Yesterday for Valentines Day I made some homemade coconut caramel chocolates. My kitchen is not fully stocked with every kitchen accessory imaginable (yet) so instead of using a chocolate mold, I made do with an ice-cube tray. I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, Coconut Flakes, Agave, Coconut Sugar and Coconut Oil.
First I melted together 1/2 cup coconut sugar, 1/2 cup agave, 2 tbsp coconut oil in a bowl in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
I let it cook while I melted the chocolate chips. I coated the ice-cube tray with the chocolate and then turn the tray upside down for a bit so the bulk of the chocolate ran out. I placed it in the freezer for about 5 minutes until it hardened.
Then I filled the chocolates with the coconut mixture and topped with the rest of the chocolate and sprinkled it with sea salt. Put it back in the refrigerator until everything hardened.
They didn’t come out the prettiest because I was kind of in a hurry but they were really, really good.
Today, was my first day in a really long time, if not the first time ever that I didn’t have the kids, I didn’t have to work, and Josh was at work. I kept my mind very busy. I went to the mall and hobby lobby. Then, I met Josh for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. It was my first time there. I got the Pasta Da Vinci. It was pretty good. We didn’t get any cheesecake because the lunch filled us up. On my way home I stopped at whole foods for some grass-fed steaks and some more coconut aminos. I also couldn’t pass up trying some tiramisu they had made there. I waited until I got home and it was amazing. First time trying tiramisu and it’s definitely something I will try again.
Okay, now on to personal things. Some blogs keep their personal issues to themselves and yeah I could probably do that but I find it hard when I’m going through something personal, to not let it affect my writing. I’m all about being positive as much as possible but sometimes you have issues you need help getting over. whether the help comes in the form of a friend that understands, a counselor, a therapist, a mom, a dad, a bum on the street or hundreds of strangers on the internet. Sometimes you need someone else vent to, to give you advice, and to really listen. Yeah, this is hard to talk about. It’s hard to admit when something is bothering you.
I went through a divorce a year ago. I have two children. While I have moved on and have a wonderful new boyfriend, it’s been difficult for me to come to terms with having a split family. Sharing kids on weekends, holidays, birthdays. I’m very emotional about this and I feel it’s time to talk to someone about it. When someone is going through an emotional time, whatever the degree, it’s hard on everyone. It’s hard on the person, it’s hard on the ones that love them, it’s hard on the kids, it’s all around just hard. I feel guilty and that I can’t just accept it and move on. I don’t like that I randomly burst into tears from time to time and that I honestly can not control it.
So, That’s all I can really say about that right now. That’s what’s going on in my life and that is what I’m going to be working on. I could just keep putting on a happy face for everyone on the blog and some people might think that is what I should do. But I believe that everyone has times in their lives like this. Everyone that has gotten over an issue (eating disorder) then has other things that come up. Life isn’t roses every single day after you conquer a big demon like I have. You just gotta take things as they come, always work to better, and know that you will come through.
So my final thoughts for the day are…
Chocolate is wonderful.
If you ever have a chance to try tiramisu, do it!
There is no shame in talking to someone about your problems.
Surround yourself by people who support you and will always be there for you.