Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Thin Mint Puppy Chow - And the mystery of Real Chocolate

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Thin Mint Puppy Chow
by ShugarySweets
So, there is not much healty, or natural about this recipe. But I have always had a weak spot for Puppy Chow and I love chocolate mint. This just happened to be a perfect combination, in my humble opinion. And since it was my 25th birthday when I made it [nearly two months ago now], I decided to go ahead and splurge.
Ghirardelli large chips, Andes Mint Pieces
But the recipe called for chocolate flavored Candiquik as the 'chocolate' base. Which, in case you don't know, is NOT chocolate. [shock]
It's just, like, sugar, wax, butter, and 'natural and artificial flavors'. This is not chocolate.
Instead, I used Ghirardelli baking chocolate [or any kind of chocolate chips; just check the ingredients, cause the "Chocolate flavored morsels" are not usually chocolate either, you have to be discerning these days to know if your really getting chocolate or some ones cheap idea of chocolate.

The recipe also called for Green's & Black's 3.5 oz chocolate mint bar. I couldn't find that, but found a bag of Andes Mint Pieces [in a bag like the chocolate chips, in the same isle, too]. Since it's a total of 19.5 oz of meltyness in the original recipe I put in about 15-18 oz of Chocolate and about 3-5 oz of Andes Mint Pieces.
ShugarySweets suggests melting in a microwave, but since I don't have one, I put it on the stove top, on low heat, melting slowly, and stirring constantly.
All Melty! [and smelling AMAZING!]
Pour over a box of Rice Chex Cereal [about 10 cups]

Just look at all that amazingly real chocolate!

Add 2 cups of powdered sugar...

Toss together, set on a couple sheets of foil/wax paper let set a few and enjoy!

I couldn't find the green M'n'M's that ShugarySweets used, but I got those York Peppermint Pieces and added to the mix. They are minty, and pretty blue and white.
Thin Mint Puppy Chow - SN Variation
16 oz Real Chocolate [chips/bakers/etc. Just not 'chocolate flavored' whathaveyou]
4 oz Andes Mint Pieces
10 cups Rice Chex cereal
2 cups pwd. sugar
Optional; m'n'm's, york peppermint pieces
Just melt the chocolates together, pour over the cereal, toss in the pwd sugar, spread out and let set 10-20min on wax paper or foil. Add candy. Enjoy!
Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring Savings!

Hello everyone!! This post is to update you on what's happening this month at Simply Natural Designs. Two things, so keep reading...

#1. 10% off all items every weekend.
Every weekend this month [April 2013] you can get 10% off all items on the etsy store. Simply use the COUPON CODE : "SPRINGSAVINGS" to get 10% off your total purchase every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in April! Go to www.SimplyNaturalDesigns.etsy.com to start shopping!
[If you are local to Potosi area, let me know before you make your purchase and we can work out a pick-up so you don't have to pay for shipping!]
Simply Natural Designs

#2. 20% of every sale goes to Run For the Son.
Every day from April 1st until May 4th, 20% of every sale made on or off line will benefit the CMA [Christian Motorcyclist Association] yearly fundraiser, Run For the Son [RFS]. Of the funds raised, CMA gives away 60% of it to other Christian organizations dedicated to spreading the gospel. These organization include:
2007 Run for the Son
       The JESUS Film Project - This ministry takes the film about Jesus to countries all over the world, from remote jungles to inner cities, to share the Gospel in the peoples native language [or 'heart-language']. Then, they provide them with discipleship mentors and Biblical materials as well as an audio Bible in their heart-language.
        OpenDoors - This ministry, founded by Brother Andrew, smuggles Bibles into restricted nations, bring Truth and Hope to many lost in darkness, and serving persecuted Christians worldwide.
        Missionary Ventures International - This third ministry partner provides transportation to indigenous pastors so they can travel farther, faster, and reach more of their country men with the Gospel. They often receive motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, boats, horses and even donkeys; what ever is the most useful for them and their area.
        Christian Motorcyclist Association - This ministry is dedicated to 'Changing the world, one heart at a time'. They strive to reach out primarily to motorcyclists, but not exclusively, with the Gospel of Christ. They print and provide tracts, and training tools to equip members to reach out to their communities with love, truth and hope.

We are shown that through averages over the years [this fundraiser has been going strong since 1988!] each dollar that Run For the Son receives equals 10 people hearing the gospel and 1 person making a decision for Christ!

So, if you go to my website and purchase three tubes of lip balm for 9.00 [but you get 10% off! -.90 = 8.10] and 20% of that goes to missions that = $1.80. Nearly 20 people will hear the gospel in their native tongue and 2 will make a decision for follow Christ! Praise the Lord that He can use that for His glory!

I think I've covered everything, if you have any questions, let me know!!