I downloaded my first app: Instagram. And then I fell in love with Instagram. I played for way too long with Instagram. Everything I saw suddenly became an Instagram. I dreamed in Instagram. Psychosis?
No, I didn’t forget about the party balls. I’m actually eating one right now getting chocolate on my keyboard as I type this message to you. And my message is this: Merry late Christmas from the lens of my Instagram.
So… how do I transition to something serious and sad? My grandpa passed away a few months ago, so this year we celebrated memories instead of celebrating with him.
This used to be his chair on Christmas Eve. I’m actually tearing up just imagining him sitting there. I really missed him this year.
And now, meet Bernie. Also affectionately known as the Love Sponge.
The highlight of my mall ventures this year was a brown rice sushi roll. I said brown rice. I might as well have said extra-scoop-of-ice-cream-later rice. Don’t mind if I do.
This, I pretty much want this picture to be the wallpaper of my life. Christmas doesn’t have to be over yet.
And yes, when I’m not stuffing my face with Triple Chocolate Party Balls I sometimes do fun and cultured things like going to the theater.
Ok, enough already. I just love Instagram but NOT MORE THAN I LOVE THESE PARTY BALLS.
So let’s talk about the Party Balls. Essentially, they’re this: chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and liqueur. You should know that I actually drink liqueur maybe once per year. But as of last week, I eat liqueur 3 times a day in Triple Chocolate Party Ball form. These are MY FAVORITE WHICH IS WHY I’M USING ALL CAPS FOR THE SECOND TIME.
Just make them, ok? And yes, you can eat them for breakfast. I’ve done it and I’m doing just fine. Juuuust fine.
- 3 cups crushed shortbread cookies
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
- ¾ cup chocolate chips or chocolate bar, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup liqueur of choice (I used rum)
- chocolate candy coating (or almond bark) for dipping
- Mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients. Mix well until a "dough" forms.
- Freeze dough for 30 minutes, or until hard enough to form balls. Break off small pieces and roll between your palms until you have lots of small truffle-sized balls. Re-freeze until ready to dip.
- Melt chocolate candy coating in a double boiler. Dip each frozen ball in the chocolate. Set to dry on wax paper.
If you’re a fellow Instagram-er, you can find me @pinchofyum!
I’m also open to other iPhone app suggestions. Go.