christmas gifts

Christmas Orange Ginger Sea Salt Truffles

Choc 4
Choc 4

Another blog I follow posted this Cacao Truffle recipe and I knew I needed to try it.  Who doesn't like to take on a fun new cooking project less than 24 hours before Christmas?  These orange ginger sea salt truffles seemed to scream "I want to be Christmas gifts for your friends!"

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Choc 5

I won't re-list or re-write the recipe from Smitten Kitchen you can go visit their website to grab the recipe.  What I'll share are a few tips if you want to try it too.

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Choc 2

Let me first say that Smitten Kitchen did not say this recipe was easy and it wasn't complicated per say but they didn't come out as pretty.

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Choc 6

1) Raw Cacao butter: This is a fun ingredient I've never used.  I believe in buying local, but I had to order this off of amazon as Deep Roots and The Fresh Market didn't carry it (nor did wholefoods although I wouldn't call them local).

2) The double boiler: I've always been intimidate to use a double boiler, turns out it ain't no thang! Seriously easy to use if you have the right tools.  Luckily I borrowed my boyfriends.

3) Make sure you measure out everything in advance and have it ready to go as you start melting the cacao butter.  Things get added quickly after you start melting.

4) Rolling: I think that after you heat up and mix everything together chilling the chocolate to roll it into balls is the most challenging part.  I didn't get that quite right.  Let me know if you are able to find the right consistency and how you did it.

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Choc 1
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Choc 3

Happy Chocolating... -Alisha

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Alisha's Milk Chocolate Chip Walnut

Spoons out of the oven

Max Enjoying a pre-Christmas bone

Homemade Christmas Presents

A few of the 9 yogi's we had at the studio Christmas eve morning

christmas present to me "Toledo T-shirt"

untraditional Christmas Eve dinner

Weekly Wrap Up

taught 6 yoga classes ran 11 cold but refreshing miles worked 28 hours at Lincoln bought special christmas gifts Knitted, knitted, knitted lots of dish clothes for Christmas gifts made my special milk chocolate giradelli cookies for christmas gifts visited the Brand new Scuppernog's book store in Downtown Greensboro opened lots of fun christmas cards from friends wrapped oodles of gifts opened special presents from Kenneth and Kenneth's family had my first glass of St. Germain had a sunday morning breakfast at deep roots DIY'd awesome spoons Went to see Snow Queen at Triad stage had an untraditional christmas eve spent christmas day with loved ones and relaxing worked on studio marketing

Weekend Wish List Have a few friends over a for nice post christmas intimate gathering Long run Satruday Teach on Power flow sunday Ride my bike read knit Take a nap