Whipped Ganache Godiva Chocolates Whipped Ganache recipe Chocolate Ganache recipe Chocolate Ganache recipe Whipped Chocolate Ganache Have you ever found yourself gifted with a beautiful box of chocolates, and after picking away at it for weeks, you realized you’ve barely made a dent? Yea, me too. These days, when I get gifted a big box of GODIVA chocolates; I really like to nibble on a couple pieces then the turn the rest of the box into another delicious creation. I’ll often go around picking out all of the luscious, solid chocolate GODIVA pieces so I can chop them up, melt them down, chill the mixture, and finally whip it up to make beautiful whipped ganache.

I love to whip ganache and use it as frosting for cakes. The lightened and fluffed ganache has a gorgeous texture when spreading and sort of creates a lovely, chocolaty, shell around the cake once it sets. Not only does it yield beautiful results, but whipped ganache is also super-easy to make and only requires two ingredients: chocolate and cream. The key thing to remember is to not over whip the chilled ganache. Once the mixture begins to lighten and fluff up you should stop to check the texture, before the mixture begins to curdle.

This is the perfect topping or filling for any cake, cupcakes, banana bread, cream puffs, etc. that you might be baking up this holiday season…and such a quick and easy one too. Enjoy! xx, Jenny

P.S.
There’s still time to enter the #GODIVAjoy $250 giveaway! Make sure you visit GODIVA.com before December 24th, choose the gift you think would spark a little joy this season, and share it in the comments or tweet it using the hashtag #GODIVAJOY to enter!

 

Whipped Ganache
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:
8 ounces Godiva dark chocolate squares, chopped
8 ounces heavy cream

Directions:
1. Place chocolate into a heat safe bowl and set aside.
2. Pour cream into a small saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat.
3. Pour cream over chocolate and allow mixture to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Once chocolate has melted stir together until a nice, thick and smooth ganache has been created.
4. Cover and refrigerate until mixture firms up completely, 2 to 3 hours.
5. Remove from refrigerator and uncover. Whip chilled ganache with an electric hand mixer until light, fluffy and has almost doubled in volume.
6. Spread or pipe onto pastry of choice and serve.

**Make sure not to over-whip the ganache or it will get chunky and “break.”

*This post in sponsored by GODIVA. Thank you for supporting our sponsors. They help keep us going!*

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Whipped Ganache

December 21, 2014  /   /   //  4 Comments

honey_roasted_delicata delicata_squash_roasted roasted_squash squash_honey_roasted We’re thrilled to be deep in holiday season. It’s just such a fun time of year! Although this time of year is usually filled with friends, family, laughter, and good times, it can also be stressful, especially if you’re playing host or hostess to out of town guests or throwing dinner parties, etc. We love to create delicious, yet super simple dishes to help to alleviate some of the holiday stress and today we have our easy Honey Roasted Delicata. We absolutely love roasted squash and our addition of pomegranate seeds, toasted pepitas and shaved ricotta salata turn this simple and tasty dish into an explosion of flavors and textures. We love how versatile this dish can bee too; just, chill in the fridge overnight, toss in a handful of mixed greens and you have yourself a great little winter salad! So easy, right?! Just hop on over to My Habit’s THE FIX for this simple and delicious holiday entertaining recipe for Honey Roasted Delicata!

*This post was sponsored by MyHabit theFIX. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! It helps us keep going!*

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Honey Roasted Delicata Squash

December 19, 2014  /   /   //  8 Comments

Dip Dye Ornament Gift Tags Dip Dye Ornament Gift Tags Dip Dye Ornament Gift Tags DIY Gift Tag Ornaments Ornament Tag DIY This year we posted these DIY Dip Dyed Thanksgiving Place Cards, and I thought it would be fun to turn them into gift tags for Christmas. This DIY is sooooo easy, and that is why I love it so much. You can find all the directions for the dip dye process here. For these ornament gift tags I did more layers of color than for the place cards. I also kept my dye pattern pretty horizontal to create a kind of stripped look. I designed the ornament toppers, and you can get that right here. I just cut them out and adhered them with double sided tape. The coasters I used here are all the 3.5 inch size. I wrote the names in pencil because I thought gray looked better than say a black ink. I used a smaller gauge hole punch to create holes on either side of the coaster for ribbon to run through. You could also just do one hole if you prefer. This is just such a super easy way to create such nice looking gift tags. I hope you guys will try this super easy DIY!
♥ Teri

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Dip Dye Ornament Gift Tags

December 18, 2014  /   /   //  2 Comments

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Wine_bottles_wrapped Hi Everyone! We are super excited because today we have a little DIY on how to wrap wine bottles from our good friend and lifestyle blogger Anne Sage of The City Sage. Anne was nice enough to do a little guest post for us and we LOVE what she has come up with! Aren’t these wine bottles beautiful!

This is such an easy and stunning way to wrap wine bottles. I think we all have the same issue when it comes to wrapping wine bottles and that is what the heck do you do when you get to the top? It’s a totally different size than the base, and I know we all just end up scrunching the wrapping paper around the top and slapping a bow on it. So I am super excited to let Anne show you how she makes her wine bottles look so awesome. Messy wrapping paper no more! :)

Here are the super simple directions:

1. Position bottle flat on paper with about one inch overhang on the bottom and at least 8 inches overhang at the top.
2. Secure vertical edge of paper to the side of the bottle with tape, roll bottle in paper until covered, tape closed.
3. To close paper at the bottom of the bottle, tuck overhang down in triangular segments as you rotate the bottle. Secure with tape.
4. For the fan effect, press the top overhang of paper into a single flat panel and crease both sides. Starting at the top edge, fold down in segments, alternating fold direction as you would a paper fan. When you reach the neck of the bottle, secure center of fan with tape.
5. Open fan out from the sides to create a single arc. Optionally at this point you can add ribbon along length of bottle and tie it where the fan arc meets, or simply seal arc with tape along the center fold. Add desired bow or ribbon flourish and gift away!

Thank you so much Anne!!!!! :)

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How to Wrap a Wine Bottle

December 17, 2014  /   /   //  5 Comments