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2.11.2016

Yin & Yang Fondue
The Melting Pot Copy Cat Recipe


Yin and Yang Chocolate Fondue -- The Melting Pot copycat recipe at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  Fondue has been a Valentine's Day tradition in our little family since my husband and I were first married.  He served a mission for our church in Switzerland and France back in the day, and fondue has been a love of his {and now mine} ever since!  On a couple of very special occasions* we have gone to The Melting Pot and it NEVER disappoints.  Their Yin and Yang chocolate fondue is the stuff my dreams are made of -- the perfect swirl of dark and white chocolates, and it looks pretty dang cool to boot!  The Melting Pot can get kinda' pricey so we have never taken the whole family.  This year I wanted to make Yin and Yang fondue for the kiddos to celebrate Valentine's Day with them.  This copy cat version is not as tough to make as you might think, and every bit as delicious. 

{*On a side note, did you know you can order from a limited menu in the bar area at The Melting Pot?!  For $20 -- $5 per person per course -- my husband and I can go and have cheese and chocolate fondue any time we want.  Love that!!}  

Yin and Yang Chocolate Fondue -- The Melting Pot copycat recipe at my3monsters.com
For this version I used milk chocolate and white chocolate because that's what my kids prefer, but it was just as yummy.  The secret to getting the Yin and Yang swirl is to pour both types of melted chocolate into the serving pot at the same time, turning the pot one quarter turn at the end as you pour.  That takes a lot of hands!  I had each of my boys pour a bowl of melted chocolate while I was simultaneously scraping their bowls and turning the serving pot. It wasn't perfect, but I was able to use a couple of spoons and push the melted chocolate into the desired shape after pouring.  I saved a dollop of melted chocolate from each bowl to plop onto the opposing side to complete the Yin and Yang effect.  

Yin and Yang Chocolate Fondue -- The Melting Pot copycat recipe at my3monsters.com
I don't have a fancy fondue set, so we just used bamboo skewers as our dipping sticks.  Serve any sweet, delicious thing you like to dip into the fondue.  I went simple with cubed pound cake, fresh strawberries {my personal favorite} and marshmallows.  At The Melting Pot you get cheesecake, bananas, pineapple chunks, brownies, and rice krispie treats as well.   I love how the two chocolates swirl and blend on the dippers as you eat it.  Be warned, because fondue is so rich, this recipe makes enough to feed a small army.  You could cut it in half if you are not serving a crowd.  My family of five at it twice . . . with leftovers.

Yin and Yang Chocolate Fondue -- The Melting Pot copycat recipe at my3monsters.com

Yin & Yang Chocolate Fondue Recipe


1 12 oz. bag white chocolate chips
1 12 oz. bag milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
16 oz. heavy cream, divided

Marshmallows, pound cake cubes, fresh fruit, etc. for dipping

Pour 8 ounces of heavy cream into each of two separate microwave safe bowls. Heat in the microwave until tiny bubbles show and cream begins to lightly and slowly boil.  Add each bag of chocolate chips into one of the bowls and whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth.

Pour both types of melted chocolate simultaneously into your serving pot side by side.  In order to get the Yin and Yang shape, turn the serving pot one quarter turn as you get close to the end of pouring.  Use the back of a spoon to push the poured chocolate into place and smooth out the curved shape on each side if necessary. Reserve one small dollop of each type of chocolate to drop onto the opposing color to complete the Yin and Yang effect. 

Serve immediately with pound cake cubes, marshmallows, fresh fruit or other desired dippers.

Yin and Yang Chocolate Fondue -- The Melting Pot copycat recipe at my3monsters.com
This was a huge hit with my family when I made it a week or so ago for family night treat to test the recipe.  One of my coworkers saw the photo I posted on Instagram and told me the next day she had dreamed I brought it to work in a big bowl made out of brownies.  Can you imagine the yumminess?!  Brownie bowls for chocolate fondue?  Challenge accepted, Ruthann.  If I can get that to work, we'll have a fondue party in the Health Office, I promise.

Happy Valentines Day, friends!

Amy


1.22.2016

Free Printable Valentines Week: Valentines Round-Up

Hi guys!  I hope you have been enjoying Free Printable Valentines Week here at My 3 Monsters. In case you missed the previous days, check them out there:


Darling Printable Valentines at my3monsters.com.  TONS of non-candy ideas with FREE printables!

To finish out the week I'm sharing a round-up of some of my most popular printable Valentines from years past.  Honestly, Valentines are some of my favorite things to design!  I have always loved making cute little treats for my kids and their friends. 

Darling Printable Valentines at my3monsters.com.  TONS of non-candy ideas with FREE printables

Darling Printable Valentines at my3monsters.com.  TONS of non-candy ideas with FREE printables

Darling Printable Valentines at my3monsters.com.  TONS of non-candy ideas with FREE printables

Darling Printable Valentines at my3monsters.com.  TONS of non-candy ideas with FREE printables

I hope that helps some of you get inspired to create handmade valentines for your family and friends this year!!  

Have a happy Valentines' Day!

Amy


1.21.2016

Free Printable Valentines Week: Check Yes Valentines

Hi guys!  Welcome to day four of Free Printable Valentine Week here at My 3 Monsters.  If today is your first day here, check out the other printable valentines here:

Today I'm sharing these fun "Check Yes" Valentines:

I had to buy these pencils when I saw them in the Dollar Spot at Target.  These were my absolute favorite kind of pencils when I was a little girl!!  And the Valentine patterns on them -- SO DARLING!  The nostalgia of the pencils made me think of the notes we used to pass when I was a kid -- "Do you like me?  Check yes or no." -- then the person would check their answer and pass it back.  So silly.  I thought I would design a similar note that made the "choice" really easy and would ensure a happy Valentine's Day for everyone involved.


After you print the cards, use an X-acto knife to cut along the two gray lines at the top.  Extend the lines a little bit if you need to so that your pencil will fit.  Insert a pencil into the slits and you're good to go.  {I love a super-easy valentine idea!}


DOWNLOAD THE YES VERSION HERE
DOWNLOAD THE  MULTIPLE OPTION VERSION HERE

Enjoy!  Come back tomorrow for the final day of Free Printable Valentine Week.


Have a great day, friends!

Amy


1.20.2016

Free Printable Valentines Week: Put A Ring On It Valentine

Darling!!  Four non-candy valentine ideas even teens and tweens can appreciate with FREE PRINTABLES at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  Welcome back to Free Printable Valentine Week here at My 3 Monsters.  You can find the other fun ideas here:

Darling!!  Four non-candy valentine ideas even teens and tweens can appreciate with FREE PRINTABLES at my3monsters.com
I found these bags of ring erasers in Target's holiday section and immediately started singing Beyonce's "Single Ladies" in my head. {If you like it then you shoulda' put a ring on it...} Because I'm a dork like that. You can get a bag of 24 ring erasers for $3.00.  Can't beat that, amiright?!  These valentines are super easy to make.  All you'll need are the rings, the printables {available below}, and some baker's twine or other string.

Darling!!  Four non-candy valentine ideas even teens and tweens can appreciate with FREE PRINTABLES at my3monsters.com
Like yesterday's valentines, you can choose to print these with a cute geometric pattern on the reverse side.  Just download the printed back version below and choose double sided when printing.  It only costs a little bit more to print them double sided on cardstock, but I like the way it looks a lot better!  If you want a plain white back side, download the plain back version below and print single sided as usual. 


Once you have printed and cut out the cards, decide where you want the ring to be placed and punch two small holes so you can tie it on.  I used a small metal skewer to poke my holes -- use whatever you have on hand!  Then use a small piece of baker's twine {also available in Target's Dollar Spot right now!} to tie the ring onto the card.

Darling!!  Four non-candy valentine ideas even teens and tweens can appreciate with FREE PRINTABLES at my3monsters.com
This is the card my teenagers are most excited about handing out to their friends.  I guess the dorky humor runs in the family!  Come back tomorrow for another valentine idea.


Have a great day, friends!

Amy



1.19.2016

Free Printable Valentines Week: Our Future's So Bright Valentine

Super cute FREE non-candy valentine ideas with free printables at my3monsters.com.
Hi guys!  Thanks for coming back for day two of Free Printable Valentines Week here at My 3 Monsters.  You can find all the other fun ideas here:

  Today I'm sharing these "Future's So Bright" Valentines:


Super cute FREE non-candy valentine ideas with free printables at my3monsters.com.
When I saw these heart shaped glasses in the Target Dollar Spot, I fell in love.  How cute are they?! They come in packs of four for -- you guessed it -- ONE DOLLAR, making them
an affordable non-candy treat for your kids to pass out to friends and classmates on Valentines Day. I have really come to appreciate how wide-spread and serious food allergies are after working in an elementary school health office for a year and a half.  These Valentines are sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while ensuring no one feels left out!

Super cute FREE non-candy valentine ideas with free printables at my3monsters.com.
I've given you the option on these Valentines of having a plain white back or a cute geometric patterned back.  If you want the plain white back, select the appropriate version below and print single sided as usual.  For the the patterned back, just download the appropriate file below and select the double sided option when printing.  I think the pattern on the back makes it feel a little more "special" and it only costs a few cents more to print the copies double-sided. I always use Staples Copy & Print and they do a fantastic job every time.  


Super cute FREE non-candy valentine ideas with free printables at my3monsters.com.
Once you print the images, just use an X-acto knife to cut along the two dotted lines.  Insert the arms of the sunglasses through the slits and you're good to go!  Easy cheesy!



Super cute FREE non-candy valentine ideas with free printables at my3monsters.com.
I'm going to take these to school for my kiddos.  Can't wait to see their smiling faces!! Come back tomorrow for another candy-free printable valentine idea.


Have a great day, friends!

Amy


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