bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

how are you!! excited? stressed? overwhelmed? feeling festive?

holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but these times aren’t always so wonderful. with high expectations, emotions can run high and disappointment can flourish. most of the time we don’t choose the people around us. we encounter them by chance and people become a constant in our lives because of circumstance. coworkers, creepy uncles, parents that ~just don’t understand~ and even friends. and yes, people also become a constant purely because of intentionality and love, and there are people within the middle of this venn diagram of relationships. does that mean we should treat people of circumstance and chance differently? or should we shower them with the same love and intentionality that we bathe the people we adore in?

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

we don’t like to admit it, but from our disappointments with people in our lives that we didn’t choose, we are sometimes the problem. we shouldn’t be sour about our circumstantial relationships because then we become part of the sour. when we mistreat people, the core problem most likely isn’t that person but something churning within our own hearts. something we don’t like internally or wish we could change. what is mistreating that person going to do about it? be kinder than necessary even when people don’t deserve it. everyone is fighting an internal battle just like us, and additionally fighting an outward battle.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

surround yourself with people who flood positivity and love into your soul, you know this; but, don’t cast out those people of chance that are difficult. don’t mistreat them in return. don’t become the sour. they are difficult because of a battle they are fighting. what is an exclusive shower of our kindness going to do? create a division in our lives? we don’t need to open our souls to everyone and let people pour in negativity, but casting people out isn’t the answer. even though people come into our lives through chance and circumstance, there is a reason they are in our lives. they are here with us for a reason.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

-Mother Teresa

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

but, nobody ain’t neva said dis (living by words of MT) was ez. if they did, they’s a liar.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

you can start following Mother Teresa’s words by making these boozy treats. I can only imagine they will help. right? wait what?

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

bourbon drinky

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

I know you already pictured yourself swimming in the chopped chocolate, so here is some bubbling caramel for more food swimming daydreams:

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

bourbon and dark chocolate sound like a good combo to me. especially if I’m going to try my earnest to shower people with love. I have to fill myself with love……. and boozy truffles..duh. watch out uncle larry, I’m going to kill you with my kindness. pow pow.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

“I’m ded.”

-uncle larry

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

this is what truffles look like at the club,

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

they were so nice all day to the people in their lives they didn’t choose to be around and it was tiring. sitting pretty on a plate. so they had to recharge. in their time with the Lord, He filled them with an overflow. they then decided to go to ‘the drunken unicorn’ club in dt ATL for some wild fellowship to get their groove on. the main reason being recharging, so they could continue to shower people with kindness, of course.

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles

~happy holidays~

bourbon caramel dark chocolate truffles
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Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 9 oz. 60% dark chocolate chips
  2. 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (or coconut milk for dairy free)
  3. 2 tbsp bourbon
for optional caramel swirl
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/8 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  4. 1 tbsp butter
for optional coating
  1. cacao powder
  2. sprinkles
Instructions
  1. combine sugar and water for caramel in small saucepan on med. heat for 10 min (1/4 cup sugar + 1/8 cup water)
  2. add 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  3. simmer 2 min, then add butter and remove caramel from heat
  4. chop chocolate into small bits
  5. in a small saucepan heat 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream to simmer, remove from heat, pour over chopped chocolate in heat safe bowl
  6. stir until smooth
  7. you may use the microwave in 15 second increments for additional melting help if necessary
  8. let cool for 2 min and pour in bourbon, mix
  9. swirl in about 2/3 of the caramel, marble style. eat the rest by hand jk, use it for dipping or something
  10. cover and place in fridge to chill for 1 hr
  11. scoop out chocolate using a melon baller, roll gently between hands until round, be gentle and patient
  12. coat in cacao or sprinkles by rolling ball on plate
Notes
  1. I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips
  2. I did not mis-spell cocoa, I meant cacao. its more rich in flavor and adds a nice tartness. but you can use cocoa if you waaaaant 🙂
breaking bread xo, brynn http://www.breakingbreadxo.com/

savory spaghetti squash

 S P A G H E T T I   S Q U A S H 

// for when all you want is pasta but you tryna be healthy //

when I eat spaghetti squash it doesn’t even feel like I am eating vegetables. I really dislike how “eat your vegetables” has such a negative feeling attached to it, because VEGETABLES CAN BE SO YUM. just look at this beauty. it is a basin of savory fall noodles roasted in olive oil, basil and oregano. are you craving yet? this isn’t grandmother’s boiled veggies. this is real time. after being in the oven these noodles are so tender and ready to separate from the squash and become a pasta dish. look at em! 

does this scream autumn to you? roasted squash just speaks to me. can you hear it? maybe I am crazy. 

savory spaghetti squash

oh, why hello noodles. what?? you are waiting to be covered in sauce and cheese?? okay. 

savory spaghetti squash

B O O M

savory spaghetti squash

P O W

where is Hannah Montana? because this is the best of both worlds right here. veggies + comfort food = yes please

savory spaghetti squash

S P A G H E T T I   S Q U A S H !

savory spaghetti squash
Serves 4
the perfect comfort food when you also want healthy vegetables
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. one large spaghetti squash
  2. your favorite tomato sauce
  3. basil
  4. oregano
  5. garlic
  6. salt
  7. cheese, I used a blend
Instructions
  1. cut spaghetti squash in half long ways
  2. place squash (cut side up) onto baking pan
  3. brush with olive oil and generously sprinkle spices and seasoning
  4. bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes
  5. let cool for a few minutes
  6. warm sauce in saucepan
  7. using one hand with an oven mitt, hold the squash steady while using your other hand to shred the insides out with a fork
  8. top spaghetti squash in a bowl with sauce, cheese, and enjoy!
breaking bread xo, brynn http://www.breakingbreadxo.com/

tropic fish tacos

tropic fish tacos-what does that mean brynn? well I threw in “tropic” because they are kinda exotic like that, especially because I went crazy with the toppings and included mango.  H E L L O !  I also have been super into plantains ever since I had them in Costa Rica, so I made them as a side. Costa Rica? I know right? 🙂 now that I am thinking about it-I should have just put the plantains in the tacos. c’mon brynn. it’s okay though because the tacos were still bomb and so were the plantains. maybe I actually kept the plantains out for a reason, because I love them so much just by themselves. 

tropic fish tacos-sweet and savory

T O P P I N G S: fish//mango+tomato//avocado//queso fresco//cilantro//lime juice

I don’t want to live in a world where there is no cilantro on my tacos. 

where is the avocado you ask? it’s buried under the beautiful queso fresco. no, I am not trying to be cool and use Spanish, the cheese is literally called queso fresco. it’s a traditional mexican cheese commonly used to garnish delicious dishes such as this. I know it looks like feta or goat cheese, but it tastes completely different. it is much more mild, and it has a fresh/bright/and milky taste. I chose queso fresco because it compliments the mango and avocado and doesn’t overwhelm it like sharper cheeses would. for the fish I would recommend a cajun or blackened seasoning. I would also recommend cooking it ~outside~ on the grill even if it’s cold outside. we cooked this fish inside on a pan and the fish odor wafted through the whole kitchen and it. won’t. leave. I forgot fish does that. oopsie

tropic fish tacos-sweet and savory

the key for authenticity is corn tortillas. you may love your flour, but the right corn tortilla can change you. it will take a couple times, just like you didn’t like coffee the first time you tried it. but, now you love coffee right?? (I hope so) if you end up trying it and hating it you can throw authenticity to the side and just admit you are a poser. 😉 it’s okay. embrace it. I not only love corn tortillas because they are authentic, but also because they have the perfect amount of sweet to them. some corn tortillas can be bad. I know, I know, it’s true and sad. sometimes the ones on the shelves in the grocery store can be kinda flimsy and break. no worries, I have a solution. I thought about making them from scratch-but then I found these awesome corn tortillas in the grocery store in the refrigerator section by the cheese. you simply heat them in a pan for 1 minute and they are golden, warm, strong, and puffy 🙂

tropic fish tacos-sweet and savory

do you believe in love?

tropic fish tacos-sweet and savory. what is it about amazing authentic ingredients? how can they really improve your taco game ;)?

tropic fish tacos
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
32 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
32 min
Ingredients
  1. corn tortillas (buy the kind in the refrigerator section)
  2. 1lb fish of choice
  3. blackened seasoning//or other favorite fish seasoning
  4. 2 mangoes
  5. 2 tomatoes
  6. 2 avocados
  7. 2 limes
  8. queso fresco
  9. cilantro
Instructions
  1. season fish and prepare grill
  2. grill fish 6 min each side
  3. let fish cool for 3 min and chop into cubes
  4. slice avocado, dice tomato and mango
  5. warm up tortilla in pan according to package directions
  6. top taco with fish, avocado slice, diced tomato/mango, crumbled queso fresco, cilantro, and drizzle lime juice
  7. yum
Notes
  1. goes great with a side of fried plantains and black beans
breaking bread xo, brynn http://www.breakingbreadxo.com/

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cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies

cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies   cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies

just look at my parents fancy food processor. it’s a dream. if you have one.. you know what I’m talking about. maybe you are rolling your eyes at me, but the smell of freshly ground roasted nuts will change your mind. they smell like freshly baked cookies! how?? I have no idea but it’s awesome 🙂

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^^ look at that precious egg yolk hiding behind the blade. it’s just waiting to be stirred up and baked into a perfect morning bite of goodness. I love these cookies because they are hearty and not too sweet. they are like little bites of energy, and because they are little it means you can have more than one right? like 3 or 6 maybe 🙂 ?

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after blending the walnuts and almonds it is time to fold in the beautiful cranberries and chocolate chips. I may have added a few more chocolate chips and eaten a handful in the process… 😉

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say hello to these beautiful babies. they will give you the warmest hello back as they melt in your mouth. yum. crispy on the bottom and soft in the middle, what more could you want? also, these golden bites of goodness will sustain you until lunch because the oats and nuts will give you energy throughout the morning since your body slowly digests them. your body digests the cranberries faster, so they will give you immediate energy…which is much needed along with a big steaming cup of coffee! 

cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies

cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies

E A T  T H E  C O O K I E

E A T  I T

cranberry chocolate chip breakfast cookies
Yields 15
the perfect morning yum
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
38 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
38 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shelled walnuts
  2. 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
  3. 2 tbsp honey
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  10. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  11. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  12. 1/2 cup rolled oats
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F. spread walnuts and almonds onto baking sheet (over parchment paper if you have it). toast nuts in the oven for 8 minutes, stir them around halfway.
  2. place toasted nuts in the food processor. process until smooth, up to 5 minutes.
  3. stop the processor and S M E L L T H E A W E S O M E N E S S ! you're welcome. add honey, vanilla, egg, baking soda, cinnamon and salt to processor and blend until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  4. transfer mixture to a medium bowl. fold in cranberries chocolate chips, chia seeds and oats.
  5. use a small spoon or cookie scoop and roll into balls. place on cookie sheet with parchement paper, then lightly flatten with the palm of your hand. bake for 8 minutes or until edges are slightly golden brown.
  6. allow to cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes then E A T 🙂
Notes
  1. store in airtight container
Adapted from ambitious kitchen
Adapted from ambitious kitchen
breaking bread xo, brynn http://www.breakingbreadxo.com/
breaking bread xo, brynn