Valentine’s Day is a fun little holiday that is all about creating more love in this world, which is NEVER a bad thing! It doesn’t matter if you like to keep it simple and cozy or go all out. Honestly, I’ve done both and I prefer cozy over all of it. As I get older, there is one thing that is constant in my life and it is the unwavering definition I hold for the meaning of “love”. Love is a verb, which means it’s an action word. Love is more of an action than it is a feeling. To make and create more love in this world it must be in a very actionable way in which the “feeling” of love is then created.
Love is finding ways to be selfless and not just put others first, but to follow through day in and day out. Creating more love not only with your spouse and relationships, but also with others around you. It’s something that we should practice everyday if we truly want to grow more in our character and be in touch with those around us. So, don’t be shy to give compliments to perfect strangers and give those random acts of kindness even if it feels awkward. It’s a much needed and appreciated. It also sets a good example for our littles and inspires others!
“Love is patient, Love is Kind”
Being filled with love and giving love does wonders on our physical health as well. There is nothing that can substitute for being deeply cared for, knowing that you are safe and at peace. Having a strong support system no matter what happens in life promotes feelings of wellbeing and reduces stress.
Also, chocolate gives feelings of wellbeing and has a way of creating more love in this world all on it’s own, does it NOT?! ha! So, whether you are staying in and keeping things simple or going all out, these little magical bits perfect for the occasion. These are fun and easy for the kids to make for school parties or as a gift to give to anyone to show them they are loved and thought of.
Below is a recipe that I approve of! If your going to eat chocolate, this is the way to do it. Chock full of body supporting and body loving herbs and antioxidants rather than processed fats, sugars and chemicals!
Cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels while adding a sweetness all it’s own. Many other delicious variations suggested below.
This is NOT my own recipe, but inspired by Learningherbs.com. It’s the BEST I’ve ever had or made!
Herbal Dark Chocolate Truffles I’ve been making a variety of herbal truffles for months to come up with the best recipe to share with you all (I know, it’s been rough!). The following recipe attempts to use only small amounts of sugar and also incorporates other herbs into the mix. There are really so many possibilities for making your own herbal truffles. I hope this recipe gets you started on your own chocolate adventure.
This is how to make chocolate truffles…
What you’ll need…
8 ounces chocolate (I use 4 ounces of 100% cocoa and 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, I like the Enjoy brand best)
2/3 cup organic heavy cream (try coconut milk if you can’t eat dairy)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
Powdered cocoa and powdered rose petals for rolling
Warm the cream (or coconut milk) slowly until just before it starts to simmer. Pour this immediately into the bowl with chocolate.
Let this stand for one minute and then stir with a whisk until the chocolate is melted and it has a smooth consistency.
Note: Most of the time, when I make these, this process works great. One or two times I didn’t make the chocolate pieces small enough and it didn’t fully melt with the cream. When this happened, I placed the chocolate in a double boiler and heated it slowly until the chocolate melted. Once you have the truffle sauce, it needs to cool to a semi-hard consistency. I don’t have a foolproof method for this. I suggest keeping it in the fridge or freezer and checking it frequently. It needs to be soft enough to form into a ball, yet hard enough to roll without falling apart.
Once the desired consistency is reached, you can start rolling. Scoop the mixture into bite-sized pieces and, using clean hands, roll into a ball. Once they are all rolled, I suggest rolling them in a powder. I think it’s nice to have a variety of powders within a single batch. I suggest playing around with the following: Cocoa powder Cocoa powder mixed with cinnamon Cocoa powder mixed with powdered rose petals Powdered rose petals
Can also be used to make chocolate covered strawberries!
Variations Powdered herbs: Many powdered herbs can be used in this dark chocolate truffle recipe. Ginger, cayenne, rose are just a few ideas.
Orange zest: Can be added to the truffles themselves or even used to roll the truffles in. Coconut: To roll the truffles in.
Baking extracts: These come in all sorts of flavors and can be added (mint, coffee, orange, etc.). Cream: You can infuse a variety of herbs into the warmed cream to impart different flavors. Earl Grey: Heat the cream and add a few teabags of Earl Grey. Let sit for five minutes, remove tea bags, heat the cream again and then proceed as per normal. You may need to add a bit more cream to this.
Lavender: Add 2 teaspoons of lavender to the warmed cream. Let sit five minutes, strain off the lavender, reheat and then proceed. As you can see, this is just the beginning of finding your own favorite truffle recipe. Enjoy!
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