Chocolate Petit Gateaux

Chocolate Petit Gateaux also known as Molten Lava Cake – is a decadent, creamy dessert that can be made even by the humblest of bakers. Oh, I must confess I do not often indulge in vast trials of such inventions. But given all the free time lately – I declare – why not! 

If you are indeed a timid baker as I am, this miniature cake is effortless, and its list of ingredients is quite simple. All you need is a bit of time and a warm oven.

I almost forgot, you also might need another person nearby to share the joy of devouring this scrumptious delight.  

A little history about Chocolate Petit Gateaux:

“A petit gâteau, or chocolate fondant, is a dessert composed of a small chocolate cake with crunchy rind and mellow filling that is conventionally served hot with vanilla ice cream on a plate.

In French, the terms for the chocolate cake are “gâteau fondant au chocolat” or simply “fondant au chocolat” (“chocolate chewy” or “chocolate melty”).

The dessert has been popularized in New York City restaurants since the 1990s. Nowadays, variations of the cake and ice cream flavors have come to include fruits and even alcoholic beverages, such as whisky.”  – Wikipedia 

How to make Chocolate Petit Gateaux: 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 200g semi-sweetened chocolate 
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 2 TBSP butter (unsalted) 
  • 2 TBSP all-purpose flour 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 egg yolks 

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Melt the butter and the chocolate in a saucepan. 
  2. Beat the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar for 3 min, until fluffy. 
  3. Add the flour and chocolate. 
  4. Pour the batter into heatproof ramekins.
  5. Bake in 450F oven for 6 to 7 minutes until the edges are set, and the middle is still soft. 
  6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or fresh berries. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream or fruit preserves.  

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Hygge – The Art Of Slow Living

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Hygge A Way Of Life.

We are often busy with this thing called life and our jobs and many other responsibilities. Undoubtedly, we all know that what’s happening around the globe right now is just painful to watch and experience. But I think it’s important to stay positive and focus on our blessings rather than our misfortunes. Hence, this is a rare moment to slow down a bit and get to know Hygge.

What is Hygge?

It’s a Scandinavian way of life that celebrates health and happiness and in other ways besides just home decor. 

Here are some ways that you can integrate Hygge into your lifestyle:

  • Be with friends and family more often. Spend time with your children. 
  • Enjoy the simple things in life as well as life’s simple pleasures: a warm bath, a massage, afternoon nap. 
  • Be in the now, be present, stay in the moment, and be thankful.
  • During the weekend, stay an extra hour in bed. 
  • Invite friends for a barbeque and grill something delicious. 
  • Live a sustainable life, reuse, donate, recycle—Declutter your home and garage. 
  • Grow and learn by taking up a new hobby, such as cooking, or photography, and even knitting.
  • Avoid stress as much as possible in all life situations. 
  • Appreciate nature, where you live, changing seasons, rain, snow, sun. 
  • Read a good book or write in a journal. Pray and meditate. 

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How To Create A Dream Board

Dream boards have become quite popular in recent years. Just about any project, business, as well as personal, can benefit from creating a dream board. 

As such, glance over Pinterest, and you’ll see how many dream boards, vision boards, and inspirational pins there are. I like to call them: visual tools. They help us organize our thoughts and have in front of our eyes all ideas compiled into one area. Sometimes our ideas escape somewhere, or we later forget them. But, a vision board is an excellent way to anchor those ideas and store them in an organized fashion.

A dream board could be anything you want. It could be how you see your past, your present, and the future. A dream board is all about you and what elements of specific plans in your life you want to implement. It’s about your life, your business, your family, the possibilities are endless. 

Moreover, dream boards are not for “daydreaming” without a purpose, or merely whishing or fantasizing. Dream boards are a fantastic tool that conceptualizes a project or an idea. Plus, you can place them on any wall in your home, your office, your kitchen, a hallway—any place—as an apt reminder of your plans and goals. 

Dream boards are excellent at evoking emotions and helping us remember why we do certain things. Why do we keep going when things get hard? What makes us get through the slump days? How about recognizing our rewards and accomplishments? Do you sometimes forget about how hard you work? It happens to me all the time. That’s why it’s essential to tell ourselves about our successes. Visual boards also serve as a form of encouragement and teach us how far we’ve come. 

To illustrate, I have a vision board in my office that I’ve created not long ago. I look at it every day, and I have a copy of it on my phone. Recently, I’ve received a small ribbon from a public speaking club. I was so proud of getting that ribbon that I put it next to my dream board as a reminder of this small yet significant achievement. 

Also, my vision board serves as a clear reminder, an inspiration, and a vivid focus on where I’m going. And where I want to be in my business. However, if you look at my dream board, you will not understand it because it has a lot of symbolic elements that are personal to me. But that’s the whole point. You’re not supposed to get my dream board, and I’m not supposed to understand yours. Dream boards are unique for every individual. 

To start your dream board, all you need is some visuals. You can tear them out of magazines or collect them from the internet. Try not to steal them from your doctor’s office. Look at the colors and images and see which picture grabbed your attention. Collect as many as possible, then select the essential pieces, next, pin them on a board or create a collage. The significant point about the visual boards is that you should be able to see them daily. Otherwise, they serve no purpose. Therefore printing anything digital is a smart move. 

Interestingly, dream boards can evolve with time, and you can always create new ones or change the ones you already have. There are no rules to this thing. It’s up to your imagination. 

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” 

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

MY DREAM BOARDS 

💕 Share your dream boards with our group so that we can inspire other women. Go to The Happy Women Group on our Facebook page. We don’t bite! 🙂 

 


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The Art Of Drinking Tea

The art of drinking tea spans hundreds of years in history. But for me, it goes back to my childhood. When I was little, I lived in Europe, where we drank a lot of tea. Back then, everywhere you went, people were serving hot tea, even in the summer. Often with a slice of fresh lemon and sugar. It is still like this now. Nonetheless, tea, in any form, is still a comforting beverage to me.

Usually, I drink my tea with coconut sugar, which is a healthier alternative to white sugar. As such, I buy loose Earl Grey tea, my favorite kind, at a specialty store. Then, I drink my tea strong and have it during the afternoon. It is my extraordinary moment that cannot be interrupted, a personal celebration.

My second favorite tea is Thai iced tea. Whenever we visit our favorite Thai restaurant, I order it and drink it right after my meal. Because it’s so sweet, I treat it as a dessert. As usual, whenever I find something, I like to research on how to make it at home. So, I bought Thai tea, and once in a while, I brew it at home. I use organic cream and coconut sugar for a healthier version. But I only drink this treat once in a while because it’s so high in calories. 

For easy Thai tea, recipe read up Eating Thai Food blog where it’s perfectly explained how to prepare this delicious drink.

Taking up a notch, last year, I purchased a kombucha culture, and now, we also have a large glass container of fermented black tea on our kitchen counter. My husband and I love to drink it all year long with lots of ice. Kombucha is easy to make; it is a natural probiotic and, it’s a refreshing beverage for any time of the day for adults or children.

And, last but not least, sometimes I brew a batch of raspberry leaf tea with mint and nettle leaf. I buy the herbal bulk supplies online and brew them in a specially designated French press, which I keep for brewing tea only. If I have any of the tea left, I store it in the fridge and drink it with honey.

There are other teas I drink less often, green tea, rooibos tea, lavender. As you can see, I am very much into the art of drinking tea. 

How about you, do you like tea? What is your favorite tea? 

 

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Pink And Pastel Trends Are Making A Comeback

Ladies, pink and pastel trends are making a comeback! As such, the quest for beautiful fashion wardrobe for Spring and Summer has begun! What new, hot items are you planning to buy?

Today, Caramel Chic brings you fashion inspiration from Corfu Island, Greece, with a variety of pink and pastel feminine pieces, refreshing wardrobe ideas, and smart ensables that you can wear anytime this season. Not just on an island. 

As you can see, pink pastels dominate the look!

Enjoy the lookbook of pink and pastel trends and have fun shopping!

Remember, – stay feminine! Be happy! 

Model: Tamara Bellis, Corfu Island, Greece

Photo credit: Tamara Bellis/Unsplash 

 


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Charlotte Wedding Show At The Fillmore

I visited the Charlotte Wedding Show today and I’m going to give you a brief scoop on what I’ve discovered, and what sparked my interest. The event organized by Charlotte Local took place at the gorgeous Fillmore with the admission of a general audience at noon.

Even though I’m not in the wedding business, I decided to show my support anyway—and check out this grand exhibition. I love visiting local attractions that celebrate entrepreneurship and decided to write a blog post about my experience.

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Upon entering the Fillmore, I was immediately impressed. The beautifully decorated venue hosted variations of numerous local vendors who proudly exhibited their businesses. In addition, there was a “reception” style sitting area decorated with red and black bows where brides could take a break from walking around and exploring the various merchants. 

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To make the atmosphere feel like an actual wedding, a symphony band situated on top of the stage was playing elegant classical music. The band even played Pachelbel’s Canon, which had me briefly take a seat and listen to the tune while reminiscing about my own wedding. I chose Pachelbel’s Canon as our song for walking down the aisle.  

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But I didn’t sit for long as I was eager to explore the rest of the exciting stalls in the building. Hence, I wandered around and took snapshots as well as quick videos with my iPhone.

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Whenever the opportunity to make a good photo presented itself, I took pictures of some of the vendors. There were enough businesses to create an abundance of choices for brides, but not too many where it might have felt like an ordinary expo. 

Among some of the Charlotte Wedding vendors were wedding photographers, videographers, bakeries, wedding cake designers, florists, event planners, entertainers, caterers, customized gift creators, stationary producers, makeup artists, travel agents, and even one very cheerful wedding officiant adequately dressed in a suit. All of the vendors, of course, were local and were promoting their products. 

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One particular business that caught my attention was a cake design company called Sky’s The Limit Bridal Sweets. I paused my walk around the venue to take a better look at their breathtaking wedding creations.

Moreover, I chatted with the owner who like myself, was a New York City transplant. It turns out she is a former graphic designer who also worked as an art director at Revlon in Manhattan, where I once temped.

Also, this cheerful business lady worked as a designer for Condé Nast’s Bride’s Magazine. With such an impressive creative background and New York City solid work ethic, no wonder the cakes looked so amazing. 

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Summing up the event, all of the vendors at the Charlotte Wedding Show were excellent. I especially loved the intimate atmosphere of the entire show.

Also, everyone I talked to was very helpful and friendly. And the fact that brides received freebies and were able to taste the vendor’s food as well as get their make up done – made the event feel even more special.

Just like a wedding should be. 

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Upon making my way out of the building, I passed by the wedding officiant. The older man was sitting on a barstool, still as cheerful as an hour ago. I wondered what his secret was.

Without a doubt, it must have been the fact that he partakes in one of the happiest moments of people’s lives – wedding celebrations! Who knows, maybe someone even got married today. On a whim, like in Las Vegas.

Hey, why not? I mean, the venue was ready, and the matrimonial officiant seemed dressed for the occasion. 

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I took a last close glance at some of the stunning white and ivory bridal gowns and took a deep sigh. All of the gorgeous dresses, colorful flowers, and sparkling decorations made you either want to get married again or put on a wedding dress and take pictures. 

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I know the Charlotte Wedding Show had more festivities awaiting the future brides, but I, unfortunately, had to depart to make my way to another event. Rumor had it there was going to be a celebrity guest appearance.

I’m sure you can find out who the mystery person was by visiting Charlotte Local social profiles. Tag us on Instagram if you find out who it was. 

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In the end, I’m so glad I attended the Charlotte Wedding Show. And I even made some new friends. What can I say, I’m a people person. And because I like people, I firmly believe that by standing by our local vendors, we are sending a strong message to our community.

One – that we should support small businesses as they care about the welfare of our beautiful city and its future. And two – small companies improve the localized economy and are more accountable to our neighborhoods and their people. What could be better than that? 

Thus, why not purchase products that were made here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the local area. Instead of countries like, for example, faraway China. The truth is that the more we support our local businesses and small entrepreneurs, the more of them will be popping up in the future. And that my friend is a good thing! 

Before I let you go, here are five useful ways that you can also support your local business: 

    1. Write a helpful review on Yelp, Google, or Facebook. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t. Give them a chance to correct their mistakes. Or tell them how you feel in person. 
    2. Tell your friends and family about the business. 
    3. Follow and engage with the business on social media. 
    4. Share your interactions with the business, such as tagging and posting photos on Instagram when you visit them in person. 
    5. Send them a private message about what you like about the business; they will appreciate your feedback. 

Questions or comments? Please write to us at [email protected] or reply below.

For a complete list of vendors go to Charlotte Local Wedding Show website. 

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