Two

July 22, 2010 at 10:22 PMJeremy

Jonathan is two!  We recently had a party for him, and knowing how much he's into sports, I tried my hand at making cake balls decorated to look like sports balls.  Very challenging, but they didn't turn out half bad:

Jonathan particularly liked the "football chocolate" and threw a fit to get more of the "laces" on the tops of the footballs.

We had the family over for cake and gifts, and everybody enjoyed watching the kids play.

Later on, after everyone had left the party, we were out in the back yard so Jonathan could practice his putting.  He put down his club and said, "Slide!" which is usually an indication that he wants us to lift him up and set him on top of his slide and then hold his hands as he goes down.  This time, however, he walked over to the stairs at the back of the playset and started climbing up.

He got to the top and walked over to the slide, sat down, and was off.  He did it again, and again, and again, and again.  While I was a little worried that he's starting to take bigger and bigger risks, I was also relieved that I don't have to keep lifting him up over and over so he can slide.  He's getting heavy.

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The Chocolatier

June 2, 2010 at 7:00 PMJeremy

Over the weekend I made another batch of cake balls.  For those who don't know, cake balls are gooey balls of cake dipped in chocolate.  They're like truffles, but the ganache (yep, real word) is cake.  In a word, they're awesome.

These weren't so awesome, because they're German Chocolate cake balls, which combine two things I dislike in desserts: nuts and coconut.  Nuts I'm somewhat ambivalent to: they don't really add much to a dessert, and they only sometimes take away from my enjoyment of a dessert.

Coconut is the devil.  We're talking shaved flakes of pure, concentrated evil.  Even the smell is repulsing.

But anyway... this was my third batch of cake balls.  I'd previously done chocolate in chocolate, and red velvet in white chocolate, but some of the ladies from work (who introduced me to the concept of cake balls at the Simply Delicious bakery) had begged me to try German Chocolate, so I decided just this once to make them.

By the way, I think this is the first thing I've ever made that I would not personally eat.  I had to get Marci to taste test for me.

There was, however, a not-entirely unexpected side benefit.  I ended up with a double boiler still fairly full of delicious, coconut-free chocolate coating.

My first choice was obvious:

After that, I had to start getting creative.  I found a package of Jonathan's graham crackers:

Then Oreos: (I think Dad in particular would've been proud of that)

And Teddy Grahams:

I knew I had to stop when I started eyeing Jonathan's Vienna sausages, so I just tossed the remaining chopped pecans into the chocolate, stirred it around, and made some chocolate nut clusters:

I still hadn't used it all, and I'm not one to ever waste good chocolate, so I dumped it into the corner of my pan, thinking I wind up with nice chocolate chunk.  Instead, it oozed over onto one of the cake balls, forever ruining it*.

I called that one a tar ball in honor of the BP oil disaster.

*by "it", I of course mean the remaining chocolate.  The cake ball was already ruined by the mere fact of containing coconut.

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Like Father, Like Son

February 18, 2010 at 11:45 AMJeremy

Boy + electric mixer beater + chocolate pudding (made Dirt for bible study this week) =

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