March 24, 2020

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies

I love a good fudgy chocolate brownie. I have a favorite local spot that makes the most delicious triple chocolate brownies, but they recently closed temporarily due to Covid-19. So I have been back to baking my favorite things as my state has put into effect a "Stay at Home" order.  

Luckily, I have lots of flour, eggs, sugar, and tons of chocolate chips, all things I can live off of, maybe not the most nutritious of things, but definitely will make me happy.

I had a huge bag of gluten-free flour, so I used it to make this recipe, or you can use regular all-purpose flour. I didn't taste a difference, nor was the texture that different.

Let's make some brownies!

This recipe is from King Arthur

4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional for enhanced flavor
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter (I used 1 1/2 sticks of butter)
2 1/4 cups sugar (I only used 1 1/2 cups of sugar)
1 1/2 cups  King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour (I used 1 cup of flour - I adjust a little because I cut out a bit of butter)
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan or do what I usually do - just cover my brownie pan with parchment paper (easier clean-up).

Crack the 4 eggs into a bowl, and beat them. Add the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla for about 1 minute, or until smooth. 

You can also add the espresso powder, but this is optional. Blend until smooth.

In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine.  Continue to heat (or microwave) briefly, just until the mixture is hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating the mixture to this point will dissolve more of the sugar, which will help produce a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Add the hot butter/sugar mixture to the egg/cocoa mixture, stirring until smooth.

Add the flour and chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. Again, adding the chips helps produce a shiny top crust.

Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan, or one covered in parchment. The brownie batter feels a bit heavy, I did not pour it in to the pan, I had to spoon it in.

Bake the brownies for 28 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not raw batter. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving. 

As a note, I overcooked these. When I inserted the knife to test, I kept getting chocolate and was worried it did not bake, turned out I was inserting it in the melted chocolate chips, yup, so I kept putting it back in the oven.  The brownies still tasted moist and delicious, so I was lucky, but I baked it an additional 7-9 minutes that it did not need, and this batch would have been ever more moist.

I hope you are enjoying your favorite little things if you are staying indoors. These made quite a few brownies, and I am enjoying one with a small cup of milk every night. Cheers!

March 20, 2020

Working from Home Essentials - During COVID-19

As someone who managed an Online Support team and provided virtual support for years and is now working remotely, I have a few tips on some essentials needed to make working from home emotionally, physically, and mentally healthy and productive.

Here are some things to think about:

1. Getting dressed and ready in the morning -  This includes your normal morning routine, shower or washing your face, brushing your teeth and ensuring you are putting on sunscreen. Even if your inside rays seep through the windows. Some of you might know, sunscreen is very important to me. So I always wear it, even if I am inside all day. Change out of your pajamas and put on comfortable clothing but clothing you look presentable in (incase of virtual meetings) and this will get you in the mindset of "going to work", even if that means staying inside.

2. Stretch - I stretch every morning. If you have a dog or cat, right after they get up you will see them stretch their legs. We need to learn a thing or two from them. I stretch my legs, my arms, I rotate my hips, knees and ankles. It is a great way to start the day, especially if you plan on being in front of the computer most of the day.

3. Breakfast - Make sure you eat breakfast. I know you hear "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" and it sounds like a cliche, but trust me, it is so important to start the day off with a foundation of energy and nutrients, and a well balanced breakfast can do that.

I went for years without breakfast and would be drained and famished by lunch. I would end up overeating at lunch and drained again from overeating.

Breakfast can be light, it can be a banana, maybe an english muffin with some peanut butter and jam. I just posted a homemade english muffin recipe here.

Oatmeal is another quick, easy, and filling breakfast. I love mashing a banana in mine, little honey and a tablespoon of peanut butter and I sprinkle cinnamon in it. Make sure you have a little something and I always start my morning with a full cup of water.

4. Set Rules - If you live with other people or have children in your home, you need to set some rules about what you need to do and what they can and cannot do during work time. Establishing rules is important so that you are not interrupted while you are working and your time is respected, especially if you have others at home, like spouses, family members, and kids. Rules vary depending on your situation, so I cannot provide you rules, but I can tell you what I do. I have a room in the house I go to and I ask that I am not disturbed if my door is closed and if it is open then I can have visitors. This might be a challenge if you have children under the age of 9, and for that I commend you and I wish you the best. Make rules that help you as much as possible. 

5. Now that you are ready for the day - Prep your Workstation - See the above image for an example of a good workstation set-up.  This does not mean you have to set it up this way. Make sure to set up a workstation that is comfortable for you. My partner has a traditional work station, this works for him, but I prefer standing up. Just ensure that whatever your work station set-up is, you do not strain your eyes, neck and shoulders with your set up.

If you are using a laptop make sure to use a mouse and not the touchpad, as over time you will feel fatigue in the fingers and wrists. The touchpad is not intended for long-term use. Ensure the mouse and any accessory is as ergronical as possible. I have symptoms of Carpal Tunnel, so setting up my computer, mouse and keyboard are important to me and so are periodic stretches. More on that below.

I also recommend a clean space. The simpler and cleaner the desk/table the better.  I like to keep my set-up clutter free, as I don't want any physical or mental distractions. A clutter-free environment does wonders for your mind.

My personal set-up includes a laptop, an ergonomic mouse, at times an additional monitor, an external hard drive (yes I still use an external hard drive, and I also use One Drive to back-up my files/computer), I sit/stand next to a window (I open it to get some fresh air), a plant (love my little succulents they make happy), my re-usable water bottle, and sometimes a table top humidifier, like this one from Amazon.

Though I don't use one, my colleagues use noise-cancelling headphones/headset. Most monitors and laptops have built-in webcams, but if you do not have one, I recommend purchasing a webcam for video conferencing, more on that further down.

6. Take Eye Breaks - Long-term blue light exposure has been linked to cause skin and eye damage. Rest your eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes look away from your screen and focus your eyes on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. See the image above for some eye stretches to do as well.

7. Move - When I am not in my room I set up my laptop at the kitchen counter because I rather stand than sit down most of the day. The kitchen counter is a pretty good length for my arms to be at a 90 degree angle and my arms sit comfortably at my waist. My chiropractor recommends not just standing but to change your position throughout the day. Sit down, stand, one leg up on a stool, one leg down. At the kitchen counter I even stretch one leg out on the counter. I will also kneel on a comfortable chair while doing work. Throughout the day I take breaks and walk around the house. Sometimes I jog around too. I will jog around the dining room table, do some jumping jacks, anything to get the blood flowing. See the stretches above that you should do during the day.

8. Stretch your hands, fingers, and neck periodically - The above image shows some hand stretches I do during the day, that helps release some tight muscles in my wrists, hands and fingers. I am seeing signs of carpal tunnel, numbness in my arms, wrist and fingers due to overuse and repetitive use on the computer due to the nature of my work. The stretches above have helped me tremendously. 

9. Water & Fluids - Drink fluids. Feel hungry, but already ate? Could be thirst. Feel tired? Could be your thirsty. Drinking water and fluids is so important. Make sure you have adequate fluids. Hydration keeps your mind sharp and not cloudy, it is also said to improve cognition and mood, among many other benefits. I am not much of a coffee drinker, but I occasionally make a homemade ice vanilla latte, the only thing I can say is that I recommend that you should not have any caffeine after 2 PM, I have read research on this and I have personally found that drinking it after 2 PM can affect my sleep.

10. Set a Schedule - Set a work schedule, and ensure to follow it. I need to follow this rule more too. I find that people are very productive at home.  There is no more casual "water cooler" conversations or interruptions. But I also see that people work longer hours. Especially in these times. Because I provide support, support can almost be 24/7. People need tech support early in the morning and late at night. If it is hard for you to step away put it in your work calendar and/or set a timer so you take a much needed break, even if it is for 15 minutes. This gives you time for your eyes to not look at a screen, you can use this for a snack break, re-fill your water, check the mail, start a load of laundry, and some stretches.

11. Exercise - Though we are practicing social distancing. I've been stepping outside and going for walks. Unfortunately, recently we have been asked to stay inside and I want to be respectful of that, so I not going to go outdoors, but this won't prevent me from exercising. During the day I move as I outlined above. I do squats, push ups on the kitchen counter, back leg lifts, and even dance just to move the body and get the blood flowing. At night I can do core exercises (such as sit-ups, plank, russian twists) I also can do arm and leg training. I also walk and job indoors. If you can go outdoors, walk outside and get some fresh air.

12. Virtual Meetings - Depending on your job you may need to communicate with clients or colleagues. I use Zoom Video Communications: and they have free basic licenses.

You can set up a meeting and send the link to anyone (they do not need to have a zoom account) or a group of people. You can all meet in a virtual room. Within the room you can share audio, video, and screens. It has been a game changer. I use it for virtual support, meet with colleagues, and provide training sessions. I find it easy for me and the attendees to use. All you need is a webcam and microphone, and it is pretty safe to say that all laptops are equipped with both. Zoom can also be used on your mobile phone.

13. Have fun - There are a few things you can do at home that you might not have been able to do or chose not to do at work, but you can do them now!

   - Blare music while you are working, okay that might be a little distracting, but I will turn the music on and dance while I am in front of my computer all while I am typing and getting work done. I am a multi-tasker. If and when possible try to incorporate something you love doing.

   - Paint my hair a crazy fun color - I have been wanting to paint my hair a crazy color, and now I can without worrying about any judgement. Purple hair anyone?

   - I can wear jeans or any other outfit I want to wear every day and not just on "casual friday".

I hope working from home is an option for you and if it is, I hope that it works well for you and without too much complications. If you have any questions or need some advice, I will be happy to provide what has been working for me.  We are in this together. Hang in there!

January 28, 2020

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Men

GameStop Gift Card & Video Games
If he loves gaming, I recommend buying him some gifts cards for his favorite gaming system(s). Depending on his system of choice, you can purchase a "Steam" card, "Nintendo eShop", or "Playstation Store" gift card for him to buy his games online or a Game Stop gift card so he can buy physical games. I still buy physical games.

I have heard mixed messages about Game Stop, but I have always had great experiences at my local Game Stop. The employees have always been super friendly with us. I bought a few games this past Christmas for my brother and my boyfriend. And, I love to play video games too!  I mostly play on Nintendo Switch. Maybe I should make another post in the near future with some of my favorite video games?

Because this is a Valentine's Gift Guide I will recommend a fun game we loved playing together. I highly recommend for couples to play "Overcooked 1 and 2" together, which is a multi-player game that requires teamwork, communication, and patience with each other.  In "Overcooked", you and your teammate, both of you are chefs, must work together to prepare, cook and serve different types of foods in certain orders under a time limit. You get to prepare foods like sushi, hamburgers, salads and much more. One of you chops and the other serves and cooks. Each kitchen you play in switches things up and makes a real fun and interesting game. You earn tips and money for each order which helps you advance to the next game. It was my favorite game.

MasterClass offers online classes taught by actors and renowned experts in their field. For example, Stephen Curry teaches ball handling and shooting for basketball; Steven Martin teaches Comedy; Martin Scorsese teaches Filmmaking...and the list goes on. There are classes on science, poker, business, acting, writing, cooking, guitar lessons and so much more. And all taught be well-known experts. Each class is a mini video with different lessons. I bought this as a Christmas gift and the package came with another login, so I can watch my own classes, and he watches his own.

Kiehls's Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream - White Eagle
One of my boyfriend's favorite shaving cream. He loves it because it is smooth and spiked with Menthol and Camphor.

Banana Republic Sweater
My boyfriend loves a good sweater and some of his favorites are from Banana Republic. I have also found some great comparable ones at Target. I like to get him unexpected colors, so he doesn't just have grays and browns. I bought him a few red and green ones for Valentine's Day.

Mens Bracelets
I have quite a few men's bracelets in the shop and I also have some crystals and stones. The men in my life love hematite, apatite, labradorite and tiger's eye. These make great gifts for rock collectors and for anyone who loves minerals. And if you believe in metaphysical properties, depending on the crystal they are known for luck, calming energy, love; and if you don't they look great on a desk and beautiful pieces of natural art.

Every Man Jack Sandalwood Body Kit & Face and Body Wipes
I bought this kit for my boyfriend for Christmas. He loves Every Man Jack Deodorant because it is aluminum-free and he likes the Sandalwood scent. I wear Every Man Jack Deodorant too.

He has tried many aluminum-free deodorants and this one is by far his favorite and works for him. The kit comes with a body wash, 2-in1 shampoo & conditioner, and the aluminum-free deodorant. I got it for an amazing deal, $19.99 on Amazon and they have it online at Target and Ulta too.

After the gym or when he needs to wash his face quick, he uses these face wipes, and they can be used on the body too. It has Aloe + Vitamin E hydrate. And there is no need to rinse. He also loves Burt's Bee's Facial Wipes.

Marshall Stockwell Portable Bluetooth Speaker
I bought this a few Christmas' ago and he loves it. He is a fan of Marshall products and this portable, wireless bluetooth speaker really has a great and loud sound and looks vintagey, which we both love. Comes with a USB port to charge your while you're on the go.

AngryGoat Pepper Sauce
My boyfriend is a huge fan of hot sauces. Right now his favorite is the Armadillo sauce from AngryGoat Pepper, which he drizzles on his tacos.

Amazon Echo Show
We recently got one as a gift and we have been enjoying it. We use it to listen to music, read and watch recipes, to get the weather, quick news highlights, and watch movies while we are in the kitchen cooking. And it does so much more. I especially love that when I ask it to play a song, I can follow along and sing with the lyrics displayed on the screen, instead of me just pretending I know the words : )

October 14, 2019

Ghostly Double Coconut Cake

October is here and it is my favorite time of year. Leaves are changing colors here in New England, the mornings are brisk and cool with a fresh scent in the air. I love sweater and boot weather. Lots of cozy sweaters. And for me fall means lots of baking. I found this yummy Double Coconut Cake in my favorite magazine, Rachel Ray's Everyday and had to make it with a Halloween twist. I provided the ingredients and step by step instructions below with photos, because this is how I learned how to cook and bake, I need lots of pictures and progress photos to help me along the way, and I hope it helps you. This is a very easy recipe and absolutely delicious to enjoy on a beautiful fall morning with a cup of tea or iced vanilla lattes, which I will be posting how to make your very own Starbucks iced vanilla lattes at home.

Double Coconut Cake (Rachel Ray Magazine October 2019)
Serves 8

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (I used about 75%, I always try to cut butter when I can)
  • 1 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup of sugar (I only added 1/2 cup of sugar and think it tastes great)
  • 2/3 cup of unsweetened coconut milk, stirred well
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature (I removed some of the yolk in both eggs to cut the cholesterol), I think olive oil could replace an egg.
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting on top of cake and for the ghost (or you can use shredded coconut for the ghost)
  • Mini chocolate chip morsels for the ghost eyes.

Arrange a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat to 350 degrees.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.

Whisk in 1 cup of shredded coconut and the sugar. 

I bought the unsweetened coconut milk at Target in the international food aisle (I couldn't find unsweetened coconut milk anywhere) In a small bowl, whisk the coconut milk and eggs.

Gradually stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until blended. Stir in the melted butter into the bowl, as shown above.

Grease an 8-inch round cake pan with 2 inch high sides with butter. I used the leftover melted butter I pour into the bowl.

Line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper, then grease the paper, as shown above. Parchment is not mandatory, you can simply grease the pan and dust the pan with 1/3 cup of shredded coconut, but I went with the parchment.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top, as shown above. I thought the batter looked a little dry, because it didn't pour right in, but that is the texture you are looking for.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a knife comes out clean and the cake bounces back when pressed lightly (You can see I pierced it a few times to make sure) Let cool for 10 minutes.

Next, invert the cake onto a wire rack and remove the parchment. Turn the cake right side up and let cool on the rack.

Dust with confectioners' sugar. Next, I got a ghost cookie cutter and poured confectioners' sugar in the cookie cut, that's it and super easy. When I lifted the cookie cutter I had to clean up the edges a bit with a butter knife. Shredded coconut can be used instead of confectioner's sugar. I added mini chocolate morsels for the eyes and mouth. I also had a skull cookie cutter that I think will look equally cute.

Enjoy! Stay tuned for a few more Halloween themed recipes.

July 24, 2019

The Perfect Summer Espadrille

I have been on the hunt for the perfect summer espadrille. I envisioned a wedge espadrille with clear straps and the right amount of heel.

My dreams were answered when I found André Assous' "Anfisa" Espadrille. The company started in the 70's and started with the original espadrille. They still make espadrilles to this day with a variety of other styles such as espadrille wedges and sneakers. They make the cutest sandals.

Each one is made and hand sewn in Spain with traditional jute.

In my quest to find the perfect summer shoe it had to fun, be able to wear inside and outside of the office, comfortable (comfort is key), look polished, and to go with many outfits. 

This shoe fit the bill. They are extremely well made.  The leather footbed has a comfortable cushion; the heel height is 3 1/4" and has a 1/2" platform in the front, which gives it an overall height of 2.75, which for me is the perfect amount of heel to walk around in.

I normally wear an 8 1/5. I was told the shoe runs "True to Size", but if you fall between sizes they recommend you order the closest size up. I ordered a size 9 and it fit me perfectly.

They practically are invisible as you can see from the above photos, which is one of the biggest reasons why I wanted these. They go with everything. I wear mine with dresses, jeans, and it gives even the most casual outfit a sense of polish. 

I didn't need to break these in at all. I wore them to the office the first time and they were comfortable all day.  I was worried that the clear straps might dig in or feel uncomfortable and I was wrong to be worried. I didn't experience any issues with the clear straps. I do recommend that on an extra hot sunny day that you put a little bit of baby powder on the areas of the foot that straps will come into contact. Feet swell in the summer, so it's preventive.  I also noted that after wearing them for a long period of time that the leather footbed color did transfer a bit to under my foot. This happened the first 1-2 times I wore the shoe and hasn't happened since.

I am so happy I found these clear strap espadrille beauties right in time for the beautiful sunny weather. They really are the perfect summer espadrille.

July 18, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019

On Friday, July 19, public access to the Annual Nordstrom Anniversary sale begins and I have my eye set on a few things for the fall. 
  1. Chelsea28 - Surplice Twist Front Top - Comes in Black, Red, White and a Funky Stripe print.  This is a perfect top to go from work to out for dinner. I love the twisted front. I wear a lot of black, so I appreciate a twist/an added element to change of the texture in my black tops.
  2. Gibson Lace Camisole and 1.State Chiffon Inset Camisole - I am loving these camis they are perfect under everything. I wear them under my blazers for work and under cardigan. They are perfect all year long.
  3. Halogen - Felt Panama Hat - I love wearing hats and this one is black with a stripe of navy which will go perfect with all my denim that I will be wearing in the fall.
  4. Treasure & Bond - Mock Neck Sweater - Super cozy mock neck sweater in "Burgundy Stem or a bright red. I love the burgandy color of this and it has slits on the side which gives it a little touch of something unique.
  5. Mother - The Hustler Two Step Fray High Waist Ankle Bootcut Jeans. I am loving high rise/high waisted jeans and I like how they are boot cut. I am also wearing a lot of High waisted "mom jeans".
  6. Thread & Supply - Wubby Fleece Pullover - You must have seen these everywhere. There is a reason why everyone loves these. This year they are lined in fleece too!
  7. Clinique Chubby Lip Set - You receive 6 mini chubby lip colors.  I have these in various colors and I love the tiny size of these. I keep different ones in different bags. They are very moisturizing and have the sweetest colors.
  8. Eileen Fisher Tote Bootie - I really like Eileen Fisher booties. They are really comfortable and these block heel bootie are comfortable with a 2.5 inch block heel, and true to size.

  1.  Astr the Label - Lace Midi Dress in "Red Tannin" - This is a such a pretty dress. I can see myself wearing it in the fall and with the right cover up into the holidays. It has adjustable straps, thank goodness.  It runs small, so order two sizes up. It comes in a lot of different colors, but I am feeling the burgundy color for fall.
  2. Eliza J - Flutter Sleeve Belted Satin Jumpsuit - I love jumpsuits and this dark green one is so sweet with its flutter sleeves. And Pockets!!
  3. Astr The Label - Floral Long Sleeve Midi Dress - I love midi dresses and I especially love flower boho dresses. This one is definitely going to be worn on repeat all fall with different booties and knee high boots.
  4. Ted Baker London Manyap Sandal - These block heels sandals come in a snake print, which is all the rave currently. It has a  2 3/4 block heel. 
  5. Sam Edelman Welles Bootie - These booties also come in Black Leather and Red Suede. Also very comfortable with a 2 1/5 block heel.

  1. Caslon Faux Leather & Faux Fur Moto Jacket - I love moto jackets and this faux leather and faux fur is definitely up my alley. 
  2. BlankNYC - Onto the Next Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket - This one too! I love the burgundy color. 
  3. Kenneth Cole New York Double Breasted Teddy Bear Coat in Red. This coat is so soft and warm. I will feel like a muppet, but that is alright with me, because it is so warm and fun! And fashion should be fun! It runs large, so order one size down.
  4. BB Dakota - Drapey Boucle Trench - This boulce trench has structure yet no structure at the same time. It's perfect with black leggings or jeans for the fall. Comes in Black, Oatmeal and Olive Green.

July 7, 2019

Stretching my toes with YogaToes

I recently read an article in the May issue of Women's Health about the importance of stretching your feet. Stretching and flexibility training has always been important to me, especially with Taekwondo, flexibility is necessary for kicking.  I foam-roll, stretch all my muscles (arms, legs, stomach, name it, I stretch it), but I discovered after reading the article that I have been completely ignoring my feet. This article came right at a time I needed to read it because I have taken up running again. And after running long distance my feet and toes ache. I also feel pain on the bottom of my feet and the the tendons on the top of my feet feel tight. My pinky toes have been broken in Taekwondo. And I wear heeled shoes during the day (I know..not healthy for my feet). So my feet have been a mess.

Our feet carry our entire weight, they are tired, sometimes in pain, so stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility that can help with exercise, walking, balance,  and providing some pain relief. It is important to do sets of foot therapy, at least twice a day:
  1. Move big toe up and other toes down; pause, then reverse. Do this 10 times, then switch feet.
  2. Using toes, pick up 10 small objects (like marbles) and place in a cup nearby. Repeat with other foot.
  3. Sit and rest ankle on opposite thigh. Bend toes back toward shin; pause, then release. Do 10 times, switch feet.
This has led me to the use of YogaToes Gems spacers.  YogaToes are supposed to help create some space between your toes, stretch your toes, and helps with circulation.

You pull each gem in between each toe, which gently spreads them apart providing relief while your toes are stretched.

This has become a nightly ritual for me. Once I put them on I feel instant relief. It is recommended to start wearing them for about 10 minutes at a time and work your way up to 1 hour. When I first started, I experienced some pain as my toes were not used to being spread apart, but now I can wear them up to an hour.

I highly recommend these. Wearing the Gems along with the stretches above, I have noticed a big difference in the way my feet feel and look. My toes were tightly crammed, and now there is some comfortable difference between each toe. Wearing the Gems helps relieve pain after my long runs or a long day wearing heels. I feel like I negate what I do during the day during the night when I wear these.

March 12, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Pot-O-Gold Chocolates

Hi guys! I know I haven't been posting as much as I would like to. I have been busy with work and also working on my jewelry and crystals over at Black Feather.

But I just had to share these cute mini St. Patrick's Day cauldrons I made for family and friends.

I found these cute small black cauldron's at the Target dollar area at the front of the store. A bag of six cost $3.00. These are mini, about 4 inches tall and 2 inches wide. I wish I took a photo of all the cauldrons I made, but didn't realize I should until I had only two left...

These are q quick and easy gift to make - Very small chocolates can fit the inside of the cauldron, so it is easy to stuff it with gold foiled rolos or hershey kisses. About 12 or so small chocolate can fit inside.  I took the longer approach and dipped mini oreos in chocolate and wrapped each one.

Next, I bought a few bags of these mini oreos. I melted some chocolate chips in the microwave and I got to work by dipping my oreos in melted milk chocolate. Placed each one on parchment paper and once the chocolate hardened I wrapped them in gold foil. And that is it - You can wrap the cauldron with colorful ribbon and add a sweet note.

Enjoy! And if you make these please let me know as I would love to see your version of them.