Thursday, January 1, 2009
Party like a rock star....
Here at the Casa, we decided to stay in for the evening and do the family thing. I did party like a rock star only if you consider guitar hero that magnitude (Sweet Home Alabama became my nemesis and I played it on the slowest setting in practice mode and it became very depressing - not to mention turned into about a 20 minute song!). We also enjoyed Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Disney edition. I won a game of it. :D The questions were not exactly what I expected but still gave the 7yo some reading practice which is always good.
DH battled sleep on the couch as he was not into the board game (more bored for him, lol) and I turned in my guitar to give the 5yo a chance to play the Disney Princess game on the Wii. It holds her attention for HOURS and she does it all by herself. She has beaten the game numerous time but still loves playing.
I highly recommend it for the youngins' but not a game you as an adult will take over. Hubs did actually wake up for all of us (except the baby) to watch the ball drop.
My real event for the night was the continuation of trying to make edible Buckeyes. The day prior I did the peanut butter part (which went well and tasted yummy - heck, I was even thinking how easy these were to make at that point - possible even do as presents or my contribution to various parties next year). Then (cue dramatic music)......for the life of me, I could NOT get my chocolate to melt so I could dip those bad boys. I tried the double broiler thing (for fake - 2 pans + water = water in chocolate b/c Mommy had to also chase a toddler), putting the pan right on the burner (I think this is where I denatured the cocoa hence burning the chocolate and made it grainy) - decided since I now had a pan of chocolate that I would dump in some sweetened condensed milk to attempt fudge so as not to throw out all that chocolate. I restrospect I prbably just wanted to like the can and get a sugar rush so I could continue on my mission for chocolate/peanut buttery greatness. The buckeyes turned fudge....I got out the second and final stash of the normal bark choc I bought for this task and tried the microwave - still no dice. Then tried the double broiler again. This chocolate was beyond help. It got dumped. :( Luckily when I purchased my supplies for this, there was a white chocolate bark there that I picked up to save for a rainy day that was now needed. The white chocolate melted perfectly in the microwave and I then completed the Buckeyes. I was trying to think of some catchy title for this post like "What do you call white buckeyes?....the only ones I can make". Yeah, not funny but.... Enjoy the pic.
(note the "hairy" buckeye of the grainy choc toward the bottom and those that are actually brown covered are covered in the fudge mixture not just chocolate.)