The mint within

Mint chocolate cupcakes we already loved have gotten even better because they’re now filled with more mint! These glorious treats from Rubicon Bakers used to have a rich chocolate center, but Mama and I were pleased to discover the delicious change. Today’s #OneGoodThing was enjoying the mint within—with Mama. What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please…

Extra minty ice cream

We recently discovered that our local liquid nitrogen ice cream makers are happy to create custom pints for us at no extra charge. Mama and I picked up one of our favorites today — extra minty brownie (white mint, not green). The super strong mint is a glorious with the homemade brownie bits. A phenomenal…

And the winner is…

Mama and I are both deeply obsessed with anything chocolate mint. I think it’s because she craved mint chip ice cream when she was pregnant with me, but neither of us can get enough and we love trying new varieties. Some years ago, Mama and I conducted our own Peppermint Ice Cream Wars. This time,…

Magical mint chocolate cupcakes

We are mint chocolate addicts — and so our dear friend and chef/artist/extraordinaire Lisa tested out several batches until she came up with these incredible mint chocolate cupcakes for our big celebration this weekend. The frosting is light, creamy and super minty with a lovely shaving of chocolate on top. The cupcake pairs perfectly, airy…

Muddled apple mint tea

We recently planted several types of mint in our garden, including apple mint, and today we made a cup of tea from the leaves! We’ve previously made tea from peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm and lemon verbena from our garden. But we’d had trouble getting the tea strong enough and we realized it was because the…

Minty lips

While running an errand at the drug store today, I treated myself to a fresh little pot of my favorite mint lip balm. It’s all-natural and super minty, but also smooth and moisturizing on my dry winter lips. Today’s #OneGoodThing is my new eos sweet mint lip balm. I love it! Plus Paisley photobombed my…

Signs of spring

Santa Rosa’s crepe myrtle-lined streets helped us fall in love with this town when we were house hunting 1½ years ago. Mama especially loves these trees so we planted one right in front of our house. We were worried that our red crepe myrtle tree wouldn’t make it through winter because it’s been barren for…