Well, here we are at the end of 2020, holding it by the tail and doing some swift turning in the yard hoping to fling it as far away as possible. Round and round we go gathering speed ready to let it go. And hope it stays gone. We don't know what our new normal will be like, and I'm sure there will be a whole lot of "we USED to be able to...." and I'm sure I'll be heard muttering it now and then but really, no one wants to hear it because it's quite obvious and sometimes when we look back, we see the effects of out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new. We are always changing and bringing in the new we just normally don't do it all at once.
Christmas had a different look for everyone this year and if you manged to keep a stiff upper lip and carry on as best you could or found new ways to muddle through then good for you! Not being able to see friends or go to parties or open houses brought me to thinking of what COULD happen. What's left? It brought me to thinking of the smells of this month.
So many smells. Fresh pine trees in the living room, scented candles lit in the evening, peppermint hand washing soap, and above all, cinnamon. Cinnamon was everywhere in the house. Even though it's just PH and me I do love to bake and did my fair share of it because to be real, it was about the only thing I COULD do.
So far the smells have been spicy and bakey. But then I did this. You have to smell chocolate, too, right? I got the bright idea to make hot chocolate bombs. This was something new to me. I thought I'd make them for the kids. I had to order this mold first. I ordered in November and it just came Dec. 23. I spent the afternoon playing with the concept of a hot chocolate bomb. After watching YouTube demos I thought, "How hard can it be? I know how to do stuff." If you don't know what it is (and I didn't,) it's a circle of chocolate filled with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows. Look it up. It's all over YouTube.
1) wear gloves so fingers don't leave prints.
2) good chocolate is far more delicate than not good chocolate - I knew that but don't usually play with my chocolate. I eat it.
3) make the chocolate shell a lot thicker than you might think is necessary and when they say to really build up the rim? They mean it.
4) don't try mending a hole by holding a spoon over a flame and then smoothing it over a small hole in the bomb. Hot spoon + chocolate = bigger hole. Geez. What a mess.
5) mending isn't recommended. Just remelt the thing. Or use it for a demo piece if you've already added the hot chocolate mix in the bottom half.
6) Chocolate will be EVERYWHERE so don't wear white. What a mess. Chocolate was everywhere. The kitchen looked like I gave a container of melted chocolate to a gang of hyper active toddlers.
I did get six bombes to take to the girls this evening and they will like them and I'll get better at it. I do understand now why they sell for $5.00 each in the shops. And I'm glad the mold didn't come till it was too late to make them for our Christmas.