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slow cooker dessert {guest post by alice greene}

It’s almost the end of January and many New Year’s resolutions have already been forgotten!  You still can’t pick up a magazine on the newsstand without reading about organizing, dieting, exercising or slow cooker recipes.
Here’s the catch—Most, if not all of the slow cooker recipes are for your entrée or main portion of your meal.  I just found a dessert slow-cooker recipe that I would like to share.  It’s easy, you don’t even have to get out your mixer and it’s ready in an hour and a half.  I mixed it up while I was preparing dinner last night, put it in the crock pot and when I had eaten and cleaned up the kitchen, it was ready for me!  I sat down to a warm, gooey, chocolate dessert.
The best part is that it is made with cocoa so you have less fat and calories than baking with other chocolate products.
Give it a try when you need something warm and delicious on a cold, winter night!  ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, flour, eggs, cocoa, pecans, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Pour into a 3-1/2-quart round slow cooker that’s been coated with cooking spray.
  2. Cover and cook on low setting 1-1/2 hours, or until set around edges but soft in center. Turn off slow cooker. Sprinkle with marshmallows; let stand, covered, 15 minutes. Serve warm.
-Alice Greene
Lexington, Kentucky

local artist

Whoops!  It’s almost the end of January!  I meant to do this post much earlier, but the time got away from me….

Ironically, I spend a great deal of time staring at this lovely calendar of landmarks around the Bluegrass.

This is the 21st edition of Lexington Sketches done by artist Becky Faulconer.  I purchased my copy at The Mouse Trap.

innovative office space

Who says that a small space can’t have big style?

I love this converted closet office space!  It looks so cozy and inviting.

What a great idea for a small space!  I’m tucking this one away for a future office makeover.

 

a manicure and a martini

image by dthoskins

January is a month when you certainly need fun pick-me-ups.  Wines on Vine is now featuring a very fun event on Tuesday nights to do just that!  Stop by for their Martini and Manicure Tuesdays where a partnering salon comes by starting at 5:30 pm to pamper you with a manicure, while you enjoy your martini.  The best part?  It is only $10 for both your manicure and martini.

For more information call Wines on Vine at 243-0017.

Wines on Vine

400 Old Vine Street

Lexington, KY 40507

 

winter blooms

image by DTHoskins
 Martha Washington Geraniums bloom year-round indoors.

food schedule

As I’ve been working on organization at my own home, I continue to be inspired by other’s wonderful organization ideas.  I LOVE this menu planning idea!  Coming to my home soon!

 

janvier

Love these beautiful January days.  They remind me that spring will be here before we know it!
 

getting organized

The new year is the perfect time to get organized.  An organized space is a perfect cure for the winter and post-holiday blahs.  I love this super organized crafting space.  I’m seeing an office makeover in my future!
Need some inspiration for organizing and de-cluttering your house or office, check out this great blog for Real Simple magazine.