Friday, June 12, 2015

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups!

Peach, Strawberry, and Blueberry Fruit Roll-Ups today!!  Update later!!  Plus, my final thoughts on Aquafaba meringue!!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Vegan Meringue!

Baking up some VEGAN meringue cookies tonight!!  I'll update you when they are done, but so far so good!
They hold their shape REALLY well!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter S'mores

So earlier today I posted about making marshmallows!!  It was my first time, but they turned out great!!  
Once I had put them in the pan and chilled them for 3 hours, I cut them out into egg shapes. (Lots of powdered sugar needed for this!)
Once cut out and thoroughly powdered, they were ready for my homemade graham crackers. 
Melted a little Guittard chocolate (peanut free facility!) to stick them all together, 
And then we had ourselves some Easter S'mores!!
I got my inspiration and recipes from
Thanks Ro!

Making Marshmallows!

Making marshmallows today!!!  Egg free!!  Check back to see what I made!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Beautiful Chocolate for a Beautiful Soul

My sweet friend asked me to be present at her Baptism this past weekend, and not only that I got to bring truffles for dessert!
It was an absolutely beautiful time for my friend, her family, and friends. My family was honored to be asked to witness and I loved having those images for my children to see.  
The fellowship we all had afterward was such a blessing, it's a true gift to find friends in life that become a part of your family. 
As I reflect on this day, I'm looking at an image, this is a photograph I took of the chocolate swirls left on parchment from decorating the truffles. I snapped the picture because I thought it was beautiful and simply that. 
Looking at it today, I see a crown of thorns. ��

May you see God's blessings all around you, today and always. 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Chocolate Experiment

After making some cake truffles for a friend's baptism tonight, I made up some peppermint chocolates!!  What a great idea!!!  1 drop of Young Living Peppermint essential oil in about 1/2 cup of chocolate. Pipe into molds and you have yourself yummy after dinner chocolates!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I hope you enjoyed a beautiful day with all of your loves!  We started our day off with heart-shaped cinnamon rolls, and are wrapping up with Batman and Wonder Woman - the kids wait all week for these shows! - but I wanted to share what I did for the kids this year!

Before I jump right into these Valentine Day treats, I have to share a little story.  For every Valentine's Day when I was little, my parents would give my brother and I a heart-shaped box of chocolates.  I even kept a lot of those boxes.  I don't know if it was the sweet images on the front, or the lingering smell of chocolate inside that made me hang on to them, but I remember having a collection of all of my chocolate boxes. 

Valentine's Chocolate Heart Boxes into Wall Art
So, the day that I finally had kids of my own, I had dreams of doing the same for them, making a tradition for them each Valentine's Day.

Well, as it ended up, my kids have multiple food allergies (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, coconut) and can't indulge in a divine box of chocolate covered caramels and nougats.  But that doesn't mean that they don't get pampered.

Let's get started:  :)

Starting with chocolate cake, I crumble it up into small pieces, and then add frosting or ganache.  Here I added toasted marshmallow frosting, chocolate malted frosting, and chocolate ganache.  The best way to combine it is with your hands until you can form it into nice, smooth balls, like these:

For the orange/chocolate/peppermint truffles, I added some orange buttercream to chocolate cake and then added a drop of peppermint oil before I combined them.

Once formed, these all go into the deep freeze for AT LEAST 30 minutes.

While in the freezer it's time to prepare your chocolate, I like to use chocolate and not candy melts.  Mainly because most candy melts aren't safe, due to cross-contamination, but also because I want things to taste as good as they look, and I feel that is achieved by using real chocolate. 

This time around I used the Ghiradelli dipping chocolate.  Another little trick, keep your chocolate warm, and your truffles COLD.  Only dip a couple at a time and keep the rest in the freezer while you work for the smoothest finish.
I love creating "images" with chocolate, so I created the hearts by piping them onto some parchment and then covered them with sanding sugar while they were wet.  Once set, I "glued" them with chocolate on to the top of the truffles.
Over the years I've done chocolate covered cherries, conversation heart cookies, dipped strawberries, and always truffles. 

And now, my kids most definitely have a Valentine's Day tradition that they ALWAYS look forward to, and so do I. 

What are some of your Valentine traditions?