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Chocolate Fudge

14 Feb
This week was my first attempt at making fudge. The first batch tasted great but was sorely lacking in appearance.  My second batch was sheer perfection, IMO. I sent three batches to school and received accolades for this fudge! 
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup cream
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 tbsp corn syrup
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp sea salt
Put all ingredients in medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the chocolate melted. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a temp. of 236F. (If you do not have a candy or latte thermometer, test batter by adding droplets to bowl of ice-cold water. If the mixture forms a small ball shape the batter is done.)
Remove from heat and cool enough until the pan is less hot to touch. Beat with hand mixer until the batter loses its gloss. Quickly stir in 1 tsp vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Cool and eat!
Note: I do not have a candy thermometer so I improvised with a meat thermometer and intuition! Overcooking or over cooling before beating causes the fudge to thicken too much for the batter to spread evenly in the pan. If you want a smooth finish, it’s better to beat too early than waiting too long.
Now that I know how to make fudge, I am going to attempt to create a healthier fudge recipe. Stay in touch for the future change!

Chocolate Walnut Waffles

14 Feb
2 cups spelt flour (you can use all-purpose, whole wheat or a blend)
1/2  cup brown sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups low-fat milk (I blended soy and cow’s milk)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (use organic if you have it, the taste is much more intense)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil (or butter if you don’t have any coconut oil)
3/4 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds
Place flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Use a whisk to blend. In large measuring cup or bowl combine milk, egg and vanilla.  Add to dry ingredients stirring with a whisk until blended and smooth. Stir in the melted oil. Let batter stand for 5 minutes, or while your waffle iron heats.  
When the waffle iron is ready, stir chocolate chips and nuts into the batter. Stir only until blended. Pour enough batter on the waffle iron to lightly cover surface.   
Enjoy warm with butter, maple syrup, ice cream, whatever topping you fancy! We enjoyed our waffles plain with a cup of tea.

it’s a date

14 Feb

I love long weekends when there is time to relax, the sun is shining, the kids are getting along….you know, when all the moons align! This is one of those rare moments.

Friday was a PA day which meant sleeping in, until 8:00 am, relaxing at home with the kids, no pressure to go anywhere during the day unless we wanted to. My daughter had a friend over to play and she was quite happy to play with all three of my kids than spend time alone with Ava. American Girls and guinea pigs were enough to fill hours with imaginative play, giggles and fun. They only came upstairs when I asked if they wanted some fudge! 

Now it’s Sunday, Happy Valentine’s Day!  A day to shower those you love with extra smiles, hugs and kisses. A good day to also practise opening your heart to those you don’t know. 

As an extra special treat I made chocolate walnut waffles this morning. Normally my kids eat four waffles each, but this morning the waffles were so dense and rich they could only eat two. If you want to make a decadent breakfast or brunch treat check out the recipe! I even modified the ingredients to make the waffles marginally healthy. Shhh, my kids don’t know!

Enjoy this day of hearts, chocolate and love. Don’t forget to love yourself when you are sharing your heart.  ♥

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