My teacher friend is super trendy and fashionable.   As our students would say, “She’s on fleek!”  I swear, she should be a fashion blogger.  Hey, that’s a good idea!  I’m going to tell her.

Anyhow, we’re currently off for summer, but during the school year, we always walk to Starbucks during lunch to help us get through 7th & 8th period.  Well, one day, she told me that her Mom still takes her and her sister back-to-school shopping every year; it’s been their tradition since they were kids.  That is so cute!  Gotta love Moms!

She then mentioned that she needed to clear out her closet and donate some of her clothes.  Well, this hoarder immediately said, “Donate them to me. I love hand-me-downs!”  I get so excited when I get to sort through bags of things people don’t want.  One man’s trash…

The next day, she showed up to work with a bag full of goodies.  I kid you not, I wear at least one of her donated items every week.  No shame.

Earlier this week, she texted me and asked if I wanted some more goodies (she had just gone back-to-school shopping).  Of course, I said yes!  She offered to drop them off today; I can hardly wait to sift through her stuff!

As I waited, I decided to make her some chocolate covered strawberries as a small way to thank her.   They’re far from looking professional, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

To make your own chocolate strawberries, you will need:
1 cup chocolate chips
1 dozen Strawberries
1 sheet of wax paper
1 boiling pot
1 bowl

1) Pick out 12 large strawberries that are all approximately the same size.  Wash and dry them with a paper towel.  Make sure they’re dry, or else the chocolate won’t stick to them.Chocolate Covered Strawberries Ingredients

2)  Melt the chocolate.  Do this by putting water in a pot (about an inch high).  Place the bowl over the pot, and put the chocolate chips in the bowl.  Turn up the heat.  As the water boils, it will steam and melt the chocolate.  You can microwave the chocolate too, but you risk burning it if you zap it too long.DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberries

3)  Cover the chocolate with a lid to speed the process, and occasionally stir with a spoon until everything melts.  Turn off the heat.   Dip and roll each strawberry in the chocolate (a 360º turn).  Place the dipped strawberries on wax paper, and place them in the fridge to chill/harden.Chocolate Covered StrawberriesChocolate Strawberries

4)  Take the boiled water from the pot, and pour in the bowl.  Stir it around with a spoon to remove the chocolate.  This will make clean up much easier for you.   You definitely don’t want the chocolate to dry in the bowl.Homemade Chocolate Strawberries

5)  Place the strawberries in cupcake wrappers, and you’re done!   I chose orange and teal – our Duo colors!   Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I hope my coworker knows how much I appreciate her!  Thanks, Amos Def!

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