Recipe: Simple Dark Chocolate Truffles
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The older I get the odder my cravings get. For instance, I really never loved or appreciated dark chocolate and now I've gotten to a point where I can appreciate the deep + sharp taste of a high quality dark chocolate. So that got me thinking -- what sweet treat can I make at home that isn't too hard (because #lazy) and incorporates dark choc?

A quick google search led me to a Simply Luxurious Life recipe by Shannon Ables. I've been following Shannon for a few years and absolutely adore her and her outlook on life. In fact, we share quite similar views in regard to quality over quantity, cultivating a live well lived + celebrating the ordinary day-to-day life. I have to laugh a bit because when I started following along Shannon's journey, I kept having those "YASSSS GIRL, YASSSSS" moments and relating so much to her stories and views.

One of these takes me back a few years. You see, I really like champagne, like I thoroughly enjoy drinking glass of crisp champagne. When I would order a glass of bubbly it seemed like I would get questioned quite a bit, "Whats the big celebration?" or "What are we celebrating". My answer is always, "Isn't everyday life a celebration?".

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So back to the recipe: Through navigating the corporate world, my businesses, and life itself,  I have come to realize I am very much so an efficiency freak. I like things simple, streamlined and the lesser the hassle the better. Is it the Virgo in me?

If something requires too many steps or too many ingredients — you can *literally* count me out.

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With that being said, I have adapted this recipe from Shannon, I aim to take absolutely zero credit for the delicacy that follows.

 

What you need:

  • 7ounces dark chocolate (I just bought two 3.5oz bars from the local walmarts)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream1 tbsp honey or agave
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3-5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 

 

What to do:

  1. Chop up the dark chocolate and place in a medium bowl; set aside
  2. In a saucepan, pour heavy cream and honey, stir on low heat just until you reach a boil and quickly pour 1/3 of the mixture into the chopped dark chocolate bowl. Working quickly with a silicone spatula to fold and melt dark chocolate. Mix until you get a smooth and glossy finish. Gradually add the remaining cream mixture ensuring the emulsion remains until the chocolate has completely melted and smooth. This mixture is what they call ganache. 🙂
  3. Immediately add the room temperature butter to the warm chocolate mixture + allow the butter to melt completely; folding and incorporating itself with the chocolate until smooth.
  4. Set aside and allow to cool until room temperature; cover with saran wrap and let set for several hours. If you're in a hurry you can place in the freezer for 10-15 min!
  5. Grab an ice cream scoop or melon baller and scoop 1 inch balls of ganache and roll between your palms into smooth truffle-like balls.
  6. Dust with cocoa powder
  7. Serve at room temperature + enjoy!


Magic Maverix Tip: Lightly cover your hands with unsweetened cocoa powder before rolling the ganache to help prevent it from sticking to your hands!

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What’s your favorite indulgence? How do you celebrate the ordinary everyday life? 

 

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

Riss

Maverix Muse 002 — Things I’m Loving Lately

Hi — Happy almost September! Where the heck has this year gone? Feels like just yesterday I was hungover from NYE festivities. #kiddingaround 

Anyways — we are heading down to the lake this weekend but wanted to share with you things I'm really loving lately. This could be anything from hair/face products, experiences, white trash TV, sweet treats &/or all of the above. So I pretty much recapped the entire blog post in one sentence, keep reading if you're still interested. LOL

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01 This Patriotic Sweet Treat — I'm a fool for anything sweet; especially fruit tarts with a dollop of homemade vanilla ice cream on top. The ingredient list isn't a mile long either so I'm going to give it a try. Any one else decide on whether or not you're going to try a recipe based on the amount of ingredients listed and whether or not a grocery store trip is required?

Speaking of sweet treats! I was craving chocolate cake the other night but only wanted to bake up a single serving. I found a really good recipe but revised it a bit:

 Low quality photo provided by Merrissa

Low quality photo provided by Merrissa

Mix WELL in a small bowl:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp whole milk or almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • Optional: sprinkle of powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream


Make sure you mix REALLY well, the egg should be blended so well that its not stringy.

Add batter to a large coffee mug that has been sprayed (well) with PAM or greased with real butter.

Microwave for 1 min 30 sec (will depend on the power of your microwave but this is what worked for me -- the top should not be wet to the touch)

Flip coffee mug over on small plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar, even add a scoop of ice cream!

DELICIOUS AND COWBOY APPROVED


02 Group Fitness Classes — Last month Katelyn, owner of Sparrow Fitness LLC, started hosting workout classes in Downtown Coffeyville and let me tell you, I'm digging it. I even convinced a couple friends to join in on the torturefun so the accountability has really helped me ditch the snooze button. A few details on the classes if you're local and want to give it a try!

If you'd like to get more details on these fitness classes, check out this post!

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Photo by Katelyn Haley Osborn

 

03 The Hills: New Beginnings — In case you haven't heard, they are bringing back the cast of The Hills and filming a reunion series. I am so damn excited about this but also like what the hell, LC -- you're too busy to join the cast this go around?! We miss you and your low-drama attitude! Lauren was my absolute favorite, which is kind of funny because she was JF's favorite too (apparently we have the same taste in women). It's also funny because I don't watch a whole lot of television and I keep teasing JF that I'm going to cancel our Dish Network contract because I never even get the remote 😉 But The Hill's - this is something we can both get on board with.

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Can we just talk about how stunning Audrina and Stephanie looked at the VMAs? Drool-worthy.

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04 Tea Tree Oil — THIS STUFF IS LIFE CHANGING.

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I know, it sounds crazy... why add more oil to an already oil-prone complexion? 🤷🏼‍♀️ This 100% pure tea tree oil has improved my skin tone so much! I have been extremely stressed the last month and the first place you can tell if I'm stressed--is my face. Which causes me more freaking stress because my face is broke out! It's finally calming down and getting back to "normal".

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I apply this tea tree oil all over my face and down to my decollete, after I wash/tone and before I apply my morning or nighttime moisturizer. If you've never used a tea tree oil just be prepared for the overwhelmingly stout smell. IT IS STRONG. If you have sensitive skin, I would recommend testing a small patch before applying to your entire face. Or even just use it as an all natural spot / blemish treatment.

Tea tree oil has many benefits!

  • contains healing properties for sores, scrapes + scratches, stings + bites
  • diffuse or dilute with water to freshen linens/towels
  • help fight dry scalp or dandruff
  • fights bacterial and fungal infections
  • the stout smell could also help with clearing your sinuses ;)


04 Verday Chlorophyll Water — If you're looking for a way to sneak in greens but don't like the taste of greens, this water is excellent. I could even see myself sprucing this up with a wedge of watermelon or strawberries and a shot or two of Tito's Vodka.

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What are YOU loving lately? Tell me below!  

 

Xx, Riss  

Local Fitness Classes (+ The Benefits)
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I've gotten quite a few q's about a new group fitness class I've been attending lately so I'm going to share with you all of the details in today's post! As seen on the ‘gram, last week I started going to a fitness class in downtown Coffeyville. These classes are hosted by Katelyn Osborn, owner + founder of Sparrow Fitness LLC. Katelyn holds certificates in both Personal Training and Fitness Nutrition and is also a fitness/physique competitor. (So  basically she knows her shit.)

The classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:15a and go for about 45min to an hour long. The time goes by SO fast and sometimes we do a quick 8 to 10 min cardio sesh after the workout class.

The way Katelyn has the classes set up is referred to as AMRAP (as many reps as possible) so these classes are literally for any level of fitness, beginner or expert! For instance, each class will consist of warm-ups and then AMRAP style workouts. Each workout will be a specific time 'working' and a specific time 'resting' (e.g. workout for 20 sec, rest for 10 sec, workout for 20, rest for 10 - for 3 rounds). The best part about this style of working out is not feeling like a failure LOL! For instance, I might only be able to get out 10 burpees but my girlfriend might be able to push out 12! You're so focused on what you're doing that you're not noticing what the ladies around you are accomplishing. What's that old saying...'i'm too focused watering my own grass to notice if yours is greener'.

Anyways, I'm seriously digging these classes so much; I was even able to convince a couple friends to join in on the fun so the accountability has really helped me ditch the snooze button.

A few benefits I've noticed from attending these classes:

  1. Accountability. Like I mentioned above, when you have friends meeting you at the fitness class it makes it harder to skip! They have helped me stay accountable + motivated to get my ass up!
  2. I don't have to think too hard about it. I fall in and out of love with the gym all of the time. I love going to the gym because I love the way it makes me feel afterwards. I hate going to the gym because most of the time I don't know what the hell I'm doing or how I need to structure my workouts to yield the best results! With this class being led by a lady who knows what she's doing, all I have to do is show up and put in the work. I don't have to think too hard about what exercise to do next!
  3. Doing it right. Katelyn is a huge advocate of ‘form over reps’. Making sure each person is going at their own pace and that their form is on point. She often expresses that it is much more important to do 5 GOOD squats rather than 10 halfass squats. She is there to guide you through the motions, celebrating and applauding when she sees you push through a set. So essentially it's like personal training without the cost of personal training. 😉
  4. It's actually fun. Yea sometimes I'm dirty cussing my alarm clock when it goes off at 4a but when I get to the class and see my girlfriends there I get pumped + excited to conquer the class. Plus it sets the mood for the rest of my day! By the time 3p rolls around I've actually forgotten that I had woken up at the ass crack of dawn and already put in the work!

A few details on the classes if you're local and want to give it a try!

The cost for each class is either $8 OR $4 + a donation; as outlined below.

  • 5:15a Monday - Upper Body (donation: a pair of socks)
  • 5:15a Wednesday - Plyo/Core (donation: women's sanitary product)
  • 5:15a Friday - Lower Body (donation: 5 Walmart type sacks)

If you're interested and want a buddy to go with, give me a shout!!


xx, Riss

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