Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Secret Chocolate Balls Recipe

Chocolate Balls
I don’t usually have contingency plans. I’m not that organized. I believe that contingency plans are for governments.
But there are exceptions. Sometimes I have to deal with a minor catastrophe or (using a more positive attitude) a minor challenge. Like when I‘m in a huge rush to pick up the kids from school, and I know that I’m not going to make it unless I fly there.
I always have a contingency plan especially for that kind of crisis.

But today I want to talk about my ‘last minute invitation’ contingency plan. 

Once in a while I like to spontaneously visit friends or family at short notice, and I don’t like to arrive empty-handed.
This is when I get out my secret recipe for chocolate balls. My kids love to help me. We make them quickly (years of practice pays off!) and that leaves me plenty of time for the main task: wrapping.
Chocolate Mixture
I always try to wrap the chocolate balls as nicely as I can and they always get great compliments.

Chocolate Balls Recipe

·        1 cup sugar
·        ½ cup cocoa powder
·        ½ cup milk
·        ¼ cup wine
·        Vanilla.
Mix the ingredients together in a cooking pot. When it's ready, turn off the heat.

·        100 grams margarine .
Slowly add the margarine to the cooking pot.

·        1 pound (500 grams) chocolate biscuit cookies.
Crush the biscuits with your hands.
Mix with the melted chocolate mixture.

·        Coconut flakes .
Roll the balls in the coconut flakes.
Chill in refrigerator.

Voila! You're done!

Mix with the melted chocolate mixture

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentine’s Day Crafts Ideas - Adding A Personal Touch To Your Presents

Here it comes again, that valentine’s day…I wish I had known how to celebrate this occasion. To be honest, many years of happy marriage doesn’t make it easier, on the contrary, I’ve already used all the good ideas in several variations during the years, and I guess this whole ceremony feels a little sticky and artificial. I mean, why now? Shouldn’t we celebrate our love every day

Keeping that spark of love in a long term relationship is a daily job. This “spark” is slightly pampered, and must be preserved as well as nourished constantly. Now valentines comes, and forces me to evoke long-forgotten feelings as excitement, heart bits, blushing, daydreaming (there’re probably more that I’d forgotten about). Who needs that? I’m feeling comfortable in my own peaceful routine.

“What should I buy him??? I’m not going to make a big fuss of it.”
I’ll try to find out what "valentine's day gift" he’d like to have. Sometimes it’s really hard to figure out men, but we women, do have our ways. It should also be taken into consideration that he doesn’t want anything, and wishes that I let saint valentine rest in peace.

The main issue to take care of is to let him know exactly what I expect him to buy me, where to find it, what color (and he’d better hurry, before the dill is over).

Finally, I’ll take him to a romantic restaurant where we could surprise each other with our lovely gifts. Life is full of surprises isn’t it?
Of course It’s The thought that counts, and not the price, therefore adding a little personal touch to a present is essential. Here are a few samples I’ve made:

Merry Valentine's Day!

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