Sunday, March 14, 2010

happy chocolate covered strawberry sunday!

hi blog land! happy sunday. i am getting soooo excited. the celebrity apprentice starts tonight. we 'heart' that show. seriously. we normally HATE love sundays....but only when its apprentice time. we look forward to eating a yummy comfort food meal and then relaxing while we watch the craziness of these celebrities! too fun! i personally have grown to love bret michaels, after watching rock of love....(um, dont judge!)....but seriously, i think he seems to have a really caring heart....but he is on celebrity, as well as cyndi lauper, sharon osborne and quite a few well knowns!

this weekend was rather low key. i didnt do much of anything besides, laundry. we did do some shopping today and i signed up for a cake and cupcake class at williams sonoma, next sunday. they offer FREE classes every sunday and since i am a HUGE cupcake lover, i thought this is the perfect opporunity to learn some new home made recipes.......later this week, i am going to make some chocolate cookie dough cuppies, so i will share that.....

tonight, however we, meaning JP and the hailmeister (my youngest princess).....made chocolate covered strawberries. divine. scrumptious. sinful. yes, my friends, i, could EAT the whole plate of them myself....but seeing how i already had a 5 guys burger and fries for lunch, i refrained.

heres a pic of deliciousness themselves:

the pic is somewhat blurry....i really need to use my camera instead of my phone, but i am always in a hurry and its easier to click from the phone and send from there, rather then take the pic and then have to upload....blah. (in case ya havent realized....i am all about EASY. like, super easy.)

so in case anyone is interested in recreating these chocolate covered delights, here's how. (i am quite sure most of you know how to do this, but in the rare case some of you do not....well, here ya go

chocolate covered strawberries

1 package strawberries, washed and DRIED. (muy important step!)
8-10 ounces MILK chocolate (i cheated and actually just bought a bag of milk chocolate at the grocery store today. however, any candy, cake or cookie supply store sells the discs.

melt chocolate in microwave safe glass bowl for 45 seconds. stop and stir. heat for approxmately 20 more seconds. (chocolate is very touchy. its like a moody girl pms'ing. you have to make sure you time it just right or it will become a yucky, sticky, dry, MESS. so, play with the microwave. you would rather under heat then over. some people recommend melting chocolate on 50% power. the biggest step is just watching and stirring. the chips will appear not melted but as you stir, and the more you stir, you will find the desired consistency.

dip strawberries in chocolate, holding by stems. place on parchment paper and allow to dry. when giving as gifts you can then drizzle swirls of melted white chocolate, or other colors on top for a 'designer' effect!

enjoy~and i am quite sure, you will find that you can not eat just ONE of these little treats.

the other delight we had for dinner tonight were turkey nachos. very easy, and low fat. the best part. (trying to offset the fattening dessert....lol....

but here is a pic and an easy recipe. these are sooo yummy and you can basically make with anything you have on hand.

turkey nachos

one pound lean ground turkey
one package taco seasoning
garlic powder
salt
diced red onion, jalapenos, tomatoes, cilantro, red/green peppers
low fat sour cream and salsa for dipping purposes!
3/4 bag reduced fat shredded cheddar
tortilla chips

preheat oven to 400'. heat 1 tbsp olive oil in  pan and add ground turkey. brown meat. follow directions on taco seasoning and add to turkey. cook until liquid evaporates.

spray cookie sheet with pam. sprinkle tortilla chips in single layer on pan. add meat and diced toppings. sprinkle with cheese, garlic powder and salt.

bake for approximately 10 mins or until cheese melts.

these are the perfect 'meal' and not overly filling. serve with sour cream and spicy salsa! delish!

soooo thats the end of my weekend.....bloggies. i am super pumped to be back in the office tomorrow! lol. pause pause. NOT. i am going to try to blog twice this week. note word: "TRY".....and i am super excited....i received my FIRST cookie order. 9 dozen baby shower cookies. i will be starting those this week also....pictures coming.

enjoy the rest of YOUR sunday/weekend,

love and hugs,


terri

2 comments:

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh yummy food Terri! Thanks for the recipe and stopping by my blog to say hello! Have a wonderful week!

Hugs,
Maryjane

thetwentyfifthyear said...

OK I am coming over for dinner and dessert like, yesterday.