31 Days of Chocolate: Oct. 10th- Mmmummies

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October 10th: Chocolate Mmmummies

These little guys are warm, toasty, and oozing with chocolate.

Ingredients:

Miniature Hershey Bars

Refrigerator Croissant Rolls

Mini M&M’s

Directions:

1. Stretch a croissant around a candy bar. Be sure to cover the bar well so the chocolate doesn’t escape. Just leave a small opening for the eyes.

2. Add the M&M eyes.

3. Bake according to package directions.

Now that’s a Yummy Mummy!

You put WHAT in my chocolate cake?

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You want the best cake. The moistest cake. The healthiest cake.
I get that. I really do.

Bring out the chocolate flavor with a dash of espresso powder? Sure. I can handle that.

How about adding a dollop of sour cream? Maybe.

Make it moister with mayonnaise?

That’s where things cross the line for me. Some things just don’t belong in chocolate cake. My rule of thumb, if it goes on a sandwich, leave it out of my dessert.

Now, I’m not totally closed-minded. Let’s say you’d like dessert, but you don’t want all the calories that come with it. That’s understandable. In fact, I find some of the early hacks acceptable, substituting fats with fruits, such as, apple sauce, bananas, or pumpkin.

But, the latest trends have me holding my stomach.
Avocado, zucchini, kale, and the one that pains me to type in the same sentence as chocolate…black beans. Black beans, you guys.

If you are one that eats like this, I’m not putting you down. In fact, I applaud you and your super powers.

Call me stubborn, or call me a purist (I prefer the latter), but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

It’s not the fact that I don’t like vegetables. I’d just prefer to keep them out of my dessert. (Back to my sandwich rule).

Am I alone on this one? I’d love to hear your opinions!

NOW is the Time to Make Homemade Vanilla for Your Holiday Baking

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In just a couple short months, it will be holiday baking time. This year, upgrade the flavor. Instead of using generic store bought vanilla flavoring, make your own extract.

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Making homemade vanilla extract is ridicuously simple!  The recipe below is the basic recipe.  Here, we use vodka as the base, but you can use other liquors, such as rum or brandy. 

For the beans, we’ve chosen the Madagascar variety, for that classic rich vanilla flavor.  Feel free to vary it up, for your own signature blend.

 

 

Ingredients:

A 750ml Bottle of Vodka (any brand, 80 proof)

10 Madagascar Vanilla Beans ( I got mine here on Amazon).

A glass jar for storage.

 

1.  Slice the vanilla beans horizontally, exposing the seeds. Place the beans into the bottle.

 

2. Fill the bottle with Vodka, and give it a shake.

That’s it! It’s that simple.

 

 

Shake up the bottle a few times a week.  Your Vanilla Extract will be useable in 1-2 months, just in time for holiday baking! It’s best to make a batch as soon as possible. The longer it ages, the more intense the flavor. 

 

 

Top off the bottle with alcohol as needed to keep an ample supply on hand. 

 

Happy Baking!

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Calling all Bakers: We’re Hosting a Recipe Exchange!

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Hello, Fellow Bloggers!  You’re invited to a Recipe Exchange.

We’re on the lookout for tasty summer desserts. If you have a recipe on your blog, featuring chocolate and berries, then we want to hear from you!

 

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  • Cakes/ Cupcakes
  • Pies
  • Ice Cream/ Popscicles
  • Brownies 
  • Cookies
  • Any other desserts!

 

This is a great opportunity to meet fellow bloggers, get exposure for your own blog, all while gaining a bounty of delicious recipes.

 

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To participate, please follow these procedures:

  • Please be sure that your dessert includes the mandatory ingredients for this Recipe Exchange: Chocolate, and one or more type of Berries.
  • Leave the name of your dessert, and a link to your blog’s recipe in the comment section below.
  • Submit as many recipes that you like!
  • Feel free to reblog this post for maximum exposure for all of the participants.
  • See a recipe you like? Be sure to share the love: Follow that baker’s blog, like their recipe blog post, and/or share on social media.
  • Check back in the future for more recipe exchanges!
 

 

 

Looking forward to your recipes.  Happy Baking! ❤️