New Year’s Resolution #1: Eat more sweets.


No, really.

Let yourself “indulge.”

I really should say intentions instead of resolutions, right?

These are a few of my intentions for 2014 (in no particular order):

1). Polish my photography skills, ESPECIALLY for the blog! I have had my new camera for about a year now and I love it! However, I only just learned about all the awesome settings…like, yesterday. C’mon Chels, get it together! I might even want to take a photography class…what, what!


2). Be more care-free. This pertains to my every day life. Less schedules, more fun! I have already started to work on this and it is FABULOUS!

3). More time spent w/ friends. This could be anything from just hanging out and having a movie night, or partying til the sun comes up. I’m gonna go w/ the flow. Whole new me. You’ll see 😉


4). Stress less. I am about to enter school again working toward becoming a Registered Dietician. I know that school can really take over my life and I want to be able to tell myself to “remember to breathe, exams aren’t everything, it’s not the end of the world.”

5). More sleep. This is a BIG ONE for me. I feel like I never get enough sleep. I may go to bed earlier, but I rise at 4 a.m., pretty much everyday. Sleep in, Chels…it’s good for the beauty.


6). Write more often. Not counting the blog, I love, love, love to write. I just want to take sometime to really write what I am feeling, or just write about my life in general.

7). Pick up the guitar. Acoustic. I love to sing. I have always wanted to play the guitar and have been learning, I would just like to make it my newest hobby and really be able to play.


8). Write an e-cookbook. 🙂 This one’s for you…and me. I want to share some recipes I have been working on forever. Maybe at the end of the summer 🙂

9). More “me” time…whether it’s a massage, a walk, getting my nails and/or hair done, reading a book, once a week…I shut all my electronics down and zen out.


10). More family dinners. It’s hard to do this since my seester lives in Austin, but I would love to be able to have dinner together as a family at least once a week. We do have dinner every night, but because everyone is on a different schedule, we all eat at different times.

11). More pasta Sunday’s…this kind of goes along w/ the above, but more in relation to my extended family. We used to have pasta every Sunday, my family misses that…so we are going to start it up again.


12). Travel. I want to take a “me” vacation…maybe to Cali. I also want to travel, anywhere with my family all together.

13). Work on baking/cooking things outside of my comfort zones: see crossaints, flaky pastries, yeasted breads, souffles, layer cakes, you name it…throw it at me.

14). Throw myself out there and meet new people. Maybe I’ll date Ryan Reynold’s…who knows 😉

15). Spend more time w/ my grandparents (my grandmother’s, and my remaining grandfather). They are getting old and I see them all often…but not often enough. I love to hear their stories. They are golden.

16). Try new exercise routines: hike, bike, more yoga & pilates, less running, online fitness workouts, etc. !

That’s all for now! What are you’re intentions for the new year?

Fudgy Brownie Mini Muffins
Recipe type: Muffin, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 18
Rich, fudge-like, dark chocolate mini muffins w/ a slightly sweet cocoa frosting. Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and refined sugar-free.
  • For the muffins:
  • ¼ c. unsalted, almond butter
  • ¼ c. melted dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ c. pure maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg (1 T. ground flaxseed meal + 3 T. water, mix let sit for 5 minutes)
  • ¼ c. unsweetened, cocoa powder
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • ¼ t. baking soda
  • For the frosting:
  • ¼ c. coconut oil, softened
  • 2 t. unsweetened, cocoa powder
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  1. For the brownies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a mini muffin pan w/ non-stick or silicone liners.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the almond butter, dark chocolate, maple syrup, and flax egg until smooth.
  4. Stir in the cocoa powder, coconut flour, and baking soda.
  5. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoon into the prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean.
  7. Let the muffins cool completely.
  8. For the frosting, mix together all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  9. Place ¼ teaspoon of frosting on top of each cooled muffin.



  1. “Intentions” I like it in lieu of “resolutions.” Happy 2014!

  2. Renee Ethridge says:

    Intentions are the key! Resolutions are mind taps that continue to tug at you daily. God is the one that intends the best for you and with him your list is endless!! Lovin on you today and everyday – You are wiser than most adults I know – Never take for granted anyone or anything for one single minute – You may look back and poof – it’s gone. Then, everyone will have to listen to the woulda, coulda, shoulda – Ain’t nobody got time for that!! The heart has the answer’s and it is also the key to everything imaginable so be good to it and also reflect that goodness in others!! Love you my eldest golden girl!!

  3. La Torontoise says:

    Chelsey, I love this list; I recently had a bithday and this gave me the occasion to reflect and make a list of intentions. It’s near the New Year’s day and it fits nicely into my ritual for reflectionand thinking at this time of the year.
    My top priority is ‘Sleep more!’. My work is very hectic, I’m a amother of a 9-year old and my husband is often on business trips; I end up with very few sleeping hours which hit badly my immune system.

    I found yor blog through the Lavander and Lovage blog that I read on regular basis. I’m a Canadian living in the South of France, all my vacation time. I’m based in North Europe for the time being.
    Like your pictures and recipes. Keep the good work and all the best in your studies!

    • Chelsy says:

      That is awesome! I love holding myself accountable and working towards my goals for the year. I definitely need to sleep more as well! 🙂 We could all use a little more sleep now and then. I envy the Italians for their mid-day breaks that they take in order to rest and re-coop before heading back to work. That would be amazing to have here in the states. I one day hope to visit france, that is amazing that you get to live there. I just saw my recipe post up on Lavender and Lovage and I can tell Karen’s blog is one that I will be hooked on for life. So cute and all of her recipes look delicious! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. Audrey says:

    Is it alright if I use honey instead of maple syrup?

    • Chelsy says:

      You can, but since maple syrup is thinner, you may not need as much honey, so just add it by the tablespoon.

  5. Audrey says:

    Are these brownies really fudgy and not cake-like-consistency? I made paleo brownies before with coconut flour and they taste just like brownies but the texture was more cake-like…. I want a fudgy paleo brownie!!! 😀


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