Sunday, February 13, 2011
I'm Turning Into My Mother!
It's happening...It's finally happening. I'm turning into my mother!! But, I hope you read that in the most positive way possible because I am not ashamed or scared or worried or any of the other emotional connotations that typically go along with this phrase. No; I say I am turning into my mother in a proud, almost defiant way today. I am proud that I was able to make chocolate covered strawberries that people thought were wedding-worthy :) I am proud that I was able to defy all odds and get people to come to choir and sound incredible and have fun while doing it. I am proud that people have judged my age to be older than it actually is based solely on said strawberries :). Overall, today was just a happy and proud day for me.
I woke up on Saturday morning feeling the urge to make something for our ward choir (because I have learned that treats are the only thing that get results here), and I also wanted this treat to be Valentine's-ey, so chocolate covered strawberries were what first came to mind. At first I thought they would be impossible because they just take so long and I have no idea what I am doing here in a dingy little run-down apartment with electric stoves that are known to start fires somehow...still haven't figured that one out...but I called my mom and had her walk me through the process of how to dip the strawberries. It sounded doable and I figured the worst that could happen would be them not turning out, which would not be a big deal.
So I set to work borrowing random pots and bowls from my neighbor friends to create a makeshift double boiler. See below :)
I had a fun time at the store finding different kinds of chocolate and chocolate chips to decorate them with, too!
So I spent a while sorting the strawberries to find the biggest and most ripe ones since Utah's fruit supply is desperately lacking seeing as it's the middle of winter...
And then I just dipped them and had fun with it! It was surprisingly fun and my roommates were pretty impressed with the designs that came out :) I was surprised they worked as well as they did, too. I felt like my mom because the only time we ever have chocolate covered strawberries at home are when she makes them for the choir or for weddings.
...but something I have learned here at BYU is that when I say I am turning into my mother because of something I have done, it's always associated with a good feeling and sense of pride. So I guess I just wanted to take the time to thank my mom for teaching me the things I've used here in college :) Thanks, Mom!