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Nicely Moist Texas Sheet Cake

22 Nov




  • 2 Cups of White Sugar
  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) of Real Butter (Not Margarine)
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 3 TBSP of Cocoa
  • ½ Cup of Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TSP of Baking Soda
  • 2 TSP of Vanilla
  • 1 TSP of Cinnamon


  • 3 TBSP of Cocoa
  • ½ Cup (1 Stick) of Real Butter
  • 6 TBSP of Buttermilk
  • 1 Box (1 LB) of Powdered Sugar
  • ½ Cup of Chopped Pecans (Optional)

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Terra Cotta Soldier M&M

1 Mar

I believe we all feel MUCH more secure knowing that this worthy warrior stands guard. My China experience is now better for having met this Terra Cotta M&M! 



Yes! Wait, No. Must Stick to Diet!

11 Feb

Having an Ethical Valentines!

10 Feb

Recently, several of my legal friends have been discussing the problem with buying unethically produced chocolate for the holidays.  Unfortunately, around the world, many of the major chocolate producers use cocoa beans gathered through the use of child labor

Using children to do work for lower costs is wrong on so many levels and completely unnecessary. Now, I fully support kids learning how to become adults through simple, child-friendly jobs. For example: babysitting, mowing yards, having a newspaper route, helping around the family business, shoveling snow.  

What I do not support is major industrial companies using the poverty of third-world countries to unethically and immorally encourage children to drop out of school and work in conditions that are completely illegal in the United States. As a teacher of Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, one of the great issues that globalization has caused is that it allows international companies to pick and choose where to manufacture and thus avoid the legal standards of work and health safety.  

With so many people in the work field looking for jobs, the devastating impact these jobs have on the children, the unethical underhanded dealings of this type of business ~ the use of child labor needs to end.  However, the companies that participate in this type of behavior are only interested in profits. So they are unlikely to stop the practice until it no longer benefits them to do so.  

How do we take away their profits? By not consuming their products!

So take a  moment and do your own research.  Find companies that do not use child labor in their chocolate production when you buy your holiday candy this year.  You might check out the article “Ethical Chocolate Companies.” While I have not verified the information in their list, others claim they are legitimate.  Note that the major producers – Mars, Hershey’s, Nestle, and Godiva – are not on this list!

Companies that ignore or subvert the law will listen when their buyers speak out. So take a stand against the despicable practice of child labor this Valentine’s Day and share the power of love for our world.

Hershey’s World Store!

26 Jan

OMG, in a land lacking decent chocolate, I have found heaven!

Yes, Metro Center at Xujiahui station in Shanghai. So amazing!


Its like a chocolate paradise, two floors of chocolate, twizzlers, jolly ranchers, and the best thing ever . . . Reese’s!





And the cafe upstairs has mint chocolate and iced mint drinks! Chocolate ice cream too!


Mint Chocolate Dipped Cookies

15 Nov

This started as an experiment with altering the tried and true Peanut Butter filled Dipped Ritz cookies (I actually made some of those too). I have some family members who actually prefer mint to Peanut Butter and friends allergic to peanuts, so I thought I would try out something new for the Christmas season.  Happily, these yummy alternatives were quite the success! And they really are quite easy to make!


  • Filling
    • 1 Box of Ritz Crackers – Plain
    • 1 (10 oz) package of Nestle’s “Winter Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels.
      • Andes Candies would probably work just as well; or try plain chocolate chips with an extra teaspoon of peppermint extract.
    • 2/3 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
    • 1 tsp of Peppermint Extract
    • 2/3 Cup of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 (20 oz) package of Almond Bark
  • Double Boiler (or a pot to melt Chocolate in)
  • Wax Paper

Directions (approx. 1 hour)

  • Make the Filling (approx. 30 minutes)

Chocolate Chips

  • Take out a glass microwavable bowl and add in the Chocolate Chips and Whipping Cream. I saved out a handful of chocolate chips to put on top at the end.
  • Set your microwave on half power (or Soft Melt) and microwave the mixture for 1-2 minutes. Stir after ever 30 seconds. When done, it’ll look kind of like a syrup–thick liquid.
  • Add Peppermint Extract and Powdered Sugar.  Stir it all together until the powdered sugar is as dissolved as possible. 
  • Now set it aside until it firms (approx. 20 minutes). It should have the consistency of icing (like you’d buy from the store).
  • Use 2 Ritz Crackers and Icing to make little sandwich cookies.  I used about 2 and a half packages of crackers to use up the chocolate mix.
  • Now take a Double Boiler; it has two parts and looks like this:
    • Add about 1″ of Water to the bottom and set it on to boil. Add 4 bars of Almond Bark in the top and stir it until melted.  You will probably have to keep melting more chocolate, but if you do too much at once it’ll take longer and harden before you’re done dipping.
    • Now you have everything ready to start dipping!  I use hot dog pinchers to hold the sandwiches when dipping them. Makes it easy to grab on and keep hold.  After covering them in chocolate, lay them out on the Wax Paper to harden. I crushed up the handful of chocolate chips left out and added them on top of the sandwich while the chocolate was hot. 

    They’re ready for you to enjoy!! Let me know what you think; I’m kind of proud of this recipe!


    Waffle Fish: Essentially Japanese

    29 May

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    Haha, had a little fun today!  My roommate and I went wandering and we finally got the chance to try these fish-shaped waffle treats.  We’ve been dying to try them for a while, but they usually are filled with this bean paste that doesn’t sound too appetizing.  However, today the little shop across from the hotel offered the ones filled with chocolate so we took a chance and grabbed one on the spot.  It cost 100 yen (approx. $1), and was pretty good.  I thought it was a little bland (literally a pancake filled with cheap chocolate), but I think it has a lot of potential.  I want to try making one with sweeter pancake batter and perhaps a more flavorful chocolate.  Still, I had fish-shaped waffles! How awesome is that?!?

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