Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Finding the Green and Gold

Even if you can't find the pot of gold at the 
end of the rainbow, you can create your own gold 
on shamrock cookies.

If you want to make some pretty shamrock cookies 
for St. Patrick's Day, a little real, edible gold is perfect.

Or use a little gold glitter dust - and you have found your 
leprechaun treasure.

I found the set of four leaf clover cookies at
Hobby Lobby.  The big one is huge, the smaller one 
is the medium size, and I made a few of the smallest 
ones, but they were a little hard to decorate, but the 
kids would think they were fun.

Hope you can find some gold at the end of the 
rainbow too.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Shamrock Crepes

Looking for a yummy and pretty dessert
to serve to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

These lovely green crepes are so tender
and delicious and super easy to make.

Accented with a chocolate shamrock and
a handful of mini chocolate chips, these
are the perfect dessert.

I just used my regular crepe recipe with a touch
of green food coloring, and my favorite creamy
crepe filling, also with a touch of green.

Crepe Recipe

4 eggs
1 1/2 C. milk
1 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. melted butter or oil

Place eggs, milk, flour and salt in blender,
and turn on stir.  Blend until smooth and
then add in oil and blend a little more.

Let the batter stand for about 30 minutes to
reduce bubbles.  Stir in green food coloring gel.

Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium high.
Spray with oil.  Pour in about 1/4 C. batter,
and turn the pan to create a thin crepe.  Heat
until it looks dry on the top, then flip and
cook for just a few seconds.  Remove from
pan and let cool.

Crepe Filling

8 oz. room temperature cream cheese,
2 l packages White Chocolate or French Vanilla Instant Jello Pudding
Milk as per directions on pudding packages
12 oz. container Cool Whip, thawed
Green Gel Food Coloring
Mini Chocolate Chips

Whip the cream cheese until smooth.
Prepare the pudding according to package
directions.  Whisk it into the cream cheese.  Fold
the Cool Whip into the pudding mix, adding a little
food coloring gel to create a pretty green.

Spoon some of the filling down the back side
of the crepes.  Sprinkle in a few mini chocolate chips. 
Roll up the crepes, placing the seam side down.

Garnish with additional Cool Whip or 
whipped cream and chocolate shamrocks.

Chocolate Shamrocks

Trace the shape of the shamrocks on 
parchment paper.  I used my small cookie 
cutters for the shape, but you could print them 
off the internet.  Melt chocolate discs and place 
them in a pastry bag with a small tip.  Pipe
the shamrock out, following the pattern.  Let 
cool until hard.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Kiss Me I'm Irish Table

St Patrick's Day is right around the corner.
We didn't grow up with a lot of traditions
on St. Patrick's Day.  

Mom would make corned
beef and cabbage, and my parents would tease
about wearing green and who had Irish blood
and who didn't, but that was about it.

So my cabbage plates, which I just adore, are
perfect for my St Patrick's Day table,
as we pull out all the stop for a lush
green table like Ireland itself.

I have been into geneology for years and years
now, and three years ago I took's
DNA testing.  It shows I have 12 percent Irish
blood.  That is kind of fun to know.

Hubby and I decided to take the DNA testing
because when our children were little the 
pediatrician asked us if we had Mongolian
or Asian blood, as the children had what is
known as a Mongolian spot - a bluish triangle
at the base of their spine.  We wondered whose
side of the family it came from.  Just two weeks
after we had sent off our test, while having a 
family dinner, two nieces on my side of the
family said they had the Mongolian spot, so
we now knew whose side it came from.

As it turned out, I have trace amounts of 4%
from Western Asia - so not a ton of information
regarding that bloodline.

Just some shamrock beads make up our napkin ring on
the St. Patrick's Day table.  Surprise, surprise, hubby is 32 %
Irish, so this table is even more meaningful for him.

For those of you who have seen the Ancestry DNA
testing commercials - a man talks about his German
heritage, how he wore lederhosen and took German
dance lessons, then found out he had no German blood.

Well, hubby's DNA testing came back the same.  His
dad had always said they had a lot of German blood,
but the DNA testing showed absolutely no German
blood.  When we told his dad, he was so upset and
insisted that the Shoemaker's came from Germany.

After looking it up, we found that surname is very
common in other parts of Europe.  It could also come
from someone who migrated to Germany.  It was fun
to see that he also had Italian/Greek blood, Finnish, and
roots from the Iberian Peninsula.  Those were all less
than 5% on his side.

No wonder we love so many international foods!

So although we don't necessarily have days to
celebrate those nationalities, it is fun to pull
out the green to celebrate our Irish heritage and
to know exactly how Irish we are.

Traveling to Ireland is certainly on my
bucket list.  

I will be posting this with

Monday, March 5, 2018

Easter Kitchen Tour

Are you all dressed up for Easter?
Here at Purple Chocolat Home, 
we have started our Easter decor.  

Today I am going to take you to see
some of the Easter that fills the kitchen -
the heart of our home.

This is the center of my large baking cabinet, 
and it is probably my favorite place to decorate
in the kitchen besides the center of the island.

There is always something here that represents
the season, or holiday, or just my love of baking
and dishes.

My MacKenzie Childs canisters were my first
MacKenzie Childs purchase, and they usually
reside right here.

I found these darling MacKenzie Childs egg shaped
candles this year and they fit perfectly into my little 
egg cups.

They just might stay up after Easter comes down,
they look so cute here with the canisters.

Years ago my neighbor and friend found these
vintage chocolate molds at an ice cream 
shop and bought them for me, knowing 
my love for making chocolates.  

She decided she would like some too and 
went back to the store to buy some more
and they said they were no longer for sale.

I was tickled I got these.  They always come
out for Easter.

These imitation chocolate bunnies always
come out too.  I will be making some chocolate
bunnies closer to Easter, but these never melt
or go bad.  Of course little ones always want
to try and take a bite.

A couple of moss covered bunnies are also
placed here.  I love how soft and furry, yet
organic they look.

I love that we installed lighting in this
area.  It accents whatever is on display so well.

Next we go to the center of the kitchen
island.  There is always a fun display here

The centerpiece here is my chippy white three-tiered
tray that I use for everything.  It is filled with 
eggs that I decoupaged, glass eggs, and pink
crystal eggs.

Right next to it is my giant Edelweiss Chocolate Bunny
that my friend hand carried home for me from Los Angeles.
Hubby keeps bugging me to let him eat it.  Maybe next
year, but only if he will replace it.  I think chocolate 
bunnies were always my favorite on Easter morning.

The Valentine's tree quickly transforms to
an Easter tree to grace the kitchen.

This Easter wreath that I purchased at the
Holy Cow Boutique used to be on my
front door, but since it is almost all paper
crafting, I moved it inside and it is the
center point of the tree.

The boutique has their spring and Easter show
this week.  I hope to find some more of this 
woman's work.  

I looked last year, but didn't find anything.
I am going first thing when it opens, just
in case I was too late last year.

It is just a treasure trove of beautifully
crafted pieces.

Mama and daughter Kitchenaids 
fill one corner of the counter
and a little Easter bowl accents them.

There isn't a whole lot new in the kitchen
this year, but I still enjoy arranging everything
in new ways.  This little guy is new though,
and he quite charms me!

Thanks for coming to visit to see my Easter kitchen.

I hope you are having fun decorating too.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tales of the Traveling Tote to the Beach We Go

Welcome to my second 
Tales of the Traveling Tote,
where twelve bloggers share the fun 
they have had as they take along their
MacKenzie Child's large travel tote.
And be sure to enter our MacKenzie Child's
giveaway at the end of this post.

My totes name is Miss Madi K.

Miss Madi K and I are of one mind and heart, 
we love to travel, and we love to go warm places 
so already 2018 has been a fun one for the
both of us.

For those who know me, you know that I
love to grow older on my birthdays in a warm
place and since my birthday is in January, it 
certainly isn't spent at home in the cold and snow. 

Last year for my big birthday I took all 20 of us 
to Hawaii, so this year I just wanted it to be hubby and me. 

We decided to stop on the way to Hawaii in Disneyland. 
They sure know how to greet you for your birthday 
in Disneyland.

Not only did I get tons of well wishes, but I even got free 
birthday desserts.

It had been a few years since I had 
seen Disneyland at Christmas, so we thought
it would be fun to stop there on our way to 
Paradise.  Miss Madi K and I are waiting to get 
checked into the Happiest Place on Earth.

Although I love seeing Disney through a child's eyes, 
I have to be honest, I love experiencing it with hubby 
only the best.

It didn't disappoint, but the crowds were unbelievable.
I thought the week after New Year's would be lower 
crowds, but in all my Disney trips, I have never 
experienced such huge crowds.  

We had a surprise visit from our son Marcus and 
ou granddaughter Goldie, as we had just settled 
in to order Monte Cristo Sandwiches at Cafe Orleans. 

It was revenge since he honeymooned at Disneyland, 
and just before he left, he said, "Meet you Wednesday 
at Bengal BBQ for lunch!"  Well, that was an invite
we couldn't resist.  I took my daughter and DIL and a 
couple of grandkids and called him Wednesday afternoon 
and said to meet us for lunch!  Of course, we only saw them 
for the afternoon and we stayed at another hotel.

I had fun introducing all of them to 
"getting cozy at the cone" with one of my favorite 
treats - chili and chicken green chili bread filled cones. 
How I could go for another one of those on this cold day!

One of my big financial weaknesses is that as soon as I 
go somewhere, I start scheming as to how I can take 
my family there.  We are kind of naughty, and send 
home lots of pictures to tempt them.  These 
holiday Mickey beignets were so amazing, that 
after we left, Marcus and Goldie stayed on for a few 
days and she ate these several times.

We had such a great time, that we upgraded 
our park passes to a year pass!  Alas, it was time 
to head out!
Miss Madi K was stuffed to the brim, and the vacation 
was just starting!  What a huge and wonderful tote bag,
but no matter how large, I can manage to fill my carry on! 

We all arrived safely in beautiful Maui, and Miss Madi K 
and I both approved of hubby's choice for a car.

She thought she looked pretty smart with the car!

Actually she looks pretty smart wherever we go! 

My birthday finally arrived and we were off 
to the other side of the island.

We dined at Mama's Fish house and of course I
had to have their famous dessert,
The Black Pearl.
It is a chocolate and passion fruit mousse
inside a cookie shell.  It is huge and easily
feeds two.

We also enjoyed this giant chocolate chip and macadamia
nut pancake at Charleys in Paia.

We were so disappointed last year that the
Grand Wailea's Molokini Bistro had 
dropped their Pineapple Banana Split,
but they brought it back.  I guess others
complained as much as we did.

Here is my copycat recipe for this dessert
for two.

The Five Palms Kihei is ocean side and outstanding.

This was their amazing dessert.

We also enjoyed Frida's for Mexican, and
The Grand Wailea's Humuhumunukunukuapa'a
for a sunset dinner.

All too soon it was time to go home.
Miss Madi K is my best friend on these long
trips home.  She carries all of my comfort items.

I am going to share with you some of my favorite

Special neck rest - which keeps my head in place
better than the curved one,
Gel seat - to keep my bottom from getting numb ,
Leg Rest/Hammock - so my legs don't go crazy,
and a stuffable down blanket to keep me warm
on cold flights.  I also keep my snacks and a pair
of slippers in my comfort bag.

We were home just about two weeks when we were
off to Cabo.  Those who have followed me for a while
know we have had a home there.  We bought that 12
years ago with the intent of tearing it down and
rebuilding, but then the economy crashed.  We 
finally tore it down a year ago and have begun

Of course, it has taken a lot longer than we were told,
so we were down checking on the construction.

Obviously we weren't able to stay on our property so we
chose La Villa Estancia to stay in.

We would run from there to the construction sight.

They have spent the last six months taking down the
hillside and building these amazing retaining and
support walls.

La Villa Estancia was beach front and of course Miss Madi K
loved bringing all of our beach goodies.

I also brought my money and room key in this adorable
clutch by Jenna at The Painted Apron.  She is so
talented and produced her art into useable items such
as pillows, clutches, phone cases, and many other adorable
items that would be perfect for a gift.
Click here to see some of her items which
are sold.

Of course we hit up all of our favorite foodie spots
in Cabo.  This is my favorite breakfast at Solomon's Landing.
Click here for a copycat recipe I developed.

Climb aboard and I will let you follow the crazy
construction process as it continues.

Now on to the fun stuff - our giveaway!

Hop on over to see Jenna at
The Painted Apron to enter our MacKenzie Child's giveaway.
Come along and travel with:
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda G with Miss Poppy @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Lea and Miss Scarlett @ Cici's Corner

And mark your calendars for June 1st when we
have our next adventures of the Traveling Totes.

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