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I understand why people seem frustrated with resolutions, and why there’s a backlash against the exuberance of the fresh start and the clean slate that dominate the media the first two weeks of January. But I’m not with them. I get that the shitty part is the sense of disappointment in ourselves when we don’t […]


  • sara forte - i love your honesty and the forgiveness you offer yourself, and encourage in the rest of us, because we are HUMAN. These look so delicious and I love Amy’s book as well. I haven’t been cooking much lately but I hope to try more out of her book. Happy belated new year to you, miss. Hope it’s full of adventure and peace for you.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I really don’t have an opinion on resolutions! I don’t make them, but think it’s fine if others do. Either way, these muffins look totally delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - I agree! Instead of resolutions, I like to set intentions – to use the free headspace over the break to sit quietly and think about what kind of shape I’d like the next year to take. This year: more exploring, being better dressed. Biscuit consumption to remain level.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey - I agree that if often takes baby steps and time to make a lasting and meaningful habit change. I’m so happy for you that you were able to persevere through the tough times and forge forward with your goals. You should be proud, not embarrassed. Btw. . .I love everything about these muffins. . and you know what they say – third time is a charm. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - I love this post! I am so with you on resolutions – I understand the backlash but am wholeheartedly ALL IN when it comes to setting intentions and resolutions. The resolutions—as well as the process of making them—keeps me feeling hopeful about my life. It’s such good exercise in dreaming about what good things might come in the year ahead. Oh, and good for you for sharing something hard and less shiny and perfect! I always love to see it, and you should still be so proud of that change.

    And I’ve also been eying these muffins (such a glorious book!) and now must make them. Let’s get together and talk resolutions soon! xoxoReplyCancel

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats - I don’t necessarily do the New Year’s resolutions but believe in resolutions overall, which can be spurred by many factors. Its been 5 years in the making but my diet compared to what I ate in college (Lean Cuisines, Diet Coke and fat-free sugar-free ice cream) is sooooo crazy improved.ReplyCancel

  • thefolia - Cheers to sticking to your goals no matter how long it takes. Happy adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life - A few years ago I stepped away from making a huge list of resolutions and instead focused on three or four intentions for the year. There’s less pressure with something you intend to do, and while I try to work hard at succeeding in my intentions, I am gentler on myself if they take longer than expected. Thank you for echoing this sentiment, and for opening up.
    Also, I love the look of these for a savoury breakfast or something easily healthy to snack on at work (one of my intentions this year).ReplyCancel

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health - good for you!!! so proud that you have quit..i have yet to sit and think about my goal for 2015.ReplyCancel

  • Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table - What a beautiful, encouraging post. To all of us currently mired in the midst of New Year’s resolution, this is a beautiful reminder to not despair and just let time take its course. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - These look SO good – on my to-to-list asap! And that book by Amy Chaplin has been sitting on my to-buy-list since the release. Only, I have way too many cookbooks already… And among them yours is recently the most frequently used! Love it!

    Love your thoughts on resolutions too – I believe in slow progress and letting changes take time!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - This is such a great perspective on the concept of resolutions. It’s absolutely unrealistic to expect that you wake up on Jan 1 and all of a sudden those bad, or just undesirable, behaviours will suddenly change. Life doesn’t work look that. Thanks for the reality check and, as ever, your honesty. Also, these muffins look so good! I’m really feeling savoury muffins right now and these look like a must make.ReplyCancel

  • marzia - instead of resolutions, this year I’m simply determined just to be more resolute, in general :) (as for smoking, I have quit a century ago but I’m still struggling everyday on it!!). thank you for sharing your thoughts with usReplyCancel

  • Rosemary - It is true. Change takes time. It is easy to forget that. Thanks for the reminder and for sharing your thoughts and the muffins too :)ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - Sometimes thing DO take years! Amen.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmin - I like your thought of resolution being an act and process – I’ll remember it for the next new year resolutions ;)
    Anyway, I smoke for almost ten years, and quit year and a half ago I have to admit that morning coffee and cigaret is something that I still miss, but health-wise it’s the best thing I done for this decade…
    Quinoa muffins recipe is something I’ll have to try :)ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - YES! So hard to do but the best thing we can do for ourselves. It took me a long time to stop missing it.ReplyCancel

  • Janet - Beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful reminder to be kind to ourselves. Pinned for the encouragement reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - I need to make these for a healthy on the go breakfast/lunch!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Is there any option for a substitute for rice flour?ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Hi Courtney,

      It was my own experimentation that led to the most successful of the three tries. If you can’t use rice flour, I’d encourage you to experiment with your preferred flours and to not let a little failure set you back – that’s the only way I figured this out. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Glen - Great, simple sweet potato recipe , have to try this tonightReplyCancel

  • French Toast Tasha - It’s so true that we need to go easy on ourselves, and yet keep setting goals that challenge us to move in the direction we need/want to go. And things take time! I couldn’t agree more. Wonderful thoughts, thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine pulley - These look so amazing! I love anything sweet potato, especially the savory sweet potato combo!ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve Trail - These look so yum! Just wondering what changes need to do to make the original without eggs?ReplyCancel

  • Angela Brown - Hot damn, lady! You know how to use a camera! I’ve been following your site for a few years, and always admire your pics, though the quality in your last few posts is pretty unreal. Kudos to you! Also, like Sarah said, I really love your sense of honesty, and find this to be a really beautiful, really relatable post! I totally wrap myself up in my resolutions and beat myself up mid-year when I find I’m only sort-of keeping in tune with half of them. Really great post all around :)ReplyCancel

  • Alexa~FurnishMyWay - Wow! Great looking recipe! Also, I do have to say that I appreciate your honesty about quitting smoking. That’s such a great personal accomplishment and achievement! My personal opinion on goals is that they are great to make. It’s like an “achievement” that you’re running to one step at a time. I know personally that I haven’t always kept my goals; but that has never stopped me from continually trying! Thanks for sharing this post and your thoughtful words. I enjoyed reading this post a bunch!ReplyCancel

  • Raja Makan - woow thats the best recipe that i ever tried. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Restaurant Insider - I’m going to try this tonight but I need to go shopping for a few of these ingredients!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Thompson - Love this recipe. It makes my Afro-vegan list. Truly wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Edlyn - First time commenting on your blog after having heard so much about your book. Congrats on all the great reviews. I hope to buy it someday once I get some money together. I just wanted to say that I was so touched by your honesty in this post. I have been feeling slightly jaded by the food blog world I have been following lately. I need honesty – I crave it. Thank you for sharing such a triump in your life. I don’t think you have anything to be embarrassed about. These phases come and go in our lives and shape us into what we choose to become as a result. You made the tough choice and persevered. Resolutions are a brave thing to do. You’ve come a long way. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - Can’t wait to try these.ReplyCancel

  • Nicolas - Sugar'n'Salé - hi,

    I am a French culinary blogger ( so excuse my English a little awkward ) and I came to see What did our friends across the Atlantic .

    I am delighted by your blog , beautiful pictures and beautiful recipes.ReplyCancel

At the end of October, I landed in blustery, rain-drenched Nuremberg in the full throes of season change. The air was a little bit wild with the sense of storm, and the sky was a patchwork of grays, and the sidewalk mottled with ruddy leaves in their annual transition to winter. This is my favorite […]


  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - These are perfect for the holidays! Love :)ReplyCancel

  • thefolia - Oh boy oh boy more yummy treats to bake! Happy Holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Jacki - how beautiful! Does this shop have a website? I see several things I would love to order!
    Wonderful treatsReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - The shop was heaven! Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of it. Which is too bad!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie - Oh, these are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • jenna @ just j.faye - I love German christmas markets and these cookies look spectacular! I’m so intrigued by the addition of almond butter in the dough!ReplyCancel

  • Ana - Oh the Christmas Markets are the one thing I miss most about Germany. There is nothing better during the Holiday time as to walk around, sip some hot chocolate, eat all the deliciousness and just have a good time. I was looking for a good recipe for gingerbread cookies and this one seams to be my favorite. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - Your cookies look yum. But didn’t see where in the directions to add the flour.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Thanks for catching that, Cindy. Right at the end. Fixed.ReplyCancel

  • Millie | Add A Little - These look so tasty and the fact that they’re gluten free makes it even better!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - If you didn’t ‘t want to use a nut butter what would a substitute be?ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Good question, Tammy. The almond butter was a sub for regular or vegan butter, so I would use an equal quantity of that instead.ReplyCancel

  • Christie Dietz (Eating Wiesbaden) - Beautiful photos! It’s really lovely to see the Christmas markets through someone else’s eyes; I’ve been living in Germany for five years now and your images really capture the Christmas magic that I’ve just come to accept as standard at this time of year. So, thank you for that! And those gingerbread cookies sound fantastic. Pinned!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - I can just smell these cookies baking.

    Can’t wait to hear more about your cruise. What a lovely experience that must’ve been.ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - Looks beautiful!! I love gingerbread and this time of year!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen - Oh how I would love to stroll through (and eat and drink my way through) those Christmas markets. They look absolutely heavenly. My dad’s side of the family is German and we made lebkuchen every year at Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday, Kimberley!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Jane - These GB cookies look so incredibly delicious, I can’t wait to try your recipe! And who cares if Christmas is over, I’m trying them anyways :) Wishing you a very happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • kristie {birch and wild} - Love that these are gluten free! Your photos really capture the essence of the holidays; the warmth and jovial attitude.ReplyCancel

  • Frances - I might try these even though it’s not Christmas any more!ReplyCancel

Howdy Gang! (First, hey check it out! With the kind help of some friends who are more talented at these things than I am (hello Kate, hello Rachel!), I’ve finally launched a site redesign. It’s been in the works for over a year, but what a year it’s been. My friend Andrew did the lettering. […]


  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats - Oooh the hemp seeds and the coconut! Chocolate bark is normally not something I get excited about but this I would actually pick over cookies/buche de noel/other Xmas baked goods!ReplyCancel

  • Vadim - Such a delicious recipe! I’ll definitely cook it one of these days, but don’t know for sure if I would be able to store it in the fridge for a week :D.ReplyCancel

  • cynthia - I want to live in these photos. And live off this bark. So beautiful, Kimberley!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - This is absolutely stunning- I love the white coconut and seeds against the dark chocolate. So striking! Bet it tastes pretty good, too. ;)ReplyCancel

  • - Chocolate bark makes such a beautiful gift, and anything involving salted chocolate makes me very happy.ReplyCancel

  • thefolia - This for a cleanse…I’m in! Happy Nesting.ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health - i love chocolate-cleanse :)ReplyCancel

  • jaime - i’m sorta new to your blog (hi!) but heeey, i love the new design! simple and bold and bright. i’m a fan!

    and i’m with cynthia; i could definitely live in these photos. i love chocolate but i’ve never felt particularly drawn to chocolate bark (in so many cases it feels like a dumbing down of luscious dark chocolate with lame and unchocolatey things like dried fruit and crappy hard candy pieces), but i love what you’ve got going on here; the spice, the textures, the savory nuttiness. brilliant.

    happiest of holidays to you, kimberley!ReplyCancel

  • Millie | Add A Little - This looks amazing and it would make such a perfect gift!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - I love how simple and delicious this is! So perfect for a holiday party.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - Great new site design Kimberley! The lettering is really fun and I love how the simplicity of the design really makes your photography pop. I love treats that are more than just sweet – this with its spice and saltiness and nutiness works on so many levels.ReplyCancel

  • Drumles Den Haag - Really simple and nice! I love dark chocolate! Lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • John Mondin - Great share Kimberley! I love the dark choolate and your pictures look amazing! Enjoy the holidays and looking forward to your blog in 2015!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - Love the new site Kimberley! And this recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out!ReplyCancel

  • SG - I am yearning to make this and give to friends (and of course eat myself!) xo your website looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie Elliott - This looks so good!! Perfect in time for the holidays!!ReplyCancel

  • Jozefien - These look stunning! I always make chocolate bark with delicious Belgian chocolate, caramelized nuts and a bit of seasalt! Love the combo of zweet and salty! I definitely will try your recipe as well, Looks really good with the sesame seeds!ReplyCancel