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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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It's a shame we tend to reserve this decadent treat for only the fanciest of occasions. It's even more of a shame how much chocolate shops charge for them. They can cost an average of $40 for one dozen, while they cost under $10 to make. Chocolate covered strawberries are so easy and inexpensive to make. If you know how to work a microwave, you can make these! I've been making chocolates for a few decades now, but the ones pictured above don't require any special techniques or equipment. I promise.



Ingredients (makes one dozen)
  • one 12 ounce bag of milk chocolate baking chips (can also use white or dark chocolate)
  • 12 medium size strawberries
  • chocolate sprinkles or topping of your choice
Essential Tools
  • microwavable bowl
  • wax paper


Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry the strawberries. *Make sure there is no moisture on them before dipping in the chocolate. Leave the stems on; it helps with dipping, looks nice for presentation, and gives guests something to hold onto when they eat the strawberries.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl on high for about a minute or two, or until thoroughly melted. *Cook no more than one minute at a time and stir. If you use a deeper, smaller bowl, it makes it easier to dip the berries.
  3. Line a tray with wax paper.
  4. Grab each strawberry one at a time by the stem, gathering all the little leaves up then dip the opposite end into the chocolate, coating each side. I like to dip it straight down then pull it toward the side of the bowl and back to the center then repeat several times around the strawberry to give it an even and smooth coating.
  5. Place each berry onto the wax paper to set. Before the chocolate cools, (immediately after dipping) sprinkle on the chocolate sprinkles or other toppings like coconut flakes, mini M&M's, toffee bits, mini chocolate chips, etc.
  6. Let cool completely for about 45 minutes then transfer to an airtight container until you're ready to serve them.
  7. To give as a gift, place each berry in a chocolate-brown paper baking cup and arrange in a shallow gift box.


Wrap Them Up & Give Them Away as a Gift
B00E5ALGG8 Chocolate Brown Cupcake Baking Cup Liners 50 Count
B0055E9W96 Large Treat Box 8""X8""X4"" 3/Pkg-White
B0049AS2R0 3/8"x100 yds Double Face Satin ribbon-Red

These will keep for a few days in the fridge, but I suggest you buy fresh strawberries and do not refrigerate, especially if you're making them for a party. Condensation can form causing the strawberries to get mushy underneath the chocolate and causing the chocolate to not look so pretty. Even worse, it makes them hard and cold and uncomfortable for guests to bite into.


See More Decadent Chocolate Recipes







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