Baci …Kisses …Bews…Küsse…Bisous…Treat yourself

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It’s Matt who has a sweet tooth in the family, but I do love the  sweetness of Baci (kisses) Perugina. I enjoy them so much that I can eat a whole box on my own. These small delights, wrapped in silver foil with a love quote inside, are divine. Here in Germany and Luxembourg, I can only buy them  during the Christmas season.   Pity! or not…Maybe more of a  blessing for my ever expanding waistline! However I still want to enjoy the Baci if I take the fancy for one or two (or ten); so I decided to look for a recipe online.

Success! I found a super-easy-peasy recipe. Tried & tested (& eaten – ALL).

Ingredients:

(Recipe adapted from Ztastylife)

Makes 30 – 35 Baci

  1. 30 – 35 whole hazelnuts
  2. 100 grams chopped (in small pieces) hazelnuts
  3. 375 grams Nutella
  4. 40 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 160 grams good quality dark chocolate (70% +)

METHOD:

Difficulty: EASY

  1. In a mixing bowl bring together the chopped hazelnuts, nutella and cocoa powder.
  2. Combine the 3 ingredients with a spoon or using your hands. The spoon does the job & it’s less messy.
  3. When the mixture is well combined & looks like a dough, refrigerate for about 30 mins.
  4. Before taking it out of the fridge check that the mixture has solidify a bit. If it’s too soft, it will be hard to form the small balls.
  5. Start forming small balls. Place on tray covered with baking paper and place a whole hazelnut on top.
  6. Continue until you have around 30 – 35 balls.
  7. Put in freezer for about 30 minutes or in the fridge for 50 – 60 minutes.
  8. Just before taking the balls out of the freezer/fridge, melt the dark chocolate.
  9. Take the balls out of the freezer and dip completely in the pan with the melted chocolate.
  10. Using 2 teaspoons,  remove the balls and place them on the cooling tray covered with a baking paper.
  11. Repeat, until you have dipped all the balls. Put the tray back in the   freezer ( 30  mins)  or in the fridge (50mins) – Until the chocolate dries completely.
  12. Take them out, arrange on a tray & enjoy!!

COST:

Less than € 5.00 for 35 Baci

Ingredients

Ingredients

Utensils

Utensils – I am loving my new mason bowl

Ingredients in the bowl

Ingredients in the bowl

Combine

Combine

well

well

 

 

Form balls & put the whole hazelnut on top

Form balls & put the whole hazelnut on top – like this!

 

Melt the dark chocolate

Melt the dark chocolate

Dip...

Dip…

Roll thoroughly in the melted chocolate...

Roll thoroughly in the melted chocolate…

Remove...

Remove…

Set here...

Set here…

and here they are...

and here they are…chilled…

Serve, Eat,  Enjoy & maybe Share?!

Serve, Eat, Enjoy
& maybe Share?!

Storage & Presentation Ideas:

The Baci can be stored in the fridge, in a plastic box, for more than a week (that is if you are strong willed & regimented!), or if you are kind and love your friends, share them! You can guess under which category I fall?! :):)

Put 6 Baci in a transparent bag, tie with a ribbon, add a love/friendship note & present them to your loved one! Surely you will make them smile!

Hope you enjoy making these delicious treats. Although it might look complicated, it’s really super easy. It might get a bit messy when forming the balls, but the END RESULT is all Worth It! And you get to lick your fingers clean! Double wammy! Trust me on this!

On the other hand if baking is not your thing,  you still MUST try the Baci . Do go out and Buy a Box! Worth every calorie!

Highlight of the day:

Eating a third of the Nutella jar before starting the recipe & then licking the Nutella jar with my fingers!!! The joys of baking!

Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
– Joanne Harris, Chocolat

Valentines Day – No card for him

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The beauty of working from home twice a week is that I do not have to dress up, but can opt to work comfortably in my jogging pants.

However today is a special day! Being Valentine’s Day, I made an effort. I chose a comfy outfit which did not include slouching clothes. Since I was working from home, Matthew suggested that we go out for lunch during my break. Nothing fancy, just to our local Italian restaurant, which happens to be the first restaurant we ate at when we first moved to Germany in 2007. It’s only 5 mins drive from home & I love going there. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly, the staff speak Italian (so there is no chance of ordering the wrong thing) and the food is always fresh & never disappointing.

We do not normally celebrate Valentine’s day but every occasion is a good one for us to eat out.

It was drizzling with rain and fairly cold, so I opted for my beloved jeans, brown boots, H&M cardigan & a tee shirt. Of course, I wore a woollen hat, a jacket and a pair gloves. Nice and comfortable enough to give me extra room to stuff my face with dessert too. Check out the yummy homemade Tiramisu!

V-Day Outfit

V-Day Outfit

Posing Frolicking

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and more

Reds

Reds

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Bite

Bite

Chew

Chew

Gone

Gone

Dig in, girl!

Dig in, girl!

He loves Her 14.02.2014 Saarburg, Germany

He loves Her
14.02.2014
Saarburg, Germany

 

Highlight of the day:

Waking up to find a lovely cup of tea next to a huge Valentine’s card! Upps! Bad wife…totally forgot to buy a card for my lovely husband. I already put a reminder for next year. Talk about efficiency!

“To love and be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.”

– Sydney Smith, Works

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Rainbows Inside & Outside

Ready to go

Rainbows and My Little Pony are every little girl’s dream. The Birthday Girl and her friends are  going through a phase of My Little Pony. The mum of the Birthday Girl was on a mission – Mission My Little Pony Candles. Once located, bought and delivered, I started planning the cake. The mum sent me a photos of what she was hoping for, and I promised to do my best.

Since decorating cakes is a new hobby for me, and since I am self taught, every opportunity I get to decorate a cake is very exciting and frightening. It is exciting because I get to try a design and play with my tools but on the other hand it is frightening because I do not want to disappoint the person who asked for the cake, especially if the cake is for an adorable 7 year old.

Being a stress head and a To-Do-List person, I try to plan the cake into stages. In this case I started by ordering a 3 piece zig zag cutter to make things easier and neater. Mine is from Etsy and I highly  recommend it as a tool to have. The end result looked neat and I was spared the tedious job of cutting each layer free hand.

Since I bake and decorate in the evenings after work I allocated a week from start to finish. The most tedious part was baking the 3 vanilla cakes in different colours. I really enjoyed colouring the fondant. The colours were so beautiful. Perfect for a Little Miss’ Birthday cake. The rainbow and butterflies were ready to dry in an evening. It took me a day to assemble the cake, and I was very pleased with the final result.

The photos of the cake in making were taken with my Iphone, and the  rest were taken  by the  Birthday Girl’s mum.

Green & White

Green & White

Red, Yellow & Purple

Red, Yellow & Purple

Zig Zag

Zig Zag love

Colourful

Colourful Rainbow

close up

Cutiness

Ponies & Butterflies

Ponies & Butterflies

Colourful

Colourful close up

Ready to go

Birthday love

My Little Pony theme

My Little Pony theme

Here it goes...

Ready…

Ready to party

Steady …

Eat...

Eat…

Highlight of the day:

Definitely receiving photos from the Birthday Girl’s mum during the party as the events were unfolding…from the moment the venue was being decorated to the moment when the Birthday Girl cut the cake. It was priceless seeing the Birthday Girl’s face when she saw her cake. It was well worth all the stress and worry! For the sake of baking to relax!

Oh, it can’t be a reference to the fact Harry’s a great Seeker, that’s way too obvious. There must be a secret message from Dumbledore hidden in the icing!”

– J.K. Rowling,  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

One year on…Viva Las Vegas

Check out the grin!

February 2013 marked Matt’s 40th birthday. We decided to celebrate his milestone birthday by flying to Las Vegas…and once there take the opportunity to renew our wedding vows. It had to be a cheesy Elvis wedding of course!!! We landed in Vegas (coincidentally, not!!) on my birthday.

Our 10 days in the city that never sleeps was full of surprises, food, shopping (of course), amazing shows, walking (lots), a spot of gambling & tons of memories!

Check out the grin!

Check out the grin!

"is this really happening?!!" thinks Matt (his looks says it all)

“Is this really happening?!!” thinks Matt
(his look says it all)

Yes!!!!!

Yes!!!!!

Mr Elvis showing off!

Mr Elvis showing off!

Elvis singing Happy Birthday to Matt & I couldn't stop laughing

Elvis singing Happy Birthday to Matt & I couldn’t stop laughing

The walk of craziness

The walk of craziness

Cheessssseeeeee!!! or it's more cheesy?!

Cheessssseeeeee!!! or it’s more cheesy!!!!

 

Highlight of the holiday:

Definitely the surprise visit from Matt’s parents who flew over on his birthday, which happens (coincidentally, yes!!!) to be their wedding anniversary, to celebrate, with us, their son’s 40th birthday and also to be present during our Elvis wedding.

On Matt’s birthday, early morning, we got a knock on our hotel’s room..Surprise Surprise!!! M & J, armed with ballons and presents singing happy birthday entered our room…Matt was speechless (for once). And yes, I knew they were coming and I did keep the secret! It was so much fun!!! A memory which I will cherish forever, especially seeing Matt’s incredulous expression!!!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– St. Augustine of Hippo, The City of God, Confessions, On Christian  Doctrine, Soliloquies, Enchiridion.