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Chocolate Fondue

January 31, 2017
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I tend to be a savory over sweet person, but I certainly have my moments. I LOVE chocolate, and I also love my little mini-me who seems to be all about dipping lately. He loves to dip food into sauces. Ketchup, hummus, honey — you name it and he’s got his sticky little fingers in it. If that makes him eat more, I’m happy to oblige. I also love creating little traditions for holidays and other special occasions. Making fondue just seemed like the perfect Valentine’s day treat to make at home this year now that Braden is 2.5. Last year, we had a special Valentine’s Day family breakfast on the weekend where we exchanged a small gift or two (lots of Vday books for B) and ate  heart shaped pancakes. This is something I hope to continue for years even when it probably becomes annoying and embarrassing for him!

We actually received this fondue pot as a wedding gift 11 years ago, but we’ve never used it. (Yes, I was a child bride.) I’m glad I kept it!  You actually don’t need a fondue pot for making fondue. I think it makes it easier for serving and dipping, but I actually made the fondue in a regular pot on the stove then poured  into the fondue pot.

What you need:

  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (10 oz. bag)  – I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate but dark chocolate or white chocolate chips would be work well, too. I just thought semi-sweet would be better for a toddler.
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream – I usually shy away from using heavy cream in any recipes but since this is a holiday indulgence I decided to go big.
  • 1/3 cup milk – I used organic 2% because that’s what B drinks, and I had it handy.
  • Dipping options:
    • I found these adorable heart-shaped marshmallows and festive sprinkles. The sprinkles make it fun for kiddos. Braden also loves to sprinkle things on food when we’re making meals. He loves being a part of the cooking/prep! I hope that sticks around for life. 🙂
    • Fruit cut up in bite-size pieces such as apples, kiwi, pineapple, strawberries and blueberries
    • Angel food cake or brownies, rice krispie treats, etc. – my husband asked me where the angel food cake was when I was making this. :/ He has  a major sweet tooth. You can dip whatever your heart desires into chocolate but I tried to stick to fruit this occasion.
    • Suggestion: I think you could add a tsp of vanilla or hazelnut liquor to change up the flavor slightly. I’ve previously used Mexican vanilla and it was great.

Although I think Valentine’s Day is a bit of a manufactured holiday, I do love that it reminds us to take a moment to do something extra special for those we love. I prefer spending it at home rather than getting suckered into an inflated pre fixe restaurant dinner menu. And, I tend to have some pretty good wine at my house so that’s always a plus, too. 🙂

Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions you love?

Fashion + Style

Pink Dress with Bell Sleeves + Pink Wish List

February 8, 2018
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First off, February is like the new January. That’s how I’m approaching this month. I’m determined to knock a ton off my perpetual to do list, so count on hearing more from me in the next few weeks! Pink is a great transitional color, and it helps me get out of my hibernation funk.  I bet you’re probably like me and counting down the days until we transition to spring. I don’t care what that groundhog thinks, I need a little warmer weather in my life! I bought this feminine pink bell sleeve dress awhile ago and am just getting around to sharing some pictures we took in December for some family photos. Even though I bought this dress in the winter, I knew it would be great for spring, making it a perfect outfit for church, baby showers, etc. It’s on mega sale now, so if they have your size, definitely pick it up!  I’ve rounded up a few other pink dresses + other pink pretties currently in my online shopping cart, so check those out below, too.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I certainly have pink on my mind. A pop of pink is always a festive addition to any outfit that can work well beyond just the holiday.  I love these pink tassel earrings that I bought last year, and I find myself looking for more occasions to wear them and other pink pieces because it just puts me in a better mood! Now that I work from home, I’m definitely wearing more casual pieces, so I’ve also shared other everyday items like this cardigan,which is perfect for me since I can wear it with jeans or dress it up a bit if need be.

We’re pretty low-key when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but I love making it fun and memorable for my mini me. Here’s a fun dessert fondue that’s great for the holiday or just when you want to change up your usual dessert routine. It’s really easy to make and perfect for kids, plus you can make it your own by changing what you dip. Indulge more with marshmellows or stick with fruit to be a little more healthy. I’m planning on tackling treat bags and some sort of festive dessert for B’s Valentine’s Day party this weekend. I’m pretty much a slave to my kid. I guess that’s just being a mom, and one day he’s not going to want my heart-shaped pancakes and cheesy tchotchkes from the Target dollar section, so I’m going to enjoy it while I can!  Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day traditions? I’d love to hear them!

Photos by Tiffany Harston Photography