Monthly Archives: September 2016

Chocolate Covered Clementine Pumpkins…

dsc_3202 dsc_3088 dsc_3082 dsc_3104 dsc_3133 dsc_3114 dsc_3167 dsc_3150 dsc_3192-2 dsc_3227-2 Pumpkin season is upon us! Everything suddenly morphs into pumpkin flavor. Personally, I’m not a fan of pumpkin or pumpkin flavored anything. These little chocolate covered clementine pumpkins, are a different story. I’m fairly new to the whole chocolate and orange pairing. I never thought it would have tasted good. Not true at all! In fact, this has become my favorite fruit and chocolate combo! 

So we actually first made these last year, but I was knee deep in caring for a new baby, that a blog post was just not going to happen. This year, that new baby is 15 months old and takes nice long naps! That’s when we have our fun. I recruited just Annie to help me this year, because more than one child with a bowl of melted chocolate, while I’m trying to take pictures, is begging for catastrophe. 

For the chocolate covered clementine pumpkins, you’ll need:

Clementines
Melting chocolate
Coconut oil (for thinning the chocolate)
Celery sticks 
A fork

To start, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Next, cut a celery stick in half, lengthwise, then into 1 inch pieces. After that’s done, peel your clementines and set aside. Next, melt your chocolate in a double boiler, stirring constantly. I use two pots as a make shift double boiler and it works perfect every time. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil at a time, until chocolate has a slight liquid consistency, similar to buttermilk. Once melted, remove chocolate from heat. At this point, you can pour chocolate into a small cup or leave in pot. I poured ours into a teacup and it was the perfect size for the clementines.

Carefully insert fork into the top of a clementine and dunk into the chocolate. Make sure to leave a small portion at the top uncovered. Transfer to a cookie sheet. Once you have a full sheet, transfer to freezer to set the chocolate. This usually takes about 10 minutes. Finally, remove from freezer and insert the cut celery sticks. These are best enjoyed right away!

Painting…

DSC_1806 DSC_1785 DSC_1798 DSC_1797 DSC_1751 DSC_1799 DSC_1781 DSC_1776-2 DSC_1794 DSC_1778 DSC_1805-2 I bought some art canvas boards a while back and they’ve been painting like crazy, ever since. I love the boards so much more than the wrapped canvas. They don’t take up as much space and you have the option of framing them. As with all their art supplies, I keep them within their reach. They are free to set up studio and create until their hearts are content. And they do. I have amassed a huge collection of canvases. I told them that we have to start giving some away, because I just can’t keep them all. Besides, what fun is art if you are not sharing it? Savannah is working on a gift for a friend and Annie decided to paint giraffes. Their techniques are so different, but their subjects are almost always an animal. Depending on how they are feeling, sometimes their paintings are finished in a day, others come together over several days. Being a design-minded person myself, I just love that they love art. I hope they always do.