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!
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:
Adele's - The Dutch Door KitchenAngie'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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