Easy To Make Chocolate Truffles

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Chocolates and flowers will abound that special occasion and most of these commodities will fly off the shelves.

Common things we give our special someone for Valentine’s Day are chocolates and flowers. Some folks get their special lady a nice jewelry depending on the budget. If you are trying to be pragmatic about the whole Valentine’s Day gift giving thing, why not make your own gift? How about an easy to make chocolate truffles?

Here’s a recipe from Allrecipes.com that you can follow. You can make it your own by adding other flavours to the mix, even incorporating fruits or flavoured jellies. Make it your own and make it special for those special people in your life.

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What you need:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls.

(Recpe from Allrecipes.com/photo from pinterest)

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Decorate Your Window Pane This Winter

The winter can be a drab because it’s just gray and gloomy with very minimal sunshine to greet us from our windows. Don’t let winter time ruin your mood at home.  You can still brighten up your window pane this winter with these tips and tricks!

Install bright curtains

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Who said bright coloured curtains are only for summer? Well, bring summer to your home even if it’s just near your window with some bright coloured curtains. Use orange or sky blue or any happy colours to put on your curtain rod to add colour and life to your winter home.

 

Put interesting decorations

If your window has a wide sill that can accommodate small decorations, place some fancy decorations like figurines, odd shaped stones or rocks or add books as decors too. I will not recommend putting glass jars or bottles as they may act as prisms and can induce fire.

 

Add floral arrangement or terrarium

A wide pane can accommodate a small to medium sized container where you can put faux flowers just to make your home a bit cozy for winter. Bring in life even with fake plants and flowers just to add colour to your home.

 

Install small lights

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Add brightness in the winter gloom with cute little fairy led lights. You can hang them on your curtain rod or you can buy one like a rain led lights. Choose multi-coloured led lights to make your window pop with colours at night.

 

These are just few of the tips and tricks to bring colour to your window. There are more inspirations you can find in the internet and other resources. What is your tip to make your window pop this gloomy winter?

 

(All photos taken from Pinterest. Credit is due to their respective owners)

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People Do Judge a Book by It’s Cover

If you are thinking about opening a restaurant or you already have one, you need to think about appearances. While the food is the star attraction, your customers want the whole package. They’re looking for an appealing location, an inviting atmosphere, good service, and an attention to detail. You’ve got to pay attention to everything. Don’t ignore your menus. They could actually make or break you when it comes to ensuring you have loyal customers who come back for many meals in the future.
It’s All About Presentation
When your guests sit down at the table, you want everything to be just right, including the menu that is placed in their hands. The menu should capture the essence of your establishment. You want something that will catch the eye of your patrons and make them want to look inside. From colorful graphics to designs and photographs, it’s important that everything comes together. If your menus are not attractive, there is less of a chance that your clients are going to want to order anything. The last thing you want to see is an empty table as your guests walk out the door.
Custom Menu Covers Make a World of Difference
Your menus should make a splash. You don’t want them to look like they are done by an amateur. If you want to make a good impression, you should have a professional touch in everything you do in your restaurant. Menu Designs can help you to have a finished product that you are proud to place on your tables. Choose from a variety of styles and design the menu that fits your dining establishment. The company will take care of printing, manufacturing, and delivery. All you have to do is set up your design.
Grab Their Attention from the Start
Put the same time and effort into your menu selection as you would on every aspect of your restaurant. You’re in the business of giving people a good meal and a memorable experience. You can get the visit started on the right track with menus that have been carefully crafted to suit your preferences. You take great pride in what you do. Make sure that you visit Menu Designs when you’re ready to lay it all on the table. You can have your menus made your way.

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My Love For Millie

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We only have 1 kid. We planned to have at least 2 or 3 but God gave us only 1 daughter whom we love so much. I speak for myself when I say, as a mother, I have too much love to give and at times, I think I am already showing too much love to my daughter. I have to find another outlet to release those extra love. And then we found Millie.

Millie is our adopted Bichon Frise. We took her when she was around 5 or 6 years old already in 2008. So, she’s either 11 or 12 this year.

Millie has filled in the void of not having another child after our first born. I spoil this diva dog rotten because I have this excess love to throw around and she’s the deserving dog to have all my extra dose of love and attention. The moment I saw her from the email that circulated around, asking for loving family to adopt her, I knew right there and then, she was (and is) the one we would have in addition to our small family. It was love at first sight with our diva dog. And when we picked her up, I felt the moment she ran straight to me without even looking at her previous “parents” that she would love me just as much as I love her.

Lately, she’s been showing signs of old age. She’s starting to be less active and sleeps most parts of the day. She still enjoys walks but not the long ones but still loves car rides. Few days ago, she was down with a fever or sorts. I took her to the vet twice to make sure she’d be fine. Today, we took her again for a check up and 2nd opinion because the first vet said it was just eyes issues. But my dog lost her appetite and was restless. Although her appetite picked up again 2 days ago, her overall health has to be checked and monitored now.

I got the scare of my life today when the vet examined her. The vet was also expressing her anal sac glands to make sure she would move well as the sac glands seemed to be inflamed already.  And while the vet was doing that and I was hugging Millie, I suddenly felt Millie lost her consciousness over my shoulders and just hang her head. She stopped breathing for a moment. I panicked and put her down on the vet table while the vet assured me she was having seizures. Then Millie started breathing again and kicked a bit but the whole 10 seconds episode of seeing my Millie in that kind of manner shocked me. All of a sudden, the fear I have been trying to deny and bury came before me very eyes. One day, I will have to prepare myself for this until the very end.

I am seeing my Millie in a different perspective after that. She is no longer the young dog I have. Her age will catch up on her. Her health will fail. She will become old and weak and when it happens, I am not quite sure how I will accept it.

For now, I am enjoying her as much as I can. I don’t want to break my heart but after Millie, I may not take in another pet. I just love my Millie so much that it breaks my heart to even think of “the day.”

Just how much can you love a pet? Our Millie is not just a pet. She is FAMILY.

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