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Chocolate covered strawberry hangover

Yesterday, I made it very clear that all I wanted to do for Mother’s Day (in between going to church in the morning and serving at church at night) was to sit by the pool with a book in one hand and a margarita in the other.

I totally got my wish. And it was fabulous.

I also treated my mom to chocolate covered strawberries and to lunch at our favorite little cafe. My kids spoiled me with some new jewelry and a heavenly chocolate mousse that has become somewhat of a tradition. My stepson gave me a sweet origami flower he made (you stepmoms probably understand how huge it is to receive any kind of gift from your stepchild!  I almost cried!). And I replenished the chocolate covered strawberries we’d been snacking on all day with new ones because they were just so dang good.


By the end of the day, I was full of chocolate, kissed with a sunburn, and happy as a clam.

This morning I woke up totally dehydrated and feeling like I wanted to die. Seems I kind of forgot about drinking water yesterday.

It was almost noon when I started to feel somewhat human again. Before then, I was haunted by images of chocolate covered strawberries, and I swore I would never eat one again, so help me God. Instead, I sipped on my coconut water in a furtive effort to rehydrate with the nasty tasting liquid. One can later, and I think I’m going to survive.

And I’m dreaming, once again, of chocolate covered strawberries….

P.S. The above strawberries are super easy to make. Melt some chocolate chips (the darker, the better, IMO) for 1 minute in the microwave, stir, then for 30 seconds more. Dip washed (and dried!) strawberries in the chocolate and then rest on a covered baking sheet (parchment or wax paper works best. We were out of both, and foil worked just fine too). Melt white chocolate according to the package – careful not to overheat because it gets gross. Dip your spoon in, let a bit drizzle down, and then whip it back and forth over the strawberries (I whip my spoon back and forth!) to create the desired effect. Refrigerate strawberries until chocolate hardens, about 15-30 minutes or so.

In the meantime, find various other items to stick in the leftover chocolate – bananas, peanut butter, your finger… The kids and I hate to see good chocolate go to waste, so this is probably our favorite part. 🙂

Hope your Mother’s Day was fantastic….and that you remembered to drink plenty of water!

Microwave Chocolate Cake

The other night, Mr. W had a hankering for some chocolate cake.  Chocolate cake and me do not get along.  Or rather, chocolate cake loves me so much it wants to stay on my thighs forever despite how many lunges I put them through.  So the idea of a whole chocolate cake in the house was not exactly my favorite.  Plus it was 9pm, and the stores were closing.

However, I did remember coming across a recipe for a single cup of chocolate cake that could be made in the microwave.  This seemed like a worthy challenge to undertake, so I set to perusing the world wide web of Google and came across a promising one.  The result was about 3 minutes of mixing and 2 minutes of microwaving to come up with a spongy version of moist cake.  It wasn’t like a traditional piece of cake, but it put to rest the Mr’s chocolate craving. And he may have been slightly impressed by my “baking” skills, being that I had this in front of him within 5 minutes.

I gave Mr. W and plain piece of cake, but I bet this would taste fantastic with a little caramel drizzled over the top, or a Hershey’s Kiss placed on it to melt.  But be warned, while delicious, this dessert is extremely hot when it first comes out of the microwave.  Let it sit for a bit before diving in.

P.S. The cooler the cup, the better this tastes. That’s why we chose the stylish mug motifs of ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ and some brilliant red hearts. 😛

Microwaveable Chocolate Cake
recipe from The Food Network

1/4 cup flour
2 Tbl sugar
2 Tbl cocoa powder
1 egg
3 Tbl milk
3 Tbl veg oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
dash salt

Directions: Whisk all ingredients together in a microwaveable mug until smooth, then microwave until puffed – about 2 minutes.