November 23rd, 2015
After my last post, I was working on Cocoa Bombs for the Ugly Sweater Boutique when I came across this Christmas tree pan that my Sister-in-Law Geri sent me a few years ago.
Actually, there are two of them. Anyway, I thought some peppermint cocoa bomb trees might be fun!
I filled the molds just like I do with my regular bombs.
Pull the chocolate up the sides and leave a cavity in the middle.
I used Andes mint chips to fill them with the peppermint flavor and I also added peppermint marshmallows.
Next, add the Nesquik, then cover them with chcolate.
When they are hardened, pop them out of the pan. Oh! I forgot, you must spray the pan liberally with a cooking spray. They were a beast to get out, I am on the lookout for silicone shaped tree molds.
I have also been going crazy trying to find the cherry chips that I use for Cherry Cordial Cocoa Bombs. They were one of the most popular flavors last year, but no one seemed to be carrying the chips this year. But, finally I found them at Albertsons!
I got right to work making my bombs because the craft show is right around the corner! Here are some photos!
. I didn't take a picture, but I wanted to tell you about the candy cane Candy Melts that I found to use to decorate my peppermint bombs! Perfect, right? I will post more pictures as I get all of the bombs bagged and ready for the show.
Also, while browsing the internet, I found these: http://princesspinkygirl.com/diy-peppermint-candy-spoons/ They are pepperment candy spoons dipped in chocolate that would be great to go with Pepperming Cocoa Bombs. But, I can't get the photo to load here. So go and check them out. I want to get that mold and try them!
I am off work this week for Thanksgiving! Hopefully I can blog again soon! So much to do....
This is the time of year with all of the best holidays. Whenever I think of the holidays, I can't help but think of my sister-in-law, Geri. She loved the holidays, especially Christmas, so much. She had more Christmas decorations than you could shake a stick at. She even had Christmas silverware! I have to use the word "had" because our beautiful Geri passed away just a couple of weeks ago. She left my brother behind, not to mention all of her forty odd nieces and nephews, and the same number of Great nieces and nephews, and god children. Also her father and 5 of her siblings. She never forgot any of the holidays, including Valentines Day and Halloween. She never forgot a birthday. On all of their trips to Hawaii and anywhere else that she and my brother traveled, she sent them all postcards with different messages to each of them. Geri was devout in her religion and so kind and full of grace. We all miss her very much and morn for my brother who feels her loss so keenly.
Another thing I think of during the holidays that came from Geri are some of the recipes that I routinely make now that she has been a part of our family for so long. (37 years!) She was always willing to pass her recipes along. Her Walnut Brittle is epic and the Portuguese Easter Bread from her family is amazing!
So, today in Phoenix, it is finally cooler and rainy. Hurrah! Fall may be here at last! So, I made an autumnal dinner. (I just taught my kids at school the word "autumnal" and I think it is a cool word). I had some acorn squash and I roasted it with butter, brown sugar, a little salt, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, a little extra cinnamon and a sprinkle of sugar around the edges. I baked it for an hour at 425 degrees. YOU HAVE TO TRY IT! It tastes like pumpkin pie, without the crust and you get to call it a vegetable.
I think Geri would have liked it. She will be on my mind throughout the holidays this year and every year. I am so thankful to know that we will all see her again because of the Hope we have through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of Him, my heart is filled with love and peace instead of devastating sorrow. This is my first piece of Thanksgiving to share. I hope that all of you can feel His love and tender mercies in your lives as well.
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!