Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Chocolate Lover's Birthday Dream!

It's chocolate Monday...what did I do? Played with Chocolate modeling clay. Coloring, cutting, rolling....
I really wanted to demo the Chocolate flower heart today..My son's birthday cake took over my brain...and the pictures for the demo didnt make it from my son the photographer's ipad this time to my email..so hopefully next week. 
A sneak peak at the Poke' Ball and two  favorite Pokemon...Pikachu, never get out of favored with this kid, who drew a wonderful poster of Pikachu and Ash in his eyeball. He is a brilliant artist and his perspective developed at an early age. I'll update with his poster as soon as I find it. Most of their work is packed away. I want to be sure they have their favorite pieces of art and trinkets to go in their new space. We have moved so much and lost so much, more times than I can count or want to redo. So I'm doing my part to create a clearer view by communicating with each of the children about what create the feeling of happy trials. So they can trust This time shall be better! Just like every time I make a cake. I create something better than the last. 
 Some things do take more consistant concentral ed practice and effort like my photography. Still the whole point for us is to celebrate my son's life, his being a part of this family and fun ,fun, fun, fun, fun. What's more fun than a summer day, with my kids going crazy with appreciaton, over something I made with my little hands. Making him happy makes me very happy. I think he loves chocolate more than me. The Poke' ball  is Xtra Special Cake from Pilsbury's Alpha Bakery Booklet. They put the order form on the bag every year! I consider the cake vegan, because there is no dairy at all. I just mixed in chocolate chips,  chocolate filling, butter cream and covered it all with modeling chocolate.
I can't leave out that  his younger sister and brother used their even smaller hands to dye to chocolate, mix cake, oil and flour the pan and cut grass.  His 1st sister help me buy yet another 3 bags of white chocolate, 6 lb. all together I've bought! The first 2 lbs. I'm was making good use of what I have(no microwave..I don't even like them, lol) and got distract, by my three boys..heat testosterone, need i say more? ugh 😨😒 The second 2 lbs! humidity finally caught up to me! Melt it in the pot says a neighbor, and add a little milk...nooo!  I did. too loose. no worries filling! With 8 more days to go. Grocery squeeze..trying to justify 6-13 dollars to my hubby! He's not buying it, no! We're not buying it.
I'm not a easy one to give up especially for something  I love, my son, my passion, and chocolate. My first daughters words, "that boy is annoying...not getting him...no!" She's been thru almost everything with me and actually gets me and is sooo supporting She's a darling))🎵
I asked for her help and she did above and beyond what I asked. We had a ton of fun going to get the chocolate and making the modeling clay...I think she really was thrilled with how fast it came together. I'd forgotten she loves white chocolate...I'm not a fan but i can file that away for a special treat, just for her one day, since she doesn't eat sweet that often.
In some way almost all 10 of us had something to do with this cake, we care Happy Birthday and Many more! which is what family is about. Love thru caring.
So, what did you do for Chocolate Monday?
Make everyday a great day no matter the chaos, press on.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Chocolatey Perspectives

Top Left:Blue Chocolate Modeling clay flower and leaves, Bottom left: Chocolate modeling clay flowers created using rose molds and Right: Torquoise pearl royal icing,  and chocolate flower on Happy Glad Chocolate Frosting, a crumb coat of  buttercream all on a chocolate mini cake.. Crazy good. 
As for a Chocolatey perspective. I've long been convinced chocolate the 60 % and up kind are just as good for your blood as a small glass of red wine. I've noted it's affect on my physical and mental state. The less sugar tolerable the better. I found some interesting information about Chocolate/ Cocoa and Coffee. There is no caffeine in Chocolate. This is good news because caffeine the drug that it is,  dehydrates the body.  I started my research with this Article on Xocoatl Chocolate: Facts or Fiction. Maybe you might find it fascinating too. For enquiring minds. The recipe below has a good amount of sugar, but it can easily be adjusted and other sweeteners that have more health benefits can be implemented to get an even better product.

Happy Glad Chocolate Frosting Recipe:
1 stick of butter
2/3 cocoa powder ( i used dark)
1/3 almond milk 
3 c. 10x sifted
1 tsp. Vanilla
Melt the butter stir in cocoa then alternate stirring in Milk and 10x. Then Stir in the vanilla. 

All things in moderatioñ, be well!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How I'm Chillin on Hot-Muggy Chocolate Mondays

Hello Friends,
   Ok you can tell by that greeting I have kids! Little Bill episodes still dancing in my head...no apologies, yea... Anyway. What did you do for Chocolate Monday?? What good came your way or not so good but you were able to turn it around?  "Make it work!," as Tim Gunn always admonishes.
My Chocolate Monday...began too early but since I was up. I decided to try my newest discovery, using a mason jar to whip up my smoothies. First time out my Favorite Chocolate Ice cream found here.Ice Cream list and here.Chocolate ice cream recipe
Oh my goodness, how fantastic is one banana a tsp. of cocoa and a blender?! I brought some Hershey's syrup. Wait let me tell you why I brought the syrup, not just for laziness.  I went to the McDonald's  in Queens, on 21st St. near my son's school. Good service worse Chocolate chip cookies. Ok, I order for the first time an iced coffee. Once you get to know me curiosity about all the hype, will bring me around a day later...more like after it's still got steam after a yr.! So the manager on duty runs down all the flavors they add, in his thick latin accent. Since my face gives away that I didn't catch the last one, this amazing guy! Walks over to the flavorings and says...hazel nut! We laughed and I say oh, no thank you...may I have chocolate...he says sure! Let me work it out on the register for the price. 1.50 something! You want sugar? Um...no, just the chocolate. So he goes on to say "you let me know if you want sugar after I fix it.
Plus he is doing several other things. When he comes over shaking my drink... he give me a straw and ask me to taste it for sweet enough! It's perfect. Now I'm elated!  This stuff's good. Now why'd I buy the syrup, because I got mad when I went to another McDonald's and they wouldn't give me the chocolate?  Finally one girl asked the manager if she could switch out the vanilla for chocolate for me! "Yes,"she said...I think she put less than a tsp. And i paid closer to  2$! Uh huh! So I went back there yesterday with my dd, with my own chocolate that I keep in my purse now and bought a plain cafe' with cream. Walked over to the condiments. Opened my cup and my dd got into the act too and walla! I have my own mocca iced cafe' on the go...for months, if I want..plus I got the syrup on sale! My lesson in all that is if your gonna get mad do something constructive, beneficial...win for everyone concerned...when possible you know what I mean! We got such a tickle out of having the chocolate the way we wanted it! My dd enjoyed her strawberry lemon cafe' with chocolate too. Perfect for a summer travel on the muggy subway :D