Savory Sweet Life has always been a creative outlet for me. A place for sharing home style dishes with engaging photos. But as the blog grew older, SSL transitioned into a beautiful community of wonderful people (like you!) who shared their results from the recipes, or a personal story of similar dishes, or just encouraging words. In many ways, this site and everyone who supports it has ministered to me way beyond me just sharing recipes. Together we’ve been sharing life as it happens.
We’ve celebrated anniversaries, birthdays, and achievements on SSL. You’ve also walked along side of me during tragic events such as the earthquake in Haiti, my friend Ivory Hut’s (Erika) house burning down, and the loss of my father. When my dad passed away just after Christmas I tangibly had a revelation on how wonderful YOU truly are. All your support, encouragement, and prayers have sustained me. And now I find myself feeling a bit lost and out of sorts.
I’ve learned that taking a month long break is hard to do. I’ve wanted to post something delicious and wonderful to share. But what good is sharing if it doesn’t come from a place of genuine enthusiasm? How can I share recipes and photos if my desire to cook and shoot photos has vanished from my existence? Life has shifted so drastically that my priorities have been rearranged – for better or for worst. It would be so disingenuous to pretend like life is back to normal. I have a new “normal” which looks nothing like how it was before Christmas. I’m not whining, just sharing the reality of how things are for me right now. With everything shifting, I needed to allow myself to let SSL go momentarily until I could get my feet back on the ground. Now that I’m pushing myself to stand on both feet I feel a bit directionless.
My (pregnant) sister Janice and I were having breakfast this morning just processing everything happening around us. She listened to me talk about how I miss writing for this site and how I cannot figure out how to ease myself back including engaging myself back on Social Media. I’ve always thought of Facebook and Twitter as one big, non-stop party. In general I like parties but the thought of having to interact with others is stressful because I don’t want to be the weirdo in the Twittersphere. I don’t want to Tweet out loud how exhausted I am or how there have been days I’ve felt that I’ve hit a brick wall from sorting through my dad’s affairs. Chances are, you don’t want to hear about this either, and I don’t blame you. I much rather tell you about something fun or new I discovered. Instead, I’ve just avoided Social Media with the occasional popping in and just as quick as I check in, I check out.
Getting back to blogging on SSL is the equivalent of coming out of a coma and feeling disoriented. As I shared this with my sister, she didn’t hesitate to tell me that I should make a comfort food dish because she’s smart like that. She knows if I make something that I’ll call her and invite her to come over to eat some with me. Her husband knows if she can have dessert from my house, he won’t have to drive somewhere in the middle of the night to satisfy his pregnant, dessert-seeking wife’s cravings.
So what I have for you is a recipe for Nutella Chocolate Cobbler. It’s inspired by one of the recipes I found on Tasty Kitchen – one of my most favorite recipe sites I have the privilege of being a contributor. I’m easing myself back to Savory Sweet Life one day at a time. Thankfully, I’m not alone. I have you to keep me company and for this, this recipe is dedicated to you (my friends).
This crazy nutella chocolate cobbler is like a molten lava cake except is it baked in a larger baking dish instead of individual bakeware. It’s the perfect comfort food dish when you have a small gathering of people who are sitting back and chatting all night. When the cobbler is ready, remove from the oven and dish it up into bowls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Inspired by by this recipe on Tasty Kitchen
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder, divided
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup Nutella
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 1-½ cup hot tap water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, and ½ cup of white sugar. Stir in milk, Nutella, butter, and vanilla. Mixture will be thick like the texture of peanut butter. Spread mixture into an ungreased 8-inch baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix ½ cup white sugar, brown sugar, and remaining cocoa. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the batter. Pour the hot water over everything and do not stir. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the center is slightly firm but not fluid like liquid. Spoon mixture into small bowls and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.