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Cafe Escapes Dark Hot Chocolate Muffins and a Birchbox Giveaway

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There are days where by 8am I am ready for an escape.

Do you ever have days like that? I could sit here and run down what most of my mornings are like trying to get four kids plus myself dressed and out the door in time for school, but I’ll save you the belly aching. If you have kids, I’m sure my mornings are just like yours. Something comes over me on those mornings and I turn from nice mom to yelling mom.

And to be honest with you, the yelling doesn’t help at all. It only makes me feel guilty for losing my temper.

What does make me feel better is a mini breakfast escape.  Five minutes locked somewhere away from my children (which is sometimes in the bathroom or sometimes even hiding out in the car in the garage). Five minutes of silence…no yelling… no rushing…just me, a cup of something warm, and my breakfast.

This morning I had an even better escape because I had a cup of Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Cocoa along with a Dark Chocolate Muffin I made using another cup of Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Cocoa. I felt like it was way too indulgent to be breakfast, but it was just the escape I needed!

Cafe Escapes believes that every day should be an escape… treat yourself to pampering, me time, whatever pleases you. Because of that, they are providing one lucky Dine & Dish reader the chance to receive a little pampering every month for a year through a Birchbox subscription.  With a Birchbox subscription, every month you’ll receive 4-5 hand-picked beauty samples from the best brands around – from the luxe lines you covet to the new and niche companies you’ve yet to discover. Sounds pretty awesome, right?

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you do to escape the everyday stresses of life. For additional entries:

  • Become a fan of Cafe Escapes on Facebook. Leave a comment on this post letting me know you did so.
  • Tweet the following: ” Escape by winning the @CafeEscapes @Birchbox 12 month subscription giveaway through @DineandDish #yourperfectcup http://bit.ly/y7gFdI ” Return to this post and leave a comment letting me know you’ve completed this.

All entries must be received by midnight CST on Saturday, February 11th, 2012. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be notified via valid email address soon after the giveaway close.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

Now on to the recipe:

Recipe: Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Muffins

  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Cocoa, brewed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 12 cup muffin pans by lining with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sour cream, brewed hot cocoa, oil and vanilla.
  3. Continue beating while slowing adding the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda). Mix until well blended.
  4. Spoon muffin batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until knife inserted into the center comes out clear. Cool for 5 minutes before removing.

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  1. Jessica McManus says:

    A hot shower, a cup of tea and good good book

  2. Those muffins look absolutely amazing!

    I wait until Sean comes home so that I can lock the bathroom door and have a nice, quiet, hot shower while he plays with the littles. :)

  3. I eat dinner with my husband… electronics off… and try to be mindeful of how precious our time together really is.

  4. Lately, my escape has been Pinterest.

    Those muffins look delicious Kristen!!

  5. My escape is yoga! And baking, of course!

  6. I like Cafe Escapes on Facebook

  7. For me it’s taking a few minutes to write each day – could be for my blog or it could just be letting of steam and writing out my anger then shredding it up when I’m done. Always manages to help me put things into perspective!

  8. Hidden stashes of chocolate can fix any stressful situation.

  9. I followed Cafe Escapes on Facebook…

  10. Victoria V says:

    For me, my idea of an escape is watching one of my guilty pleasure shows, which is really anything on Bravo, but especially Real Housewives. :)

  11. amy marantino says:

    i like to take some quiet time, and curl up with a good book and a warm blanket. and hot chocolate!

  12. I tweeted about the giveaway! @ambersconfctns

  13. Mmm… those look lovely!

    I like to fix myself a nice cup of coffee or a glass of wine and hide in my room with a good book.

  14. a cup of tea and the latest issue of real simple.

  15. umm, i would have to say some hot tea, a shower, and fluffy blankets!!

  16. I would say going to the gym. I like yours better though!

  17. I escape by taking the dog for a walk. It’s a nice way to get outside, be with a happy dog and just clear my head. :)

  18. I tweeted!

  19. I’m not sure if this really counts but to remove the added stress and annoyances I sometimes cheat and give my kids a total cheater meal that they’ll love. It means peace and quiet for at least 30 minutes and that 30 minutes is absolutely golden, especially on the rotten days!

  20. I’ve been curious about Birchbox – it looks like a fun service. I’ll admit, I de-stress by watching Real Housewives (any city) and the Kardashians (any set of family members).


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