Box of Chocolates


“There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.”
– George Sand,

With Valentines Day right around the corner, what a great way to celebrate by not only giving a box of chocolates but also making them. This is a great activity to do with children, or to treat yourself, or your loved one. I am putting a few recipes that I have tried and that are my personal favorite. I will be posting a link to where it is I found these amazing recipes in case you would like to leave them a comment.

Homemade chocolate. Refined sugar free, and loaded with super foods, this chocolate is the perfect 5 ingredient treat.
Homemade Chocolate
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins

Course: Treat
Cuisine: Sweet
Servings: 9 serves
Calories: 148 kcal
Author: Whole Food Bellies
Ingredients
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
2 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt
Himalayan pink salt for topping
Instructions
1.In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup and sea salt until everything is well combined and no lumps are present
2.Pop into moulds of choice and pop into the freezer for 5 minutes , or until firm
3.Remove from freezer, sprinkle with a little bit of pink himalayan salt and serve
Recipe Notes
Storage: serve immediately, or keep stored in and airtight container in the fridge or freezer

https://www.wholefoodbellies.com/easy-homemade-chocolate/

Just as an FYI you can get different styled ice cub trays online or at the Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree has ice cub trays that are silicone and they usually have a great selection especially over the holidays. Plus you do not have to spend a fortune.

Brownie Truffles

Ingredients:

3/4 cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, melted
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
decorative sprinkles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F (or 325°F if using a glass baking dish).

In a large bowl, combine butter, cocoa powder and vegetable oil and whisk until smooth. Add sugar and whisk to combine. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add flour and mix until just combined. Pour mixture in a buttered 9×13-inch baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Cut the edges off the cooled brownies then fluff brownies with a fork. Using a cookie scoop, scoop 1 tablespoon brownie then roll between your hands to create a ball. Place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet then continue with remaining brownies.

Melt chocolate in a large, microwave-safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring between increments, until melted. Using tongs or two forks, dip each brownie ball into the melted chocolate then place back onto baking sheet. Continue with remaining brownie balls. Sprinkle tops with colored sprinkles and refrigerate until chocolate is hardened.


http://goboldwithbutter.com/brownie-truffles/

Cookie dough bites


Author: Chelsea from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Serves: 12
Ingredients
6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 and ¼ cups white flour
¾ cup miniature chocolate chips
¾ cup + 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
½ teaspoon coconut oil, separated
Instructions
In a large bowl, beat together the butter (make sure it is at room temperature and not melted or you will need to chill the dough) and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes. Beat in the room temperature (again not melted at all) cream cheese and the white sugar. Beat until well combined.
Beat in the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and flour until a dough is formed. If it is too wet add in a little more flour until it pulls away from the sides when beating.
Stir in ¾ a cup of chocolate chips.
Roll the cookie dough into small balls and set aside.
Line a miniature muffin tin with miniature lining cups.
In a small microwave-safe bowl melt ½ cup chocolate chips with ¼ tsp. coconut oil. (I microwave for 30 seconds, stir for 30 seconds, microwave for 15 seconds, stir, and then its ready!)
Spoon an even amount of the melted chocolate mixture into the bottom of each of the muffin cups.
Place the balls (slightly flattened) of cookie dough on top of the melted chocolate mixture.
In the same bowl melt another ¼ cup + 2 tbsp, of chocolate and ¼ tsp. coconut oil.
Pour an even amount of chocolate over all of the cookie dough balls.
Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

https://therecipecritic.com/no-bake-cookie-dough-chocolate-cups/

Unexpected Journey

“We aren’t “step”, we aren’t “half”, we’re just family.”     

-unknown

Thank you for looking at my First blog post. So, this blog is about family, faith, recipes, and crafts. This is a new chapter in my life where I am going to focus on everything that I love. My family, my kids, writing, and everything else. So here is a small sneak peek about what you will be seeing on my blog.

I love to cook! I will be posting new recipes or some old favorites at least once a week. My father was a chef and my mom was a genius in the kitchen.Since i come from a multicultural background I enjoy Spanish foods, Polish foods, German foods, and my personal favorite desserts.

I love my family, kids, and friends. I have been in a relationship for roughly nine months now with a man that has 3 children who are 14, 13, and 20. It has been amazing. I know I am not mom but I am so grateful to have them in my life and I tell you what. They have changed my life so much. I could never imagine living without them. In this blog I will be talking about family traditions, new traditions, ideas to keep young minds busy other than video games. I want to provide some insight on the small amount of knowledge I have with parenting as, just as I myself have searched for insight. My family and my kids are my joy.


Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.
-Les Brown

Now there is everything else. I enjoy crafting and when I learn something new I want to share it. I enjoy learning new crochet technique, learning about new developments in science and psychology. I try to enjoy every little thing in life. That is what life is for, right? I enjoy being a nerd, which means cosplay, star wars, star trek, scifi fantasy and etc. Movie reviews will definitely be on my list along with general form topics about movies and or tv shows.


Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.
-James Cash Penney

Again this is a brand new chapter for me. So please leave a comment. Express your interest and concerns. I want this blog to one about growing, learning and caring for one another. Lets enjoy our Journey.