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Food, Ranch Life

Don’t you just love having something on hand you can pull from the freezer and make for guests or for a party? I sure do…plus this is something you can make ahead. Gotta love it!

I also like trying different cheeses with this appetizer. Not everyone loves Bri so try any of your favorite cheeses and make it your own.

Ingredients:

1- 8 oz sheet croissant dough

4 oz brie cheese, cut into cubes

3 tbsp cranberry rasins, finely chopped

3 tbsp. pistachios, finely chopped

1 tbsp. rosemary, finely chopped, some for garnish

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

honey for garnish

rosemary

Directions: Preheat oven 375

  1. Roll out croissant dough onto a lightly floured area. Should be 8×12 size or so.
  2. Cut dough into squares making 24 squares. Using a pizza cutter cut 4 lines down 8″ side, and 6 lines down 12″side making 24 squares.
  3. Place brie cubes in each square. Mix pistachios and cranberries into a bowl and sprinkle on top of brie. Sprinkle a tinge of rosemary on top.
  4. Fold corners together on each cube lightly pinching corners together. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Whisk beaten egg with 1 tbsp of water for an egg wash. Brush egg wash on each cube. Sprinkle rosemary and sea salt on top.
  6. Bake until golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes.
  7. Drizzle honey on top place on platter decorating with rosemary sprigs and pomegranate seeds.
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Crafts, Food, Treats

Ranchstyle Hot Chocolate Bombs that Are Always a Hit with Little one and YES Even Big Kids

Well, these are for sure all the rage right now! WOW! An idea comes out and boom…it’s a hit! Especially in this day and age with so many at home and looking for new crafty ideas for gift-giving. I LOVE IT! And so excited to start my own ideas into this great delicious treat!

I came up finding this when I was in the cities with our son who just got a liver transplant. He had to stay “in town” to make sure he was ok so we had an apartment we were renting. It was awesome as it had a big kitchen so of course opened the door for me to try some new recipes. Stuck inside…make the best of it.

I went onto Youtube and searched for the best options on how to make these cuties. I saw many that simply were not good or well made and some I tried and it for sure was a flop! One was using the plastic ornament balls that split apart. NOT! Don’t use those! They simply make a mess and don’t work well.

The one problem I found was there were no molds to be sold ANYWHERE! Being in the city allowed me to search in many craft stores but none of them had the molds. They told me everyone is into it so they sold out quickly. Hence, why I tried the ornament round as I was desperate! Make sure you use a silicone brush too.

Add whipping cream for extra pop!

I also love the idea of making these for the winter months thinking of some different molds. Heart, Horses, of course, Christmas Tree, Snowflakes, and because we have a cop in the family yes, donuts are a must! Awesome for your neighborhood precinct as gifts too!

TIPS:

Use a silicone brush, go to TOP of the silicone cup. Once filled flip upside down onto a metal rack with parchment paper under it to help them be nice and round.
Peel away slowly, handle gently. We also did the chocolate twice to make it extra strong.

Decorating is the funniest part! Use squeeze bottles to get the effect of strips. Immediately add the sprinkles to secure them.

Here is my favorite video on how to…I think you will find it easy to understand and is not so drawn out.

https://youtu.be/xGHGVrnuRqA

You can use dark chocolate bars like in this video but I found the chocolate wafers. You can purchase in all kinds of colors and even flavors with other products, BUT they contain dyes that are not good for you like a red dye. If you want to color your white wafer using Beet powder, or Tumeric is much healthier. It doesn’t take much to make the color. Also, these fun marshmallows are pretty awesome and fit perfectly in the bombs.

Well, we got started on our own version for the Christmas season and they indeed were a hit with the receivers! Hope you enjoy making them, being creative inside and out of each one and of course the final wrap for whomever and whatever the occasion. These are a BOMB for sure!

ENJOY and happy dunking!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, give often,

Lee

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