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5 Ways to Spice up Hot Chocolate

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 16, 2015 | Categories: Chocolate, Food, Recipes
5 ways to spice up hot cocoa

Now that the weather is getting to be colder, I love drinking hot beverages such as coffee, hot cider, and ESPECIALLY hot chocolate! Hot chocolate has always been one of my favorite drinks for the winter time, I mean who doesn’t love a chocolate filled drink that keeps you warm and toasty? However, I am […]

All About Chocolate – Brownie Recipes

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 5, 2015 | Categories: Chocolate, Food

This delicious chocolate dream-filled brownie post is a sponsored post. All opinions of every yummy brownie is 100% my own. With Valentine’s Day in February, it makes it a great month for chocolate. I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t appreciate chocolate. Although I love chocolate, my absolute favorite way of eating chocolate is […]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Chocolate Ganache Topping

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 14, 2014 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Chocolate, Desserts, Food, Recipes

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Okay, I know there are a few people out there that for reasons beyond my understanding don’t, but I know most of you, like me, love chocolate. Sweet, rich, decadent goodness. Sigh. And I don’t know many people, especially children, that don’t love chocolate chip cookies. I know, right? I have […]

25 St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Recipe Ideas

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 28, 2014 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Chocolate, Food, Holidays and Observances, Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those fun holidays where everyone wears green or risks the chance of getting pinched, wear fun T-Shirts with cute sayings or Irish quotes, etc. St. Patrick’s Day is also a great day to think out of the box when it comes to food. Desserts are a fun way to […]

Chocolate Scones for Valentine’s Day #recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 5, 2014 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Chocolate, Desserts, Food, Recipes
Chocolate Scones Recipe for Valentine's Day via Blog by Donna https://blogbydonna.com

I’ve been trying new recipes and looking on Pinterest and Googling for just the right Valentine’s Day dessert to make for my husband. I want to make something that he will enjoy and that he knows I took some time and thought into making. Because he is worth it. I think this chocolate scones recipe […]

Healthy Breakfast Cake Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 9, 2014 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Chocolate, Food, Home and Garden, Recipes
Healthy chocolate chip breakfast cake

Would you love to make a healthy breakfast or snack that doesn’t scream, “HEALTHY?”  How about one that is easy to grab on rushed mornings, easy to freeze and one the kids will love? How about a healthy breakfast cake?   These Healthy Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cakes are what you have been looking for! They […]

Homemade Gooey Chocolate Brownies with American Heritage Chocolate #sponsored #MC

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 18, 2013 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Chocolate, Food, Recipes

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Heritage Chocolate. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. To say I’m a chocolate lover would really not accurately describe my adoration of chocolate. I do adore chocolate. Simply adore […]

The Perfect Ending to Any Meal – Private Selection Upside Down Cakes from Kroger #sponsored

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 20, 2013 | Categories: Chocolate, Desserts, Food

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Private Selection for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. When I first met my husband I never ate dessert. This was a foreign to my husband. He always ends a meal with dessert. Always. He couldn’t understand how I couldn’t have dessert after dinner. […]

Mocafe Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Pudding Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 19, 2012 | Categories: Chocolate, Food, Recipes

I recently received a couple of Mocafe Matcha Green Tea samples. Yay, me! Because I’ve been researching the health benefits of Matcha green tea (I’ll do a post later on Matcha). I know that you can make some incredible Matcha Green Tea smoothies, but I was thinking out of the box and wanted to incorporate […]

I’m Declaring my Sweet Independence #hsysimplepleasures

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 9, 2012 | Categories: Chocolate, Food, Reviews

This summer started out rather busy for me. And I found myself starting to get stressed. Okay, this is no way to enjoy my summer. All frazzled and worried about trying to get everything done. I want to enjoy my son’s summer break. Period. Thanks to Hershey’s, I’m declaring my sweet independence from stress! My […]