Start drinking cold coffee on purpose – DIY cold brew coffee concentrate.

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I stopped drinking coffee in October. I literally quit cold turkey. I didn’t do it on purpose. I did it because my body (and baby) made me. It’s probably good I stopped drinking coffee because I was drinking at least 2-3 cups a day, if not more.

I’ve started drinking coffee again but have decided decaf is the route for me. I’ll be honest, was addicted to coffee and it’s been nice learning to function with having to rely on caffeine.

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible for me to enjoy a warm cup of coffee now. I pour myself a cup and then suddently I need to feed, change, and dress the baby and by time I come back to my mug, my coffee is cold. So I figured, I need to just start drinking cold coffee on purpose.

There’s no easier way to enjoy cold coffee than by having a nice cup of cold brew iced coffee! Today I’m sharing how to easily make a batch of cold brew coffee that you can enjoy all week long for a FRACTION of the cost of Starbucks or Dunkin’.

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NYE — A little re-branding

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I can’t believe 2017 is coming to a close. It’s been such an amazing year. Although you wouldn’t know this from reading my blog (because I think I’ve only posted once or twice this year), there have been so many great changes that took place this year.

My husband and I purchased our first home, adopted a dog, and had an all around great last 365 days.

I’ve had so many observations over the last year that has led me to wanting to make some changes when it comes to my blog. Pinch Plate Party was originally supposed to be a food, entertaining, and lifestyle blog. At the end of the day. It hasn’t really been much of anything.

I want to do better. And I know I say that every year. But I do. This isn’t really a resolution — I just want to blog about my everyday life. This could turn out to be a failure, but, my blog is already a bust so why no try something new.

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Niagara Falls

Get ready to see a lot more content… and a lot more random content about my everyday life.

Most likely my content will focus on life, thoughts, finances, food, DIY, and some travel. Really just a compilation of who I am. If you know me personally, you know I’m always moving a mile a minute and constantly have SO MUCH going on in my head.

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Niagara Falls

Over the last year I’ve made observations about my own finances, my friends finances, and just general observations around millennial finances. I want to create some conversations around that.

Since buying our home I’ve done some small remodeling projects around the house. I’d love to share my successes and failures around that as well.

I still cook a lot, but I’ll be honest, I’ve subscribed to a food box because as life gets more hectic, I don’t always have time to grocery shop and create recipes from scratch. So there will be some variety around the food aspects as well. And don’t worry… We still eat out too.

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And travel… AHH. I love to travel. I already have two trips planned for 2018 and I can’t wait to share those travels and many more with you as well.

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Milan, Italy

So as I said. Just get ready. This could be a hot mess. But my attempt to stay “on-brand” has just kept me from being creative. I love writing and I love creating and I love sharing a little bit of me with you.

I hope you enjoy what is to come.

Cheers to a new year!

My Sweet Valentine – Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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This Valentine’s Day will be my and my husband’s first Valentine’s day as a married couple. This year will be very special because the holiday not only falls on a Saturday, but it also falls on the weekend William has off from work (and if you know someone who works in retail, you understand why this is a big deal).

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As I sat on my couch I was trying to come up with something special to make William that brings back great memories of us together. The first thing that came to mind was the food we had on our honeymoon. William’s parents had chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room and we devoured them in minutes. They were absolutely delicious and really bring back great memories of my and William’s honeymoon and first trip together. I knew that making these would be a great idea!

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My chocolate covered strawberry recipe is easy to make and trust me, they cost a lot less than buying them from a store or having them shipped in online. I purchased my strawberries and chocolate from Aldi and combined, the ingredients cost less than $4.00. I had some white chocolate in my pantry that I used for a drizzle. I also had some slivered almonds in my pantry so I chopped those up and used them as an additional topping.

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My husband really appreciated these strawberries and I’m sure your valentine will as well! Treat your special someone to a home made treat that is sure to make them weak at the knees. These can be made ahead of time and last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Feel free to use additional toppings such as sprinkles or sugar crystals. I dipped my strawberries in dark chocolate (85% cocoa) but these can also be made with a sweeter milk chocolate or white chocolate.drizzle

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Recommended Specialty Cookware: Ramekin

Ingredients:

For the Dipped Strawberries:

  • 12-16 Medium strawberries, washed and dried.
  • 4 oz Dark chocolate (milk chocolate or white chocolate work as well)

Optional Toppings:

  • Chopped almonds
  • Melted white chocolate

Directions:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  2. Finely chop 4 ounces of premium dark chocolate and place in a microwave safe ramekin.
  3. Microwave chocolate in 15 second intervals until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Individually dip each strawberry in the chocolate leaving the top of the berry and leaves exposed.
  5. Let the excess chocolate drip from the strawberry and place on the cookie sheet.
  6. Gently push the strawberry forward on the cookie sheet to keep the chocolate from forming a “foot”.
  7. Repeat the dipping process with remaining strawberries.
  8. If topping with chopped nuts — gently sprinkle nuts on all sides of the strawberries using the melted chocolate as an adhesive.
  9. Refrigerate Strawberries for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate has set.
  10. If using chocolate or white chocolate as a drizzle — place melted chocolate in a sandwich bag and cut the very tip of the bag off to create a piping bag. Carefully drizzle the melted chocolate over the chilled berries to create a zig zag design. Refrigerate again until the design has set.

Strawberries will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. Keep refrigerated until serving. Strawberries pair well with champagne.