Archives for February 2016

Peanut Butter Pound Cake


It’s February.

A.K.A. the best month ever.

Not just because it’s my birthday month either.

February Secret Recipe Club time.

This months recipe comes from Kirstin, the wife, mother, and blogger behind Loving Life.

I really enjoyed Kristin’s recipe index and wanted to try just about everything, but let’s be real…the peanut butter spoke to me…again.

Peanut Butter Pound Cake 


Y’all…this stuff is no joke.


Look at all that thickness.


Hello peanut butter cream frosting!


Of course I made it gluten-free.


So sue me why dontcha!


If you eat this for breakfast with coffee…you might just have magical powers 😉

Peanut Butter Pound Cake
Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 6
Thick, buttery pound cake with all the flavor of peanut butter topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting. Gluten-free.
  • For the cake:
  • 1 c. smooth peanut butter, all-natural
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ c. coconut sugar
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • For the frosting:
  • ½ c. full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 T. smooth peanut butter, all-natural
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, eggs, and coconut sugar until smooth.
  3. Stir in the milk and vanilla until combined.
  4. Stir in the baking soda and coconut flour until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  6. Let the cake cool.
  7. For the frosting, combine the coconut cream, maple syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl, mixing until smooth.
  8. Spread the frosting evenly onto the cake.
  9. Slice the cake and serve!

Houston Press Menu of Menu’s Extravaganza


I have partnered up with Houston Press for their Menu of Menu’s Extravaganza on April 5th.

The Menu of Menus® Extravaganza presented by Stella Artois is one of Houston’s largest food & wine events featuring over 40 area restaurants alongside wine, beer and cocktail sampling. The event will also feature the 5th Annual Iron Fork Chef Competition will showcase two of Houston’s most popular up and coming chefs as they face off in a head-to-head cooking competition that will be judged by local area celebrities. The winning chef will receive the “Iron Fork” award and bragging rights for the next year! During the exciting cooking competition, guests will enjoy cocktails, wine and food sampling from a number of the city’s best restaurants. Ticket price includes food and drinks for the evening. The event is at Silver Street Studios and is from 7-10 p.m.

Great food and drinks and amazing chefs and ME!?

Yes, you want to come.

Guess what?

I am giving you a pre-sale code that is good until 10 a.m. this morning!

Just enter “MANGIA16” at checkout 🙂

Regular priced tickets are on-sale today at noon!

You can purchase them here.

You must be 21+ to attend the event!

What are you waiting for?

Let’s do this 🙂



Happy 28th Birthday to me!

Goodness, I feel old.

Don’t look at me that way.

Anyway, here are 28 things I have learned during my lifetime.

  1. Stop living by “rules.” Rules put you in a box. Break those rules, you won’t regret it.
  2. Dates are fun. Date as many guys as possible. Just kidding.
  3. Spend time daily thanking God for your blessings. After all, he spent all that time creating you.
  4. Fix your hair, you will feel better, look better, and you can thank me later.
  5. School is not the be all, end all of life.
  6. Fail, fail miserably. You will only learn how to pick yourself back off the ground better each time.
  7. Treat yourself. You are worth it.
  8. A good bottle of wine is a must.
  9. Go out and live. Enjoy life, you only have one.
  10. Take compliments with a smile and a “thank you.” You still got it 😉
  11. Your parents will always be correct in all aspects of life. Don’t argue with me.
  12. Open your heart and don’t be afraid for it to get broken. It will break and when it does, you will have your mom and a 1/2 gallon of Bluebell Homemade Vanilla.
  13. Money isn’t everything.
  14. You will never be good at just one thing in life. You are a chameleon, try your hand at everything in life.
  15. Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of your dreams.
  16. Great friends are hard to come by. Keep a small circle of the ones who make time for you.
  17. Detox your life. Not as in a juice cleanse, or a vegan diet, but detox your life from the people that are toxic to it. Trust me. It’s like pulling off a band-aid.
  18. Your younger sister will always hold your hand while dragging you across the street, defend you against bar “creepers,” and be your wing-woman even when you don’t ask her to.
  19. You can wear all the makeup in the world, but it doesn’t compensate for a heart of gold. True beauty is skin deep.
  20. Never feel bad for singing in the shower and in the car at the top of your lungs.
  21. White girls can rap. Don’t underestimate me.
  22. The best birthday wishes are from your grandparents, who call and sing “Happy Birthday” to you every.single.birthday.
  23. A good spa day will bring out the best in you.
  24. Nothing makes a bad day turn great than being greeted by your dog when you come home.
  25. Mexican food, margaritas, and drunk dancing with your mom. Need I say more?
  26. The higher the hair, the closer to heaven.
  27. When it doubt, wear cowboy boots. Your feet will thank me 🙂
  28. You will only learn to love, when you learn to love yourself. Find things that make you great.
  29. (One to grow on)…eat the cake. Eat the cake, always eat the cake.