Jun 052012
 

Have you had a chance to try the Oikos Greek Non fat Yogurt By Dannon?

Well, I did this last week. I must say I was surprised. I tried two different kinds: The Lime Yogurt and the Blueberry ( fruit is at the bottom of yogurt) Yogurt.

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Feb 152012
 

I have been dreaming of chocolate night and day. For some reason I have been in a chocolate mood this month. I am not sure why, maybe it’s because of all this Valentine’s talk and my desire to know if store-bought chocolate is better than home made chocolate.  After checking out a box of Russel Stover’s Assorted Fine Chocolate, I was even more enthusiastic about improving on my chocolate truffle making skills.

It’s the day after Valentine’s and chocolate is still on my mind. To keep me going in this crazy Wintry weather and to have a reason to stay indoors where it is warm and cozy, I have been reading a fantastic book on Chocolate. The book Chocolate Chocolate, is written by the Park sisters who after the passing of their father, found solace in their childhood dreams and in chocolate.

Frances and Ginger Park decided to open a luxurious chocolate boutique in Washington D.C called….. you guessed it. Chocolate Chocolate. Their book talks about their story: Two sisters, tons of treats and the little shop that could. Read the book! If you love chocolate, you’ll will love their book.

Feb 112012
 

Chocolate Truffles - for Valentine's Day!

Where would we be without love? God is love and He loves us unconditionally.

We are in February and Love is everywhere . February 14th is the biggest day for LOVE.  As the clock ticks by, every second, someone, somewhere falls in love. Romance and soft music fill the air. It’s time to tell the ones you know that you love them.

To celebrate, here are some ideas. No baking necessary. Just your creativity and a little bit of time. Hope you have as much fun as we did.

Treat #1 .  Make these very easy Chocolate Truffle treats and share.

You can definitely make truffles in many different ways.  I used only half the quantities in the recipe below and used the remaining chocolate to make two extra eye catching chocolate treats.

Inspired by this recipe.  Two Ingredients Only: Chocolate and Cream Cheese.

  • 1 1/4  pkg of Baker’s Semi Sweet Chocolate ( 10 squares).
  • ½  pkg cream cheese.
  1. Melt 4 of the chocolate squares and save 6.
  2. Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy.
  3. Stir in melted chocolate and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Shape into balls and place each on a tray lined with wax paper.
  5. Melt the remaining 6 squares of chocolate.
  6. Dip the balls into melted chocolate and place on wax paper.
  7. Pour desired toppings like shredded coconut, ground almonds or drizzle icing for decorative effect.
  8. Refrigerate again until firm.

These truffles have a “creamy soft on the inside” delightful surprise.

Treat #2 :  You could simply add shredded coconut and crushed almonds into the remaining  dark chocolate. To make the red truffles, use white chocolate (almond bark).  Color with red food coloring,  roll into balls, coat with coconut  or almonds and chill.  No extra coating necessary.

Treat #3 : I used  triple double Oreo cookies and dipped them in the remaining dark chocolate. I added white chocolate to make the white Oreo cookie  treats.  Color some icing sugar with red food coloring and dot your treats over as you like. Decorating allows you to make a  stunning statement.

Another idea for Valentine’s are these treats, that the  Happy Baker  calls “Speed Dating Quickies”,  in her book on page 93.

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter

1 cup milk

**** I used ½ cup brown and 1/2 cup white sugar****

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

4 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup flaked coconut

***** I would love to add these two ingredients next time :  ½ cup raisins  and ¼ cup nuts for different  flavor in every bite*****

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring sugars, butter and milk to boil over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat; add vanilla.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips, mix until melted. Add oats and coconut; combine.
  4. Drop mixture by tablespoon onto lined cookie sheet.
  5. Refrigerate. Chocolate will firm up and be ready to eat.

To make exciting gifts out of  your treats, visit a local craft shop like Hobby Lobby and get beautiful packaging.

Package your treats to share as gifts. Your family and friends will love them.

Happy Valentine’s everyone.

Feb 082012
 

For our food safari here is something that will make you go MMMHH.

Applebees makes the Best Desserts. Just perfect for date night. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar on Urbanspoon

Another favorite place of mine, where we like to pop in for that  little treat is Pink Swirls .  They have  five great locations in Oklahoma.

Here you will find an array of frozen yogurts and different toppings to choose from.

While I like to pile it high with tons of fruit like  kiwis, strawberries, pineapple, banana , black berries and granola, hubbie likes to pile it up high with his favorite candy. Peanut butter, chocolate chips, M&M’s and cherries.

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