Here is the Valentine's Day Bomb Blog I promised you! My Valentine, (Glen) and I were at the store together one day, and I am always on the hunt for new Cocoa Bomb ideas. We found these cute decorations from Wilton and I knew I had to use them. Glen thought it would be great to have the mustaches and bows together, and I loved that idea. Look! They came out so cute!
Here is a rose I added by putting it in the mold when I was making the shell.
Finally I topped them and decorated them in the normal way and Voila! Super cute to share with your Sweetie or your entire family. (There is a bow that is black and my husband had that bomb. It made his tongue black, so beware! Ha Ha!) If you missed the basic bomb tutorial, be sure to check it out!
For the rest of the bombs, I wanted to make Cherry Cordial because that sounds like Valentine's Day to me. I have made Cherry Cordial Bombs a few different ways. The best and easiest way was to use Log House Cherry Chips, sometimes carried by Walmart or Bashas. Those tasted just like a cherry cordial candy, and I must order more of these chips on line. But, in the meantime, I was out of the chips and I needed to find another way to make the flavor that I wanted. I have tried the Hershey Kisses that are filled with cherry cordial filling and I have tried the Nestle Delightfulls also filled with cherry filling. These didn't work out so well in the bombs because the chocolate overpowered the cherry flavor and didn't give me the results that I wanted. So, here is what I did and it has worked out great!
The first thing that you have to know is that you can not use liquid in Cocoa Bombs because they will leak eventually and that is messy and unappetizing. So, I used powdered sugar and maraschino cherry juice to make a paste and filled the bombs with that delicious concoction.
The rose looked kind of silly perched on top of a bomb, I kind of like it this way. But, it did take up a lot of the space for filling, so I made this one salted caramel by adding Jif salted caramel cream that you can buy in the store. Here it is:
A Fun Quilt for a New Baby
I don't know if I have mentioned that there are many babies expected in our family right now. Among them are my daughter-in-law Korina, who is expecting her 5th, (a boy) at any time now. She has c-sections though, so it will be scheduled unless something unexpected happens. My daughter Alicia is due the end of March. This is her first and she is also expecting a boy.
Korina's mom does beautiful quilting and my grandchildren have beautiful quilts that she has made for them. My mom quilts, she is turning 92 this year, so her quilting has slowed down a bit, but she is still at it. Well, I decided that my daughter Alicia's baby shouldn't be deprived of a quilt from his grandmother, even if I am not as good at it as the above mentioned quilters, so I figured that a baby quilt was a good place to start.
My mom recently gave me a quilt for the back of my couch to add color to my family room. Here it is:
Notice how she used colors and fabrics she knew I would love.
I love the fabric on the back, too. The picture does not do it justice. Also notice that the squares on the front are left unfinished and so when the raw edges get washed it becomes a soft frayed edge. I like the way the squares are radomly placed on the top fabric and appliqued down. I thought that this might be the type of quilt I could figure out and do without having to match points and piece. So, a trip to Walmart's fabric department was called for.
Walmart sells collections of fat quarters that are already coordinated for you. The price is really great as well. The cute flannel set I found was under $8.00. My high school football player son Jacob was with me and he insisted we include a football print for his nephew. (He wants to have a football team consisting of all of his nephews one day.) I also threw in a few pieces from my own stash.
Here are a few of them. I used a yellow fabric as my top layer and cut out my squares into 5 inch squares with my zig-zag rotary cutter. Then I laid them all out in what I felt was a pleasing design and pinned them into place.
This photo is actually after I stitched it all together. I used a decorative stitch that I have on my new machine that I got this year. I have finished sewing the top together and I have sandwiched in the batting to the backing. It is all basted. I have decided to machine quilt it, so that will be my last step that I will post in my next post.
RED ALERT! I have to finish this quilt this week. This morning I was in my classroom at work when I got a call from my son-in-law Adrian. ALICIA'S WATER BROKE THIS MORNING! She is only 32 and a half weeks, they are keeping her in the hospital and holding her off a little longer since she still has fluid and the baby needs more time, but she will definitely be delivering no later than a week and 3 days. I will post the finished product soon! Hopefully a healthy, sweet baby will be wrapped in it!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!