations of ourselves fall away. at least momentarily. for a moment we don’t have to prove ourselves or fix what’s wrong about us.

raspberry margarita cake

similarly to culture and homeland pride, friends provide this sense of belonging. of a community. some of the hardest times in my life were because of a lack of community. a lack of people pouring joy into me and nowhere to pour my own joy. in these times I remember praying and praying for God to bring people into my life and for the courage to go out there and snatch them. *snatch* you are my friend nowwww. you are stuck with meee hahahahah!!!! suckaaaah!!!

 do you ever catch yourself and wonder, “literally why is this amazing person friends with mee?” it’s not that I don’t think I am amazing, hello. I know I am. I mean look at me. slay. lol. but, it’s that I think my friends are that much more amazing and I love them so much! I am so thankful for them. Thanksgiving has got to be one of the best holidays and it’s all because of them.

raspberry margarita cake

really, we all crave to belong. it’s within our core. even the people who don’t want to belong want to belong where they don’t belong. HAHAha. tripped you. but seriously. almost nothing matters more. because if we don’t belong then what’s the point right? the beautiful thing I wish everyone knew is that we do all belong somewhere. maybe we all belong in the same place, even aside from all our differences. we are all already in one place, here on earth. so what’s to say we all can’t belong somewhere else? differences and all?

raspberry margarita cake

what about the Unites States of AAAMERICA BAYBEEE?? *eagle screech* the ‘melting pot’ or ‘salad bowl’ of the world???? where people of all nations come together and belong!! but even here people feel like they don’t belong and history tells us this all too well. when we were spending time with refugees my friend started asking a few of the kids if they liked it here in the U.S. or if they would rather go home. overwhelmingly they expressed that if they had the chance they would go back in a heartbeat. they would return to what felt the most like home. where they feel they most belong.

raspberry margarita cake

what is home?

raspberry margarita cake

when times get tough, many of us want to return home. home for many people here is their parents’ house 30 minutes away. or if that’s a toxic place, maybe home is a friends house or just a certain city. a place where you belong. when you can’t pay rent, when your SO broke your heart, when you are feeling all around shitty or just weird. time at home sounds good. time where you belong sounds good. times, where I have felt like I belong, stand out to me because it means so much. it is why people fear to move, desire to move, enter relationships, leave relationships, become depressed..

raspberry margarita cake

in my biggest times of not belonging, I sought refuge. I sought it in in friends, activities, and places. but there is only one place where I have sought it and found it every time. one place I know I will belong. one place that won’t let me down. one place that won’t make the pit of my stomach churn. it’s food!!!!!!!!!!!! the world of food!!! sike no it’s not. food has definitely made my stomach churn a few times like come on. honestly, since I have accepted Jesus, the one place I have found refuge, a home, and belonging in is in Jesus Christ! places, people, and activities just don’t have this kind of power. they will let you down. our best friends have definitely disappointed us. Jesus is the home I can run to and choose to run to in a heartbeat. In my struggles, if someone asked me if I wanted to go home- yes. yes. Yes. my home is not another country far far away. it’s not hard to get to. I don’t have to trek. my home is in Jesus. He is right here all the time. He is already running to me and to go home all I have to do is open the door!!!!

raspberry margarita cake

let’s eat.

raspberry margarita cake
dessert fiesta!!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
cake
  1. 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. zest of 1 lime
  5. 4 tbsp tequila
  6. juice from 2 limes
  7. 1/2 cup raspberries
  8. 1 1/2 cup flour
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 2 tsp baking powder
frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 16 oz powdered sugar or confectioners sugar
  3. zest of 1 lime
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp Rose's lime juice (or juice from lime)
  5. 2 tbsp milk
cake
  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. in a medium to large bowl combine butter and sugar and mix well
  3. add eggs, lime zest, lime juice, tequila and whisk until well combined
  4. mash raspberries and mix in
  5. mix in salt, baking powder and flour
  6. pour batter in 2 loaf pans, evenly distributed
  7. bake at 350 for 40 min
  8. let cool before applying frosting
frosting
  1. beat butter and liquids together in a medium bowl
  2. gradually add powdered sugar and beat until whipped and fluffy
Notes
  1. I used El Mayor Reposado Tequila
breaking bread xo, brynn http://www.breakingbreadxo.com/

here’s the tequila!!!!!

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

how are you!! excited? stressed? overwhelmed? feeling festive?

holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but these times aren’t always so wonderful. with high expectations, emotions can run high and disappointment can flourish. most of the time we don’t choose the people around us. we encounter them by chance and people become a constant in our lives because of circumstance. coworkers, creepy uncles, parents that ~just don’t understand~ and even friends. and yes, people also become a constant purely because of intentionality and love, and there are people within the middle of this venn diagram of relationships. does that mean we should treat people of circumstance and chance differently? or should we shower them with the same love and intentionality that we bathe the people we adore in?

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

we don’t like to admit it, but from our disappointments with people in our lives that we didn’t choose, we are sometimes the problem. we shouldn’t be sour about our circumstantial relationships because then we become part of the sour. when we mistreat people, the core problem most likely isn’t that person but something churning within our own hearts. something we don’t like internally or wish we could change. what is mistreating that person going to do about it? be kinder than necessary even when people don’t deserve it. everyone is fighting an internal battle just like us, and additionally fighting an outward battle.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

surround yourself with people who flood positivity and love into your soul, you know this; but, don’t cast out those people of chance that are difficult. don’t mistreat them in return. don’t become the sour. they are difficult because of a battle they are fighting. what is an exclusive shower of our kindness going to do? create a division in our lives? we don’t need to open our souls to everyone and let people pour in negativity, but casting people out isn’t the answer. even though people come into our lives through chance and circumstance, there is a reason they are in our lives. they are here with us for a reason.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

-Mother Teresa

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

but, nobody ain’t neva said dis (living by words of MT) was ez. if they did, they’s a liar.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

you can start following Mother Teresa’s words by making these boozy treats. I can only imagine they will help. right? wait what?

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

bourbon drinky

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

I know you already pictured yourself swimming in the chopped chocolate, so here is some bubbling caramel for more food swimming daydreams:

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

bourbon and dark chocolate sound like a good combo to me. especially if I’m going to try my earnest to shower people with love. I have to fill myself with love……. and boozy truffles..duh. watch out uncle larry, I’m going to kill you with my kindness. pow pow.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

“I’m ded.”

-uncle larry

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

this is what truffles look like at the club,

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

they were so nice all day to the people in their lives they didn’t choose to be around and it was tiring. sitting pretty on a plate. so they had to recharge. in their time with the Lord, He filled them with an overflow. they then decided to go to ‘the drunken unicorn’ club in dt ATL for some wild fellowship to get their groove on. the main reason being recharging, so they could continue to shower people with kindness, of course.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

~happy holidays~

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles
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Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 9 oz. 60% dark chocolate chips
  2. 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (or coconut milk for dairy free)
  3. 2 tbsp bourbon
for optional caramel swirl
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/8 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  4. 1 tbsp butter
for optional coating
  1. cacao powder
  2. sprinkles
Instructions
  1. combine sugar and water for caramel in small saucepan on med. heat for 10 min (1/4 cup sugar + 1/8 cup water)
  2. add 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  3. simmer 2 min, then add butter and remove caramel from heat
  4. chop chocolate into small bits
  5. in a small saucepan heat 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream to simmer, remove from heat, pour over chopped chocolate in heat safe bowl
  6. stir until smooth
  7. you may use the microwave in 15 second increments for additional melting help if necessary
  8. let cool for 2 min and pour in bourbon, mix
  9. swirl in about 2/3 of the caramel, marble style. eat the rest by hand jk, use it for dipping or something
  10. cover and place in fridge to chill for 1 hr
  11. scoop out chocolate using a melon baller, roll gently between hands until round, be gentle and patient
  12. coat in cacao or sprinkles by rolling ball on plate
Notes
  1. I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips
  2. I did not mis-spell cocoa, I meant cacao. its more rich in flavor and adds a nice tartness. but you can use cocoa if you waaaaant 🙂
breaking bread xo, brynn http://www.breakingbreadxo.com/

big crispy gooey chocolate chip cookies

chocolate chip cookies???  S W E E T !!!

big crispy gooey chocolate chip cookies

this common, popular dessert seems simple and for the most part it is. while it is easy to make, there are so many tips and tricks to getting the cookie to come out a certain way. there is a long list of variables. if you are a cookie monster like me, you know there are SO many types of chocolate chip cookies. these types include thin & crisp, soft & chewy, light & cakey, and my personal favorite-crispy on the outside & gooey on the inside. if you are looking for the latter type then you are in the right place. I’m here to help walk you through these variable to achieve the PERFECT crispy-edged, gooey-center chocolate chip cookie.

big crispy gooey chocolate chip cookies

1. YES, order matters. as a fellow fan of chaos, I understand the urge to throw all the ingredients together and abandon order. there is a reason we mix dry and then add it to the wet. mixing the dry together first allows all the dry ingredients in the batter to be evenly distributed. if the baking soda is only in half the batter then the consistency of your cookie will be weird. mixing dry separately allows us to whisk the flour and sugar as many times as we want without overbeating the egg

big crispy gooey chocolate chip cookies

2.  C H I L L  O U T !!!! Okay, haha I mean chill the dough. place the dough in the fridge for a few hours before you bake it. some people don’t believe me on this one, but trust me! Google it. chilling your dough will prevent your cookie from sprawling out all over the place. it will help your cookie stay perky and fun. I do have a trick if you don’t have a few hours, or if you just can’t wait anymore- instead of chilling the whole batch for a few hours, scoop the cookie dough into the size you want and freeze the scoops individually for 10 minutes before baking. this creates more surface area for faster chilling.

big crispy gooey chocolate chip cookies

3. take the cookie out a little bit early. if the batch was just for me, honestly, I would take it out after 2 minutes and eat the hot dough. yeah, I got it bad. anyway, taking the cookies out a minute or 2 early will leave you with a gooey center. I try to avoid having dry cookies. *moist* is good. *moist moist moist moist*. I ain’t sorry. I ain’t sorry.

big crispy gooey chocolate chip cookies

I think those are the BIG 3 tips. follow these and you should be golden. if you know of any more awesome tips then comment them below!!

big crispy gooey chocolate chip cookies

big crispy gooey chocolate chip cookies
Yields 36
crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
16 min
Total Time
31 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
16 min
Total Time
31 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoon salt,
  5. 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  6. 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  7. 3/4 cup white sugar
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup chocolate chips
  11. 1 cup dark chocolate covered almonds
Instructions
  1. combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. mix well and set aside.
  2. in a large mixer add the butter and sugars and mix for 5 minutes until fluffy. add the eggs and vanilla and mix gently until well combined.
  3. slowly add in the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix. chop chocolate covered almonds into halves or thirds and add them along with the chocolate chips and fold them into the batter. cover the dough and and refrigerate dough for a few hours or overnight.
  4. preheat oven to 350 degrees F. scoop 1/4 cup sized cookie dough balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet, bake the cookies for 16 minutes until golden brown.
  5. EAT RIGHT AWAY
  6. just kidding, they are way too hot right now. what are you doing?!?!? don't burn yourself!!! have some self control!!
Adapted from What's Gaby Cooking
breaking bread xo, brynn http://www.breakingbreadxo.com/

cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies

cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies   cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies

just look at my parents fancy food processor. it’s a dream. if you have one.. you know what I’m talking about. maybe you are rolling your eyes at me, but the smell of freshly ground roasted nuts will change your mind. they smell like freshly baked cookies! how?? I have no idea but it’s awesome 🙂

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^^ look at that precious egg yolk hiding behind the blade. it’s just waiting to be stirred up and baked into a perfect morning bite of goodness. I love these cookies because they are hearty and not too sweet. they are like little bites of energy, and because they are little it means you can have more than one right? like 3 or 6 maybe 🙂 ?

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after blending the walnuts and almonds it is time to fold in the beautiful cranberries and chocolate chips. I may have added a few more chocolate chips and eaten a handful in the process… 😉

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say hello to these beautiful babies. they will give you the warmest hello back as they melt in your mouth. yum. crispy on the bottom and soft in the middle, what more could you want? also, these golden bites of goodness will sustain you until lunch because the oats and nuts will give you energy throughout the morning since your body slowly digests them. your body digests the cranberries faster, so they will give you immediate energy…which is much needed along with a big steaming cup of coffee! 

cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies

cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies

E A T  T H E  C O O K I E

E A T  I T

cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies
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the perfect morning yum
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
38 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
38 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shelled walnuts
  2. 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
  3. 2 tbsp honey
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  10. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  11. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  12. 1/2 cup rolled oats
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F. spread walnuts and almonds onto baking sheet (over parchment paper if you have it). toast nuts in the oven for 8 minutes, stir them around halfway.
  2. place toasted nuts in the food processor. process until smooth, up to 5 minutes.
  3. stop the processor and S M E L L T H E A W E S O M E N E S S ! you're welcome. add honey, vanilla, egg, baking soda, cinnamon and salt to processor and blend until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  4. transfer mixture to a medium bowl. fold in cranberries chocolate chips, chia seeds and oats.
  5. use a small spoon or cookie scoop and roll into balls. place on cookie sheet with parchement paper, then lightly flatten with the palm of your hand. bake for 8 minutes or until edges are slightly golden brown.
  6. allow to cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes then E A T 🙂
Notes
  1. store in airtight container
Adapted from ambitious kitchen
Adapted from ambitious kitchen
breaking bread xo, brynn http://www.breakingbreadxo.com/
breaking bread xo, brynn