Sunday, November 30, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
I bet you thought that I was using both bad grammar and bad spelling in the title today. But Sonjia was sitting with me on the couch being goofy. It was only appropriate for me to take a selfie.
Sonjia is my baby (she is a grandma's girl. ) Minutes after this picture was taken I got a puppy kiss. There are many times that I wished I could read their minds.
Friday, November 28, 2014
|A billboard sent me here ...|
|Minnesota Country church|
There were two special blessings on the trip. The first was the eagle that flew over my vehicle as I drove down the road. The second was the elderly man that was walking from the grocery store to his home. I had stopped at a Holiday store and as I pulled in I noticed the man walking into the store. It was obvious that he had slipped and fell in the snow from the grocery store to the gas station. There was snow from his knee to his hip. He was warming up in the gas station. He left as I was checking out. I asked the clerk if she knew him and she did. He lived a few blocks down the road. I stopped and picked him up. It was a short; three block ride but when he got out he repeatedly blessed me. He was a believer in God and my following the promptings of God to stop and then to offer a ride, blessed the man in a very special way. All that he had was words and prayers to offer in blessing me for my help ~ what more can a person ask for?
Thursday, November 27, 2014
- God (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
- Dale that he is sacrificing a family dinner so that he doesn't spread his cold to my Dad who is in chemotherapy treatments now.
- My family
- My friends
- My job
- My co-workers
- My Dobie girls
Loving Family ...
It was a good afternoon surrounded by family. When the things we depend on in life fall apart on us we will always have two special things: God and Family.
...gathered around the table
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
|Almond butter balls in Dark Chocolate|
|Chocolate covered banana chips and dried cinnamon apples|
|Bacon wrapped Turkey|
Ready or not ~ here we come.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
|Sliced Almonds in Food Processor|
|Ready for making almond balls|
Monday, November 24, 2014
|Sonjia & Misty in their jackets|
|Playing in the park after dark|
|Vehicles of fisherman out on the lake|
Sunday, November 23, 2014
|City workers clearing the streets on Sunday|
|Hey! I can see tar again!|
|Random Fun Fabric|
|Time for new toys|
Saturday, November 22, 2014
|I got the ball!|
|Catch me if you can!|
|Ready, set ....|
|What do you mean big paws?|
|Look what I got!|
|Just a minute, I think I'm on the right track!|
|Sonjia's new coat|
|Sonjia's new necklace|
Friday, November 21, 2014
As I have mentioned before, I am currently working on writing my Father's story, "Hugs, Hands and Heaven Help Him". As a part of the story, I am adding significant portions of my Mother's personal journals.
In the ten years that she struggled with illnesses, she wrote on 18 pages (front and back /36 sides).
This week, I have been typing her "special" thoughts and feelings. It has made it an emotionally difficult week for me.
Satan has been doing everything he can to kick me while I was down. But with Faith all things are possible! Jesus has already won the battle. We just need to fight the fight. I have also learned that the light shines on the truth.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
|Cinnamon Cherries drying|
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The answer was "YES!" I roasted up the rest of the cacao beans and dumped them all into the food processor. I added some cocoa butter and coconut butter to help the cocoa powder liquefy into a workable chocolate.
Recap of the Process:
Roast Cacao beans at 250 degrees for 10-13 minutes.
Put roasted beans into food processor with stevia and begin processing. When the powder turns to a clay consistency, add cocoa butter (I also added a small amount of coconut butter)
In about 2 ounce increments, put chocolate into mortar and worked with the pestle
Add flavoring if desired and temper chocolate on marble sheet. I clumped mine into small balls for easier serving. Allow to harden and store for future eating.
At this time of year "chocolate covered cherries" is such a huge treat. I decided to try a healthier twist. I took some Bing Cherries out of the freezer. After thawing them, I used paper towels to pull the moisture out of several and left the oven at a low temperature drying them even more. Although they weren't dehydrated, I still used them in the chocolate. I will need to eat these first.
|Cinnamon Sprinkled Bing Cherries|
They all looked similar once they were done. To keep them separated, I put each two ounce flavor into a snack size Ziploc baggie after writing a description of the flavor on the outside. Even though I used stevia to sweeten the chocolate, they still taste very similar to 70% chocolate bars. So if you don't like dark chocolate, you would not like these flavors.
|2 oz bags of chocolate|
Monday, November 17, 2014
|2 puppies visit Grandpa|
|Grandma's baby takes queen of the hill to stand by Grandma|
|Grandpa with Precious|
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Cacao beans (I used raw unshelled)
10 scoops Stevia powder (1 scoop = 45 mg)
Flat blade blender
Mortar and Pestle
I started by measuring out the amount of cacao beans that I was going to work with. A video I saw on the internet recommended working with 2.5-3.5 ounces so I used 3.5 ounces.
|Measure out cacao beans|
|Roasting Cacao beans|
The video recommended using a spice blender with a flat blade. The other style of spice blender can get clogged up in the process.
|Load with Roasted Cocoa beans|
|Stage 1 equal to coffee grounds|
|Stage 2 like clay|
|Add cocoa butter|
At this point, put your mortar and pestle in the oven and warm it slightly. (You need to be able to hold and work with the mortar and pestle. As you can see, the cocoa will process to a form that is more liquid. More is the key factor, it is still fairly grainy.
|Stage 3 is more liquid|
|Work up in Mortar and Pestle|
The final step is tempering the chocolate. This step went much faster than I expected. If you want to make a special flavor, you should do it between these two steps. When you want to add coconut, nuts, etc to the chocolate add it to the liquid right after you have poured it onto the marble slab.
|Homemade Chocolate with added sea salt - done|