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We love chocolate fondue… and we really love this unique way to serve it this Halloween season.  Everyday with Rachel Ray featured this unique pumpkin bowl.

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For a fondue Halloween dinner party, cut a hole in the top of a pumpkin just large enough to hold the rim of a small bowl; fill the fondue pot with melted chocolate and serve with cubes of pound cake.

While you’re at it, try out Rachel Ray’s Chocolate Fondue recipe:

Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Two 12-ounce bags semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Dried apricots, for dipping
  • Gala apples, cored and sliced, for dipping
  • Pretzel rods, for dipping
  • Marshmallows, for dipping

Directions:

1.      In a medium saucepan, combine the cocoa powder with 1/2 cup water and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and sugar and bring to a simmer. Add the chocolate chips and vanilla and cook, stirring, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes.

2.      Serve the fondue warm with the apricots, apples, pretzel rods and marshmallows for dipping.

6 servings.

I thought I would tell you about some sweet ideas I have used in the past to celebrate this holiday and help you create some fun alternatives to traditional Valentine cards! These ideas can also be embellished by your creativity, so if you like a piece of one and think of a creative way to change it, I’d love to hear from you! I always love to hear about new things. These are great ways to spend time with your children.

This is one I used last year for my daughters to give out to each classmate. It is a Valentine Fortune Cookie idea. It was a little tricky, but once I found the right things that worked, it was very easy. You take felt and cut into 6 inch circles. I prefer to use the heavier craft felt as it’s stiffer and works better for this craft. I have also found the thicker felt with glitter in the fabric already and this adds a little bling to your Valentines! Then cut a piece of florist , or craft, wire (heavy enough to hold shape but not too heavy that you can’t bend it with your hands) and glue to the center of the piece of felt using a hot glue gun. I tired several types of glue and the glue gun was easiest. Fold the circle in half along the wire line and then insert 2 chocolate kisses into the fold. Bend the wire in half now to form the firtune cookie shape. This is where the heavier felt makes a difference because the fabric is heavy enough to stay in place without the candy falling out.

Next make small tags to insert in each fortune. I did mine on my computer and it read, “You will have a sweet year. Happy Valentine’s Day XO, Name” . I then ran off copies and cut with a paper cutter. They should be rectangular in s hape and be able to be put inside the cookie shape.

Next add these to the cookie by inserting in to center and letting just the part with the name or Happy Valentine’s Day and name stick out. Once completed, use the hot glue to just put a tiny tab on edges and seal the felt. It should still be easy enough for the recipient to pull open.

My next idea is Cupids’ Arrow and is super easy. You take the long, rectangular packs of gum (regular, not super sized) and get long frilly picks. They need to be at least 6 inches long. I found ones with red curly metallic fringe on end, but I have also seen with hot pink and silver fringe or strips on end. Then push the pick through the pack of gum and just leave a small amount of the tip exposed. Push this tip into a heart shaped gummy candy. Next use assorted sizes of Valentine stickers or themed foam stickers and decorate the pack of gum. Assorted stickers work best because you can put small stickers on the sides of gum pack to hide all writing and larger on front and back of pack.

You can make hand made tags or again print something off your computer and stick under the edge of one of stickers before you press down on pack of gum. For other variations, you can hole punch and tie to the top of the arrow or put each arrow into a small cellophane bag and tie with ribbon and a tag.

I hope you enjoy making these with your little ones and enjoy some fun time together! Email me at nanci@sweetrexies.com if you ahve questions or want to share your ideas!

Most of all, Happy Valentine’s Day and take some time to enjoy all your loved ones!

Nanci

My mother used to counsel, “Enjoy everything in moderation.” That’s where can i buy viagra still good advice today and Jean Lawrence from the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic agrees. “Even candy can be healthy – in moderation,” she asserts.

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In a Medicine.Net feature Lawrence’s common-sense approach shows how “sweets can be part of a healthy, lifelong eating pattern.” She quotes Hilary Liftin, author of the tongue-in-cheek memoir Candy & Me: A Love Story. “Candy’s meaning,” Liftin says, “has more subtlety than its taste. It affords a fleeting spike of pleasure, sometimes guilty or elusive or bittersweet, like an impossible love affair.”

Lawrence notes that this means sweets should be enjoyed “in small amounts, or only a couple of times a week,” words echoed by Larrian Gillespie, MD, author of The Goddess Diet who adds that “constant self-denial can lead to dietary defiance and end up derailing all your good intentions.”

Of course not all candies are created equally. Gillespie noted that “some choices are better than others” and “tries to keep her indulgences on the lighter side.” Molly Kimball, a sports nutritionist, “recommends treating yourself to something that is not 100% sugar.” She frequently chooses sweets that include nuts or indulges in small portions of dark chocolate.

For more information on incorporating sweet indulgences into a healthy lifestyle, read Lawrence’s full Medicine.Net article.

Everybody needs a hobby and for some that hobby is collecting candy wrappers! The Candy Wrapper Museum is an online repository where this form of paper ephemera is “enjoyed as art, nostalgia, and humor.”

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For Darlene Waddington, museum curator, buy viagra com it all began in the late 50s when she began enjoying “classic candy like Bit-O-Honey, Sugar Babies, and Good ‘n Plenty from the earliest years of [her] youth.”

Gradually she decided she “should collect some of the popular wrappers just for posterity, particularly because I saw candy times were a’changin’, with prices going up, candy getting smaller, old classics vanishing off the shelves …”

What resulted is a nostalgic and educational romp through candy’s history. You’ll find wrappers of some familiar candies as well as some hidden gems, like the Chicken Dinner Jr. The Candy Wrapper Museum even houses photos of treats named after celebrities and cartoons, like the Reggie and Dick Tracy candy bars. What a great way to enjoy candy without any of the calories!

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Slo Pokes are back! The candies many of us grew up with are making comebacks! Including the caramelly Slo Poke. So says Marc Summers of the Food Network’s Unwrapped television show.

Even if you missed the original airing of the program, you still can learn how one company is “taking some ‘blasts from the past’ and making them again for the kids of today” in a show excerpt can i order viagra from the chemist posted on YouTube. Titled, “Candy Cravings,” the video clip covers a brief history of the Slo Poke and the modern day production of this rediscovered favorite.

Time has changed at least one aspect of the Slo Poke sucker. It’s now available in both the original size and as a bite-sized treat. Now that’s a comeback we all can enjoy!

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Gum chewers are getting some good news when it comes to keeping trim! A link between chewing calorie-free gum and fat loss has been uncovered by a Mayo buy viagra lowest price canada Clinic study and recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

According to the WorldRoom.com, a content aggregator for public television, “The Minnesota researchers concluded that chewing gum increases your metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories) by 20%. On average, people in the study burned 11 more calories per hour than those that did not.”

While 11 calories may not seem like much at first glance, it adds up. “Over the course of a year that amounts to thousands of calories, or approximately 10 lbs.!”

“Chewing … calorie-free gum can be readily carried out throughout the day, and its potential effect on energy balance should not be discounted,” stated Dr. James Levine, one of the study’s authors. “It does illustrate that small changes in daily activities, even something as trivial as chewing gum, can have a significant impact on weight loss.”

You’re invited to join the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for “Prodigy” on January 26. “The concert will showcase a few of the most talented young musicians from the area, inviting them to play alongside the professional musicians of the NSO,” says Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor.

The five musicians featured are: nineteen year old violin viagra non prescription soloist Stephanie Jeong from New Canaan; cellist Danielle Merlis, 17, of Westport; violinist Tristan Zeman, age 12, of Westport; cellist Allison Wen Giebisch, 12, of Woodbridge; and violinist Nicole Kilroy, 17, of Hopewell Junction, NY.

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Performances will feature the music of Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No, 4 in D Major.

Tickets for the Prodigy concert range from $20 – $50 with special reduced price tickets available for students under 18 and free admission for children under twelve. Obtain tickets by calling the Symphony office at 203-847-8844 or by ordering online.

There is a persistent Life Saver express viagra delivery rumor that harkens back decades. You’ve probably heard it yourself. It goes something like this: Wint-O-Green Life Savers give off bright sparks when bitten in a dark room. But is this an urban legend or does it have the glint of truth to it? If you answered “it’s true” you’re correct! But the mystery remains. How does it work?

For the answer, we went to the How Stuff Works web site. There we were in for a little surprise! “Actually, all hard sugar-based candies emit some degree of light when you bite them” according to their research. Usually, however, that light is very faint. “When you rip a piece of tape off the roll, it will produce a slight glow for the same reason,” the authors continue. And that reason is triboluminescence, the natural emission of light resulting from something being smashed or torn.

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But there’s more to the story of Wint-O-Green Life Savers. When bitten, they shed a greater amount of visible light than other candies. And that extra spark is produced by the wintergreen flavoring. Oil of wintergreen is naturally fluorescent.

This means it absorbs the light of shorter wavelengths, in this case ultraviolet light, and then emits light of a longer wavelength in the visible spectrum. What results is a burst of blue sparks every time you crunch on a Wint-O-Green Life Saver!

To shed more light on the science behind this amazing Life Saver flavor, visit the Wint-O-Green page at How Stuff Works.

No kiss is sweeter than the chocolatey Hershey’s Kiss. This mouth-sized morsel was first introduced in 1907 and turned 100 in July of this year! While it is uncertain how the Kiss got its name, some believe it stems from the sounds that emanated from the manufacturing process as the small drops of sweet milk chocolate were created.

In the beginning, Hershey’s Kisses were individually hand-wrapped in a silver foil, but by 1921 machines were invented that could automatically wrap greater buying viagra without prescription numbers of the popular treat. Production halted from 1942 to 1949, however, due to the rationing of silver foil during and after World War II.

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Since that time, Hershey Kisses have been wrapped in varied colors of foils and have been introduced with different flavor combinations! In 1990 Kisses with almonds became popular followed by Hershey’s Hugs (with white chocolate) in 1993. Ten years later later a caramel variation joined the Hershey Kisses line-up.

Today Hershey makes more than 80 million Kisses every day at its chocolate factories in Pennsylvania, California, and Virginia. And, according to company research, “if stranded on a desert island, more than half of Americans surveyed would rather have an unlimited supply of Hershey’s Kisses Brand Special Dark Chocolates than their favorite book!”

For more fun facts on the Hershey’s Kiss, visit the Hershey’s web site for this informative slide show.

If you haven’t taken the children to see “Polar Express” yet, there’s still time. The holiday movie is showing at the Maritime Aquarium IMAX in Norwalk through January 3.

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Based on the 1986 Caldecott Award-winning book, the animated film follows a young boy as he boards a magical train taking him and other children to Santa’s North Pole headquarters. Academy Award viagra without a prescription canada winning actor Tom Hanks provides the voice for the mysterious train conductor as well as four other characters. “Polar Express” also features the music of Josh Groban and the Academy Award nominated song, “Believe.” And, viewed in 3D IMAX, it’s said you’ll feel as you if can “reach out and touch the snowflakes!”

For show times visit the Maritime Aquarium website. And for more details on the movie or the book visit Warner Brother’s Polar Express site.