Chocolate covered strawberries!

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Chocolate covered strawberries are my absolute go-to guilty pleasure.  I don’t know why I don’t make these more often as they are delicious and they’re easy to make and look impressive to guests. They’re a quick and fun dessert to serve at your next party!

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Milk chocolate (I used Cadbury’s Dairy Milk)
  • 1tsp Vegetable oil
  1. Melt the chocolate with the vegetable oil in the microwave every 30 seconds until its melted and you get a smooth consistency
  2. After you wash the strawberries make sure you pat them dry with a paper towel before dipping them into the chocolate. Once dipped, place on a plate lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for about an hour.

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Care Package Ideas!

af1e4dc70c267b4d12313dbe8c0964e1A friend actually posted this on her Facebook page so I’m not too sure where she got this from, but wanted to share these great ideas to do a care package to send to your deployed soldier. Besides, the names are too cute 😛

Surviving the Sandstorm – eye wash, nasal spray, chap stick, bandana, goggles, sun glasses, eye drops, contact lens solution.

Laundry Load – laundry soap, fabric softener sheets, clean sheets, clean socks, clean undershirts & underwear, Febreeze.

Lotta Java – tea, cocoa, coffee singles, creamer, sugar, International Coffee tins, cookies, chocolates.

A Day at the Beach! – sunscreen, beach towel, beach snacks, flip flops (shower shoes), aloe vera gel, sunglasses, sand toys.

Medicine Cabinet – aspirin, Band-Aids, Strepsils, Neosporin, A&D ointment, cold medicine, Alka-Seltzer, Rolaids, vitamins, etc.

MRE/Mess Hall Survival Kit – restaurant size condiment packs of: bbq sauce, mustard, ketchup, mayo, relish, salt, pepper, taco sauce, ranch, cheese dip, etc.

Correspondence Carton – notebook paper, stationery, pens, pencils, stickers, envelopes, address book (filled in already), disposable camera.

Action Heroes – Power bars, squirt guns, Red Bull drinks, small Army figurines, comic books, Gatorade.

Bathroom in a Box – toilet paper, razor refills, foot powder, soap, washcloth, towel, shower shoes, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, aftershave.

Ruck Sack Snack Pack – packed full of his/her favorite snacks. Doritos, M&Ms, nuts, chips, crackers, jelly beans, beef jerky, gum, etc.

Breakfast on the GO – multigrain bars, instant oatmeal cups, small boxes of cereal, pop tarts, donuts, muffins, cocoa, tea, tang, coffee, etc.

I’m Nuts About You – peanuts, cashews, pistachios, peanut butter cookies, nutter butters, peanut lover’s chex mix etc. Anything with nuts it in.

Chili Today, Hot Tamale – Hot Tamales candy, small cans of chilli, red pepper flakes, spicy sunflower seeds, Cajun flavored Pringles, Spicy Chex mix, red hots, peppered beef jerky, Extreme Doritos, nacho cheese, Jalapeno Ritz, Tums and Rolaids.

This little piggy went to the sandbox – foot care kit, foot powder, boot inserts, foot lotion, foot file, clean socks, toe nail clippers, scrub brush, odor eater balls, foot soaks, and large Ziploc bags for foot soaking.

Dining room inspiration!

560168ba2a66d28b34b47ed75ac4999cBeing in the Army and always having to move around does become tedious to drag your furniture from one place to another, especially if your like me who has a shopping addiction and would buy anything  I like. That’s why the husband and I have waited on furnishing our dining room cause we weren’t sure if we were going to move again, but now that empty room looks way too dull, so its about time we put something in it.

I’ve been on Pinterest for ages and pinned a lot of pictures for inspiration on how to do up the dining room.

I’m loving this gorgeous chandelier. I realized that they don’t have to be expensive as a lot of household stores do some real nice ones for a lot less.

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Adding a pop of color such as flowers in a bright shade really bring the room to life.

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I definitely want a full length mirror leaning against the wall rather than going through the hassle of hanging it up. A large mirror in a small room does give the illusion of depth to it and makes the space feel lighter and brighter.

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I think from the pictures you can tell I’m leaning towards a black table with white/beige upholstered chairs. I like to keep furniture neutral that way it’s always easy to add any color through accents such as flowers, table linens, and dinnerware.