These mini flourless Nutella muffins are so delicious! They are light, airy, and very chocolatey. One bowl, no mixer, ready in less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Do you need any more convincing?

The magical number today is 7. Because it took me seven trials before I got these babies to come out right. All the failed ones tasted delicious- the texture just wasn’t right. It’s actually dangerous when the failed ones taste good. (Mmm..moist chocolate cake pudding.) It makes me stubbornly push on and it also means I end up eating all the failed ones. But I’m really happy I got this recipe to work.

Común Kitchen & Tavern is the latest venture of Chef Chad White. After hearing quite a lot of good buzz, we recently went to go check it out with some friends.

We went for lunch, which offers some small plates, tostadas, salad and rice bowls, and acai bowls.

It was such a nice day, we chose to sit on the patio rather than inside.

Lunch started with some complimentary chili dusted popcorn.


Fried pork rinds were loaded with chunks of tuna belly marinated in sesame oil and lime. It was crunchy and flavorful, though a tad over-seasoned.

Over the last few months, I’ve shared various parts of my house on the blog as I settle into the new place. One thing I haven’t shown is my kitchen pantry and for good reason. I’ve been quite embarrassed by it.

The pantry is on the small side, slightly wider than the width of a standard interior house door and less than two feet deep. As someone who cooks and bakes as much as I do, I have a lot of kitchen supplies that really do not fit into the space well. We’re talking 20lb bags of flour and sugar and chocolate chips in bulk from Costco. As a result, my kitchen pantry is completely stuffed to the brim. A few friends actually saw it during our first house party and they were teasing me about how full it was, so I’ve been careful not to open it in front of company ever since.

This month, OXO and The Container store are doing a POPtober challenge. I was lucky enough to be one of the bloggers chosen to participate. We were provided with some OXO product and asked to show how we can re-organize our kitchen pantry, cabinet or counter with the tools given. Two of the participating bloggers will be chosen for the grand prize: up to $650 of their “wish list” of OXO Storage & Organization tools and a $350 elfa gift card for The Container Store. I really, really hope I win because I know there is so much more I can do with the OXO organization tools and an elfa Shelving system to make my kitchen even better.

There is also an OXO Facebook giveaway which you can enter for a chance to win: a prize pack worth $500, including their choice of OXO Storage & Organization tools (up to $250), as well as a $250 elfa gift card.

So, now for what I’ve been dreading to show. My “before” shot of my kitchen pantry. (Hopefully you’re not viewing this on a super large monitor.) Here goes:

This, actually, is more organized than after the first house party. I tried to do some cleaning-up after that viewing, but it’s still pretty crowded, with many items piled on top of each other.