Happy Valentine's Day DoDevotee's!
We want to share a couple of inspirations for this special day. First off, how about a quote by Jane Austen? There are so many to choose from, but this one strikes our fancy today:
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A couple of days ago Army Wife Network shared a post on Instagram about making chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine's Day. Being as we are from Oregon, it's emotionally a little hard for us to buy California strawberries, but we love chocolate dipped strawberries and didn't want to wait until June when the local Hood strawberries (which if you have never had them are simply AMAZING) are in season.
Two weeks ago, a post on Pinterest for Bailey's strawberries and cream cupcakes caught our eye. Having made homemade Bailey's in the past (usually for St. Patrick's Day), we thought we'd adapt that recipe to take on this new flavor combo. Here is our dairy-free version that is simple to make and sure to please.
Start with 1 cup of washed and quartered fresh strawberries. You could probably use frozen ones if you have them, and since they're frozen they'll blend up easily if you let them thaw first.
In a food processor or Magic Bullet blend the strawberries with 1 cup of Jameson's until very smooth. If you like bits, then leave 'em. If not, let it blend until completely smooth. (OR, pick or strain out the bits and enjoy those before proceeding ;-) Pour strawberry/Jameson's mixture into a quart jar.
Blend 1 can of full fat coconut milk or if you don't need to worry about dairy you can use 1 1/2 cups whipping cream with 1 cup of honey or sugar until fully dissolved. Add to that 1 tsp vanilla and fresh lemon juice (the lemon juice makes a big difference!) and 1/2 tsp almond extract.
Add this milk and honey mixture to the blended strawberries and Jameson's in the quart jar and shake well to mix. If you want a brighter pink color add a drop of red food coloring. Store in the refrigerator until ready to drink. Shake well again before serving.
While your lovely mixture is in the fridge, melt chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in separate small cups in the microwave. No need to measure exactly. It doesn't take much. If you are only making a dozen or so, then 1/4 cup of each will be plenty. Dip clean dry strawberries into either chocolate. We did some of each. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If eating within a few hourse leave out at room temperature. Once you put them in the fridge they will begin to "weep". They will still taste great, but they look their best when kept at room temp.
You can get fancy by putting the remaining melted chocolate in a snack size zip bag and snip off one corner to make a simple pastry bag to pipe on the dipped berries. We sprinkled a little red sugar on just for fun.
Which brings us back to Jane Austen's quote. As you can see, 2MyHero does things well. We don't just say nice things or think nice things. What we do is create contemporary, meaningful greeting cards to help civilians build bridges of respect and appreciation to their military loved ones.