Kitchen Creation: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Earlier this week I told you about our trip to Hollin Farms to pick strawberries. Never one to pass up an opportunity to try something new, I decided to try my hand at one of my favorite treats to eat: chocolate covered strawberries! I picked up a few supplies at Whole Foods including this amazing white chocolate:

Guittard Vanilla Milk Chips

Most of the recipes I saw mentioned a slow melt in the microwave, so I decided to try that method. I put 3/4 of the bag into the microwave and mixed it after each 20 second interval. The chips slowly began to melt into a bowl of delicious chocolate white chocolate perfect for dipping:

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Starting to melt at 20 seconds
40 seconds in
All melted

Once the chocolates were all melted, I mixed in the final 1/4 of the bag to bring the temperature of the chocolate down slightly. This ensured the strawberries had a nice shiny finish. Since this weekend was Memorial Day, and we were attending a BBQ at a friends house, I decided to decorate some for the occasion by dipping them in decorating sugar:

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Decorating station
Each strawberry gets a dip
Post Sugar Patriotic Strawberries
Red White and Blue

I repeated the process with milk chocolate as well, and even took a turn trying to alternate chocolate drizzles on the berries. The end result were delicious and a fun addition to a group BBQ. Simply place the strawberries in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to set and then take them to your party in your container of choice!

Finished Product!

Even if you don’t have a strawberry farm nearby, you can certainly try this kitchen creation at home.

From my home to yours,

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Pick Your Own Adventure

This weekend the Mr. and I, along with a friend, decided to take another turn at pick your own in Northern Virginia. A few years ago we went to Stribling Orchard to pick our own apples. While we enjoyed our time there, we wanted to see what else was out there. After some rather informal Googling, we decided to try Hollin Farms.

Located in Fauquier County, Hollin Farms didn’t take too long to travel to from the DC area. When we pull dup we saw that we would need to drive straight up a narrow windy road to make it to the orchard. I would have taken pictures but I was driving. Suffice to say that my little car had a somewhat difficult time making it all the way up and we had to deal with some inconsiderate drivers who decided to go straight down the center of a narrow road, but my little car is a champ and we arrived right around 2pm. Someone was there to direct us to a parking spot which was a very nice touch.

The views when we got to the top made all the dangerous driving worth it:

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We wandered around picking different types of apples including cameos and galas (two of my favorites).

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We chose a good time to go since we still had plenty of apples to choose from!

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We even saw a few lovelies hanging out eating some of the over ripe apples:

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One of the really nice things about Hollin is that they also have pick your own veggies and sunflowers! We didn’t pick our own veggies this time (it was in the mid 80s randomly so we were sweating and ready for some a/c) but it was still pretty to look at.

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The sunflowers were beautiful which surprised me. I always pictured sunflowers as a spring and summer flower but you learn something new everyday!

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All in all it was a lovely day and I think we have a new favorite place to Apple pick.

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Summer Lovin

We’ve finally reached the point of the year where I am happiest. It is super hot out most days, the farmer’s market is in full bloom, and a breeze on an afternoon walk feels like heaven. Others may tell you that they find it unbearable, but this weather is my jam.

This year the Mr and I decided to try out a few different plants on our porch garden. The main newbie being kale. It got a late start (just a couple of weeks ago) but I think it’s coming in nicely:

 

my little forrest...
my little forrest…

I think I need to spend a little time this weekend figuring out what exactly to do to make it grow in the correct manner, but so far the kale is LOVING our levels of sunshine. There’s something so nice about seeing something green grow based on your own efforts. ┬áIf anyone has any tips, share them below!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

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Full sized peppers!

So I’m trying to move away from just giving constant porch garden updates but I feel like I must today. I finally have a full sized pepper!

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It’s the size of my hand! Granted I have small hands but still, this thing is a success.

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