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Be Mom’s Favorite With This BaubleBar Gift Set

Elizabeth Collar

Psst. Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY! Don’t fret, I still have you covered. BaubleBar has a build your own gift set that will make you mom’s favorite… or at least make me wonder what you’re hiding. ;-)

Be mom’s favorite with a personalized jewelry set from BaubleBar.com for just $65! Pick out the perfect necklace and bracelet or pair of earrings, plus choose from a selection of beauty and lifestyle products, including yummy tea and chocolate from our favorite brands to complete your custom gift! FREE shipping and returns.

Custom Mother’s Day Jewelry Set from BaubleBar only $65 – Shop Now!

Enamel Links Bracelet

 

Don’t wait any longer.  Up to the minute looks in jewelry and some delicious chocolate?  Just what mom needs.

 

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Grab Your Dipping Forks, Today Is National Cheese Fondue Day!

emmi fondue plate setting

Oh goodness today is my lucky day!  A day that celebrates CHEESE FONDUE!  April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day, a time to fire up the fondue pots for food, fun and good conversation.  You all should know this southern California pinup’s absolute love (obsession) with cheese.  Add  in a fun dinner where you get to share the experience of eating together and I am completely sold.

I remember eating fondue when I was little, and I have my own fondue pot now that I break out for fun dinners with friends, or a romantic dinner with someone special.   A chance to enjoy the wonderful-ness of cheese, and having to get in and really share your dining experience with people is my idea of a great meal.

To celebrate, Emmi Roth USA, the US division of the premier Swiss dairy company, is sharing the must-know fon-DO’s of fondue – everything from tips for when you dip to the new ways to do fondue.

 

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Fondue & Cocktails

pinup elvgren red heart chair stockings

There is no better reason to snuggle up and enjoy one of my favorite types of dinners, fondue, than St. Valentine’s Day. It’s usually chilly out at the time, and why not use that as an added excuse to dip goodies into warm chocolate or cheese and share it with your snuggle bunny.

This Valentine’s Day let’s put a twist on traditional fondue. I have a cheese and a chocolate recipe for you, along with three cocktails, one of which should be able to please the palate of most anyone. I have a fruity, a carmel and even a Lucid Absinthe based cocktail.

Do I have your attention now?

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Cocktail Thursday – The Mole Cocktail

Mole Cocktail Tequila Chocolate Pepper Amoretti
Since it’s still cold everywhere, except you guys in Miami, I wanted to do a cocktail that can keep you warm and fuzzy out of the cold.
The Mole Cocktail bring a nice Mexican twist with chocolate and heat from the chipotle powder.
The Mole Cocktail (259 calories)
3 oz. Tequila
Small pinch of chipotle powder
Combine everything in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain over fresh ice.

Nachos optional, but why not indulge?

Cheers!

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National Cinnamon Roll Day Recipe – Chocolate Babka Blossoms

pinup girl in a white dress with burned muffins in the kitchen
It’s National Cinnamon Roll Day, and this pinup decided to give you little bees something like cinnamon rolls, but with a twist. These are Chocolate Babka Blossoms may not be cinnamon, but just as OMG amazing. These would be great for brunch, an afternoon snack, or even dessert.

From Vegan Desserts In Jars by Kris Holechek Peters

Chocolate Babka Blossoms Vegan Desserts in jars Kris Holechek Peters

Chocolate Babka Blossoms

These tender little babkas are both tasty and eye-catching, making for a perfect snack with tea or as a sweet brunch treat. This recipe makes 6 large babkas or 12 small, ensuring that no one has to go without. Soy or hemp milks are best here.

Ingredients

Dough:
2∕3 cup warm non-dairy milk of choice
1 (¼-ounce) packet active dry yeast
¼ cup evaporated cane sugar, divided
4 tablespoons (¼ cup) non-dairy margarine, melted
1∕8 teaspoon salt
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting

Filling:
3 tablespoons evaporated cane sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa, sifted
¾ cup chopped non-dairy semisweet chocolate
3 tablespoons non-dairy margarine, melted
¼ cup chopped almonds

Makes 6 or 12 babkas

Directions
To make the cake, place the milk, yeast, and 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a large bowl and let the yeast proof (become foamy) for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining sugar and melted margarine, and whisk. In a medium bowl, mix the salt with the flour and begin to incorporate into the milk mixture, ½ cup at a time, until a soft dough comes together. Gently knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Place it back in the bowl, cover with a dish towel, and let it rise until doubled in size, about 1½ hours.

Around the time the dough has risen, make the filling. Mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, and chocolate, and stir in the melted margarine to make a sort of chunky chocolate paste. Add the almonds and stir well. Set aside.

Lightly grease twelve 4-ounce canning jars or 6 half-pint jars.

Lightly flour a work surface. Punch down the dough and turn out onto the surface. Roll out the dough into an approximately 9 x 13-inch rectangle. Spread the chocolate mixture over the dough, leaving a ½-inch border around the edge. The way you will roll it will depend on if you are making 12 small babkas or 6 larger ones. If you are making 12 small ones, start on the long edge and roll, making it a long, skinny roll. If you are making the larger rolls, roll it from the shorter edge, making a fatter roll.

For 12 small babkas, cut the dough in half. Cut each of those halves in half. Now divide each of the 4 segments into 3 slices. Place each roll into a prepared 4-ounce jar.

For 6 large babkas, cut the roll in half. Cut each of those halves into 3 slices and place each one into a lightly greased half-pint jar.

Place the jars on a rimmed baking sheet and cover with a dish towel. Allow the rolls to rise until they are about 1½ times the size they were when you started, about 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°F and bake for 18 to 23 minutes for the small babkas or 23 to 27 minutes for the large ones, until golden and “blooming” in the jars.

Let cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before serving.

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