Dark chocolate rum bundt

HAPPY 2018!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s celebration with family and good friends… and most importantly, good food.

With every new year, I like to reflect on the last. Some years are better than others, and some years I never want to think about again. But there’s something all years have in common: I end them thankful. Thankful for being alive, thankful for having my family in my corner at all times, and thankful for opportunities to be a better version of myself.

Wait… I mentioned good food earlier. I am ALWAYS thankful for good food. And speaking of good food, today’s recipe is for a cake that I made for New Year’s Day last year. It was a big hit in my chocolate (and alcohol) loving family. This is exactly what food is meant to do – bring people together. Even people who don’t have much in common have at least one thing – they eat.

So what does 2018 have in store? Helping others has always been a focus of mine (which is why I teach), but I’m going to work on extending this beyond school. I’ve always been invested in my own health, but I want to be more consistent with exercise and worry less about trivial matters. I want to take more trips, and experience new things. I want to try different foods – for my own enjoyment, and for your reading pleasure. I want to be the best wife, daughter, teacher, and friend that I can be.

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Maple walnut rum fudge

November may be over soon, but that doesn’t mean that holiday treats are taking a back seat. Next up is December… which is loaded with epic holiday food – especially desserts.

I don’t prepare any big holiday dinners in December like I do for Thanksgiving, but I DO make a TON of Christmas cookies, cakes, bars, and fudge.

This is one of my favorite fudge recipes – it’s quick, simple, and blends fall flavors with winter flavors beautifully. This is always a big hit with my family, and its sure to be one with yours, too.

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