New Camera! And Homemade Chocolate Shell Topping

After posting a teaser about this announcement on Facebook a couple weeks ago, we spiraled into a series of technical difficulties that delayed this post for WAY too long.  I probably grew a few extra gray hairs, too.  Anyhow, I’m pleased to finally get this on here.  You may remember me mentioning about five months ago that our house was broken into and some very important (and sentimental) items were stolen.  Our video camera, although not nearly as sentimental as other items, was one of the items that was taken.  We didn’t have the money to replace it, and our insurance didn’t cover it, so I made do with our little (and old) Kodak camera, which is normally only used for still photos.  The quality was bad, but hey, you do what you gotta do!

We were able to finally go and purchase a new video camera!  Since technology advances so quickly, and our old camera had been about 7 years old, this new camera is definitely an upgrade.  The quality, both video and audio, should be much better, and there are some more features available that will hopefully make things easier to work with and easier to watch.  And yes, this new camera will be safely hidden/locked up every time we leave the house.

As exciting as a new camera is, we wanted to celebrate and do a test run.  What better way to do that than with ice cream?!  I found a really neat recipe for “magic shell” ice cream topping on a website called Mommypotamus.  I give all credit for the awesome idea to Heather, the author/owner of the site, and I will post a direct link below.  Her recipe is great because there are a few different options for ingredients, but I’m only going to share with you the ones I chose to use.  I used coconut oil (solid, refined), Hershey’s cocoa powder, and some of our home-harvested honey.  The only ingredient I had to buy was the coconut oil, and I wasn’t sure if I should get virgin or refined.  If you know the difference and want to explain it to me, please leave a comment below or send me an email.  🙂

The recipe instructions were very easy — just gently melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat, then remove it from the heat and mix in the other ingredients.  After it’s cooled a little, you can pour it over ice cream.  The chocolate will harden like a shell!  I served some up for the whole family and it was a big hit.  The only side note I’d add is that the honey didn’t seem to blend in very well, so some bites were sweeter than others.  But hey, I’m not complaining.  After making this, I wondered what it would taste like to add some other flavors to it, like maybe a dab of peanut butter or a drop or two of peppermint oil, or maybe raspberry, amaretto, or hazelnut!  Oh, the possibilities!  Hop on over to the official recipe by clicking the link below.  If you try it and experiment with different flavors, I’d love to hear about your results!

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