Happy Sunday – I hope everyone has had a superb weekend.
WARNING – my first two points in this post are not beauty related (Holiday Crafts) – but I am quite proud of my non-nail “craftiness” that I thought I would share before we get to the Beauty post (scroll right to the bottom if you’re not into crafts).
What have I been up to this weekend? I’ve been busy starting my Holiday Crafts. Yesterday I made my first ever DIY christmas cards – yay!
DIY Holiday Cards
- Paper cards
- Paper decorations
- Snowflakes and any other holiday craft decorations
- Washii tape (an assortment)
All supplies were purchased at Michael’s Craft Store and Dollerama.
My mom has been making chocolate truffles for years as holiday gifts. They’re the perfect home-made treats for clients, friends, relatives and anyone in between. Today I hung out with my mom and made chocolate truffles to give to my clients (they’re now safe in the freezer until I start handing them out Dec 1). Yummy and pretty to look at!
MAKES ABOUT 25 TRUFFLES (I doubled the recipe)
Ingredients (adapted from Julia Child)
1/4 c. strong coffee
7 oz. semisweet chocolate
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter
1/4 c. Orange liqueur (optional)
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa
Frilly bonbon cups
1. Melt both chocolates along with coffee in saucepan.
2. When chocolate has softened, beat with electric mixer till smooth and creamy. Let cool briefly.
3. Cut chilled butter into small slices and gradually beat into chocolate with the mixer adding a new one as a previous one is almost absorbed.
4. When smooth, add in liqueur by dribbles. Chill for a few hours or overnight.
5. When mixture has chilled and set, remove by teaspoon gobs, roll into circular shapes, then in cocoa to cover completely. Place in paper cups.
When packed in airtight container, truffles will keep perfectly for several weeks in fridge or several months in freezer.
ALSO, liqueur is optional or changeable if you prefer another flavour or none at all. I also usually make double the recipe if I have a lot of gifts to give, or want to keep them for later.
Once you’re finished, you can package them into little baggies, or cute boxes (I purchased these at the dollar store).
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Today’s scheduled blog post (apologies if crafts and baking are not your thing) is published at HER Magazine, a Canadian online magazine for women, where I’m a regular contributor. Today we’re talking about getting your purse ready for the winter season.
Until next time,