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    • tworedbowls says:

      October 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      HA!! Oh our 18-year-old selves… although I think I’d still be down for a couple of grandmother freezer meals. 😉

  1. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Your list of what you were doing at 18 is hilarious…and sounds pretty similar to mine…Izy puts us to shame! What an amazing accomplishment. These muffins look so insanely delicious. Chocolate and caramel for breakfast? That is my kind of recipe! Hope you are doing well!!

  2. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

    When i was 18, I could not even cook a cake let alone write a recipe book!
    I was interested in textiles/fashion ( like every girl) to be honest. The irony is, now I own a sweet baking blog at 22. Mmm nothing warms the belly like caramel and chocolate…

  3. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Wow I want this book!! I can’t really tell, are the recipes in grams or cups? I’d love to buy it but don’t want to get it and then have to do all the conversions (but I suppose I will, if that’s absolutely necessary!).

    xxTanya

    • tworedbowls says:

      October 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Tanya! The recipes above are reprinted verbatim from Izy’s book and are pretty representative of the measurements of her other recipes — ingredients measured by teaspoons and tablespoons are only measured by those units, and anything measured by cups, grams, or ounces will generally have all three provided, especially in baking recipes. Pretty awesome! :)

  4. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

    i’ve been drooling over all of the beautiful creations out there made from Izy’s recipes, and this muffin recipe is no exception! cocoa + muffins were meant for each other!

    and these photos are too beautiful, dear friend! love the light and mood you captured. xo!

  5. cakeoversteak says:

    October 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Beautiful, Cynthia! I always love the compositions you create for your gorgeous photos. Funny side note – just last night I was talking about AIM away messages with friends, and what silly things we all used to put up there. Song lyrics were definitely on the list. xoxo

  6. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I love seeing Izy’s creations through the filter of all my favourite bloggers. Her gorgeous muffins look ever more gorgeous on your blog, and then there’s the fun of tweaking/combining the recipes, which open up so many new possibilities. Double chocolate and salted caramel! And rosemary sugar?! You’re right about irresistable chocolate muffins in coffee shops, but this is the stuff you’d find in the coffee shop of my dreams.

  7. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Izy is truly a marvel, but so are your photos, they just invite to get lost in the beautiful world of food. And these muffins.. I am so making them this weekend!

  8. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    What an incredibly gorgeous post with top-notch pics, mouthwatering recipes for muffins (double chocolate? yess!) & salted caramel (give me that spoon). You’ve done it again, Cynthia; capturing the beauty of cooking & baking. Can’t wait to get Izy’s book! I still can’t get my head around the fact that she is so young yet SO brilliant! Well, some people simply know how to rock the world. Maybe for Christmas? (I’ve bought so many cookbooks in the last two months that I need a short break.)

    P.S. Weren’t those flip phones the best???

  9. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Ugh Cynthia, you have such a way with words!!! Aka a way that makes me go want to stuff my face with three chocolate muffins STAT. Topping chocolate with salted caramel?!?!? You are my HEROOOOOOOO. <33333

  10. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Homahgoodnessss! If there was ever a prodigy, Izy might just be it! I can’t imagine all the work she’s had to do juggling the universe pretty much, but her hard work is definitely showing through these beautiful recipes and photos. :) And I was so so excited when I saw a new post, haha! Literally can’t get enough of your posts. #creeperalert
    By the way, super clever–too cool for school literally. 😛

  11. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    You had me at `double chocolate`. Also, salted caramel sauce is so so dangerous to have around! I love the idea of having some in the fridge for impromptu ice cream sundaes but life just does not work like that – I just end up eating it all with a spoon straight out of the bowl!

  12. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I truly love this post!Your writing makes me smile from ear to ear. It’s so great to see Izzy’s recipes being made by other amazing bloggers. Her book is so amazing! :)

  13. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    So glad you’re sharing this here because heck yes, Izy kicks major butt! At age 18, I don’t think I’d even considered the meaning of stepping into the kitchen. Whaddya mean there’s more to do there than stuff my face with microwaved Hot Pockets after swim practice? You two are a dangerous duo and I’m totally looooving your take on this recipe. So happy you could share it and spread the word about this KILLER cookbook!!!

  14. says:

    October 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    you said it perfectly– it isn’t a marvelous cookbook just because she’s 18, it’s a flat-out marvelous cookbook! i must try these muffins soon. your photos of them are absolutely breathtaking, lady! i’ve actually had this post open on my computer all day for when i needed the inspiration (sorry, in the most non-stalker way possible). but um yeah and let’s discuss aim away messages. they were the best.

  15. says:

    October 15, 2014 at 9:06 am

    That’s so funny, my blog post writing up one of Izy’s recipe literally goes the same way – what was I doing when I was 18, how amazing is Izy?, isn’t she amazing NOT JUST BECAUSE SHE’S 18. We’re so on the same page. As we are with these muffins with caramel sauce which look SO GOOD. Too many caps, sorry :-)

  16. says:

    October 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Oh my gosh, I feel like I’m just getting my act together *right now*, so Izy seriously blows my mind. And these muffins? Amazing. I would have been hooked either way, but the caramel sauce? Too good. (And your images, as always, are stunning.)

  17. says:

    October 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I really love your review of Izy’s book and the rosemary twist on the caramel is just a delight – I can only imagine how delicious those muffins with caramel would be!

  18. says:

    October 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I’m just so blown away by Izy and everything she’s accomplished. At almost double her age, I feel pretty inadequate with what I’ve done in life. Sigh. I need a batch of these muffins to make myself feel better now (with a tall glass of salted caramel sauce to gulp on the side). Your photos are stunning as always, my friend.

  19. says:

    October 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Umm…what?! At 18 I was out galavanting and up to no-good shenanigans. lol! Izy rocks, and from the looks of it, so does her new cookbook! Thanks for introducing me to her :) and this turned out so so good, it looks amazing, and I can never turn down chocolate muffins, let alone with salted caramel sauce…drool. Hope you’re well, Cynthia!! Ahhh I’m going to email you TODAY. Talk soon :) <3

  20. says:

    October 17, 2014 at 1:57 am

    You are so right, Cynthia; she is so talented no matter what. Age is irrelevant, though it does make me admire her talent even more. :)

    Love the support you always give to the community, and let me just say, LOVEEEEEEE your photos always.

  21. says:

    October 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

    beautiful photos!!
    kraft mac & cheese was definitely what i was making at 18.
    what is really wonderful to me is the sharing of ideas from food blogger to food blogger…cookbook to cookbook! i need to take a look at izy’s book :)

  22. says:

    October 18, 2014 at 2:41 am

    As always, your photographs stun, your words etch a smile on my face, and it’s all completed by Izy’s lovely recipe. Undoubtedly, chocolate + caramel is one of the most divine creations out there. Thank you for sharing.

  23. says:

    October 18, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I can’t completely remember being 18 either, but I wasn’t doing anything NEARLY as awesome as Izy H either. I need to get a copy of her book!

    These muffins sound DIVINE!

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