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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Obsession

Summertime reminds of berry picking as a child so this recipe is the perfect summer treat! I might even consider adding raspberries too since they’re my favorite

Whisk Away Your Worries

Anyone that knows me knows I love the combination of chocolate and strawberries. My parents have made a tradition of sending me chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day. My roommates could tell you the unhealthy amount of strawberries dipped in Nutella I’ve consumed over the past few months. My favorite crepe at the local creperie is strawberry and chocolate. Strawberries are always my first choice to dip into a pot of chocolate fondue. Needless to say, I have an obsession.

I recently saw a recipe for a chocolate covered strawberry pie. Obviously, I was smitten with the recipe from first glance. I have been dying to try this recipe out and an unused carton of strawberries beckoned me to transform them into this decadent pie. I adapted the recipe to fit my own personal taste and I was very pleased with the final dessert.

The simplicity of this pie made…

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Not so local…but I can’t help myself…

Not my usual type of recipe to share but I’m sure plenty of people would enjoy this

Northwest Noshings and Ramblings

There are two things I usually have to try at a restaurant. One is bread pudding. The other is lobster bisque. Though I am much picker about where I order my lobster bisque from (no Red Lobster version for me).
Lobster has come down in price as of late (at least in my area) and so I thought I would make a bowl of it for myself at home. There is some work involved, especially since you make your own stock but it gives it a nice flavor.

Lobster Bisque

2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 tsp tomato paste
8 ounces unsalted butter
1-1/2 lbs Maine lobster
32 ounces water
2 cups heavy cream
2 bay leaves
½ cup dry sherry
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
Steam lobster in water until done, about 8 minutes. Save stock. Remove lobster meat from shell; set…

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Mickey Mouse headband

I feel like I’ve been away forever! My laptop bit the dust but I’m back.

Today’s post is a tutorial I did for another blog- iBetterAccessorize

When my oldest daughter was younger, I always made cute little bows to match her outfits; she had tons of hair accessories with ribbons, feathers & flowers. She’s 17 now but I have a 3 year old daughter for whom to make hair accessories! My little Taryn loves pinks & purples. Since she tends to wear those colors often, I decided to make a purple headband for her to wear with one of her favorite characters- Mickey Mouse!

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Supplies needed:
-low temp glue gun
-glue sticks

Supplies from iBetterAccessorize.com:
-4 inch Satin Pinwheel Flower
-1 ¼ inch Resin Rhinestone Mickey Mouse
-Feather Pad
-Satin Covered Plastic Headband
-1 inch Felt Circle

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1. Glue feather to felt circle: Start with the felt circle and glue the back of the feather to edge of felt circle as shown.
2. Glue Mickey to flower: Glue the rhinestone Mickey Mouse to the center of the pinwheel flower.
3. Glue flower to feather: Now you need to decide at which angle you want your feather in comparison to the rhinestone Mickey Mouse. A few ways that would look cute are- parallel to the Mickey Mouse rhinestone, perpendicular to the Mickey Mouse or at a 45 degree angle to the Mickey Mouse rhinestone. I chose to attach mine at a 45 degree angle. And no, I didn’t pull out a ruler, I just eyeballed it.
4. Glue flower and feather to headband: Place flower- feather assembly on the headband to determine placement. Once you are satisfied with the location, flip the flower-feather assembly over and glue in place.

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Your new headband is now ready to show off!

Love this accessory and want to make one of your own? 

Purchase all 5 pieces for only $7.25 + s&h by visiting iBetterAccessorize.com – you choose the color of the flower, feather, Mickey and headband!  You can find the direct link here: Lisa’s Purple Mickey Mouse Headband Pack

Check out the site, there’s tons of cool things there to make as well as pre-made items

World Prematurity Day

Today’s post is not a recipe, craft or party. Today I wanted to share something that affected my family 3 years ago & affects millions of families every year. Today is World Prematurity Day.

After wanting more children for many years, I had made peace with the fact that I would only have one child & was grateful for her. At 38 years old, I found out I was unexpectedly pregnant. At 20 weeks, I went for a normal anatomy scan to ensure the baby was growing normally. It was then that the technician discovered a problem that altered the course of my pregnancy.

After spending a couple weeks on bed rest & still getting worse, I was hospitalized. At 26 1/2 weeks, I found myself going into premature labor. I was given Magnesium Sulfate to stop the labor, but it was unsuccessful. The next thing I knew there was a flurry of activity in my room. The on-call doctor, nurses, anesthesia, neo-natologists & others rushed into my room. There were so many people in my room, I lost track of who they all were.

My husband called all our family to let them know that our baby girl was entering the world way too early. I was brought to the OR & gave birth to a baby girl, Taryn Elizabeth, who was born weighing 1 pound 13 ounces; 13 1/2 inches long. After pausing briefly so we could catch a quick glimpse, Taryn was whisked away into the next room where the team went straight to work on her.

After being released from recovery, I was brought up to the NICU to see Taryn. I was so enamored with her right from the start. It was quite a shock to see her hooked up to so many machines & tubes, but she was still precious to me.

Every day after being discharged I drove the 14 miles to the hospital twice, sometimes 3 times a day to see my little angel. She fought so hard to stay alive. We took pictures of her daily, keeping a photo journal of her progress. I loved bonding with her via kangaroo care, feeding & bathing her.

I remember how excited I was the day she drank from a bottle; wearing clothes for the first time; the day she came off the CPAP & eventually the nasal canula.

Four blood transfusions, an infection requiring surgery,  too many episodes of apnea & bradycardia to count & 13 1/2 weeks in the NICU, she was finally discharged.  It was a surreal moment for us after trekking to the hospital daily to finally bring her home with us. 

Now she’s 3 & a relatively healthy little pre-schooler who’s a ball of energy! I know the prayers of so many helped her win her fight for life, along with her own will to survive. It’s certainly not something I would wish on anyone, but with the support of family, friends, church, the amazing staff at Bridgeport Hospital & The Tiny Miracles Foundation, we got through it.

For more information, please go to the March of Dimes