Paul and I had a busy weekend and are currently working hard to settle into our new home in downtown Kansas City.  I will share more about that with you on Wednesday, including a couple photos of our new place.  I asked my friend Jackie of Domestic Fits to share a recipe with you that I know will be a hit.  I know that this will be a perfect snack for the Super Bowl or valentine’s day, or both!  xo ~C.

I get to do a guest post for Cassie. She’s moving, and to be honest, moving sucks. It’s sort of like a break up.

“It’s not you, house, it’s me.”

Oh, sure, moving is exciting. New people, new places, a new house.

But before you get there, there is so much stinkin’ work to do. More than you ever imagined.

And where the heck did all this stuff come from?! It’s an almost embarrassing amount of stuff crammed into all the dark corners and closets and now its unearthed and you have to deal with it. No longer able to ignore that box from your college dorm that you have no idea why you saved but also can’t bring yourself to just throw out. Dilemmas. So many moments of sitting on the floor, thinking, “Toss? Donate? Pack and move?”

And then you have to move it to a new house and then UNpack all of it. As in, find a place for this stuff that currently doesn’t have a place. More dilemmas. Where do you go, martini glasses? What about you, batteries and Sharpie markers?

You know what isn’t a lot of work? Chocolate covered strawberries. Seriously, so easy. You will amaze and impress your friends with the gorgeousness of these things. And feel free to pretend like you slaved away for hours. Especially if you make them for your Valentine, because, after all, he owes you.

How To: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted. Don’t over heat or your chocolate will seize and there is really no coming back from that.

Grab the strawberry by the leaves.

Dip in the chocolate and swirl around carefully until coated.

Hold above the coffee mug for a few seconds to allow the excess to drip off.

Place on a sheet of parchment paper to dry.

Push forward slightly to avoid a pool of dried chocolate forming in the front of your berry.

Allow to dry for about 15 minutes.

If you want to decorate them after you have dipped them, you can melt ½ cup of white chocolate chips in the microwave, being more cautious to avoid overheating, as white chocolate seizes easier.

Put into a piping bag with a small tip and decorate as you please. Allow the white chocolate to cool a bit, if it’s too warm it will be really runny.

PrintPrint Recipe

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
12-14 large strawberries, washed and dried (must be dry)

You will also need:
Coffee mug
Parchment paper

Directions:

In a microwave safe coffee mug add the dark chocolate chips. I’ve found this to be the best vessel for strawberry dipping. If the bowl you use is too wide then the melted chocolate is too shallow, and it’s hard to get the strawberries dipped.

Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted. Don’t over heat or your chocolate will seize and there is really no coming back from that.

Grab the strawberry by the leaves. Dip in the chocolate and swirl around carefully until coated.

Hold above the coffee mug for a few seconds to allow the excess to drip off.

Place on a sheet of parchment paper to dry.

Push forward slightly to avoid a pool of dried chocolate forming in the front of your berry.

Allow to dry for about 15 minutes.

If you want to decorate them after you have dipped them, you can melt ½ cup of white chocolate chips in the microwave, being more cautious to avoid overheating, as white chocolate seizes easier.

Put into a piping bag with a small tip and decorate as you please. Allow the white chocolate to cool a bit, if it’s too warm it will be really runny.

You can also sprinkle them with candy sprinkles, coconut or chopped nuts.