Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Best Chocolate Ever

At the Taco Build-Up dinner party last week, one of the ladies brought an "interactive" dessert.

At first, I started guessing.  Banana splits?  Smores?

But as she began pulling out the items from her brown paper bag, I went blank ...

Then I found out that we were making chocolate ... and got a little worried.

Isn't chocolate pretty delicate to make?

Isn't it complicated?

And doesn't it take forever?

I remember reading something once about using a double boiler and candy thermometer.


The lady who signed up for dessert didn't eat sugar because of a Candida diagnosis long ago.

So she brought her favorite chocolate recipe that everyone can enjoy regardless of diet restrictions.

She's a genius by the way because it was FABULOUS!

Here's her recipe.....

Since chocolate is 50% fat, everything is a one-to-one ratio.

One-to-One Ratio = 1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder + 1 Tbsp Fat of Choice + 1 Tbsp Sweetener

Here's what I made ...  I chose coconut oil and honey.

That's not it folks!

Then, she had another table with these toppings... Oh My Heavens!!

Here's my bowl...

Guys, this was I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E!!!!!!!

It's the best chocolate I have ever had tasted!

Not only is this heavenly, it's also jam-packed with good vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and protein.  Definitely making this recipe "The Best Chocolate Ever"!

I recreated this dessert for my husband who's a serious chocoholic.

Here's my spread...

And here are the steps...

1.  1 Tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder
2.  1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3.  1 Tbsp Agave

4.  Handful of Sliced Raw Almonds
5.  Mix well
6.  Yummy bite!

This has since been our favorite dessert and we've had it every night since I brought this recipe home.

In fact, we sometimes have it for lunch too.  (Goes great with bananas.)

If you're a chocolate lover, you're going to want to try this amazing recipe.  It only takes about a minute to make.

Forget those double boilers, candy thermometers, and chocolate bars.  This is the real deal!


Friday, September 20, 2013

Taco Build-Up

Last week, one of my new friends invited me to a "Taco Build-Up" dinner.

I was super excited because I wanted to have some girl time and .... I this type of party was a first for me.

"Taco Build-Ups" are a stress free way of hosting a potluck.

Everyone contributes.

People don't have to obsess over making big and fabulous dishes to share.

The host doesn't have to shoulder the entire food and drink bill.

And everyone eats the SAME thing - tacos!  YUM!

Here's the sign-up sheet I got in my email box a couple days before the dinner.

Super easy and not too fancy.

My kind of dinner party!

Taco Build-Up anyone?!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spotted Feet

With the start of school today, I just realized that Summer 2013 is officially over.

My son is now two inches taller with spotted feet from wearing his water sandals often,

I'm about 5-10 pounds heavier (give or take a few), from indulging on pizza, burgers and hot dogs.  Ugh!

And my husband, well ... for some reason he just keeps getting thinner.  Lucky him!

Anyway, I didn't think that the end of summer would hit me as hard as it has.

I mean, it's been one super busy summer and I've been looking forward to the day when I would be able to fall back into a daily routine each week...

Have a few hours each day to myself,

And focus on writing in my blog once again.

But as I sit here in the quiet of my kitchen typing my thoughts, I have such mixed emotions.

I truly loved these past few months of summer regardless of it being the hottest months of the year in San Antonio.

And regardless of being consistently super busy and over-scheduled.

I'll always think of my Summer 2013 as pretty darn fabulous.

I snapped a photo of my son's spotted feet yesterday while he was running around the house.

Of all the pictures I took this summer, this one is hands-down my favorite!  (blurry and all)

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