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Lots of Chocolate Syrup

These next few weeks are going to be jam-packed chocolate-syrup packed with healthy dessert posts. The recipe creations keep piling up faster than I can write posts for ’em. So hold on–you’re in for a chocolate-y ride! 🙂

Lately I’ve just not been able to sleep well. I blame it on the blog! In the last few months, my blog’s readership has increased, and the more people who read my blog, the more I want to make it something worth reading.

My own excitement feeds off of yours: When you’re excited about a post, it makes me excited about it… and then I’m excited to think up more posts!


Like with those Cake Batter Doughnuts.

It’s an awesome feeling, putting one’s heart and soul into a blog post, then getting such energetic, positive responses to that hard work. I’m so excited about future posts—dreaming up new recipes, planning the posts in my head, taking photos–that I cannot sleep!

Falling asleep is okay, but I keep waking up so early. And even if it’s three o’clock in the morning, going back to sleep is out of the question because I’m already wide awake, wanting to run downstairs to work on a new idea.

So now you know the reason, if you saw me on twitter yesterday at 4:30 am, yammering about chocolate-chip blondies. Winking smile

I feel like the character from George of the Jungle (anyone see that movie?) after he eats an entire box of coffee grinds… or, like I’ve downed four bottles of Red Bull (I’ve actually never tried Red Bull). The weirdest part is that I do not feel tired at all.

Next week’s schedule:
(subject to change)

  • Monday: They’re not Cake Pops…
  • Tuesday: It involves chocolate. And cookie dough.
  • Wednesday: I want to feature YOU
  • Thursday: A new pancake recipe

After that, sky’s not the limit: healthy blondies, ice creams, pumpkin pie fudge… and I still want to post those “skinny” fudge babies!

How much sleep do you usually get?
And do you wake up naturally or use an alarm clock?

I’m a big believer in the idea of listening to one’s body. If my body tells me I want chocolate pie for breakfast, I’ll listen. (Please, body, can you tell me this more often?) Same thing goes for sleep: I don’t know why, but my body seems to tell me it doesn’t require eight hours of sleep. What can you do?

Like Monday’s post. Here’s a chocolate preview.

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Published on May 7, 2011

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  1. Jess says

    I was getting about 8 as well, but now that’s it’s light outside earlier, it typically doesn’t matter when I go to bed I’ll likely awaken between 6:30 and 7:30 am. I only need an alarm if I want to wake up before 6. Plus, I’m excited for the recipes; I made choco chip banana loaf for breakfast, and can’t wait for new things to try.

  2. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    WOOHO! excited for these posts!!!!! i feel ya! i go in cycles… great weeks of sleep… then terrible weeks of sleeps! but dreaming about yummy vegan recipes aint such a bad thiing 😉
    UMM…. LE DUH your readership has grown! you are AMAZING in SO many ways.. not just your blog and recipes, but YOU!

  3. Jenny says

    Sooo happy to hear that you’ve been made so happy yourself, by everyone’s eagerness for your posts! They are great posts though, can you blame us?! 🙂

    7 hours of sleep seems to by my magic number, when it comes to the number of hours I sleep without having an alarm clock to wake me… And nope! I always wake up naturally. I trust my body, haha. But how strange! Lately I’ve also had a lot of problems sleeping… I can fall asleep easily, but will wake up four or five hours later – so at 3a.m.-ish, yikes.

    Looking forward to all of your upcoming posts! 😀

  4. Lenna says

    I always wake up naturally! I used to use an alarm clock, but I always felt like a hammer fell over my head:) Now I am able to wake up by myself and it is much better. I wake up around 5 a.m. every day and I am perfectly fine with it. So I completely understand that sometimes it just feels like a waste of time to go sleep again when you´ve already woken up and there´s so much waiting for you:)

  5. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says

    Congratulations to you! I’m the same way about sleep – I’ll wake up crazy early at times, but I just do what my body wants. Lately I’ve decided I’m officially an “adult” because I can’t even sleep past 8a on the WEEKEND. Sad, right?!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Haha I remember those teenage years, when we’d sleep til noon on weekends… my cousin is in that stage now, and it’s so cute. But I never realized how much of life we must’ve missed out on!

  6. Brandi says

    Yum! I’m excited for you future post. Those cookie dough explanation mark looks yummy!

    I usually get 8 or 7 hours asleep every night. So I get a good amount of sleep. My body wakes up at usually around the same time everyday so I rarely use an alarm.

  7. Jennifer JCD says

    Oh, those photos (doughnuts and you and your bear) are awesome! I love your blog and am excited for your success and all your posts too!

    As for sleep, I try to get between 7-8 hours each night. We have an alarm only because we have to catch a bus or get to work pretty early in the morning. In the summer I usually wake up before the alarm because it’s so sunny outside at 4:30 AM and I cannot wait to go outside and enjoy the day. In the winter is a whole different story… my body doesn’t care about the alarm and just wants to sleeeeepppp…. because it’s dark and cold. I’m so happy it’s springtime!

  8. Hannah says

    Yay I’m so happy other people are coming into the world of CCK, because it & you are amazing! 🙂

    I can’t wait for these new recipes! So excited.

  9. Laura says

    First, I seriously do identify with you on many levels! I know I commented yesterday, but I forgot to include the EXACT same thing happened to me in junior high when I started running XC. I was increasing mileage and loosing weight, because I was not increasing my calorie intake. Same thing, I lost a good bit of weight, unintentionally, and realized I had to focus on gaining weight in order to look, feel, and run my best. Anyways, I have been having the same sleeping troubles! I wake up at 4:00/4:30 and cannot go back to sleep! SO frustrating! Anyways, thanks again for your blog, and I cannot wait to continue reading:)

  10. Kat @ Cupcake Kat says

    So excited for all of your upcoming posts. Blogging excitement sometimes keeps me up too. Sometimes my best ideas come to me when I’m trying to sleep. I usually wake up and go to bed at the same time ecah day if I can

  11. Katherine says

    Hey 🙂
    Sorry I haven’t been as active in your blog lately. I need to get back to it.
    I am working on starting my own blog, unfortunately I suck at programming, and can’t seem to make it look like I want it to. I wish I had someone to do it for me.

  12. Lilly says

    I usually get 7-8, 8 seems to work best for me and I am not tired at all. I set an alarm, because the thought of oversleeping terrifies me, but I almost always wake up before it.

    Every single recipe looks too good to be true, I cannot wait for all the new sweets and treats to try. And I am sure anyone who encounters your blog instantly becomes hooked because it is so amazing, and so are you girl!

  13. Victoria (District Chocoholic) says

    I also think about recipes (especially chocolate ones) while falling asleep, or when I wake up in the middle of the night…which is all the time. I sleep about 3-5 hours a night and only need my alarm clock 4-5 times a year. Yowzers.

  14. lindsay says

    can’t wait to see what you DON’T do with cake pops. haha. Can you make this gluten free for me please? I’d love you forever. Well I already do!

  15. VEGirl says

    Aargh your photos are consistently STELLAR girlie!

    I need (and get, not matter how I try not to) 9 1/2 to 10 hours of sleep every night. It seems that no matter what time I go to bed, I wake up that many hours later! I used an alarm clock when adjusting to a new sleeping schedule, but now I leave my blinds open and let the sun wake me up every morning 🙂

  16. Julie @ Shining From Within says

    I usually get 7-8 hours of sleep! The more the better 😀 I love your blog so keep the desserts comin’! I need pancakes in my life ASAP so I can’t wait till you post them on Thursday 😉 and cookie dough!? …*drool*.

  17. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    YAAAY I can’t WAIT for upcoming posts, as always!! They sound SO GOOD though!! And haha thinking about blondies at 4.30am?!?! Oh I love you Katie!! 🙂 Oh, I am drooling over the chocolate preview. It’s my dream-come-true on a stick!! 😀

    P.S. I’m NOT at all surprised your readership’s grown so much!! You are AMAZING and such a lovely and sweet person too and we all love you so so much!! <3

  18. Little Bookworm says

    Looking forward to the upcoming posts, they all sound amazing! 🙂 Love the preview for Monday’s post as well.

  19. Dalai Lina says

    Why do people love reading you? Because you post great food ideas and you are funny! Don’t worry about the sleep 😉

  20. Jeanie says


    You are 2 Cute!
    You inspire me to want to get in the kitchen and try and create a gluten free/grain free/sugar free version on your donuts, cupcakes, pancakes, etc etc etc.
    Oh, I forgot, I have to give up chocolate too. so, carob instead of choc. Yes, I;m on a special diet (due to some health issues). I don’t let it deter me from trying to create things. Much like you, dreaming about it and it effects your sleep! Thanks for sharing that!


  21. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    Well congrats on the blog success! I enjoy your reading your posts every day!

    Yes I know exactly what you’re talking about on George of the Jungle! That is my youngest sister’s favorite movie, and when she was 6-7 years old we’d watch it every day 🙂

    I go to bed when I’m tired, which is usually 10pm or so, and then I get up most mornings at around 6, usually 7 on weekend days.

  22. Sam says

    I usually get about 7 to 7.5 hours of sleep a night. This seems to work well for me. I usually need an alarm clock to arise but more and more I am starting to wake up minutes before it actually goes off. I guess this is a good thing.

    I can’t wait for all your yummy recipes!

  23. Samantha says

    Hi Katie!!

    I usually get between 4 and 5–I blame that on school! If I had my way though I usually sleep about 8 hours if I don’t have to wake up to an alarm clock! 🙂

  24. Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) says

    Have been battling the same waking-up-too-early issue as you have for the last few months! It is getting better now, with spring in the air. The weird thing is that if when I do fall back asleep, I wake up again like every hour until wake-up time. Very frustrating, because 1 hr. + 1 hr. + 1 hr. does not = a straight 3 extra hours! So choppy and you wake up with a headache. :/ I really hope your sleep gets better soon. It usually has to do with being overly anxious or excited about something (as you are)!

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