For the record, standing in front of Best Buy from 3-5 in the morning, was not grate! It was freezing. I was really worried about losing a few toes. But I endured thanks to the help of a free breakfast burrito from some kind strangers and sheer determination. But getting my item and getting out of there quickly was grate! We then had a grate day of shopping. I love spending 'black friday' with my sisters-in-law and my mother-in-law. We laugh, spend a lot of money and enjoy the day. It was grate! I took no pictures because I was too busy shopping but trust me, we had a grate time.
Saturday was more low-key. The kids played, Vicki (mother-in-law) got all her beading supplies out and we made jewelry all afternoon. I made some grate earrings, a bracelet, and a necklace. I am totally spoiled when I go over there. We played games in the evening and then packed up the kids to go home. Tyler drove and let me sleep and I think Thanksgiving and subsequent days were a grate success. And now you can see all the things I am 'grate'ful for.
And this has nothing to do with last weekend, but I forgot to post our treat from last week, and it was pretty grate too. Here it is.
Amazing Double Chocolate Truffles
Try making flavored truffles by stirring in different extracts…a teaspoon of orange, peppermint, or raspberry extract will do the trick.
6 1-oz. sqs. Semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
2 T. butter
¼ c. whipping cream
12 oz. pkg. white chocolate chips
2 T. shortening
Optional: Chopped nuts or colorful sprinkles
Melt baking chocolate in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Add butter and whipping cream; stir until smooth. Refrigerate for one hour. Roll mixture into one-inch balls; place on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 4 hours. Melt white chocolate chips and shortening over low heat, stirring until smooth. Dip frozen truffles into white chocolate~return to baking sheet. Roll in nuts or sprinkles, if desired. Refrigerate truffles for 10 to 15 minutes until coating is set. Store in airtight container. Makes one dozen.
These were really fun and very rich. I still laugh when I read some of the instructions. It was not a piece of cake to roll them into balls after they set in the fridge, but it worked out eventually. The girls had way too much fun dipping them in the sprinkles and nuts. At one point when I was not paying attention Ivory was grabbing handfuls of purple sprinkles and stuffing them in her mouth. She was purple for a while.
This picture cracks me up. I feel like he is saying, "What did you expect to be in here? Chocolate of course."