Sometimes Homemade Is Better

I’ll admit it.  I’m not great at Valentine’s Day.  I’ve tried and failed miserably.  Today I forgot the card… but I did try something new that turned out to be a hit; making homemade chocolate covered strawberries.

I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but I thought, “How hard could it be?”

My oldest is a Pinterest fanatic so I had her do some research.  She found some “how-to’s” and sent them to me.  After seeing them my confidence was bolstered.  It didn’t seem too difficult.

All we needed was some fresh strawberries and some semi-sweet chocolate.  We had the chocolate in the pantry.  All we need was the strawberries.

Closeup of Strawberries

My youngest and I were “out and about” today and picked some up. On our way home we called my oldest.  She got the chocolate melting.  We have a Chocolate Pro Melting Pot from Wilton.

Wilton Chocolate Pro

Normally, it only gets used at Christmas time for making almond bark pretzels.  It works really well!  I highly recommend it.

The chocolate was melted by the time we got home and washed the berries.  I washed them.  My youngest dried them.  She did a great job because I told her the chocolate wouldn’t stick as well if they were wet.

We took turns dipping berries and putting them on a cookie sheet.

Pot of chocolate and strawberries

Unfortunately, we didn’t get them done before my wife got home from work.  That was OK, though.  I think she enjoyed hearing my daughter say, “Look Mom! We’re dipping strawberries in chocolate!”

Finished Chocolate Strawberries

Closeup of finished strawberries

We had a fantastic supper prepared 100% by my oldest. (Seriously, teach your kids to cook)  Then, it was time to try the berries.  They were GREAT.   You could tell by our messy faces!

Yummy Chocolate

The best part?  Making them ourselves made a great memory and saved us a ton of money!  A local place was selling 6 chocolate covered strawberries for $9.99. We made 39 of them for less than that.

If you’ve never tried making your own homemade chocolate covered strawberries I highly recommend it!

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?

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A Little Morbid But A Great Idea

Social media continues to evolve… and this week Facebook took the next step in it’s evolution.  They are rolling out a “legacy contact” feature.

What exactly is a legacy contact?  It’s someone you give permission to control your Facebook account in the event of your death.  Yeah, I know.  Not something you really want to think about… but something you probably should.

We all should have wills to direct our wishes upon death.  This is sort of like granting an executor of your digital Facebook will.  In my case, I chose my wife.

It was really easy too!  A couple clicks in account settings and you’re good to go.  I set up mine through the app on my Nexus 7.  You can even have Facebook notify your legacy contact.

So, what do you think?  Is this creepy or necessary? Will you designate a legacy contact?  Who will it be?

If you’re looking for specific instructions on how to set this up check out this article from Lifehacker.

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5 Things I’m Teaching My Kids About Work

When it comes to the subject of “work” I don’t like where society is headed.  Laziness and mediocrity seem to be more commonplace… and more acceptable.

That’s not cool with me!  So it’s my wife and my job to make sure our kids develop a good work ethic and values in line with ours.  With that in mind I offer up this:

5 Things I’m Teaching My Kids About Work

1.  Not everyone will work hard.  Don’t let them bring you down. Never settle for doing just enough to get by even if that’s the way those around you operate.

“Good is the enemy of great.” - Voltaire Click To Tweet

2.  Sick days are for when you’re sick… not when you just don’t feel like showing up.  Suck it up and get to work.

3.  Never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself. This is especially important when you become a leader.  If those working under you have seen you do every job and working hard at it they are more apt to do the same.

“Team spirit promotes greater accomplishment.” - Lailah Gifty Akita Click To Tweet

4.  You should take pride in your work.  If you bust your butt and accomplish something you should feel good about it.  For example, if you work hard cleaning and rearranging your room you should want to stand in the doorway and admire your work.

5.  You need a break from work.  Technology is blurring the line between home and work… but as much as possible you need to separate the two.

There’s a reason I don’t forward all my work emails to my phone.  I need a break.  There are parts of my job that I could do from home.  I try to only do them when it’s absolutely necessary.

Getting a break from work also allows you to recharge.  That way when you do get back to work you can give it all you got!

“When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.” - Dr. Seuss Click To Tweet

What would you add to this list?

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