Tuesday, February 5, 2013

One apple a day keeps the rabbit away

I was sorting photos on my computer and found some summer pictures I would like to share. But first - a short story:)

I think I've found a new method to keep a rabbit away from my snapdragons. Last year I tried vinegar, garlic, cayenne pepper …  nothing seemed to work. The rabbit probably was thinking:  "Mmm…. Spicy… I like it!"
So last summer, I decided to feed him. Carrots, lettuce, cucumbers - provoked no interest, but an apple was a hit! He loves apples! Every evening Mr. Rabbit (yes, we call him Mr. Rabbit, but I think it is Mrs.Rabbit) is waiting at the "buffet" area for his apple.  Yes, my flowers were safe last summer.

Now, even though everything is snowed under, we keep feeding the rabbit. She waits for her apple at sunset, every day.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Handmade Chocolate Truffles

These  rich and delicate handmade chocolate truffles will make a wonderful Valentine's day gift. If you have never made truffles before, give it a try. This recipe is not only easy to make, but also is very affordable.
This beautiful photo was taking by my friend Irina, who runs Irina's Photography shop on Etsy. You can check her blog for more interesting pictures and good recipes.

Handmade Chocolate Truffles

For this recipe you'll need:

• 100 gram of best-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
• 100 ml heavy cream
• 1 tsp of brandy, liquor or vanilla extract
• unsweetened cocoa powder for coating
• candy paper cups


1. In a small saucepan bring the cream to a simmer (do not boil!). Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Let it sit for 2 minutes, than stir until completely melted and smooth. Add the brandy and stir again. 

2. Pour the mix into a shallow bowl. Cover, and refrigerate the mixture until firm, for 1.5 - 2 hours.

3. Using a small spoon, scoop the mixture and roll into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball in the cocoa powder. You can also use other coatings - finely chopped nuts,  candy sprinkles or confectioners' sugar.

Place the chocolate truffles in paper candy cups and pack into a box for a gift or serve them immediately.  

Have a sweet Valentine's day!:)