Archive | November 2012

Homemade Magic Shell

So, I finally got around to trying the homemade “Magic Shellrecipe that I’ve seen over and over again on Pinterest.  You can find the recipe I used at (link goes right to the recipe).  I used 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips with the 2 Tbsp of coconut oil, and I loved it!

Things you should note:

  1. It takes longer to harden than I remember the original Magic Shell taking.
  2. The coconut oil does lend a coconut flavor to it.  I love coconut, so this is no problem for me.  I intend to experiment in the future to see if mint oil can make it mint-flavored and cover the coconut (mint was my favorite Magic Shell flavor).
  3. It is a bit thicker than the original Magic Shell.  Even when I put it on the ice cream hot (which melts the ice cream), it was pretty thick.
  4. It is super easy to make!  (Two ingredients in a double boiler–it doesn’t get much easier.)

The one thing I wasn’t sure of was if I could store it.  The recipe made more than we used, so I stuck it in a plastic container.  The result is that it does harden some while resting, but if I pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds and stir it, it is ready to go again.  At that point it is warm but not so hot that it melts your ice cream a lot.  Update:  It turns out that after a few days, it hardens completely and re-heating doesn’t work so well.  I’ll keep experimenting to see if I can figure out a fix for this problem.  I tried adding a little bit of water to the dried chocolate, which seemed to help a little, but not enough.   I’ll update again if I figure it out!


The homemade magic shell after being stored. As you can see, it is a bit solidified at this point.


Long Time, No Blog

I feel terrible because it’s been so long since I posted anything to my blog!  I don’t really have a good excuse because I could have made the time if I had tried.  It just seems I can’t get my thoughts together lately.

It all started when my daughter went back to school and Girl Scouts started again (I’m one of the leaders).  We had an overnight to plan in August and another in September.  We had meetings to plan.  And I wasn’t even doing most of the planning.

After the last Girl Scout overnight, my family had a little vacation to Disneyland just in time to see it decorated for Halloween.  It was cool.


The only thing we really wanted to do but didn’t get to do was to ride all the rides in California Adventure‘s Cars Land.  The lines were horrendous for most of them.  The fast passes were gone faster than you could snap your fingers.  And this was supposedly “light traffic” season.

In the midst of all of these adventures, we had a few problems around the house.  A very large bottle of Dawn sprung a leak and left a real mess under the cupboard.


And this picture was taken after half of it was cleaned up.

When we got back from Disneyland, we found the circuit breaker in the garage tripped the night we left.  We had a freezer full of meat that completely defrosted.  It was a bloody (literally) mess.  No pictures will be posted of that–I don’t know where I’ve filed them, and they would gross you out.

Prior to all the trips, I was working on some ornaments that I am painting and hoping to put into my Etsy shop ASAP (if I can finish the touch-ups in the next two weeks).



I made a couple of painted boxes and a painted truck for my friend’s children’s birthdays.


And lastly, I’ve been enjoying the (finally) cooler weather taking walks.  My daughter and I found this interesting “L” shaped rock in the dirt.


At any rate, I hope to be back to blogging semi-regularly soon.  And to posting many more crafts and maybe some recipes I’ve been trying to tweak.

Have a good day and thanks for stopping by!