This huge commercial holiday gives retailers a big boost from chocolate sales, but for me, it's a holiday that our family has turned into a special family day.
After we had children Valentine's Day became all about family. The kids were enamored with this commercial holiday so we decided to give in to it and start a family tradition.
With hectic schedules we sometimes forget what is important. This is an excuse to make time on this day to forget about schedules and just have fun.
Our activities vary from year to year and it mostly depends on the weather each time. Sometimes we watch movies, play charades or scrabble, or go bowling or fly kites in the park to get in some exercise together.
We can't enjoy the day without chocolate so it's always fun for me to make chocolate truffles, chocolate dipped pretzels and bake cookies.
Here is an easy truffle recipe if you want to give it a try. It's a lot cheaper to make them than to buy them for your sweetie.
Easy Chocolate Truffles
- 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 TBLS. cocoa powder
- Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set aside.
- Heat the cream in a sauce pan. Do not let it boil. Just heat until is starts to bubble around the edges.
- Pour the hot cream slowly over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted.
- Refrigerate the chocolate for about 1-2 hours or until it is thickened.
- Place the cocoa powder in a strainer over a plate and sift the cocoa onto the plate just to remove the lumps.
- Using a teaspoon, scoop out a spoonful of the chocolate and place in the center of your plam and roll to form a ball.
- Place the truffle into the cocoa powder and toss it around until it is covered with the cocoa then place it on a paper candy cup.
- Refrigerate in an airtight container. They will keep for about 3 days.
This is linked on the following blog hops:
Life As A Mom
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