Thursday, January 17, 2013

Come on over!

After one year, I've decided to halt my blogging here for several reasons - the most important being focusing on making all my businesses about relationships. To that end, please join me in our exclusive group on Facebook. Lots of perks including first notice of all sales, new products, recipes, giveaways and everything else.

Feel free to stop by my other blogs: Ms. Veronicas Handmade and The Chocolate Snob

Monday, November 26, 2012

Make Cyber Monday Sweeter



Friends, as you do your Cyber Monday shopping, do remember that I can meet many of your gift needs! Our DOVE Chocolate products are NEVER RE-GIFTED! It's super easy just go http://friendsnchocolate.com and shop.

You can ship anywhere in the US or if you are local (070__ NJ) choose "party shipping" and add my name "Roanne Bacchus" as the host, I will deliver it to you.

Plus, spend $100+ and receive a free Martini Mix or your choice.

THANKS, I appreciate the support and know you will be happy with your purchases!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cocoa Spiced Potato Latkes



Makes approximately 12-15 latkes

You’ll need:

2 cups store-bought shredded hash browns or potatoes, packed
1/2 medium onion, grated
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons DCD Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Cocoa Rub
1 egg, beaten lightly
Sour Cream and/or apple sauce

Directions:

- Spread hash browns and onion on a kitchen towel and roll up jelly-roll style. Twist towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible.
- Transfer potato mixture to a bowl and stir in flour, salt, cocoa rub and egg.
- Heat 1/2 cup oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 5-6 latkes, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into skillet, spreading into 3-inch rounds with a fork. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes. Turn latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more.
- Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with additional salt and/or cocoa rub. Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep latkes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in oven. Serve latkes with a dollop of sour cream and/or apple sauce.

Originally posted at http://dovediscoveries.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/cocoa-spiced-potato-latkes/.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Post Super Storm Sandy - Shop and Help



Original blog post here.

I am still donating all commissions from purchases done under the host "Storm Help"  toward the storm relief effort in the NY & NJ area but only until November 30th. This allows time for your to receive your orders and time to send the donations to assist during the holidays. There are detailing instructions following.

I look forward to helping make your holidays sweeter.

Your Chocolatier,
Roanne.

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Online Party Shopping Instructions:


1. Go to http://friendsnchocolate.com
2. Click on the menu tab Shop Online
3. Browse the Ready to Eat Treats, Drinks, Desserts, etc. and add the items you want to your shopping bag
4. Click on Proceed to Check Out
5. Click on Order Check Out
6. On the next screen you will see two boxes. Choose the one that says, "Were You Invited to a Tasting Party" and click on "Yes, help me find my Host"
7. Type in my first and last name and click Search. (This is important – otherwise your order won’t be added to the party!)
8. When my name pops up, select the box next to it and click on Accept My Host
9. Proceed to Check Out
10. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact me at 201.470.4678.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ring In the Holidays.



I can't believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks away. I do hope all those affected by Sandy are recovering better than expected. I know normalcy is relative to your circumstance, but I have hope that it will be here by the holidays - for myself and as many as possible.

As we make preparations, here are some of our best current offers plus a couple freebies.

1 - All three bundles in our catalog are $10 OFF (see flyer here http://bit.ly/SPhtW3)
And you can use host dollars or host 1/2 priced item benefits toward these for an even better bargain.

2 - There are two new, direct-ship, easy gift options (see flyer here http://bit.ly/Xd9BoF)
These ship in a gift box and have customer favorites that can be shared among a family or co-workers. They will be sure to make the recipient happy and even help you be memorable to your customers.

3 - You can host a virtual holiday party - an easy option in the aftermath of Sandy - which still allows you to get your host benefits - which can mean free holiday gifts to keep or give. Alternatively, you can host an express party on a week-eveing and get all the benefits in less time. Call me at 201.470.4678 for specifics.

4 - I am still donating all commissions from purchases done under the host "Storm Help"  toward the storm relief effort in the NY&NJ area but only until November 30th. This allows time for your to receive your orders and time to send the donations to assist during the holidays. If you need help, there are detailing instructions at the end of this message.

Gift suggestion - see link below for more plus free recipes.

FREEBIE 1 - Wow your holiday guests with these easy recipes. http://bit.ly/WaRJsS

FREEBIE 2 - If your gift list is as long as your arm, here are suggestions to make is economical. http://bit.ly/UILeaZ

I look forward to helping make your holidays sweeter and I'm easily reachable at 201.470.4678.



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Online Party Shopping Instructions:

1. Go to http://friendsnchocolate.com
2. Click on the menu tab Shop Online
3. Browse the Ready to Eat Treats, Drinks, Desserts, etc. and add the items you want to your shopping bag
4. Click on Proceed to Check Out
5. Click on Order Check Out
6. On the next screen you will see two boxes. Choose the one that says, "Were You Invited to a Tasting Party" and click on "Yes, help me find my Host"
7. (You may need to scroll down a little) Type in the host first name - "Storm" and last name "Help" (This is important – otherwise your order won’t be added to the party!)
8. When my name pops up, select the box next to it and click on Accept My Host
9. Proceed to Check Out
10. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact me at 201.470.4678.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cocoa Butter - a reason if you need one.



(NaturalNews) Need another reason to love the cacao bean? As it turns out, cocoa butter has its own set of health enhancing properties apart from cocoa. External use of the butter clears everything from psoriasis to dermatitis to eczema, while conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease and cancer respond well to internal use. Cocoa butter is also nutrient dense -- supplying antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and beneficial fats. Frequently used in skin care products, this heavenly butter is also great for cooking, smoothies and raw food creations.

Food of the gods

Chocolate is considered a food of the gods for good reason. Nothing else quite compares to the texture, taste and complexity of this flavorful delight. While most of us are familiar with the rich, dark element of cacao beans, many are unaware of the health perks contained within its light-colored counterpart. Cocoa butter is what gives chocolate its smooth, melt-in-your mouth, satisfying quality. It is also an incredible source of vitamins, flavonoids, antioxidants and minerals. In fact, cocoa butter contains generous amounts of cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP) which has been shown to thwart cancer, prevent cardiovascular disease and ease arthritis. These same compounds also help to regulate excessive T-cell activity -- the root cause of immune system dysfunctions like psoriasis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Researchers believe that the oleic acid content in cocoa butter may lower the risk of heart failure as well. Oleic acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat which is also found in olive oil. For ultimate nutrition and flavor, source organic cocoa butter that is processed under low temperatures.

Monday, October 8, 2012

I feel like a celeb

I had the pleasure of doing the Sassy Girl Shop event the past week. There was a photographer from Bergen.com and he did a pretty nice job with his camera. What do you think? I thought it was pretty good. Plus, I got to share some delicious DCD.