Praline French Toast & Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Mom’s Birthday!

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Walking Through the Bible in One Year —
Bringing the Story to Life
This weeks reading plan per day:
Monday (Gen. 25-26) Tuesday (Gen. 27-29)
Wednesday (Gen. 30-31) Thursday (Gen. 32-34)
Friday (Gen. 35-37) Saturday (Gen. 38-40)
Sunday (Gen. 41-42)

Joining Tuesdays With Dorie online bakers was so fun for me! I made White Loaves with over 300 other bakers and looking at other’s pictures and experience has been fun. If you want to also read what others had to say about the experience you can click on Tuesdays With Dorie and the link will take you to the comments! Next recipe: January 21 —Chocolate Truffle Tartlets!  Stay tuned!
From the looks of my absence from the blog this week it may appear the White Loaves tired me out! But not so. Truth is, Wednesday was mom’s 81st birthday, my step-son Rob was here visiting, and the days were too full for blogging!  Now, speaking of White Loaves I used a loaf of this delicious bread and turned it into Praline French Toast.  You can retrieve the recipe from the first posting on November 1, 2011.  However, for mom’s birthday her plate looked something like this with the added treat of a Chocolate Covered Strawberry!
At the end of today’s post I will show you how to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries – fast and easy.  And just in time for Valentine’s Day!  But first, a few photos from a fun day out for mom’s 81st!  After our hearty breakfast of Praline French Toast, crispy bacon, and cheesy scrambled eggs, we took a drive to Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee!

The day was partly sunny and a little brisk but that didn’t bother us.  After all, it is February!  Of course, we had to head to the highest point on the Mountain which ironically is named “Point Park!”  We wandered through this beautiful place which is a National Military Park and memorial to the Civil War battles fought here.  It was a little scary “looking over the edge” but I held on tight to mom … or is she pushing me over?  Yikes!Not too worry though, mom had her two body guards with her.  This picture gives new meaning to Beauty and The Beasts!  Sorry boys — my darling husband and my step-son Rob were our tour guides for the day!
All in all a lovely day up on the mountain.  And we still had a few Chocolate Covered Strawberries to eat when we got home!  Speaking of which, your Valentine will fall head over heals in love when you share chocolate covered strawberries made lovingly by you.  Trust me, they are so easy you will wonder why people pay BIG BUCKS for them at the gourmet candy stores.  You will need two ingredients … strawberries and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Gently wash the strawberries and pat dry with a paper towel.  For 6 large strawberries I used about 1 cup of chocolate chips (with some chocolate left over for next time.)  Place chips in a microwaveable glass dish, preferably not too big, but big enough to hold the one cup.  I use a small bowl that is smaller at the bottom and larger at the top.  It makes it very easy to swirl the strawberries.  VERY important … chocolate will burn very easily in the microwave.  Start with 45 seconds on high.  Remove and stir.  Return to microwave another 30 seconds. Remove and stir.  Chips should be close to melted at this point.  If not, return for 10 to 15 seconds until melted and smooth.  Should not take more than 1 1/2 to 2 minutes total.

Next step, take your dry strawberry, dip into melted chocolate and swirl to cover the strawberry completely, except for the top greens.
Remove from the chocolate, letting it drip if necessary.  Place on parchment paper or tin foil until the chocolate is set.
Chocolate covered strawberries only need an hour or so to set up.  They are best eaten as soon as possible.  You can keep them in the refrigerator up to 2 days, but it is not really recommended as strawberries degrade fairly fast.  For more information on storing chocolate covered strawberries check out this link at eHow Food.

My Valentine will definitely receive a chocolate covered strawberry this Valentine’s Day and I hope yours will too!

Many Blessings and Happy Dipping!

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