Tuesday, February 11, 2014

brain on fire and some scenes of the weekend

i started reading a new book yesterday and it is very intriguing. it was next in line after wave and before the fault in our stars.  it is brain on fire. i took my tea and my headlamp to bed with me last night because i didn't want to stop reading.

can i just say that you could have rung me out and hung me up to dry after my saturday run. it rained. the whole time. there pretty green things starting to poke out of the snow. i am totally ready for spring. light in the mornings and warmer temperatures.

had a house full of cute kiddos saturday afternoon for some valentine making and treat eating and general mayhem. for the kids i filled little valentine cupcake papers with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries and another with juju hearts, sweethearts and cinnamon hearts. they had sliced apples and kiwis on their plates and i did water with oranges and lemons so as to not have a sticky mess if they spilled their drinks. i know, i'm either a genius or a major clean freak. i think you and i both know which one i am. 

for the ladies, i tried my hand at diary, soy, gluten free truffles and i did chocolate dipped strawberries with the remainder of the chocolate.  
the ingredients for the truffles // raw cocoa, medjool dates, water, coconut oil, cinnamon, sea salt, coconut, enjoy life chocolate chips
i put a little water in the bottom of a small sauce pan and let it heat as i chopped the dates and added them. i also added just a little bit of coconut oil.  i stirred and mashed it up with a fork until it was gooey and smooth and then i added cocoa and mixed it well and removed it from the heat. i coated my hands with cocoa and rolled the date mixture into balls adding shredded coconut to some and cinnamon to some and then i rolled them in cocoa powder and set them on a cookie sheet coated with wax paper and put them in the fridge for the night.  
the next day i melted the chocolate with just a little bit of coconut oil in a small pan sitting in a larger pan full of water at a low temperature on the stove.  
then i dipped the date balls in the chocolate and sprinkled them with sea salt.

we ended up eating them while they were warm and the chocolate was still soft because i was didn't get them done early enough. but, i ate one the next day after the chocolate was set up and it was soooo good and the inside was so soft and gooey.

having the chocolate sitting in the hot water kept it melty and warm the whole time so us gals could dip our fruit and cinnamon gummy heart into it if we wanted to. the kiwi's were especially nice dipped in dark chocolate!

the kids used stamps, stickers, markers, colored pencils, sticky felt birds, bugs and hearts and colored paper and we made shrinking dinks in the oven. heart bubbles to blow and googly eye rings to wear. they threw all the pillows on the floor and chased each other around house with marker stained fingers and they jumped of the couch and it was awesome.

the end.



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