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  1. So, I have the Pralus Pyramid - which is a compilation of 8 or 10 different single origin chocolates. They are identical in formula, but use a different single origin cacao for each bar. And, if money is of no concern...well, that's good. The squares are pretty small- - just a couple ounces each. But, I think you can get larger sizes. There are some drastically different flavor profiles in there - so you might want to get the pyramid, taste, then decide which ones would work best for your client. Having said that, Felchlin is one of my absolute favorite brands. And, AUI has
  2. Just reading this over a month later - regarding the tape. I bought some some cheap, narrow tape at a Michaels craft store, and some that I found at Wallyworld. Both worked fine. Using the rubber-tipped gum stimulator (dental tool), I found it remarkably easy to press the tape smoothly into the molds and get the sides to stick in there nicely. I tried it in the dome mold, and then did the yellow cars with black racing stripes. Its a little time consuming, yes. But, that dental tool works really really well. HTH. \
  3. Christmas cake for the kids and grandkids...White chocolate cake. Raspberry filling. buttercream icing. decorated with fresh raspberries, pomegranate, and rosemary sprigs.
  4. Winter 2019 Collection by Chassell Chocolate 😃
  5. @Tiffany B ASpecialtyBox has some boxes/inserts that are pretty similar to what you've got there. Not the actual pattern, but the style is quite close from what I can tell. FWIW, their rigid boxes are top notch, and the price reflects it. Sometimes though, items do go on sale. (They kill me on shipping, but I still order my premium corporate gift packaging from them.)
  6. This is the first time I've done stripes- and they ended up on a car. Its meant to be a replica of a classic car that my friend's husband owns. She asked me to do a dozen of these for his 80th birthday... Edited to add that the colors are from Roxy & Rich - Yellow Chrysoberyl and PIrate Black.
  7. Wandered out to the grapevines today. Most of the snow has finally melted, but there is still a little. (Had a goofy little snowstorm Wednesday night). Noticed that the blackberries spread voraciously amongst the grapevines, so I spent two hours out there chopping away at the bases of the blackberries. I love the blackberries, but they have their respective patches: One way out back, and one up front. We figured a bear took to munching on them years ago, and his/her droppings "planted" the ones we're trying to get rid of. My arms bear the markings of thorn exposure. Should look stun
  8. @Kerry Beal... I'm not sure. We've had a mix of young and old hens, and I don't really know which ones popped out the doubles. I always thought their productivity - single or double yolkers - was related the amount of sunlight and nutrients they received. I do recall that when the younger ones had just started laying daily, some of them would pop out 2 eggs per day, so, maybe that could segue into one egg with two yolks later on. (?) I will report back, should I come across any doubles with this gang.
  9. With zero time for planning out the cake for a double birthday (oldest kid and youngest kid), and being pretty exhausted from a long work week, managed to throw together a 4 layer cake with candy layers. Ran to the store twice for ingredients as the cake layers were cooling. Top two layers are pistachio-vanilla swirl, chocolate diplomat creme filling with chopped twix and MM's in between layers. Bottom two layers are yellow cake with the chocolate diplomat creme filling, Reeses pieces, MMs and chocolate covered pretzels. Outside is a fluffy vanilla bean buttercream. Keto diet be d
  10. Haven't had to buy eggs this week. My geriatric chickens seem to be adapting to the warmer weather. Got six of these beauties yesterday! No double-yolkers, though.
  11. Nashville Wraps has a line of Eco-friendly gift bags and tissue papers. They are made from 100pct recycled paper. =)
  12. I felt a little odd buying a gazillion lemons and limes this past week...I feel better knowing I wasn't the only one! Needed Key Limes for a ganache in the shop. Lime zest for the raspberry-lime diplomat cream (filling for one of tomorrow's desserts.); Lemons for my lemon meringue cheesecake; Lemon juice for the hollandaise sauce for tomorrow's pan roasted asparagus side. The glorious thing about it all, was that the lemons were on sale 2/$1 for 1 day this week, and I hit the store on that day. =) We're having 19 people for dinner tomorrow...so....needed ample desserts and sauce.
  13. I grew up with a mom and two grans that wore aprons. I inherited my one gran's apron collection- which is no more, but it was classic. She had everything from cocktail waitress to grandma styles. I have two aprons now....one with a pattern of chocolate pralines all over it- that a dear friend made for me (with a set of matching potholders)...that one stays in the chocolate shop. The other one is longer, and has a large rooster on it- which i use almost every day in the home kitchen. We sometimes end up with too many people in the cooking area, which equates to bumps, splashes, sorry M
  14. Re: blueberry ganache. I did this a couple times, pre-fire, and lost the formula I had worked on. I recall using milk chocolate ( I know, weird...but it worked well), blueberry powder, and essentially, blueberry "jam" strained through mesh. If memory serves me, I may have popped in a bit of blueberry schnapps, and a few grains of tartaric or citric acid. The blueberry powder is indeed a little pricey. 4 oz of the organic blueberry powder on Nuts.com runs $20.99. There must've been a price increase, because I don't think I paid that much before. Having said that, a little of the powder goes
  15. @Ann_T Thank you so much for posting the link to the Kaiser rolls!!! I was surprised to have some much-needed down time this week, and a need for Kaisers. So....I made them- not once, not twice, but three times this week!!! (There was a fourth time, but I had a temporary memory lapse, and ended up making a round loaf of bread in my Dutch oven with that same dough.) My entire family thanks you, as well!! The recipe is now engrained in my memory.
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