I’m Shirell, and I am a self-trained chocolatier, kitchen experimenter, writer (songs, poems and children’s stories), avid exerciser, runner and nature lover. AND I have a Crazy Kind Of Love For Chocolate!

My mother, Cleo, is truly my inspiration for doing what I do. She inspired me with her baking and passed on both the tradition and joy of making delectable desserts. I enjoy putting smiles on the faces of others with my chocolate creations and desserts just the way my mom put smiles on the faces of our family with the wonderful foods she prepared.

Even though I love to get into the kitchen and create delectable chocolate confections and other gourmet goodies that taste high-end, I can assure you that these sweet delights are made simple and without the high-end costs. You don’t have to go to an upscale chocolate or pastry store to enjoy great confections. You can simply make them in your kitchen. And these desserts will be extra special, because they will be made with LOVE by You.

There will be something for almost everyone on my blog. I love to write- so I hope to provide you with interesting posts to read. Now, I know not everyone is a huge fan of chocolate as I am- but since I love to make all types of goodies, there will be recipes for non-chocolate dessert lovers too. And for my vegan and gluten-free friends, I haven’t forgotten you, either. Because I try to scale back on the amount of dairy and wheat I consume, I like to create vegan, gluten-free and grain-free recipes that I can also enjoy.

I hope you’ll be inspired to try my recipes (including my variations of the recipes I’ve created) and serve them to your family, friends and guests. I’m certain you’ll put smiles on a lot of faces (and probably get some hugs too) when you make these delicious, delightful, delectable desserts and serve them at home or at parties and get-togethers. You may become so inspired to the point that you find you’re spending more and more time in the kitchen- & ENJOYING It!