Sunday, March 25, 2012

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

*Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Triple Chocolate Cookies

What you'll need:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened*
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sugar in the Raw 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (bring to liquid form in microwave, doesn't take much!)
  • 1 egg*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup King Arthur's Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt (about a teaspoon) 
  • 1 box of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Hearts with Rich Truffle Filling (You can fill with any chocolate candy you'd like. These chocolate are available during Valentines, so next time I might try Dove Hearts. Any chocolate candy will do. Pick your favorite!) 
*Must be at room temperature so that it doesn't solidify the coconut oil during mixing. 

Note: Some of my ingredients are pretty specific and that is for those of you that are like me and enjoy knowing exactly what someone used in their recipe. Free free to use whatever you have in your home! Check our original recipe for alternatives. 

What you'll do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In mixer, blend together the butter and sugars until well combined. Add the oil and egg and blend until creamy. Add vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three parts. This allows for better distribution of ingredients and a smoother batter. 

Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place your chocolate of choice on top of each mound and press down slightly. These cookies do not expand, so whatever the circumference your cookies are before baking, they will be pretty much the same when they come out. Bake for 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.

Of course, I didn't have the patience last night to wait till the truffle cooled completely and I must say, they are much better this morning. The smooth texture of the truffle against the roughness of the cookie is wonderful. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Baking,

Danielle Jones

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Day A Solider Lived

Heavenly Father,

What can I say, other than "Thank  You?" How can I do anything else but pour my heart out to you in constant gratitude? Two years ago today, you kept this world from taking my husband. You surrounded him with angels and blessed our testimony with a miracle. You gave him the wisdom to wear his bullet proof gear when the other guys looked upon this routine with eyes of invincibility. Without it, the large pieces of shrapnel, now sealed tight in a jar, would have penetrated his chest and killed him instantly. You allowed pieces to graze the top of his helmet, surrounding him left and right. You comforted his fall with minor injuries, yet allowed hundreds, possibly thousands of tiny pieces to enter his arm and cheek. You left scars that will never let us forget the day you spoke loudly, "You are mine and I have great plans for you." Allow us to never forget the emotions that came and went during this time. Allow us to speak of your grace and mercy to others and testify of your Mighty Hand for years to come. Just as you spoke the world into motion, I believe you spoke into motion every piece of metal that was aimed directly at Clay. You provided swift hands and feet to the men around him. Father, my words are so futile to what is felt in my heart. Thank you for allowing us to still dream and walk together as husband and wife. Thank you for saving a husband, brother, son, best friend, and the future father to our children. I can't imagine growing old with anyone else besides him. Thank you for our love, Father. More than that, thank you for first loving us. May the 14th of March be a special day of remembrance for the rest of our lives, not only for your saving grace, but also in gratitude to all of the families who have, are, and will sacrifice for the freedoms we have... Amen.

Many of you may recognize this prayer because it was posted exactly one year ago today. I will continue pray this prayer for the rest of my life. March 14 has been forever marked. 

Danielle Jones

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Photo a Day - Week 1

Love this. I know it's older, but it was the perfect UP photo. Couldn't resist.

For me, this was an easy photo to get because I eat fruit every day! I love it! Favorite, couldn't tell you... least favorite - apples! 

Clay and I love to take Memphis down to this section of our complex. It's beautiful and Memphis gets his energy out! He loves getting into the river too.

I decided to start reading for fun again and started with the Time Quintet. I have enjoyed reading the books so much and am glad to say that I have read A Wrinkle in Time! 

Do I really need to say more? He is marvelous. 

Does anyone else laugh out loud continually during this show? Barbra Jean and Van crack me up!! One of these days, I hope to own the box set.

Like the uh, tiger markings on my shoes!? 
Memphis thought they needed a little texture.
Wanna know what these photos are all about?

Danielle Jones

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy 80th Papaw!


This past weekend, I traveled to Memphis with my aunt and cousin to surprise my Papaw for his 80th birthday! We had a wonderful trip...even if we did stay only a day!
Here is what we did:

First, we ate a wonderful lunch at The Trolley Stop Market with family. Then, we celebrated the big day with dinner at Abuelos. Naturally :)


The food was terrific, atmosphere relaxing, service outstanding, and the evening was well spent with loved ones. What a memorable time! Thank you John for taking such great care of my family, celebrating 80 years of a wonderful life. 

Here is to you Papaw! God has blessed you with so many talents. I'm thankful for being able to enjoy your work right here in my home and the love each piece represents.  You are an inspiration!

Happy Birthday!! I love you!

Danielle Jones