Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops

by Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com on February 6, 2014

chocolate marshmallow popHere are my little lovlies — perfect for a Valentine’s day treat.

chocolate marshmallow popOr just for a cold winter’s day. They are perfect as a hot chocolate stirrer!

chocolate marshmallow popI got these cuties at WalMart on a whim. Didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with them, but had to get them. chocolate marshmallow popBought a bag of candy melts and melted away.

chocolate marshmallow pop

Once the chocolate was melted, I put some chocolate on the tip of a lollipop stick, and put it in the bottom of the marshmallow. This isn’t really necessary though — the marshmallows are sticky on their own and the sticks stayed in place without the chocolate attachment. Once the stick was solidly in the marshmallow, I put each side into the chocolate. Be sure to tap off the excess. Then, put sprinkles on and put in a cake pop stand. You can buy a fancy one like I have from the craft store, or use a piece of Styrofoam.

chocolate marshmallow popI experimented with dipping the entire marshmallow and didn’t really like the outcome. It lost the heart shape of the marshmallow. I bet this would be fine on a regular-shaped marshmallow. I’ll have to try that next time.

chocolate marshmallow popDip in the sprinkles and let it dry.

chocolate marshmallow popPersonally, I liked the variation where the sides of the marshmallow show through. I had pink and white marshmallows.

chocolate marshmallow popLook at this beauty!

chocolate marshmallow popHere are my favorite of the bunch — or shall I say, the four that didn’t get eaten yet!

chocolate marshmallow popSo delish and so cute! Couple with hot chocolate and you have a winner!

chocolate marshmallow pop

I have to tell you, these things are delicious. I thought I was making something cute, but they taste SO good. The combination of the chocolate and the marshmallow make for a decadent treat.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops
Easier than making cake pops!
Ingredients
  • Marshmallows
  • Candy melts (or other melting chocolate)
  • Sprinkles
  • Lollipop sticks
Instructions
  1. Place candy melts in double boiler until melted (this takes a few minutes) *Don’t over heat the chocolate or it will become chalky and will be unusable.) ** An alternate method is melting the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals. I prefer the double boiler method as I feel I have more control.
  2. Place the tip of a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate and stick into one marshmallow. Place on cake pop stand to “set up.”
  3. Once dry, take the marshmallow stick and dip into chocolate. There are many techniques for this, but I like doing one side at a time. Tap excess off.
  4. Dip marshmallow into sprinkles.
  5. Set on cake pop stand until hardened.
  6. Tips: You can dip the entire marshmallow into the chocolate to cover the entire thing or dip just part. Experiment until you find the desired result.

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Living a Life of Purpose and Intent

by Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com on February 4, 2014

Emerson Inked
I’ve been quiet on this site for a while as I contemplate the purpose and intent of BalancingMotherhood.com. It’s quite a load to bear: knowing that you have such intentions to reach people and inspire them to lead intentional and balanced lives. It’s something I’m passionate about and have been, myself, focused on creating and cultivating a new meaning of balance for the past 6 months. I’ll get into that more as I launch new parts of this site in the future, but understand that it involves risk, fear, courage, and even (sometimes) loneliness. It’s real and I feel alive in this purpose.

Enter “Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World,” by Tsh Oxenreider. As part of the “launch team” I am among a group of bloggers who follow Tsh’s amazing blog, The Art of Simple, and received an advance copy of the book. I can tell you this is the fastest I’ve read a book in a long time. Soaking in each chapter, I pictured myself and my family in her stories of trying to live a more meaningful life. Tonight, for instance, I took more time to make a “slow” dinner. We roasted a whole, organic chicken and sautéed vegetables for a side. Simple, easy, healthy, and delicious. We sat as a family, as we usually do, enjoying a meal that I know is more healthful than some of the fast meals on which we lean on too often.

And, yesterday afternoon my son was frustrated with an iPad app that kept taking him to the internet — I wouldn’t let him continue with the game, which agitated him. While this was happening, my daughter was demanding another cartoon to watch. When I said no, she cried for a movie. The whining went on for a while, but I stuck to my conviction that we were using games and TV a little too much and I didn’t like the level of frustration is was adding to our family. We turned off the TV and didn’t allow any games for the entire night and, after some consoling, had a really wonderful evening. The kids found other things to do. We weren’t rushed with homework. We had time to properly set the table for dinner. And, we had enough time to sit in the reading nook and read and color. By turning off the TV, my kids got creative.

This idea of mine was spurred by Tsh’s book and her stories within her “entertainment” chapters of the book. She openly discusses her own family struggles with technology and how she overcame them. There are several themes in the book: entertainment, education, and travel, among others. Tsh is a magnificent story teller and, at the same time, inspiring.

I’m not where Tsh and her family are yet, but am on my way to creating a path that is filled with meaning and intentional living. It’s the goal of Balancing Motherhood to help reach women (and men) who struggle with daily chores, while wanting more for themselves and their families. This book is a start to helping us all get there.

This post is part of the Blue Bike Blog Tour, which I’m thrilled to be part of. To learn more and join us, head here

Tsh is going on a blog tour around the US so be sure to see if she’s going to be in a city near you.

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School’s Out: 6 Tips to Help on Snow Days

by Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com on January 24, 2014

snowday

Have an impromptu play date

Call a parent from a child in your child’s class and see if you can have an impromptu play date at your house. Even if just two hours, it will give your child something to do and you’ll make another parent’s day.

Movie day

Change your living room into a movie theater. Get out the blankets and pillows and snuggle up in front of the TV. Make some popcorn, hot chocolate, or other snacks to make it seem like you are going to a real movie today. Watch one of your all time favorites, or choose a new one from Netflix or some other source. Watching something new and exciting is a great way to pass some time.

Get out of the house

I’m finding cabin fever is prevalent this time of year. We get stuck inside, not wanting to brave the freezing temperatures, but it’s might be the perfect solution for a snow day – that’s if the streets are safe to drive on. Many cities have indoor play places where you can go for a few hours to let your kids run around and get rid of some energy. Our backup on days like this, is Chick-fil-a, or a restaurant that has an indoor play place. This can be an hour of sanity on an otherwise stressful day.

If you can stand the cold, go outside to play – even if for a little bit. Embrace the snow. Build a snow fort, make a snow angel or a snowman. Go sledding. Then, come back inside and warm up with some hot chocolate.

Homework time

This sound really boring, but if you can have your child do some of his/her homework that you know will be assigned, not only will it be an activity, but you’ll get ahead on work for the week.

Create a schedule

Setting a schedule for the day really helps. At school your child has come to expect certain activities at certain times. No matter what you do on a snow day, set up the activities in order, on a list the kids can see. It could look something like this:

  • Breakfast
  • TV time
  • Reading
  • Snack
  • Play alone time: free time
  • Computer
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon rest or quiet time
  • Movie
  • Outside play
  • Snack
  • Coloring

Ask for help

This may be the most important tip on the list. It sounds easy, but for many moms it’s hard to do. If you get saddled with an unexpected snow day (aren’t they all!) and you have to work or have an appointment that you can’t get out of, ask a friend or neighbor to help you for a few hours. Or call another parent from your child’s class and see if you can drop your child off for a bit. Chances are, they just might be willing to help out.

Don’t forget to negotiate with your spouse as well. Many times I see one parent taking all the responsibility for child-care on days like this. Can you split the responsibilities today? Giving each of you some time to do some work, or just to get a break in your day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all need it at some point.

 

 

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Leaving the House and Other Parenting Nightmares

by Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com on January 21, 2014

This guy is right on. I saw this video several weeks ago and can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe it’s because my daughter has been coming into my bedroom in the middle of the night, standing silently by my bed, staring at me until I wake up –this scares the crap out of me.

Or maybe it’s because we too can’t get out of the house in any reasonable about of time. Where did you put your shoes? is a common question as we desperately try to leave. Where did you put them last? What do you mean you don’t know?

If you haven’t seen this video, take a listen … be aware that burst-out-loud laughter might ensue so be sure you are alone when you watch it.

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Happy New Year 2014!

by Alicia at BalancingMotherhood.com on January 1, 2014

20142014 is here and it’s going to be a great year. I’m reading  a lot about people making resolutions … or goals. Some say goals are more obtainable. Others are saying to choose one word. 

Whatever it is you do today, be sure to take a moment to decide it’s going to be a great year.

You will overcome your obstacles.

You will find success.

You can be happy.

Set your mind to the positive in all things and put one foot in front of the other.

There’s a great post over at The Art of Simple with a free downloadable full of questions to ask yourself in order to have a “simple” new year. It’s great to do as a family unit too. There are questions about your health, finances, children — it’s got it all.

Wishing you a blessed and balanced new year!

Alicia

Photo credit: ba1969

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