Thursday, January 30, 2014

4 Things I've Learned While Working with Chocolate

One of the many things I love to do is make homemade candy. Chocolate, by far, is my favorite thing to use. Melting, dipping,  and pouring chocolate is so much fun and the things you can add to it are limitless.

Today I wanted to take some time and share with you some of the things I have learned about working with chocolate and candy coating.  This list is from my personal experience and is not influenced by anyone else.

If you have a tip that you have learned while working with chocolate or candy coating I would love it if you shared in the comments.

1. While melting chocolate in the microwave keep and eye on it. If it's in there for too long it will seize and the chocolate will be ruined.

2. Dipping things is a lot of fun, specifically for the kids. However,  if it is in a regular bowl and not a fondue warmer it will cool quickly and harden.

3. When adding flavor use an oil based flavoring and only use a little bit. A little goes a long way.

4. Oh yeah, and don't fight the messiness.  It comes with the chocolate.

That's it for now. Have fun! As I learn more I'll keep adding to the list.  Have a great day everyone.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Blueberries and Cream Truffles

The truffles a finally ready! And they are so good. If you like blueberries and cream you will love these truffles. They are made with white chocolate and dried wild blueberries,  yum.

I know it has been a while since I've made a truffle recipe. I'm trying to find that balance between the recipes and the other things I post.

Before I get to the recipe I want to thank you all for being patient with me. It would have been up yesterday but I had to take the little one to a doctor appointment.

Alright here we go.

Blueberries and cream truffles

Ingredients:

12 oz. white chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup dried blueberries

2 pkgs white candy coating

Instructions:

1. Place the white chocolate chips in a medium heat safe bowl.

2. Heat whipping cream over medium heat until just boiling.

3. Pour whipping cream over white chocolate chips. Let stand for 30 seconds. Stir until melted.

4. Stir in blueberries and mix well.

5. Place mixture in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm.

6. Scoop spoonfuls of mixture and shape into balls. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

7. Place cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. 

8. Melt white candy coating in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds until melted. Stirring after each time.

9. Dip truffles in the candy coating and place back on cookie sheet.  Place in the fridge until it sets.

10. Keep in an air tight container in the fridge.  Should make about 20. Enjoy!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hello, I hope everyone is having a fantastic year so far. Mine has starting a bit slow. The family was sick for Christmas so we had a rough transition into the new year. I will be picking up my bloggy schedule again and making some more sweet treats and crafty fun.

Some of you know that I have been taking classes online for medical coding. I am almost done with that. So, exciting. 

That's about it for now. Thank you all so much for your support. Have a great new year.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Winter Bracelet

Hey, everyone. I haven't posted a piece of jewelry in a while so, I thought I would do that today.

This bracelet is made with metal chain, moonstone chips, and crystals. Let me know what you think. Have a great weekend.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Candy Bark

      So, while I was trying to get this post done yesterday I ended up running out of sun light while taking the pictures and had to finish up today. That's why the post is a little late today. Here it is; the candy bark that I told you about last week. I hope you enjoy it. The recipe is super easy and it makes a great Holiday gift.

     Ingredients:

       2cups white chocolate chips

       7 assorted mini candy bars

       1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips for drizzling, (optional)

     Directions:

       1. Slice candy bars inro 4 to 5 pieces

       2. Melt the white chocolate chips until smooth

       3. Stir the candy bars into the white chocolate

        4. Pour onto cookie sheet lined with was paper until set, about 30 minuts to an hour.

        5. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Let cool

        6. Break the bark into medium to small small pieces

         Serves about 8. Enjoy! Let me know what you think, or if you have any questions ask away.