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Spicy Dark Chocolate Recipe

Spicy Dark Chocolate Recipe

 

Spicy Dark Chocolate Recipe

As you know, I have a love affair with chocolate.  But did you also know that I also love spicy food?  Being from Louisiana, the spicier the better in my book.  I was looking for a way to combine my two loves and I came up with this recipe.  Drum-roll please, today I will share my Spicy Dark Chocolate Recipe with you. (more…)

5 Fun Freaky Facts for Friday, Epsom Salts

5 fun freaky facts for friday epsom salts

Welcome to this weeks edition of 5 Fun Freaky Facts for Friday, Epsom Salts.

1.  Get rid of tree stumps out of your yard.  Drill holes into the tree stump at least 10 inches deep, fill the holes with mixture of half water, half Epsom salt and wait.  The stumps will start to decompose within a month.  Soon you will have a stump-less yard.

2.  Use Epsom Salts to Supplement Magnesium in your outdoor or indoor gardens. The plants use the magnesium as food to survive and thrive.  So, if you take a salt bath, save the water for your garden and yard.  Don’t waste it!  Lol.

3.  You can create unique and cute crafts with the salts.  Add glue to branches, vases, pine cones or leaves and sprinkle or roll them in Epsom Salt to create a unique and cute craft for your holiday decor.  I have seen many bloggers that are showing some really awesome holiday table decorations with crafts made with Epsom Salts this year.  I wonder if it this is a new trend, hmm….  :)

4.  Got dirty grout in your house?  I have a solution for that.  Take equal parts of Epsom salts to dish detergent and allow it to penetrate the stains for a few minutes.  Then simply scrub/ wipe away that nasty grout.  It will leave it looking brand new again.  Much cheaper than having to re-grout your tile foyer.

5.  Give yourself a facial.  Mix a tablespoon each of Epsom salts and baking soda with a little bit of water.  Add enough water to make a thick paste.  Scrub your face with the mixture.  Allow it dry on your face until the flaking gets to be to much.  Rinse, then enjoy your soft and dewy new complexion.  Important tip:  Any time that you use Epsom Salt for any beauty routine, make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards.  

I hope that you enjoyed this weeks edition of 5 Fun Freaky Facts for Friday, Epsom Salt Edition and maybe learned something new.  If you have a use for Epsom Salts, leave me a comment and share it with us.  I look forward to your comments.  Have a Great Week!

If you missed last weeks edition, you can find it here.  Come back next week to find 5 Fun Freaky Facts for Friday, Cupcake Liners Edition!

Cinnamon Cups

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Cinnamon Cups

It  is true, I have to confess.  I have a sweet tooth.  There I said, I feel so much better now, lol.  Thank you for allowing me to share that with you.  I also want to share something else with you, a yummy recipe for Cinnamon Cups Candies.  These are so easy to make and taste divine. The flavor combination is out of this world.  This has to be the Worlds Easiest Candy Recipe.

If you like Horchatas or Dulce de Leches, you will love this recipe.  This recipe should yeild 30 Cinnamon Cups for you to enjoy. (more…)

DIY Photo Booth Backdrop & Props To Use for Fun Family Photos

DIY Photo Booth Backdrop & Props To Use for Fun Family Photos

 

Weddings have them.  Big gala events have them.  Corporate events have them.  So why shouldn’t your event have them?  

How much fun would it be to have your own DIY Photo Booth background and some really cute props to use for your own fun holiday gathering photos this year?  I created a DIY Photo Booth Backdrop & Props To Use for Fun Family Photos for you to use.   (more…)

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Fantabulous Christmas Favorites blog hopThis post is a part of the Fantabulous Christmas Favorites blog chain put together by a great group of bloggers. The theme this week is Favorite Christmas Recipes. Be sure to check out all the great recipes shared at the end of this post!

 Chocolate Covered Cherries

Chocolate Covered Cherries

 

I have always been a huge fan of chocolate covered cherries.  I can never get out of a gas station that has the little yummy nuggets right next to the cash register without buying at least two.  In fact, they may just be my weakness…I have no self control when it comes to chocolate covered cherries.  I can’t even fight it anymore.  {Thank goodness for pay at the pumps, now I can avoid temptation, lol}.

What do you do when your husband brings you 44 pounds of baking chocolates?  Yes, this really happened to me the other day.

I was sharing a story with my husband about a blogger friend of mine receiving 12 pounds of chocolate to review.  He looked at me with a very serious face and said “You have 22 pounds of chocolate in the garage fridge.”  {Insert squeal here!}  I ran out to the garage and sure enough, there were two bags of 22 pounds of each white and dark chocolate just begging me to make candies with.  So many possibilities here…What should I make first, Should I do a blog series, Should I share it and feed all my neighbors my chocolate creations, Can I eat it all without gaining weight???

So of course, the first thing that I have to make is my personal favorite, Chocolate Covered Cherries!  Woot!

Things you will need for these recipe:  2 cups of melting chocolates, Maraschino Cherries, glass mixing bowl, cookie sheet, wax paper, paper towels and a spoon to stir the chocolate with.  This recipe yields approximately 24 Chocolate Covered Cherries.

  • The first thing to do is to remove the cherries from the jar and all of the canning juice, lay them onto paper towels to dry them up as much as possible.  That way the chocolate will coat the cherries better.  {Before I had children, I would soak the cherries into Amaretto or Rum to give them an extra little kick.}
  • Second, grab some wax paper and line a cookie sheet with it.  This step has a two fold reason:  1.  Easy Cleanup and 2.  The chocolate will remove from the wax paper without breaking.
  • There are so many  ways to melt chocolate and all of them are extremely messy to clean up afterwards.  Be warned!  Lol!
  • I use a Pyrex glass measuring cup and pour my chocolates into that.  I then microwave the chocolates in 30 seconds intervals and stir it each time to gauge if it is melted down enough.  Once the chocolate is creamy and easy to mix you are ready to start dunking the cherries into it.
  • Once you have coated the cherry in enough chocolate place it on the wax paper to firm up the chocolate a bit.  You can re-dunk the cherries as many times as you like to give you a thicker chocolate shell coating.
  • Once they are firm, get creative with your wrapping choices.  I used a take out box from a restaurant and some tissue paper and cute mini cupcake wrappers.  (Don’t worry, it was a clean and unused take out box, I asked the server for extras.  ;)}

It is a simple and effective recipe that your children can help you with.  It is your creation, follow your heart with it.  This is a yummy treat to give to your friends and neighbors or co-workers as a thoughtful holiday gift.

 

Interested in more fantabulous Christmas  recipes? Check out these posts!

Blessed Learners –  Gluten Free Pandan Cheese Brownies

Called to Be a Mom –  Almond Kiss Cookies

Creative K Kids – Coated Oreo Drops

Flourishing At Home – Cherry Cake

Moms Are Frugal –  Puppy Chow

My Life Abundant – Garlic Cheese Grits

Still want more? Head to our Fantabulous Christmas Favorites Pinterest Board!

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FREE Merry Christmas Planner Printable

Yay!  Here it is, my first FREE Merry Christmas Planner Printable as my gift to you (my awesome readers)!  With the Merry Christmas season rapidly approaching the best way to stay organized is by using a Christmas Planner to track your events and record all of your plans.  You can find out how to download your own Merry Christmas 2013 Planner, click on the link at the bottom of the post.  (more…)

Let’s Talk Sugar, Sugar Recipes!

Let's talk sugar,  brown sugar and powdered sugar recipes denverista.com

White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Powdered Sugar  All the same!  With the holidays approaching and baking to be done.  I want to share a tip with you on how you can save some money with good ol’ plain white sugar.  I mean, why spend more when you don’t have too!  Right?  I am sharing recipes on how to make brown sugar and powdered sugar using regular white sugar.
Brown Sugar, Light or Dark
How many times have you checked the ingredients for a recipe that you plan to make and it call for a cup of brown sugar?  Don’t you just hate knowing that you have to pay $3.00 for a one pound bag of brown sugar?  You know the next time that you find a recipe to use with the rest of that brown sugar, the contents of that bag is going to be hard as a rock.  { Yes, they have fancy terra cotta stones that you can add to the bag to help draw the moisture out.  But, I have yet to find one that actually works! }
Instead of throwing your hard earned money away, try this trick instead.  { I promise it works and you won’t be able to tell the difference! }  The next time a recipe calls for brown sugar, make your own.  Listed below it an easy recipe and a cheaper alternative for you to use.  :)

To replace light brown sugar in a recipe, use 1 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of molasses.

To replace dark brown sugar in a recipe, use 1 cup of white sugar and 2 tablespoons of molasses.

{ Don’t worry a 16 ounce bottle of molasses is less than $2.00 and it is good forever. }

Powdered Sugar

Powdered Sugar is one of those ingredients that you really never need to buy again.  Seriously!  You can make it yourself, as simple as 1, 2, 3.  All powdered sugar is really, really, really fine sugar.  You don’t even need a recipe for powdered sugar, just a blender.  If you have a blender you can totally make it yourself.  Whatever amount the recipe calls measure it out and throw it in the blender and blend away!

Just do yourself a favor and make sure that the lid to the blender is on really good.  I made that mistake once.  Let’s just say that wasn’t an easy clean up.  Lol.

 

Just so you know, I kinda have a sweet tooth.  So if you are doing any serious baking this year, what time should I be over?  :)