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CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries TSCL - CopyChocolate Covered Strawberries are so expensive if you buy them in the store but so easy to make.  Make some for your sweetheart, children, friends and family for Valentine’s Day.  You can use your imagination and do all kinds of decorating to make them unique. I love them and they don’t last long at my house! Show some love for Valentine’s Day!

1 cup chocolate chips (you can use any kind of chips you like)

1 tablespoon shortening (you cannot use butter)

Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl, preferably glass and something not too tall or big.  Microwave for about 2 minutes on high. (You can do it on the stove top if you don’t want to use the microwave)  Remove chips and stir until they are smooth.  Dip strawberries in chocolate and place on plastic wrap.  I just use my fingers when dipping but you could insert a toothpick in the top of the strawberry and dip that way.  Let chocolate harden on the berries. You can put in refrigerator or a cool place about 35 minutes.  If you want white stripes on the strawberries, melt white chocolate chips and drizzle over the chocolate.  You can use sprinkles, sea salt, do half white and half dark chocolate, sprinkle on nuts or whatever you like.  One cup of chocolate chips does about 15 to 20 strawberries depending on the size of your berries.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!

You might also like my recipe for Kentucky Bourbon Balls.

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SOUTHERN PECAN PRALINES

Southern Buttermilk Pralines - CopyThis Pecan Praline recipe is a Southern favorite.  A very sweet and sugary candy laden with pecans and so famous in New Orleans.  There are many different recipes for this treat but most of them contain milk, sugar and pecans. A wonderful Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or anytime gift everyone will enjoy.  Make some of these delicious treats and share with friends and family.

2 cups pecans

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup buttermilk

6 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine, pecans, white sugar, brown sugar, buttermilk and butter in a good sized pot on top of the stove.  Bring to a boil on medium high and cook to soft ball stage.  (Soft ball stage means drop a small amount in ice water and it forms a soft ball when you pick it up out of the water and roll between your fingers) You can also use a candy thermometer and cook to 234 degrees. Remove pot from heat, stir in vanilla extract,  cool for a few minutes and beat with a spoon until becomes thick and creamy.  Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.  Makes 12 to 15 pralines depending on size you make them.

You might also like my recipe for Kentucky Bourbon Balls.

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TOP THREE RECIPES FROM LAST WEEK

Pineapple Fritters, Mashed Potato Casserole and Crock Pot Santa Fe Stew topped the chart last week for our top three recipes.  I have combined all the visits from Pinterest, Facebook, and around the internet. Clicking on the name of the recipe under the photo will take you to the recipe page.    Enjoy!

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Pineapple Fritters

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Mashed Potato Casserole

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Crock Pot Santa Fe Stew

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CROCK POT ROUND STEAK WITH PEPPERS AND ONION

Round Steak with Peppers and Onions TSLC (2)This is an easy crock pot dish that I have made for many years and great comfort food.   It always goes over big with both friends and family.

1 (2 to 3 lb.) round steak, cut in serving size pieces
1/2 to 1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup oil (I use Canola Oil)
1 large onion, cut in rings
2 green peppers, cut in rings (can use red or orange, too. I use all three)
2  (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
 
 Cut round stead in serving size pieces.  Roll in flour that has been seasoned with the pepper, salt, oregano and garlic powder.  Brown in oil on each side.  You don’t completely cook the meat just brown it good.  Place browned meat in slow cooker and put the rest of the ingredients on top of the meat.  Cook on high for 4 hours or low for about 6 hours. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
 
This is wonderful served over mashed potatoes!  Can also be served over rice or pasta. You could make this in a skillet on top of the stove, too. Just brown the steak, add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer until steak is tender.  Enjoy.
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