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Jul 072016
 

Almond Joyous

It’s me again! It has been so damn HOT that I have not been in the mood to cook or even eat for that matter! Every day it’s been just a simple salad or a sandwich to ward off the heat. It has been over 100 degrees every afternoon in the shade for weeks now and I am not looking forward to the rest of July or even August for that matter! Moving to ALASKA!
I do hope everyone had a great 4th of July just as Kenny and I did; nice and quiet with just the two of us. We did manage to cook some steaks on the grill and again a cold salad with garlic bread to sop up the steak juices, well, for me that is as I like my steaks on the mooing side and Husband likes his deader than a door nail, ha ha! But one last story about our blueberries before I get into this recipe. The other morning while waiting for our newspaper to come, I noticed our neighbors chickens in our front yard by the blueberry bushes. Next thing I see is the two of them hovering around them and then jumping up and down. They were getting the ripe berries that I hadn’t picked yet off the bushes, cleaning off the bottom first and when none were left there, jumping up to get the ones left up higher. I’ll tell ya, between ourselves, our dog and the chicks, we have had an entertaining year as far as the berries go…………..

Some times I fell like a nut.....

Some times I fell like a nut…..

I saw this recipe on the internet (don’t know who it was by, sorry) and I said, whoa, where’s the almonds? I have always been a sucker for Almond Joys and Mounds Bars but given my preference, I want ALMONDS! The other thing that caught my eye was the fact that they used honey instead of sugar which was for sure a plus for me as Kenny and I both seem to be putting on a little extra weight and we are not happy campers, no siree!! Another factor was the chocolate and after I put the coconut part together, the honey just didn’t have enough sweetness to it so I added some semi-sweet chocolate to the dark and it went well, along with the chopped almonds that the original recipe did not have………….

 

Almond Joyous
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ⅓ cup honey, I used local not store bought and that could be the reason it wasn't that sweet
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup chopped almonds plus almond halves for topping
  • ½ cup dark bitter sweet chocolate
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Combine the coconut flakes, honey, coconut oil and chopped almonds together and mix well; spread into a 9 X 5 inch dish.
  2. Melt the chocolates together with the milk in a double boiler over boiling water, yes I'm still old fashioned!
  3. Pour the warm chocolate mixture over the top of the coconut mixture and spread to cover.
  4. Top with almond halves and let sit to cool or cover and place in frig until time to enjoy, letting pieces come to room temperature before eating!!

I shared them almond joyous’ with the family and everyone loved them, including Husband and myselph!

Will make these again and can’t wait for Christmas to put another twist on them with………….. Hope you enjoy, see ya soon!

Jan 172015
 

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Honestly folks, I have not intended to stay away for so long but sometimes life is just thata-way! They say that life is like a bowl of cherries and during the last couple of months it’s had it’s ups and downs. Husband’s heart has been all a flutter…off and on for a little while now and no, not because of me, ha ha! With several trips to the doctor and one to the hospital for some tests, we are now working on getting him back to the norm, whatever that is for him, but I still gotta love him! Between that and decorating for Christmas along with a big Christmas dinner with the local family and then of course, daughter and family down for a visit from Indiana after that, everything has been all out of whack along with husband’s heart.

Our team from Indiana...

Our team from Indiana…

Never even got started to get our house back to normal until this past Monday and the 40 some odd boxes of Christmas decor is packed up and awaiting another year to brighten our home and our hearts with holiday cheer! With over 30 animated and musical toys for all to play with, no one could be bored in this house no matter what room they were in. This includes my outhouse bathroom that sports an outhouse decorated with lights and Santa shouting out little sayings while he sits on the throne when you press the button!

Kenny said he was going to buy stock in Duracell's!

Kenny said he was going to buy stock in Duracell’s!

Now, about the cherries I told you about and as I said, I probably will never make these little treats again; I’m not a cherry lover anyway so this gives me a good excuse to avoid the task and go on to easier things to make when I’m running such a tight schedule. Everybody did love them and I have to admit that the coating over the cherries was much to my liking and so that put another idea in my head for later on. But I did want to share this recipe with you with a couple of my changes to hopefully make your experience a little easier. It would also be a nice gift for that someone special for the next upcoming holiday, Valentine’s Day!!!!

They tastes as good as the look!

They tastes as good as the look!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teas vanilla extract
  • ¼ teas salt
  • 4-1/4 cups powered sugar + more for dusting hands
  • 1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries
  • 1 small bag semisweet chocolate pieces of your choice (next time, if there is one, I will use dark chocolate)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir in the milk, vanilla and salt.
  3. Remove from heat and gradually stir in the sugar.
  4. Dust hands with the extra powdered sugar, using more as needed and cover each cherry with about 2 tablespoonfuls of the sugar mixture; refrigerate for a few minutes.
  5. Melt chocolate pieces in a bowl in the microwave for a few seconds (chips do not all have to be completely melted before removing); remove and stir to completely melt.
  6. At this point you can either drop each cherry into the chocolate, one by one to coat and removing with two forks to a piece of parchment paper to cool or as I did, messily drizzle the chocolate over the cherries, ha ha!
  7. Refrigerate until serving time..........

Hope you enjoy and have fun ;)

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