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Areyou ready to “FALL” in love with this decadent gluten-free flourless cake?? It also happens to be vegetarian and will a few simple subsitutions can be vegan!

A  good friend of mine had her bridal shower this summer.  We put together a recipe book for the bride-to-be, and here is my submission. Make this for anyone you love, especially yourself!


Falling In Love Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe


* 10 oz. of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
* 7 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cut into pieces
* 5 large eggs, room temperature
* 1 cup of sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
* 1/2 cup of dark chocolate cocoa powder
* Dash of cayenne pepper
* Pinch of salt
* Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9 ½ inch springform pan with a circle of parchment paper. Grease the sides and the parchment with butter or non-stick cooking spray (I love Pam for Baking cooking spray, myself).

2 Melt the chocolate and butter together over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth.

3 Whisk together the eggs and the sugar in a large bowl, and then slowly, a bit at a time, whisk in the melted chocolate. Add the salt and spices/cocoa and taste, adjusting the spices if needed.

4 Pour into the springform pan and bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.



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Pet photographer’s ambitious adoption photos.

I love this idea!

The photographer takes a dog in a shelter and uses simple costumes and decoration to promote adoption. The logic behind this is that by photographing the dogs in a more serene/family oriented enviornment, potential adoptees can see the dogs in a more humanistic way and how they can fit into your family. Not to mention is gives each dog a different personality, so they are not lost in the shuffle!

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The little things we do for happiness count! 

I think we live in a world that always promises better things, when what we truly need is often right in front of us!  Do you agree?


You are lucky if…..

You had a safe and warm place to sleep last night


You are blessed if….

 You didn’t go without food this morning ( or last night ) .


You are fortunate if….

You live in a land where freedom abounds!


Being joyful and satisfied with what you have is sometimes an aquired skill that takes practice.  My favorite tools for being joyful and satisfied are:


1) A gratitude list

2) Volunteer work/homeless shelter

3) Being still and quiet for 2 minutes everyday. Use this time to pray, meditate, stretch or simply be!

4) Connecting with loved ones, pets, whatever brings you joy!

5) Believeing that  you are here right now, where you are, doing what you are  doing, for a divine reason!


This isn’t a long list, so feel free to add in your tips below!


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