Hi all, so sorry I’ve been gone for so long! This heat wave has been unbearable and thank goodness the heat is finally starting to break! I’ve been on a popsicle diet since the 4th…kiddin’…but seriously, it’s been so hot that the last thing I wanted to do was turn on stove or oven. I did however have a fourth of July cookout and was so ready to write about all the food and festivities but planning a BBQ for 15-20 people in 98 degree weather with chance of rain is not as pretty as all those food magazines make it seem. Now I’ve planned events before for large groups but the heat, compounded with a rainy forecast and my puppy chewing up my laptop’s power cord kind of threw things into a tailspin and by that point I was just done, spent. So the puffy pom poms I was going to use to decorate outside, the cute red, white and blue cupcake flags, the banner and streamers, the sparklers, all those party props just went out the door. I was so disappointed but then thought who can actually do all of that without a crew of people? Next time I’ll be a little more prepared and appoint a few but not going to beat myself up about it now. So here is a little something I made that maybe you can make for Labor Day or when ever your heart desires.
I saw these on Pinterest a while ago and just thought they were so adorable. Since I always like to spice things up I made my own version with white chocolate and cayenne pepper. You can also make these with milk chocolate or dark chocolate and skip the sugar.
Strawberries dipped in Spicy White Chocolate
1 pint strawberries
1/2 lb white chocolate
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Melt the chocolate in a double broiler and stir briskly. Add the cayenne pepper and stir. Dip a strawberry then dip again in a bowl of blue sugar. Repeat until all strawberries and dipped. Keep in the refrigerator if you’re not going to serve right away.