Things We Love December 18 2014

Has the stress of finding that perfect gift for your picky friend, the white elephant present for your girlfriend's party and the perfect dessert for Christmas dinner at your Honey's mom's house stressing you out? And while we're on the subject, don't forget about his niece that you've met one time for five minutes. Don't worry, we've got all the bases covered!

 

Yes, it's true- kids these days spend their time on facebook or playing video games (we know 9 year-olds on Instagram :-l ) But Madeline's Christmas is a childhood classic and every young girl deserves to have Madeline on her bookshelf. 

 

 

This is the gift for the friend who has everything. The Sommelier wine bottle set  can also be given as a white elephant gift! 

 

A good bottle of wine goes well with the gift above. Try the Italian Stallion of Barbera wines from Trader Joe's- Trader Joe's FTW

 

 

This is our gift to YOU this holiday season! Remember to enter the promo code: GIFTBAG at checkout with your purchase of a pair of Dav boots. 

 

 

 

Easy Chocolate Truffles  (Don't worry, we won't tell)

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Five strips 1-inch-wide orange peel, pith removed
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped assorted nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, and pistachios

 

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together cream and cardamom. Add orange peel; bring just to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Line a baking pan with parchment; set it and another pan aside.
  •  Return cream mixture to heat; bring to a boil. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Remove cream mixture from heat. Pour through a sieve set over chocolate; discard solids. Stir until melted and smooth
  • Return cream mixture to heat; bring to a boil. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Remove cream mixture from heat. Pour through a sieve set over chocolate; discard solids. Stir until melted and smooth.
  •  Pour chocolate mixture onto the unlined baking pan, and spread in an even layer with an offset spatula. Transfer baking pan to freezer; chill chocolate until hardened but malleable, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Pour chocolate mixture onto the unlined baking pan, and spread in an even layer with an offset spatula. Transfer baking pan to freezer; chill chocolate until hardened but malleable, 15 to 20 minutes.  Using a tablespoon, scrape enough chocolate from pan to form a roughly shaped 1-inch ball, being careful not to press too hard against baking pan. Repeat. Transfer balls to the parchment-lined pan; chill truffles in the refrigerator 10 minutes. 
  •  Place the confectioners' sugar, the cocoa powder, and the chopped nuts in three separate bowls. Roll the truffles in desired coatings.

 

 

Happy holiday's, all! we love hearing from you! Let us know what Things YOU Love!