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A Special Delivery

17 Sep

This weekend I got a special delivery in my mailbox. A package from a fellow blogger who I fell in love with when I found her blog!

 

The best part about this special delivery? I had no idea what she was sending me!! She followed my blog and said she would get a few ideas from it of what to send me 🙂 It’s like we are long lost best friends because as soon as I opened the package I jumped for joy like a little kid!

 

A collection of goodies that I can not wait to play with / eat / drink!!

What I got:

  1. chocolate herbal tea (yum!)
  2. A dark chocolate bar (YUM)
  3. Buttons and flower appliques (so cute!)
  4. Lace and elastic (oh how I can’t wait to play with these!)

 

Why did she do this? Because she is an outrageously sweet, thoughtful, and selfless person. Which inspired me to send a goodie package to another fellow blogger. I stalked her pages for weeks and weeks and got a collection of items I thought she might enjoy. Stay tuned to see who and what I gave this blogger friend of mine (she has no idea it’s coming!).

 

Love Always,

J

 

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Smoked Almond Chocolate Shortbread

24 Nov

If you don’t like almonds, JOIN THE CLUB! But I made these anyways because they looked so good and after a bit of a failure to begin with these things turned out great! Even for all of the almond haters like me!

Ingredients:

Shortbread:

1/2 cup (2 ounces) smoked (or roasted) almonds

1/2 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

10 tablespoons of softened butter (plus additional for the pan)

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

Chocolate Caramel:

11 ounces (2 cups) milk chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup of water

6 tablespoons butter

1 cup of heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of sea salt or smoked salt (optional .. i optioned out)

Directions:

Shortbread:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper or foil. Butter the interior of the paper or foil. Grind smoked almonds in food processor or use the slap chop like me (too much fun) until the consistency of coarse corn meal. In medium bowl, whisk together ground almonds, four, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and almond extract with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture in two batches mixing until crumbly, but sticky dough forms. Press down evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely on wire rack.

Chocolate Caramel:

Place chocolate in medium glass or stainless steel bowl and set aside. In medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook mixture over medium heat 10-12 minutes until mixture coast the back of a wooden spoon.

Remove from heat. Add butter, cream, and salt. Return to heat and simmer over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Simmer 2-3 minutes. Pour mixture over chocolate and let it stand for two minutes. Stir until smooth and let it stand to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Pour mixture over shortbread and allow to cool for about 30 minutes and then refrigerate overnight. (It says about 5 hours but mine took way more than that!!)

I give this 3 and a half stars. It turned out great but I am not crazy in love with it so I’ll try another recipe soon 🙂

Enjoy!

Love Always,

J

Just One of THOSE days..

21 Nov

B was having one of those days yesterday where nothing seemed to peak his interest. He sat around the house wanting to do his usual relaxing and enjoying the day with E and I while also enjoying some TV and video gaming. Instead he flipped channels, did a little downloading, played a game, put it down, flipped channels again. He looked so bored and unmotivated that it didn’t take me long to figure out what kind of state of mind he was in. I have those days. Probably more often than anyone else I know. The poor guy only gets two days to really enjoy himself and he spends one of those days caught in the in-between feeling…

I know when I am in that kind of mood nothing seems to make it better no matter what I or anyone else seems to try and that made me stop and think. What can I do to make it any better? The typical nagging me asking him if everything was alright was definitely not helping. What do I do for me when I am in the state? What does everyone else do?

Me? I usually have to put on some music that it is uplifting and inspiring. Maybe drink some hot chocolate or tea. Then if all else fails take a nice LONG hot shower. It wasn’t until 10:30 at night that B put on some music of his and the first thing that came to my mind was .. DUHHH J why didn’t you think of that? I realize that I can’t always fix him or his feelings but I like to think that I could at least have enough ideas to get him going in the right direction.

So maybe it wasn’t meant to be me this time. Maybe he was supposed to figure out what he needed to do for him on his own. But I did think of one thing.

Chocolate Milk.

This boy loves chocolate milk like I love hot chocolate. We used to drink it every night in the summer (yes I convert to chocolate milk when it’s hot and hot chocolate when it’s cold.. it works for me). So I did it, I asked him, “Do you want me to make you some chocolate milk?” and I get an answer I seriously wasn’t expecting. He shook his head no..

What do you do for your significant other when they are in that drifting state of mind? What does your loved one do for you?

In this case, I did nothing and I felt a little disappointed in my usual AWESOME IDEA of a world. All I could do was cross my fingers and hope that tomorrow brought better days, better ideas, better laughs, and please please please bigger smiles!!

Love Always,

J

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