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!


  • 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)
  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

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


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.