Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche recipe! Learn how to make this at home!

My first introduction to dulce de leche – a thick, rich, caramel-like spread – was when a friend brought me home a jar from South America. At the time I was still living at home with my parents, so I had to strategically hide it behind boxes of noodles in the pantry to save it from being devoured by my siblings.

Dulce de Leche recipe! Learn how to make this at home!

All too soon, my cherished jar of dulce de leche was empty. That was the last time I enjoyed this sweet spread until I was scrolling through Pinterest and I discovered you can easily make it at home. Miracles do come true!

Dulce de Leche recipe! Learn how to make this at home!

You can drizzle the dulce de leche on pancakes, ice cream, fresh fruit, or anything your heart desires! I’m convinced it tastes delicious on everything. Here is how you can make this simple spread at home!

Dulce de Leche

Ingredients:

  • Can of sweet and condensed milk

Recipe:

  • Peel the label off the can of sweet and condensed milk
  • Place the can of sweet and condensed milk in a large pot
  • Fill the pot with water until it covers the can completely (have a good inch of water covering the top of the can)
  • Place the pot on the stove and simmer for 3 hours
  • Keep an eye on the pot as it simmers, adding more water as needed to keep the can submerged in water
  • Remove the can from the pot and let cool before opening
  • Store the dulce de leche in an air tight container for up to one month in the fridge

At-Home Massage Gift Basket

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: At-Home Massage Gift Basket

Having a difficult time thinking of a Valentine’s Day gift? Try putting together a small themed gift basket! Things have been hectic around here lately, so relaxation was on my mind.

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: At-Home Massage Gift Basket

To give the gift of “relaxation,” I added little items that facilitate an evening of pampering: a Lush bath bomb, massage bar, and mini bottle of champagne. Search Spotify for a spa playlist and you have the perfect environment to let your stress melt away.

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: At-Home Massage Gift Basket

What relaxation items would you put in your gift basket?

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