Champagne Infused Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Champagne Infused Chocolate Covered Strawberries

When you live 2.5 hours away from your family, you end up taking a lot of road trips. After a while I get sick of the top 40 radio stations and pester Ian into deep, thought-provoking conversations. During one of these conversations Ian asked me, “If you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?” Without hesitation I said, “chocolate covered strawberries.” Yes, I know. This is groundbreaking information.

Champagne Infused Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Sadly, Ian doesn’t share my love for chocolate covered strawberries. Therefore, I devised a plan to sneak my favorite dessert on the Valentine’s Day menu. My tactic of choice? Infusing the strawberries with alcohol.

Champagne Infused Chocolate Covered Strawberries

The end result was perfection. The dry champagne paired with the sweetness of the strawberry and the bitterness of the dark chocolate has your mouth savoring every bite.

If you are looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift idea a box of these strawberries would make anyone happy! Enjoy!

Champagne Infused Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 12 strawberries, rinsed and dried
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 1 bar of dark chocolate

Directions:

  • Place the strawberries in a bowl and submerge in champagne
  • Let the strawberries soak in the champagne for 12 – 24 hours
  • Remove the strawberries from the champagne and pat dry
  • Heat the dark chocolate in a glass bowl in 30 sec. increments in the microwave until melted
  • Dip each strawberry into the chocolate and place on a non-stick surface (I used a silicone mat)
  • Wait until the chocolate has hardened before serving
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Five Movie Night Essentials

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At the end of the week the mere thought of going out and fighting the crowds or scouring for a parking spot can tempt you to cancel your evening plans. To compromise, plan a casual movie night at home! You can snuggle up with blankets and enjoy hanging out with your friends or loved one. Here are five of my favorite movie night essentials.

  1. Popcorn: What is a movie night without popcorn?! I love to pop my own kernels with an air popper. With a light spray of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt this treat is ready for munching!
  2. Twizzlers: I’m team Twizzlers, but Redvines will do.  (Any Parks & Rec fans out there?)
  3. M&Ms: It may just be due to laziness, but I love to sprinkle a few M&Ms into my popcorn. It’s sweet + salty heaven!
  4. Junior Mints: These have been a movie-going favorite of mine since I was little! Ian is a Bunch-a-Crunch fan, so sometimes I mix it up and forgo the nostalgia for him.
  5. Cream Soda: We don’t keep soda in the house, so this may be the biggest treat on movie night! A local shop down the road stocks cream soda, so when we host a movie night we make sure to pick up a few bottles!

What are your favorite movie night snacks?

Milwaukee Date Night

Milwaukee Date Night | Beauty and Blooms

It’s rare Ian and I have a free weekend, therefore we took full advantage of our meeting-free Saturday and drove to Milwaukee. I was able to sneak in a bit of shopping between brewery tours and a romantic dinner in the Third Ward. While it was a short trip, I loved exploring the city where Ian grew up.

Milwaukee Date Night | Beauty and Blooms

Milwaukee Date Night | Beauty and Blooms

Milwaukee Date Night | Beauty and Blooms

Milwaukee Date Night | Beauty and Blooms

Milwaukee Date Night | Beauty and Blooms