DeAnna - so cute!
The Bachelorette starts this summer and I just can't wait!
DeAnna - so cute!
12 oz. dark chocolate pieces
12. oz. white chocolate pieces
1 dozen strawberries
Wash and dry strawberries, leaving stems on. Melt white chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat and stir until creamy, about 5 minutes. Melt dark chocolate in same manner as the white chocolate. Dip the cooled strawberries into the white chocolate about half the way up. Place on wax paper until the chocolate has cooled. Next, dip the strawberries on 2 sides, leaving a V-shaped white center. Place on wax paper to cool.
Using a piping bag with a small nozzle, pipe on bow and a few buttons.
There are different chocolates. Chocolate liqueur is produced by grinding the cocoa bean nib (center) to a smooth, liquid state. It can then be cooled and molded into blocks also known as unsweetened baking chocolate. The liqueur and blocks contain roughly 53 percent cocoa butter. The semisweet (bittersweet) chocolate is a chocolate liqueur to which sweeteners and cocoa butter have been added. Also known as dark chocolate. According to government standards, it must contain at least 34 percent chocolate liqueur. Its fat content averages 27 percent. Sweet chocolate contains more sweeteners than semisweet chocolate and at least 15 percent chocolate liqueur. It is used mostly for decorating and garnishing. The fat content is similar to semisweet. Milk chocolate is cocoa butter, milk, sweeteners and flavorings which are added to chocolate liqueur. It lends itself to good use for garnishes and candy coatings. All milk chocolate made in the U.S. contains at least 10 percent chocolate liqueur and 12 percent whole milk. Finally, there is white chocolate and it contains cocoa butter but no nonfat cocoa solids. It is mostly used as a coating and contains sugar, cocoa butter, milk solids and flavorings.
A great way to use leftover chocolate is to melt it and dip pretzels, cookies, dried fruits, etc. into it for a great treat
You can take melted chocolate and cool it slightly and place in a piping bag and make chocolate swirls, etc. to decorate any dessert.
I served this the second Christmas that Mr. B. and I were married. It was my first "real" holiday hosting experience. I made a roast along with roasted vegetables and served this delicious and festive salad on the side. Mr. B.'s family was in attendance (my wonderful in-laws) and I got quite a few appreciative comments.
There must be some really crazy side effects of this stuff that the FDA is putting out a warning against cold meds but saying nothing about the poison they're pumping into kids and calling "vaccinations."
I took these pictures of Skylands, her summer home on the coast of Maine, from her website.
Her style in this home is pretty rustic, but I guess if I had a few homes to decorate I'd choose rustic for one of my styles too!
The picture below is probably my favorite. Wanna guess why?
It's a book corner! :)
Tootles, I'm off to dream and pretend that I live in this house!
When I'm stuck with a day
That's gray, And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin, And Say, Oh!
The sun'll come out Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on 'Til tomorrow
Come what may
Sister & Mrs. B. 20 years ago.
I realize this picture is a bit...nutty. I will not be creating a forest in my basement. (Much to the disapointment of my husband and son, I'm sure.) But I like the combo of green (although this green is a little too vivid for my taste) and deep blue. My basement has a chair rail dividing the wall and I'd love to use that chalkboard paint for the lower half on one wall.
My hands are itching to get ahold of the insane amount of toys with "small pieces," pack them all snug in their Rubbermaid bins, snap on the lids and stack them (oh-so-satisfactorily) on the shelves in neat little rows.
I will not post "before" pictures. It's too ugly. Just let your imagination run wild. (and then multiply that by 10.) But you can bet your boots I'll be posting the glorious results. It maybe be next year before we're all finished. Again, if you knew my husband...
Anthropologie is that store for me.
The clothes are classic but eccentric. Timelessly trendy. (I love a good oxymoron.)