Our Essential Medicine Cabinet Mini Series~Chocolate Flavourings

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I thought it’d be fun to do some quick little posts briefly outlining what essential oils I grab for different situations. They won’t be long and drawn out, they’ll be from MY personal experience for what I use for ME and MY family. Please consult your own doctor, natural practitioner or midwife before trying yourself.

I posted the raw chocolate recipe a while ago. Did you see it? You didnt? WELL GET ON IT!

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I told you WHAT oils I use as flavourings, but I never told you there were more than superficial! Essential Oils have a REASON. Every one of them has so many uses! And they make chocolate dang tasty.

Here’s the run down on why you want to use these three for your chocolate;

Wild Orange: Appetite suppressant (eat less, feel more satisfied!), considered to be a slight sedative meaning that it’ll relax you, a slight detoxer of glands and toxins (who doesn’t want that!), an Anti-depressant (Hello, I live on the WET COAST) and an Aphrodisiac. I’ll just leave you with that last one.

Favourite time for a couple squares of Wild Orange Chocolate?: Mid afternoon pick me up to hold you over for dinner.

Favourite Pairings?: Cashews! Or Mixed Nuts

Peppermint: Calms an upset stomach (Take a square for a road trip treat?), Appetite suppressant (feel full faster!), Gets rid of headaches, Perks you up.

Favourite time for a couple squares of Peppermint Chocolate?: Before a workout, before needing to power through and get some things done, on a long drive.

Favourite Pairings?: Espresso Beans, Dried Blueberries.

Lemon: Energy Booster, Helps a scratchy throat, Chase a way a bad mood, Appetite suppressant, improves circulation, detoxifier.

Favourite time for a couple squares of Lemon Chocolate?: Before dinner prep as a little treat? Mid afternoon pick me up.

Favourite Pairings?: Pistachios, Dried Cranberries.

You’ll notice they’re all appetite suppressants, this is because it’s GOOD and HEALTHY to eat a couple squares of chocolate, and if you can feel satisfied with less? Than that’s perfect!

Other oil ideas? Grapefruit, Lime, Ginger, Bergamot.

I am a DoTERRA Independent Product Consultant and using the following link will earn me commissions. I use DoTERRA because I believe in their quality and I trust them 100% to use on my whole family. If you have any questions about essentials PLEASE ask me! I’m not in this just to sell them, I truly just want more people to discover how versatile, intuitive and simple to use they are. Please know the quality of your oils before using them. Find my webstore here. 

 

Sources:

http://www.doterra-aromatics.com/products/singles/lemon.html

http://doterra.squarespace.com/storage/education-tab/information-sheets/Wild%20Orange%20Information%20Sheet.pdf

http://www.doterraeveryday.com/101-uses/

 

The One You’ve Been Waiting For

You know the one?

That show stopping chocolate cake that while it takes time (most good desserts take a bit of effort), it’s not really technical.

That show stopping chocolate cake that makes you moan and groan outloud while you eat it. The great thing is your not alone and the whole table is a chorus of the same.

That show stopping chocolate cake that while I was about to serve it, realized I needed to take pictures and quickly did so while the 5 guys in the living room were almost chanting a chorus of

WE WANT CAKE! WE WANT CAKE!”

Here the beauty is ladies and gentlemen. (Although I truly am sorry for the bad pictures, you HAVE to make this) Rebar Chocolate Cake:

Isn’t it just so fitting that it’s heart shape? Really, I made the layers and froze them when I made another one, but I didn’t have a bunch of round pans, so I used my 2 heart pans! So cute!

This cake is moist, it’s got buttermilk and coffee on it’s side. The filling? It’s melted chocolate, cream cheese and butter. I mean HELLO, where can you go wrong? The ganache on top is dark chocolate and cream. Oh heck, just shoot me now.

I’m not going to lie though, this cake takes some forethought and it’s not cheap. It’s that special occasion cake. The small dinner party want to impress cake.

I’ve made it for my Mom’s birthday one year when we had a 16 person party (it cuts into 16 slices) and blew everyone away with this. On a seperate note, that was a great party, my Stepdad gave Mom a BBQ, so we planned it around that and instead of our usual potluck, we got everyone to bring their favourite bottle of wine for a present to Mom. She didn’t know any of the details, we simply asked her for a guest list and we did the rest. We had good steaks, baked potatoes with a full toppings bar and a garlicky ceasar. It was refreshingly simple to make considering we fed 16 people. It worked out that everyone brought a bottle of wine for Mom, but also a double of it to drink at the party! Mom ended up with 8 bottles of super nice wine afterwards.

A week or so ago, we’re sitting around the dinner table and the usual thought goes through my head. “What am I going to have for dessert?” Except this time I say it out loud to Poppa, Cowboy, Mac and Cowboy’s friend JD who was staying with us. Cowboy said “Rebar Chocolate Cake” and I laughed at him. Then I had to explain it to JD and before I knew it was actually making it. JD had said he would go to town the next day and get the chocolate and cream that I needed, as I had everything else. I figured I might as well bake the layers for two cakes and freeze the second one. JD’s younger brother Robbie came the next day and we all pigged out of Rebar Chocolate cake. We finished the next night and before I knew it I was taking the layers out of the freezer and assembling the other one. Within 4 days we ate two of these, which was a bit of overkill but a great indulgence.

Now for tips of the baking. Don’t short yourself on the chocolate. Get some medium-high quality chocolate. We bought $8, 300 gram Lindt bars. So not uber expensive, but it makes it worth it.

If you use fresh ground soft white wheat, lower your amount of coffee to a fat 1/2 cup.

I don’t know what else I need to say to get you to make this, other than your life may depend on it. If the people around you find out you have this recipe, but haven’t made it for you? There may be death threats.

When you make it? There will be marriage proposals.

It’s a pretty long recipe and these lovely people already wrote it out, so I’m going to send you over there.

Rebar Chocolate Cake (click on the name for the recipe)

I had to show this so you could see how it looked on the inside. It showed up kind of shiny, but it’s not.

Just make it please. I just really really need you to.

 

Linking to Weekend Potluck over at 4 Little Fergusons

14 days of honouring my Valentine.

I’ve never done very much for Valentines day with Cowboy. Last year I had a teleconference for school at 7pm on Valentines day, so I made deep fried fish and chips, which went over SO well, seeing as I’d never made them before and he was so excited.

 

This year, for the first 14 days of February, I’m going to do a little something for Cowboy. I’m going to share my plan, because I know he doesn’t read this blog. He rarely gets on the computer, and I know he’s not even a fan of Venison for Dinner of Facebook. (WHAT?!, why doesn’t he?! I don’t know…maybe I should suggest it) I didn’t want it to be a hugely material thing, because

 

a) I don’t have the money to spend on a bunch of presents, but

b) Most importantly, we don’t need more ‘stuff’ and I knew I could show my love without big gifts!

 

More than anything, I knew it would be food, making special meals that he likes.

 

So here are the 14 things, not in order, of what I’m going to make.

 

Heart Shaped Rice Krispie Squares

He loves these and I never make them, so I’m going to do them especially for him!

Heart Shaped Rebar Chocolate Cake 

This is a more labour intensive cake, and does cost about $15 in chocolate and dairy products, to make, but is very worth it for the smiles and compliments I get from him. And the marriage proposals from the others who eat it. (Look for this recipe later in the week!)

Love note tucked into the work truck five different times. 

I’ll put these places like where he writes down his hours, where he puts gas money, where is binoculars are. Things I know he uses a lot and will find within a day or two. They won’t be long, maybe just a paragraph or two, but the point of them is to let him know how much he means to me.

3 different favourite dinners

I’ll to 2 different seafood dishes (I don’t particularly like seafood, so this is huge), and 1 Venison dish, made especially with him in mind

Rootbeer in glass bottles

He loves rootbeer and it’s fun in the glass bottles. Crazy thing is I just checked the sales flyers on Sunday and really good rootbeer in glass bottles in on sale this week! Right on! I don’t usually buy pop, so that makes it special as well.

Chocolates 2 different times

I’ll put them in his truck, I’ve already bought these from our local Chocolate shop. They make them here on island!

Rent a movie just for him

He has some space alien movie he wants to see, so I’ll sneakily get it out of him, rent it and make no complaints about watching it with him. I don’t really like alien or scary movies, so I am good about being grumpy and not wanting to watch them. This time, I’ll make popcorn, maybe get out the rootbeer! (I’ll buy extra so he’ll have it one day, and then for this) and enjoy spending time with him, and him enjoying it, even if don’t really want to watch it.

 

I’m not sure if I’ll tell him…maybe it’d be fun not to, see if he figures it out!

What do you think of these? It’s fun to think of ways to show your Husband that you love them, and it’ll be fun for me doing it. Do you think you could do something like this? Maybe you could commit to 3 days of doing it?

Choco Maca

Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm.

Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. Oh so delicious!

We were sitting around last night, really wanting cookies. Cowboy’s favourite cookie is a white chocolate macadamia nut, which I never make for some reason. I didn’t have any white chocolate, but man this was such a good substitute! Baking for a short time makes them chewy, and you could bake them even less and still get away with it.

 

Beat butter and sugar so that they are well creamed.

Please use real butter!

Add egg and vanilla, then flour, mixing until just combined

Then stir in nuts and chocolate. Scoop out tablespoon sized balls, roll them into smoother balls and plunk them on a lightly greased baking sheet. When you have them all done, press them down with a fork

Bake at 350F for 12 minutes. These are chewey, not gooey. So delicious!

They so fought that craving I had for cookies.

Milk Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Makes 3 dozen

1 c butter

2 c brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

3 c flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 cup roasted, salted macadamia nuts, chopped

Preheat your oven to 350F

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together, than slowly add into into butter/egg mixture. Then stir in chocolate and nuts! Scoop out tablespoon balls, roll into smooth balls and put onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Press down with a fork, making sure there is still space for them to expand. Bake for 12 minutes, take out of oven, and after two minutes put onto a cookie rack. Enjoy!

Nint’s S’mores

Nairn (Nint) with her daughter, Sarah.

Nairn went home to the Ranch in the Sky on December 25th, 2005. She leaves behind memories of her smile, hug, love, laughter and cooking. She was like a second Mum to my sisters and I and I miss her everyday.

This recipe is one that I make all the time, it’s so easy, so delicious and you’re family will love ’em! (And you’ll be trying to keep your fingers off of your 6th (8th?) one.

You no longer have an excuse not to bake homemade cookies.

I consider the ingredient list to have 3 parts. The Fat, The Flour and The Bits.

The Fat

HAS to be butter. Don’t you dare use margarine or substitute oil. Use butter.

The Flour

While it calls for 2 cups of flour, I’ve used 1 1/4 c flour and 3/4 c oatmeal, you could use some wholewheat. It’s nice to a bit of cocoa too! (And more chocolate in the bits sections) Mix it up baby!

The Bits

The original recipe calls for 1 c chocolate chips and 1 c chopped walnuts. For old times sake, I made the batch tonight with them! I use any of the following in the bits:

Milk, dark or white chocolate

Butterscotch chips

Mini Marshmallows

Sunflower or Pumpkin Seeds

Walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts

Raisins, Dried cranberries or blueberries

Coconut

Some of my favourite combos? White choc and macadamias, mini marshmallows and butterscotch chips, dried blueberries and coconut, raisins and milk choc! The list goes on and on and on.

Here is the recipe!

Nairn’s S’mores

Makes 2 dozen

1 cup (easier if soft) butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups flour

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer. Add flour. Then bits! Mix er good, then press into an un-greased 9″x13″ pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown all over and slightly browner on edges. Wait until cool (as cool as you can!) and cut into four sections length wise, turn the pan around and cut into 6 sections width wise. 24 cookies, so easy!

Puhlease mix it up and try different flour combinations and bits! But don’t you dare use anything about the butter!