“W” is for Allie

24 Thu, 2011 § 6 Comments

When you question your decision to be there within the first 5 minutes, you know it is going to be a good spinning class.

Traci at FAC makes you hate your life; & it feels so good.

Spinning is about pushing yourself past what you think you are capable of doing.  A good spinning class should never let up, feel absolutely brutal…& have really good music.

Last night’s class was gooood.

Wednesday is “guys’ night”, so you can find Dave shooting bad guys online with one of his guy friends most of the evening.  Ladies’ night has become Allie’s night.  I might hit the climbing gym….or torture myself spinning…or drop in on $5-Wednesday yoga.  I can kick up my heels — I can paint the town red. 😉  I can do whatever I’d like.  Wednesdays are for Allie.

Then I can go home & cook…read…blog…write…or just play & cuddle with Eis.  I wish playing the piano was on this list.  It will be again.

Of course, Wednesdays should be for chocolate too.

I have mentioned my affinity for raw chocolate — dark chocolate in general actually.  Most chocolate still has sugar though, & raw is quite expensive.  I finally broke down & ordered cacao butter so I could make my own.  I found what I thought was a good deal for quality cacao from Green Planet Paradise & realized it shipped from Sedona, which is only about 40 miles from here.  Plus, they plant a tree for every pound of cacao you buy.  That’s two trees for me!

I used Kathryn Budig’s “recipe” video as a guideline, but left out cinnamon & espresso powder, tasting as I went.  The first round was too buttery, but I was not about to waste my cacao; so I remelted my pieces & added more cacao powder & agave.  This round: Mmm.

They are rich & quite decadent.  Next time I will make less, & I suggest using little molds instead of [silicone] muffin tins for more appropriately-portioned pieces.  A little of this chocolate goes a looong way!

I have heard equal ratios of fats, sugars & chocolate is key.  Without a kitchen scale, I can’t tell you if this is really the case.  It seems like this would be more sweetener than I used.  Once I narrow down the perfect homemade chocolate ratio, I’ll share!  For now, I will just have to practice. 😉  I know it’s not technically 100% raw, but I’m ok with this.

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Do you ever take days that are just about you?  You really should.

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§ 6 Responses to “W” is for Allie

  • Julia says:

    Oooh, I want a day all for myself. I might have to bring that one up.
    And it is amazing that you made your own chocolate! I can’t wait until the recipe is perfected 🙂

  • Natalie says:

    I think you have my address, right? I’d like to place an order for these!! I really want to try raw chocolate.

    By the way, have I told you lately how AMAZING you are??? You’re the first person I know to make her own chocolate.

    Also, I am going to re-quote your “what spin should be” comment if that’s okay with you. You’ve got that right 🙂

    • Allie says:

      I like how they turned out — I added extra sea salt to half the batch — but I’m nervous about sharing. 😛 I guess I’m insecure like that. You haven’t told me today, so go ahead & gush. 😉 And please, feel free to quote me — I’m glad you agree! (I wish I could be tortured in your spin class.)

  • […] I said I would practice & perfect my chocolate making before sharing a “recipe” – I will still practice & perfect, don’t you worry – but after approving “mmms” when Dave took some to work to share with friends, I decided I could share what I did.  [Honestly, I think they were simply impressed by the fact I made chocolate myself.] […]

  • […] prepping to better fuel & cleanse myself for the rest of the week [& on].  After all, Wednesdays are about me.    I try not to be an “on Monday, I’ll start…”-kind-of-gal.  If I want […]

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