Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cake Balls and Awards

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I love trying new things when it comes to sweets, surprised?  Ha - well I don't always love trying new things.  I just know what I like.  If I know how to do something and I like the result why change it?  I've been told change is good - but I am not so sure.  

Anyway - if you read my blog you know that I don't love dipping desserts.  It seems tedious and messy and it takes me FOREVER!  But I got a new Christmas present and have been using it a lot.

The Wilton Chocolate Melter.  It is awesome!  (No - they aren't paying me - wish they were :))  It melts my chocolate without burning it and it stays warm.  Staying warm is a huge plus for me because I am really, really slow and usually my chocolate gets cold.  So I enjoyed making these cake balls much more than I thought I would.  One of my favorite blogs, Mrs. Fox's Sweets, just made very similar cake balls.  Of course hers look fantastic!!  You should check out her post.  Her cake balls look gorgeous and next time I am going to do better.  I think mine were a little lopsided and I love the candy liner idea.

Next order of business!

I was awarded two awards this week!
First I was given the Liebster award for the second time (wow!) from Crunchy Creamy Sweet.  If you haven't seen Anna's blog yet you need to fly over there!  She has so many great recipes and a baking chart page that is so cool.  It gives you all of the conversions you need.  I can never remember that 3 teaspoons equal one tablespoon. Should be easy right?  Not for me! 

A Liebster Blog Award is given to talented and loved bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

Just a few rules:
-Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
-Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
-Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
-Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
-Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

I have given the Liebster Blog award to these five blogs that I love:

Angie's - Angie's Sweet Natured Treats
Heather's - Made Famous By....
Hayley's - The Domestic Rebel
Sarah's - Dwell On Joy

Then I found out that Randee over at Randee's Organized Chaos awarded me The Versatile Blogger award!  I am speechless!  I love Randee's blog.  She is a Mom like me and knows life can get a little chaotic.  I always relate to her posts and she makes me laugh.  Now I get to give this award to seven of my fellow bloggers and I have to tell you seven facts about myself (you guys are learning a lot about me this week!)

1.  I stay up way too late every night.  My husband and I always say we are going to go to bed early, but we don't.
2.  I love to bake but I hate to clean up! - Surprises you I know :)
3.  I have a cat named Caly, she is 15 1/2 years old.  She has been with me for a long time.  I have known her longer than my husband!
4.  I love to swim.  When we go to the pool I could spend hours (literally) in the water.  I don't mind laying in the sun - but I prefer to be in the water.
5.  I absolutely HATE to run.  No offense to the runners out there.  It just kills my shins.
6.  I was a certified step aerobics instructor and used to teach (that was a lifetime ago!)
7.  I grew up with horses and used to ride competitively.  I miss it horribly!

Whew - OK.  Now that we are best friends let me tell you who I passed on this beauty too:

Elizabeth at Act Fast Chef
Joan at Chocolate, Chocolate and More
Bridget at Flour N' Friends
Hilary at My Blog Review
Chrissy at The Taylor House
Terry at These Peas Taste Funny
Robin at Bird on a Cake

I hope all the bloggers I awarded tonight enjoy their awards!  Go check out their blogs and show them some love!  You won't be disappointed.   I love reading what everyone writes and I enjoy the blogging communtiy so much.  I am so honored to receive these awards and it make me happy to be able to share the love!

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  1. Thank you for nominating me, Susan! You're the sweetest :) love the cake balls, the dipping looks so smooth. That machine seems like it would be a real convenience for things just like this!

    1. Your welcome. Did you look at that first picture? There is a huge bump in the cake ball. Surprised you didn't see it since you saw my Cupcake man in the last post!!!

  2. Oh my goodness I've never seen one of those Wilton Chocolate Melters before! where have I been? I love making cake balls...I'm the same, my chocolate starts getting hard and I have to re-melt it! I'll have to look into one of those!
    Thank you for the award, I really appreciate nice of you to think of me! I'll work on forwarding it on myself! :)

    1. Your welcome! The melter is awesome - I highly recommend it!

  3. Thanks so much for the award, Susan! I really appreciate it. :0)

    And I think I need one of those chocolate melters too!

  4. Loving the honor you have bestowed upon me! I am familiar with some of the others and they are great too! Have a FABULOUS weekend! p.s. a chocolate melter - genius!

  5. Amazing cake balls! Congrats on your award!

  6. I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up!

  7. Thanks so much!!!
    Love the cake balls. They look yummy as usual :)

  8. Thank you so much Susan! I'm new to blogland, so this is my first award and I'm very honored.

  9. These cake balls are so cute, Susan! I am so glad you are enjoying the award. You deserve it! Hugs!

  10. Thank you so much friend! I will do a post about the award next week!!

  11. Congrats on the blog awards and on getting that chocolate melter. Glad you are having fun with it and your cake balls look great.

  12. Oh yay! You are so great! You've been one of my greatest followers! Let's not ever forget each other!!! :) I used to ride horses too! And my Mom used to teach step aerobics as well :) Thanks for this award!!!!

  13. Oh I totally need that melting pot. Have you tried the white melts in it? I always always have trouble melting white candy/chocolate. You cake balls are beautiful!

  14. Thanks for the shout out! Great minds think alike! Mine were rough looking, that is why they had the liners! They are definitely a challenge to make! We have a matching set! Yours look great! Love the big heart!

  15. Your BALLS look GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I always fear the cake pop for some reason...often mine are blops. Or sad versions of blops. **deeep sigh**

    1. Thanks Trish - that is so hard to believe. I think you should try again!

  16. These look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday!

  17. Thanks for sharing! Those are so cute! i am your new follower! :)

  18. Congrats on your awards. I love your blog and am your newest follower!!! I will have to looking the Wilton Chocolate melter, we make a lot of cake balls in our house. Check out my daughter's beach theme cake balls for a friends bridal shower.....

  19. The chocolate looks amazing!!! Congratulations on your awards :) And thanks for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday. Hope to see you again this week.


  20. cake balls look so nice & delicious...& congratulations on your award!!


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