It’s Friday, the webinar is over and I have chocolate stuffed strawberries in my fridge.
It’s a good day people.
So, are you wondering what all that deliciousness above is about?
Well, let me introduce you to Foodie Penpals.
This was my first month joining the fun and how could I say no after finding out it’s basically all about sending and receiving treats with other people just as food obsessed as I am? Answer? I couldn’t.
The UPS man rings my doorbell pretty much every day (Ulysses has a slight Craigslist and eBay obsession) leaving me car parts, video games or most recently, motorcycle paraphernalia, but this month I finally got a package and it was filled with awesome goodies from my penpal, Kim in Texas.
At the beginning of the month, everyone receives their penpal to send to and who you will be sending stuff to you (they aren’t the same person). After a quick email exchange with my penpal, Kim basically telling her I have absolutely no dietary restrictions and to feel free to send anything, I was more than psyched when this box of local treats arrived. Also, she did a way better job of putting fun shredded newspaper in the box for shipping than I did for my penpal, Katherine who got about 25 plastic baggies shoved in between items. Sorry ‘bout that.
So far, I can attest to the amazingness of everything except the salsa which we haven’t opened yet but I doubt will disappoint. The popcorn was demolished during the Hunger Games last Sunday, caramel jalapeno for me, sea salt for Ulysses and the cute cookies have served as dessert for the last two nights. Texas was quite tasty.
Thank you, Kim!
If you want to participate in April’s Foodie PenPals just click the button below and it will take you to our amazing organizer, Lindsay’s site for all the details. You don’t have to have a blog to participate, everyone’s welcome!
On a completely unrelated note, I feel forced to share these with you. It’s nothing earth shattering, it was just my attempt to fix a chocolate craving without eating copious amounts of it yesterday afternoon. But then they turned out so cute and pretty (oh, and tasty) that you needed to see for yourself.
What’s better than dipping your strawberries in chocolate?
Stuffing them with it.
And adding some sea salt.
Since you have to slice the top off to stuff them, they become instantly poppable and therefore way more fun and dangerous at the same time.
I wouldn’t make much more than you want to eat because they’re pretty much impossible to resist every time you open the fridge.
- 10 strawberries
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- pinch of sea salt
- Wash and dry strawberries.
- Slice top off, lay strawberry on it’s side and with a sharp paring knife cut the core of the strawberry out being careful not to puncture through to the exterior.
- Slice a small sliver off the bottom of the strawberry so it will stand upright.
- In a small bowl microwave chocolate chips and pinch of sea salt for about 1 minute and stir until smooth.
- Carefully spoon chocolate into the cavity you’ve created.
- Immediately sprinkle more sea salt on top of the chocolate before it sets.
- Eat immediately or keep refrigerated to serve later.