I distinctly recollect the first life lesson I recognized my Mother had taught me. It was a hot summer day in Philadelphia, and I was on my way to a funeral service. Although I was a college student who often disregarded the proper rules of attire, that morning I had remembered to slip on a pair of pantyhose underneath my black shift dress. Walking into the funeral parlor, I realized my Mother would be proud at my commitment to propriety despite the heat. Of course, this is one of the many simple lessons my Mother has taught me along my way into adulthood. She is a strong,spirited, and thoughtful woman who raises me with a kind of loving nature that I can only hope to emulate. She faces life with passion and makes daily sacrifices for her children, and, like many so others, she is a truly wonderful Mom.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this year make your Mother a gift that’s unique and thoughtful. Put a distinct, customized spin on a present of assorted confections. Tailor a designed box and fill it with flavors of your Mother’s tastes to show her your true appreciation for all those life lessons she has taught you along the way.
Decoupage Confections Gift Box
Gift Box(Paper Source, Micheal’s Arts and Crafts)
Designed Paper(Art Store, magazine cut outs)
Lace, ribbon, fabric
Decoupage glue such as modge podge
Small foam paintbrush
Tissue paper or thin cotton paper
1. Carefully cut out area of designed paper that you wish to apply to the box lid. Apply a thin layer of glue to area of box and place paper down. Cover with thin coat of glue and allow to dry completely.
2. Add ribbons, lace and flowers in decorative manner. Use glue as an adhesive and also as a glaze.
3. Cut a piece of the tissue or cotton paper out to fit the inside of the box so the paper will lay on the bottom of the box and then cover the confections.
4. When the lid is completely dry, carefully place the confections inside the box and cover with the paper. Place lid on top and give to your Mother.
Mother’s Day Confections
Salted Caramel Truffles
567g dark chocolate
160ml heavy cream
1/4 tsp fleur de sel
1 plastic piping bag
1 cup cocoa powder
1. Place the chocolate in a microwavable bowl and microwave thirty seconds at a time, stirring in between until melted. Be careful, chocolate will burn easily.
2. Place the heavy cream in a small cup and place in microwave. Place the sugar and water in a heavy-bottom, small sauce pot and place on medium heat. Cook until amber in color. Heat cream for thirty seconds, then add to caramel. Be careful, this will bubble up. Stir to combine completely.
3. Pour the caramel into the chocolate and mix. Add the salt.
4. Chill until set. Place chocolate into pipping bag and on a lined tray, pipe into quarter size dollops. Let set until hard, for several hours.
5. Roll quarter dollops into balls. Melt the 150g of chocolate in the microwave. Place the cocoa powder on a parchment lined sheet tray.
6. Dip one of the truffles into the chocolate and then drop it into the cocoa powder. Using a fork, push it through the powder to coat it completely. Proceed until all truffles are coated.
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