Four Moms and Valentine’s Day


This yummy chocolate cake uses about 1/4 cup of flour, and is sweetened with sugar-free jam and stevia.

Honey Hearts are made with oats, whole wheat flour, honey

Chcolate Truffles, and directions for making a uniquely personal name chart.

Frugal recipes, crafts, activities, and some couple ideas.

Strawberry cake isn’t healthy at all, but it’s so pinkly pretty and deliciously sweet.

This year, I want to try this recipe, which I’ve lifted from Valerie Jacobson:

Sugar-free Chocolate Manna
4 squares unsweetened baking chocolate (4 oz.)
1/2 c Nutiva coconut oil
3/4 c Nutiva coconut manna
1/4 c Swerve confectioners style sweetener (or Truvia to taste, or other)

Melt chocolate in microwave. Heat 30 seconds at a time, stir after each heating, just until melted. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Melt coconut oil if needed. Stir all ingredients together until smooth. Put in ice cube trays or molds. Freeze or chill. Makes 26 servings, 1 T each. Per tablespoon–106 cal, < 1 carb, 11 gm fat, < 1 protein. Serve chilled.

Can also be used with nuts to make nut bark or to dip berries.

The chocolates are attractive and glossy with a nice chocolate-coconut flavor.

They are solid at room temperature or below, but this has a lower melting point than most chocolate so it should be chilled until ready to serve. (When you make it, you'll see that it's a very thin liquid when hot.)

Can also be chilled until it starts to thicken and used to coat berries, dropped onto wax paper to make chocolate chips, or poured onto a jelly roll pan, chilled, and broken up to make chocolate chunks.

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Visit the other Four Moms and see what they have to say!

raising olives button Raising Olives, married 15 years, mama to 11, homeschooling graduate herself- Connie at Smockity Frocks, married 25 years, mom to 8. We were blog buddies for a year or two before we realized that we had very dear mutual friends in real life. How cool is that?!

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Kim at Life in a Shoe, homeschool grad, mama to a family of 13

Me, DeputyHeadmistress and former Zookeeper (I gave up keeping a zoo when coyotes and coons killed our chickens) of this blog, The Common Room and our cooking blog, The Common Kitchen; married 30 years, mom to seven plus unofficial foster mom to two little boys, Mama-in-Law to two, and Grandmama to four blessings under 3, with number 5 on the way, and yes we are very proud.=)


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See my other Kindle books, too:

101 Answers to the Summertime, “Mom, I’m Bored” Blues; help your kids use their free time creatively and productively. Give them ideas that will help them use their time and energy to create, to learn, to grow- to contribute. This is not your average ‘keep the kids out of your hair’ book.

Required Poems for Reading and Memorizing (annotated); Charming collection of older poems that you and the kids just might love.

Ten Low-Carb Snacks and Quick Meals Okay, actually, there’s a little more than ten, and they aren’t merely low-carb, they are also sugar-free, grain-free, gluten free. NOT dairy-free.

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