Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Happy birthday, Mom. I love you to the moon.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Happy Birthday Amy #1, I'll always be your #2!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Happy Birthday Princess!
Monday, February 14, 2011
I googled around and picked the first recipe I looked at. The recipe called for Ghirardelli chocolate, I was hooked right then. Also they seemed rather easy and had great reviews at http://www.allrecipes.com/ .
For these amazing truffles I needed only 4 ingredients:
1/3 c Heavy cream
1/3 stick of real Unsalted butter
1/2 bag Dark or semi-sweet chocolate
The cocoa powder isn't in this picture because it isn't time yet. It has a very special part to play. I'll tell you about it when your older.
Anyhow, to begin the truffles you need step one.
Step 1: Melt cream and butter together in a small sauce pan, like so:
Step 2: Add to the cream and butter, the chocolate chips, like so:
Step 3: Stir until combined and smooth, like so:
It's smoothing, its getting there.
Step 7: Scoop out about 1/3 of a cup of this into a very small bowl with a round bottom, not like a ramekin. Because my truffles were rather bitter (due to the 60% Cocoa I used) I opted to add a bit of powdered sugar to the cocoa powder, maybe 2 tablespoons. Blend these together and drop your first truffle ball in, roll it around and get it nice and covered, like so:
Step 8: Grab a dish to serve them in, a treat box give them in, or a lidded container to save them for later in. I made a little treat box for sending them to work with my Valentine, like so:
You can't see the lid, it's clear.
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day, I know I did, I hope to have an even better Valentine's Day tomorrow!
Happy Birthday to my Sweet Valentine!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Come to find out, her first day at work, while she was chatting with a couple other employees, the kids walks up and slings his arm around her shoulders and says "I'm gonna marry this girl". And they grew up and got married and had beautiful babies and she's still as cute and sassy as the day I met her. I just didn't know how sassy she was then.
Happy Birthday Heather Feather! I love ya!
Monday, February 7, 2011
I was so inspired by her work that I had to try my own hand at it. I loved it! I'm not usually so crafty but they are really hard to mess up, I have found. I have made four headbands. I didn't have the kind I wanted so I picked up the no-slip kind, that slip, and used those. I've added a couple to some small clips, and they can also be sewn or glued to pin backs to make it easy to wear them on your bag or coat!
This one I used my mom's sewing machine to make. I sewed black lace over champagne satin and then folded it to make two layers, which you can almost see in the picture. After I gathered the satin and lace layers I made a satin only cluster and used that for the center.
Here's the one I wore tonight, I just slipped it on a bobbie pin and stuck it in my hair! Then I took my hair to the movies with my mom!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
To make it you'll need the three following ingredients:
1/2 c water
1 c sugar
3 T vanilla
Don't worry about making a big batch since it's so simple to make fresh when you get low.
You can see I just used what I had on hand. I made on small amount with brown sugar and a little bit more than that with white sugar. The brown sugar has a stronger taste and I like it, the white sugar has a lighter taste which I like less, but I think the color is prettier. I might mix the two and see if I like about half brown and about half white sugar.
I had mine in hot milk with some Phase 10. Mmm, yummy!
The captain cooked the chicken up while I slivered some onion. We smeared some spaghetti sauce on the crispy crusts, loaded them up with chicken, onion, a dash of seasoning, and cheese before swinging them back into the oven for a little cheese melting time.
My husband and my mom both like a little extra sauce, so Captain America loaded up more sauce on his, with a little jalapeno too, and mom just added sauce on the top of hers after we loaded our plates.
We both had chicken and onions though, and we all love thin crust! It's a family thing, except for my poor step-son. He loves bread so we usually do something a little something extra when he's around.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Happy Birthday Ethan! You light up my life.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I asked myself that question while I was at the grocery store the day before the big white-out. I walked out of the store with bottled water, cheese, and peanuts. I already had broccoli in my freezer. Be right back, I have to grab a cheesy peanut butter sandwich.
I've be snacking on the granola today, and I had a hankering for some Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup. Yes, it's true. I still have the munchies though and I've just remembered the broccoli, so I think I'll have that. Hmmmm, yes I will. Yum. I like to over cook it in coconut oil. It comes out a little crunchy and keeps some of that coconutty flavor. Oh so good!
Anyway, I came here tonight to tell you about peanut butter. I read on a blog a while ago that you could pop some peanuts into a food processor and hit go for a minute or two and voila! Peanut butter! I've done it twice now and it is so so good! It tastes just like the peanut butter my mom used to buy in bulk from the food co-op in Iowa City. It was my favorite until we moved to MO. Anyway, that's all there is to it. You put the peanuts in the food processor and you turn it on. You might have to scrape it down a couple of times but I have an extra big bowl on mine so the blades don't quite reach.
I use the 16 oz great value brand of salted party peanuts. I haven't tried the dry roasted yet and I don't know if I will. I'd like some peanuts that don't have salt, but also aren't dry roasted. I am sure I'll wind up using organic but for the first couple times I just wanted to try it out as cheaply as possible. Whoa man, it's good.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
In a sauce pan on low heat combine brown sugar, honey, peanut butter, vanilla, and coconut oil. Melt it together and remove from heat.
I always think the salt is unnecessary.
Mix it all up - except the chocolate chips.
Here I am just-a-stirrin'. I wanted you to get a chance to see my new hair! Maybe I'll give you a step-by-step post on that too! Anyway, onto the chocolate. (PS, that's blouse #2!)
After you stir it you can add the chocolate chips. I waited to add them because I didn't want the warm stuff to melt them all away. Mine melted anyway.
Maybe you can't see it here but there were some obvious chocolate streaks on my bowl when I poured it all into the lined 9 x 13 dish. I would recommend a cookie sheet instead of the dish and skip the lining if you're oiling your pan, which I suggest that you do.
Spread it all out and stick it right in to your pre-heated oven. Give it about 15 to 25 minutes depending on how deep your pile of crunch is and pop it out. It wont be crunchy just yet though, that will come after it cools. It will still be delicious! Go ahead and taste it!
This isn't burnt, do you notice there are no chocolate chips? I stirred them all in. I had to, I'm a compulsive stir-er. Anyway, I really liked the affect it had on the granola, or is it effect? That gets me every time. The melted chocolate made for bigger chunks and a chocolate-all-over kind of flavor. Which I liked.
I made a second batch without the chocolate chips, and added some coconut flakes. It turned out great, but not as chunky. I really loved the flavor so the missing chunks weren't a deal breaker. I'll be making this again. Either way, or both ways!