As far as I’m concerned, there is no BAD time for a piece of chocolate. Wouldn’t you agree?
I don’t, however, indulge very often, because chocolate isn’t all that great for you. Now, I’m not a healthy example for the masses, but I DO try to eat good things, and if I “indulge” in the bad ones, I make sure it doesn’t happen all that often.
But, thankfully, I’ve been introduced to something sweet that doesn’t fit the usual mold! It’s called Blissfully Better Chocolate.
Made in small batches and handcrafted in copper kettles, Blissfully Better’s Toffee, Caramel & Coconut Thins are the perfect indulgence. Certified Organic and sweetened only with low glycemic coconut nectar, their confections literally are Blissfully Better for you and your taste buds!
Most of you have read a post or two of mine where I talk about being born and raised in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, right?! I’m pretty sure that the key word there is WINTER, since most everyone else has strawberries go in season in late spring or early summer! Regardless of date, I will always have a spot in my heart for all things strawberry!
So when Shelly Dion contacted me with a post on strawberry DESSERTS…how could I refuse?! Trust me, you’ll be glad I didn’t! Check out her ideas!
Right around the end of May and early June, you can hardly drive down a country road without encountering at least a couple of signs advertising a “pick-it-yourself” strawberry patch. Strawberries are one of the earliest fruits of the season, and are rather simple to grow. If you don´t have a small patch of land to plant a few strawberry plants on your own, there are surely dozens of small farmers around your region that are growing one of summer’s most delectable delights.
Since strawberry harvesting has to be done by hand, it can be an extremely time consuming process for the small farmer. For that reason, many farmers set up “you-pick” systems where customers can come and pick to their heart´s delight. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise and enjoy a fun day as a family, you´ll also get a great deal on the strawberries you pick as they´re generally much cheaper than if you by them already picked.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
Believe it or not, strawberries are actually extremely healthy for you. They are packed with antioxidants and super rich in essential vitamins and minerals. On top of that, consuming strawberries regularly can reduce the risk of heart attack by over 30% in young and middle aged women.
The first family reunion I went to with my husband was quite the experience. And I mean that in the best way possible!
Once a year, my hubby’s family all packs up and heads for Kathleen’s house. (Kathleen is one of Jerrod’s aunts). By the high point of the weekend there are about 25-30 people, all staying in the same house. It’s crazy and amazing, all at the same time.
One of the things that I always thought was pretty neat was that in the mornings, all the aunts get up early and cook a huge southern breakfast for everyone. I mean, the works! And it was here that I was introduced to Chocolate Gravy.
My husband thinks this is all very amusing, since he’s grown up with chocolate gravy, but he wasn’t quite sure whether to be shocked or amused that I had no idea what he was talking about. Chocolate GRAVY? Like chocolate sauce? Is it a glaze? I didn’t get it!
Oh, but I get it now. And I make it on special occasions now, too. So, without further ado, I now present…