Chocolate Candy Cane Bread

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Looking for a fun and festive holiday treat?

I’ve got just the thing!

After pouring over my pile of magazines looking for some last minute holiday inspiration, I came across Chocolate Candy Cane Loaves.

I had never heard of such a thing but decided to give them a whirl.

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I immediately feel head-over-heals in love. 

They are simple yet flavorful. Easy yet impressive. And just scream of holiday cheer!

 I made a few subtle changes to the recipe. I used peppermint candies instead of candy canes,

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and regular sized chocolate chips rather than the mini, and I must say, the outcome was divine.

Not to mention, I got to use the vintage egg separator that I recently found whilst antiquing.  

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It’s the little things in life, right?

This is a not too sweet… chocolatey, pepperminty, festive bread that makes for a perfect gift, dessert,

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 or  just a sweet little treat with a cuppa tea or coffee.

Cheers to a lovely holiday season! Hope that yours is filled to the brim with love & joy.

xoxo,

Wenderly

Chocolate Candy Cane Bread
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1⅔ cups brown sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup strong brewed coffee
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup baking cocoa
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (I used regular size)
  • Topping
  • 2 oz. white baking chocolate, melted
  • 3 Tbsp. crushed candy canes (I used about 20 crushed peppermints)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350º.
  2. Spray three 8x4 loaf pans with baking spray.
  3. Beat butter and brown sugar in a bowl for a couple of minutes until crumbly. Pour in egg whites, eggs, coffee (cooled), yogurt, oil and vanilla & peppermint extracts and mix until incorporated.
  4. Meanwhile, in another bowl, add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt and whisk together. Next, pour this dry mixture into the wet mixture alternating with the buttermilk and beating well until all is gone. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake for 50-55 minutes until cooked through and cake tester comes out clean. Let the loaves cool in pans for about 15 minutes before turning them out onto cooling racks to finish cooling.
  6. Melt the white chocolate and drizzle over tops of loaves with a spoon. Sprinkle a happy amount of the crushed candy canes (or peppermints) all over the top before the white chocolate dries.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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Oh, For the Love of Autumn

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Autumn. Just whispering the word makes a warm smile spread across my lips. 

Autumn.

Autumn.

Autumn.

I love everything about the season.

Bushels of plump, perfect pumpkins.

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Magnificent, brightly colored mums adorning the storefronts begging for a spot on your front stoop.

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Candy apple red shoes shining brightly out from beneath a dark, comfy pair of  jeans.

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Glorious sunrises that seem to warm even the crispest of frosty mornings.

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Accompanied by fragrant pumpkin pancakes that warm your heart and soul.

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Golden trees that stand tall and proud as they show off their Autumn foliage.

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While a rainbow of leaves gather on the ground amongst the still green grass. 

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Radiant red leaves of a Japanese Maple borrow the brilliant blue skies to be their temporary backdrop.

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And as suppertime rolls around, the sun on its new schedule, gently slips away through the trees.

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While pipping hot brown sugar and cinnamon baked apples are pulled out of the oven and wait patiently,

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to end the delicious Autumn day on the sweetest of notes.

Oh, for the love of Autumn!

Wenderly

 

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**CLOSED**Guest Post from Girl Hunter aka Georgia Pellegrini (plus a Giveaway)

Have you ever met my sweet and talented friend Georgia Pellegrini otherwise known as Girl Hunter?

Well she’s fabulous in so. many. ways. Beautiful, sweet, kind, witty, not to mention a brilliant huntress and cook. She’s taking outdoor adventure to a whole new level!! 

(Make sure you enter the beautiful giveaway at the end!)

Take it away Georgia!!!

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Recently I have been thinking a lot about my close girlfriends and how important those relationships are to me. When I look back over the years I realize I met so many of them during those unforgettable bonding experiences that life brings your way. There is a lot that I love about the Adventure Getaways that I’ve been doing over the last two years, but my hands down favorite thing is watching women come together from across the country, meet each other for the first time on Friday afternoon, and leave on Sunday as lifelong friends.

Since I hosted my first Adventure Getaway a year and half ago, (where Wendy was a guest!), I have been amazed to see how many different types of women have had a desire to come on these adventure trips with me and challenge themselves to experience new things.

There is something about these Getaways, every single time I say to myself, “wow, I couldn’t have hand picked a better group of women to come together as total strangers and bond as if they had known each other for years.” I feel very lucky to witness and take part in this sort of togetherness and am grateful to have met so many wonderful people along the way and to share all kinds of adventures, laughter, and good food with them. I’ve made friends for life.
 
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Wendy joined me on the inaugural event along with some of my favorite food bloggers on the planet.
Since those first successful trips, I have expanded the adventures in weird and wonderful ways, and these are some of the highlights I thought I’d share.
2013-08-07_0007 One of my favorite parts of the weekend is the girl bonding by the fire pit. There are lots and lots of s’mores. Some women even bring their own retractable s’mores sticks, they mean business. 2013-08-07_0010

There are really cozy accommodations, sometimes we even each have our own little house with a wood burning fireplace. Other times, it is a log cabin with mountain views. 2013-08-07_0012 And my personal favorite are the many types of bubble baths. A woman needs that after a long day of adventure. 2013-08-07_0008 I also love the food we have had on our menus, from elk, to venison, to frogs legs, oh my! Plus the delicious berry mousses and beignets smothered in ice cream. Sometimes we even have special Bourbon Dinners with live entertainment. 2013-08-07_0009 Since I am a chef by trade, I’m all about the learning. We have cooking classes galore. Ever wanted to know how to clean and butcher a bird properly? No problem. How about some amazing Texas shaped cookies? We’ve got you covered.Girl Hunter Baking by TidyMom On special occasions, we even have guest teachers who teach us to make amazing cookies and cake pops. 2013-08-07_0011 Then there is the adventure. We ladies get together on ATVs and drive 10,000 feet into the Montana mountains. 2013-08-07_0006 Or walk in the snowy hills and hunt wild birds, wild hogs, deer and the likes, many of the ladies do this for the very first time with professional guides and beautiful bird dogs along with them. Sometimes you’ll even find yourself hunting with men in kilts (see above, yikes!). Fly fishing...

We fly fish and listen to the meditative sounds of the rivers rushing around our ankles while we wear our waterproof waders. 2013-08-07_0005 There are plenty of ranger rides…  

 

 

 

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…and clay shooting too, another first for many people. Look at Wendy go!

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And of course there are presents, because what’s a party without them?!

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Once a year, I host one co-ed couples event. As I like to say: The couple that prays and makes venison sausage together, stays together. And the best part of all…

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…is all of that girl bonding that happens. We all make friends forever, support each other to roll up our sleeves and step outside our comfort zones… we all have a desire to experience life more viscerally. 2013-08-07_0004 To surprise ourselves! And give each other hugs.

IMG_1283 Sometimes, we even dance the night away.

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And now if that weren’t plenty, this summer, by popular demand, I began hosting private customized Adventure Getaways, my favorite of which is for bachelorette groups! I’ve become familiar enough with the amazing venues around the country, that I can customize experiences each with their own unique attributes so that no one trip is ever the same. Here is my full Adventure Getaways Calendar to date. We have some exciting media joining us in Montana in late September and can’t wait to meet the great ladies that attend. (there are a few spots left!) As a special something for Wendy’s readers, we’re offering a 3rd night stay free for those who sign up with a friend for Montana. And of course, if you want to drop someone a hint for a future date, there are gift certificates too. 2013-08-07_0002 And as an extra treat today I’m giving away a piece of my favorite upcycled jewelry from one of the Adventure Getaway sponsors “Sure Shot,” who fills our gift bags with the most beautiful jewelry made from upcycled shotgun shells. 2013-08-09_0001 To enter to win my favorite necklace…

WE HAVE A WINNER!!! 

Congratulations to #6 Cindy!!! I will we emailing you about the prize details! Thanks so much for joining in the fun!

Sure Shot Giveaway!

Just leave a comment below telling me about your favorite outdoor adventure! (Or just say hello!)

Additional entries :::

*Tweet about giveaway and come back to tell me that you did so in the comments.

*Post the giveaway on facebook, and come back to tell me that you did so in the comments.

You get a total of 3 chances to win! 

Giveaway starts today, Wednesday, August 14, 2013 and will end at midnight EST on Saturday, August 31, 2013. One person will be randomly chosen to receive the above Sure Shot necklace and will be emailed about the details! Giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

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