A Valentine’s Day Treat without the Wheat

I hate my husband. Not really. But he made me mad. We agreed not to exchange gifts this Valentine’s Day because we decided to go to Miami for spring break ( best. gift. ever. when there’s 10 inches of snow on the ground).

Soooo…the other day a package came and he didn’t tell me what it was. So I know he got me a gift. And YES, I’d be pissed if he didn’t get me a little something—I am a woman for Christ’s sake!!!! But I’m mad because I didn’t have time to get him what I really wanted to get him now that I know he’s getting me something and I should get him something back. I worked it out, but meh. I hate these stupid holidays. They’re only good for preteens to pretend to be in relationships with each.With the threat of snow tonight into tomorrow, all the girls were actually in a panic that school might be CLOSED tomorrow Huh? Kids are weird.

Why do we celebrate love with gifts anyway? Isn’t the love the gift? Why can’t couples, or any relationship involving love, have to be identified with a purchased something? I remember when Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were married (jeeez! I’m old), and they promised to only spend $20 on each other for Valentine’s Day. They made each other these really cute cards and dinner. With all their rich money….That’s what we should all do! I guess Hallmark would be pissed.

I made truffles for my husband. He’s cooking me dinner tonight, so I wanted to do something special for him too. Truffles can be really easy, and take on many forms. I guess they’re shape shifters!!!! You can add any kind of liquor or extract. You can roll them in whatever you want too- nuts, cocoa, sprinkles, crushed cookies or grahams. You’re call! I put red wine in mine.

Truffles Recipe

10 oz. chocolate (half dark, half milk or all dark or all milk-you’re call)

3/4 cup heavy cream

Optional- a few tablespoons of any liquor, wine or even beer! Or some nuts or mini chocolate chips. Or a teaspoon of almond, mint, lemon or coconut extract….

1. Chop chocolate and place in a bowl.

2. In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream. As soon as it boils, remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Add whatever, and wait a minute.

3. Whisk until all the ingredients mix smoothly.

4. Cover with saran wrap (letting the wrap touch the entire surface of the mixture, and chill in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Preferably overnight.

5. Use a melon ball or spoon to scoop mixture and roll into 1″ balls. Place on waxed paper.

6. Roll the balls into whatever- sprinkles, crushed cookies, cocoa powder…

7. Put back in fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

8. Cram them in your mouth.

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Snow Days

With every endeavor comes challenges. I guess when one makes a lifestyle change, anything out of the ordinary brings a new road block. It’s up to you to decide to jump over it or stay where you are and go back- only to never know what lies ahead.

I felt this way when I had the flu a couple weeks ago. Could I get through without bread? And I did…

Snow days are also a time when I want to bake and snack and my culinary goddess is alive and well. And again, I jumped over the hurdle and kept running!

Yesterday I tried to hit up this gluten free bakery for the second time. However their hours suck! and they weren’t open. I REALLY wanted a cupcake. I made gluten free ones from a mix- I really need to try and find a recipe. This sh@t is expensive!!!!!!!!!

This morning I made a quiche with a sausage crust. I got the recipe from Paleomg.com. I love this girl Juli. I wish I was as creative as she is. She rocks! This afternoon I’m going to bake her Chai muffins.

So diet…I kicked your snow day ass!!!!