Monday, February 28, 2011

Eclair Recipe

I don't know about you but I love eclairs.

There is just something about the dough on the outside, the sweet creamy center, and the chocolate on top!

I have only made eclairs twice since I've been married and the
first time they were really good but something wasn't quite right.

Last week I went searching for the right recipe and I think I found it on All Recipes. YUM YUM YUM.

 You can find the original HERE

Ok, as you can see this is a cream puff recipe. All you have to do to turn it into an eclair is add some chocolate on the top. I used the same technique as I did when I did my chocolate covered strawberries post. But you could always do a chocolate sauce or use prepacked frosting!

The dough and the filling are so easy!

TIP: Make sure you add the cream and the milk to the pudding though,
otherwise it'd be too runny if you just made the instant pudding...

These are definitely worth a shot! Give 'em a try and let me know what you think below.

The filling is perfect! It is thick enough so that it doesn't fall out when you bite into it!


I am going to be making these again at the end of this week... Comment below if you would like a tutorial.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Heavenly Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Remember my Valentine's Day strawberries???

I had to run out and buy more strawberries to make more the next day!

Here is a tutorial so you can make them too!

First you need to get some wax paper to avoid sticking.

Now it's time to prepare the strawberries. Wash them, pat them dry
{if they are wet the chocolate won't stick very well}
then pull the stems out of the way.

Once they are all prepared it's time to get the chocolate ready.

It depends on how many strawberries you are going to make
 but I usually just 'eye' how much chocolate I need.

I always use a little more milk chocolate chips than white.

Here is what I use for one container of strawberries

Now it's time to heat the chocolate.
I do this separately, heating the milk chocolate chips first.

Heat in small intervals.

I do 20 seconds at first stirring every time and once it starts melting I go to 15 second intervals.

{ watch it very closely }

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you stir every time!
Even when it looks like they aren't melting very much!!!

Once it's pretty much all the way melted it's time to add a little milk.
{ just a little }

Mix it in and heat once more.
{ if you add too much milk simply add more chocolate chips }

It should look like this when it's all finished

See how smooth and silky this is!

Now it's time to add to a plastic baggie.
Make sure it's already out and opened.
There isn't much time to lose!

Once it's in the bag cut a SMALL hole in the corner

You want the chocolate to come out slowly.

Apply light pressure when squeezing.

Go back and forth in zig-zig motions all over the strawberries.

Repeat the whole process with white chocolate.

And ta-dah!You have yourself some very delicious strawberries.

I added a little too much milk to my white chocolate.
{ but they were still scrumptious }

Absolutely Mouthwatering!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

..Valentines 2011..

I know I am a little late posting Valentines ideas

I'll get better though!

{some of these ideas could be used for other things too such as
 anniversaries or just to say I LOVE YOU!}

I got my decorations kind of late so I had to improvise and get a plain pink table cloth with red cups and plates. I used my own pink bowls and own paper towels for napkins and my own silver ware ha ha ha. BUT to make the table complete I used my Cricut to cut out some heart confetti.

This salad was yummy! Even had homemade dressing!

I failed to take a picture of the yummy enchiladas I made.
{maybe next time...}

For other decor I made this little sign. I found the idea online but changed a few things

And who could have dinner without dessert... NOT ME!


These were so good!
I am tempted to go get more strawberries and make more today!

All I used were chocolate chips!

The white chocolate made these heavenly!

Chocolate Strawberry Tip: During the heating process of the chocolate
add a little milk to smooth the mixture.

Comment below if you would like a tutorial.

For my Hubby I 'Heart Attacked' his half of the bed. I did this our first year of marriage and decided I'm going to Heart Attack something every year. It's a great way to show how much you love him by writing little messages on each of the hearts. I also put some of his favorite goodies with it.

Well that's all I have for today.

But I have some great St. Patty's Day ideas in the making!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

{ The Five Love Languages }

This is an awesome book.

If you haven't read it I highly recommend it!

I've read it over and over (I never read books more than once so this must be good hehe).

This book covers 5 main topics
  • Physical Touch
  • Acts of Service
  • Gifts
  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
The author says that we each have one of these as our primary love language and knowing our spouses greatly influences how our relationships are.

If we know our spouses love language then we can act upon that and do things we know our spouses will appreciate because it will speak to them the loudest.

This book also has awesome examples of doing acts to show each love language. It's a great start for couples before marriage and even after marriage! It's never too late!

It's also a good idea to read to know what kind of CREATIVE ROMANCE will be most useful to use from this blog.

Hopefully I will be able to show how to speak every single love language in a creative way through this blog.

Friday, February 11, 2011

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