Monday, April 30, 2012


While I was going through recent photos on my camera, these pictures of our dogwood tree were just too pretty not to share. I am always fascinated by the center of the dogwood blossom. 

An early evening shot that I took while I was sitting at the computer. 

 Mother's Day is just around the corner, and I enjoy spoiling both our moms with something handmade/homemade to go along with their Mother's Day gift.

 Something sweet that they pamper themselves with on Mother's Day. I'm including instructions for our moms, so all they have to do is microwave a mug of milk, insert the spoon in their mug and stir! When I made the cocoa melts, I used a rich dark chocolate from Trader Joe's, but you can use milk, semisweet or white chocolate as long as it has a high percentage of cocoa butter. Most chocolate chips will not work due to the vegetable fat.

A flexible plastic ice cube tray works well for the mold, and I piped the chocolate mixture using a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off. Then added the plastic spoons which stand upright like little soldiers without tipping over. Once they are hard, they easily popped out of the ice cube tray.

In case you'd like to make some, I've included the instructions for Cozy Coca Melts by Koralee Teichroeb of Bluebird Notes. I follow her blog and then discovered that she was featured in "Where Women Cook" one evening when I was re-reading the publication looking at the recipes. Once I saw her recipe for the cocoa melts, I knew I wanted to make them. I felt like Koralee was in the kitchen with me ;o)

Love this picture of Koralee!

Joe and I sampled the cocoa melts, and I can honestly say they are a REAL treat. And they are easy to make with just a few ingredients: 8 ounces good quality chocolate, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, 1/4 cup of Dutch processed cocoa powder and a pinch of salt.  You can click on the recipe to enlarge it.

This is the publication that Koralee's recipe was featured in.

After I popped the chocolate from the ice cube tray, I melted some milk chocolate (optional) in the microwave, and dipped the melts in a bowl of mini marshmallows. Added some tags with a bow, and put the  chocolate melts in clear bags. I made extras to give to our sisters for Mother's Day ;o)

I am joining the Cozy Home Party and Foodie Friday.

Thank you for stopping by!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Your Dogwood photos--simply STUNNING, Debbie! And Where Women Create and Where Women Cook--my alltime favorite magazines! Gorgeous post--thank you!

  2. What a great idea the cocoa melts are! I love it. Pretty dogwoods!

  3. Your Dogwood is gorgeous Debbie.

    I love the cocoa melt idea!

  4. Debbie,

    You are making me jealous -I grew up in NY and worked at Wegmans as a teen. We just got a store in the area, but, it's still more than 20 minutes away.

    And what a fun Mother's Day treat. What mom doesn't appreciate chocolate?

    I'm visiting from the Cozy Home Scenes linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,

    1. Hi Laura! I have to travel 45 minutes to Wegman's but it is worth it :o) I'm on my way to your blog.

  5. These are adorable gifts! Is there a Trader Joe's near you?

    1. Hi Patti! We stock up at the Trader Joe's in New York City, but there is one in Albany opening soon and that will be closer for us. Their chocolate is a great buy!

  6. What a cute idea! Thanks for all the details and the darling way you've packaged them!

  7. What a brilliant idea Debbie. I think there's going to be some very happy females coming your way soon ;D
    Hopfully you kept one for yourself?

    I'm glad you decided to share the Dogwood photos ~ they are can you pop over to share the Cozy Coca Melts? I'll pop the kettle on :D

  8. Debbie, these cocoa melts look like a special treat for special people! They will be love these sweet treats, I'm sure. Thank you for sharing the recipe at my party.-------- Shannon

  9. I think any woman would enjoy getting these, Debbie! How thrilled your mom's will be with the treat and the packaging. They sound delicious!

    I love your dogwoods too. They remind me so much of our magnolia blossoms which are long gone already because of the warm weather in March.

  10. My mom loved dogwoods, esp the pink ones. I am sure you know the story associated with the flower.
    The melts look delicious!


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