Wednesday, February 1

Crosses, Candy and a Heart For Christ

Just dropping by for a quick moment to let The Domestic Curator's readers in on a wonderful secret. There is a lovely young woman I know who makes the most wonderful Crosses. They truly are works of art. Olivia Lemons has been making Crosses for the last few years. She has given them to friends and family alike and now she has consented to sell Crosses to those of us that love to collect! I have known Olivia now for over 11years, and I find her to be a true "wonder". She has an infectious smile and a sunny disposition. Olivia loves children of ALL ages and indeed has a heart for Christ. She puts her faith out there for all to see and teaches other young ladies to take a stand for Christ. If you are interested in looking at her beautiful artwork and maybe buy a Cross or two you can find her at Crosses by Olivia found on facebook. What a great gift idea for Valentine's Day. Only 13 more shopping days left! Stop by and tell that sweet thing I sent ya!

Today, for Olivia, I thought I would share one of her favorite Candies. I make them every Christmas, but they would make fantastic Homemade Valentine Candy. When you bite into them they are pink on the inside! Buy beautiful heart-shaped boxes at your local craft store and give as gifts. When a gift is homemade it speaks of love. This year spend a little time making your own candy. Your friends and family will be delightfully surprised. Have fun and don't forget Miss Olivia!!

Valentine BonBons


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 cups Bakers shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped Maraschino cherries, drained well
  • 1 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 12 ounces chocolate flavored almond bark
  • 12 ounces Dark Dove Chocolate

  • Beat butter and condensed milk until smooth. 
  • Stir in next 5 ingredients. 
  • Cover and chill until firm, about an hour. 
  • Form into one inch balls and chill for 30 minutes. 
  • Melt almond bark and Dove chocolate in a double boiler over low heat. 
  • Using a round candy makers tool or toothpick dip candy balls in chocolate; place on wax lined cookie sheets until hardened.
  • Yields: approximately 5 dozen candies

Today is very special indeed! 
It's my Daddy's Birthday....
everybody say Happy Birthday Dad! 
Ron Chesser, he is an exceptional man,
husband, father and grandfather.
He is loved beyond measure!!
Love you Daddy!


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