Recipe: Chocolate & Caramel Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries feat

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries via @poorandpretty

We’re getting into the homestretch of Valentine’s Day, so I’m breaking out a classic with a bit of a twist. Not only are these strawberries covered in chocolate, I also added caramel and sea salt into the equation. Oh yeah; they’re incredible. And easy to make even if you don’t have a double boiler or fondue-maker (I have neither).

Chocolate Caramel Covered Strawberries Ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1lb of strawberries
  • 1 cup of chopped melting chocolate or chocolate chips — I used half Godiva melting chips and half mini chocolate chips.
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce – I bought mine from Hillhome Country Products at a local event.
  • course sea salt
  • small pot and heat-safe glass (I use a Pyrex measuring cup) or double boiler or fondue maker
  • large dish or baking sheet
  • wax paper

Strawberries Drying via @poorandpretty

1. Wash strawberries, then lay them out on a few paper towels to dry for a few minutes. Chocolate doesn’t stick very well to wet strawberries.

DIY Double Boiler via @poorandpretty

2. Fill a small pot with about an inch and a half of water, then insert your heat-safe glass, making sure not to get any water inside the glass. This will serve as your DIY double-boiler. Place this on a burner and turn it to medium-low heat.

Melting Chocolate via @poorandpretty

3. Add your chocolate to the glass and stir it occasionally as it melts.

4. To make caramel and chocolate dipped strawberries, you’ll want to dip them in your caramel sauce first (it may need to be microwaved), then sprinkle them with your course sea salt (optional but oh-so-good), then freeze them for 20-30 minutes before dipping them in chocolate. If you go from caramel sauce right to chocolate, it gets a little messy.

Dipping Strawberries in Chocolate via @poorandpretty

5. Once the chocolate is completely melted (check that there are no lumps), go ahead and dip in a strawberry! I just used my hand here, but after a while, I found that the strawberries would get too heavy once they were dipped, so I started sticking them on a fork before I dipped them.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry on Wax Paper via @poorandpretty

6. Place your dipped strawberries on a baking sheet or large dish covered with wax paper to let harden. Optional: drizzle with caramel sauce.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries closeup via @poorandpretty

7. Enjoy immediately or stick them in the fridge or freezer for a few days.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries 2 via @poorandpretty

… Ours didn’t last very long. ;)


DIY Hand-Stamped Valentines

Hand Stamped Valentines feat

Hand Stamped Valentines via @poorandpretty

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. So while Stan and I were stuck inside yesterday due to Winter Storm Juno, I snuck into my office for a while to make these hand-stamped kraft paper Valentines. They’re easy to make, and are a cute idea if you’ve got kiddies in school — they can make these for their classmates!

Hand Stamped Valentines supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

heart drawn on foam via @poorandpretty

Step One: Draw a small heart on the sticky back foam. You’ll be sticking this to the cork so make sure it’s small enough to fit.

Handmade cork stamp via @poorandprettyStep Two: Cut out the heart, peel off the sticky paper, and stick it to the cork. Try to get it as centered as possible.

blank folded kraft paper card

Step Three: Cut an 8½” x 11″ sheet of kraft paper in half and fold each half into cards.

DIY Hand Stamped Valentine Card Duo via @poorandpretty

Step Four: Mix up your paint colors, paint them on your heart stamp, and stamp away!

DIY Hand Stamped Valentine Cards via @poorandpretty

You can make lots of different designs.


Snowed in? Here are 10 DIYs You Can Make With Stuff In Your House

hot cocoa feature

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Mug made via @poorandpretty

1. Homemade Hot Cocoa.

You can still enjoy this homemade hot chocolate, even if you don’t have a cute mason jar mug to store it in.

DIY Play Dough via @poorandpretty

2. Homemade No-Cook Play Dough.

This is a great craft to keep kids (or playful adults) busy for a while, and it’s very easy to make.

DIY Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

3. DIY Lemon & Honey Facial Peel.

All you need for this deep-cleaning and exfoliating facial peel is a lemon, some baking soda, and a little bit of honey.

DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty

4. DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub.

Add homemade sugar scrub to the mix, and you’ve got a spa day! If you don’t have coconut oil in the house, use canola or olive oil instead.


5. Confetti Manicure.

‘Cause it’s so darn fun! (And will keep you occupied for a few hours.)

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer via @poorandpretty

6. Turn a Frame into a Jewelry Organizer.

If you’ve got a spare frame, cardboard, and fabric lying around, turn them into a jewelry organizer! Organizing that tangled jewelry collection should take a while…

Yarn Pom Pom Garland in living room 2 via @poorandpretty

7. Yarn Pom-Pom Garland.

Got yarn? This super-cute garland is easy to make, but time-consuming, so it should keep you busy for a while. Even if you only have one or two colors of yarn, it will still look very pretty!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - tissue paper pompoms

8. Tissue Paper Pom-Poms.

I hate the color of our kitchen (yucky green), but we haven’t gotten around to painting it yet, so I keep a few colorful tissue paper pom-poms hanging up in there.

twinkle toes glitter shoes final poor and pretty

9. Glitterize a Pair of Shoes.

Jazz up an old pair of shoes with glitter and ModPodge.

DIY Valentine Candle Holders - poorandpretty

10. Conversation Heart Candle Holder.

If you lose power (let’s hope not!), you’ll probably burn a few candles. (But be careful not to burn too many, or leave them on for too long). I love placing tealights in larger glass jars or candle holders and surrounding them with lots of different things: conversation hearts (great for Valentine’s Day), confetti… I’ve even used shamrock sprinkles for St. Patrick’s Day.

Stay safe and warm, everyone! xo


15 New Year’s Eve Party Essentials to Buy or DIY

NYE Party Essentials feat

NYE Party Essentials via @poorandpretty

How was your Christmas? Mine was lovely, laid-back, and technology-free (almost). My laptop stayed closed all day and I barely touched my iPhone. I focused on family and gave and received some awesome gifts. Now on to New Year’s Eve planning! Here are a few party essentials you can buy or DIY.

Confetti via The Confetti Bar

1. Confetti via The Confetti Bar. What’s a party without confetti? A somber gathering, that’s what. I plan on tossing confetti all over the house! Photo Credit: Victoria Gloria Photography.

NYE Party Crackers via Handmade Mood

2. DIY Party Crackers. Make sure you’ve got something to pop! at your New Year’s Eve festivities. These crackers can be made with rolls from toilet paper or paper towels and wrapping paper. Stuff them with candies or confetti. via Handmade Mood.

DIY Confetti Crowns via Best Friends for Frosting

3. DIY Confetti Crown. Or if you’d rather wear your confetti as a crown, Jessica of The Confetti Bar shared this confetti crown tutorial over at Best Friends for Frosting.

Party Headband Buy or DIY

4. Buy or DIY Party Headbands. Speaking of headgear, these are so cute! You can make them with this tutorial from Brit + Co or buy them from — P.S. is giving you 15% off sitewide today only. Sweet!

Tassle Cardboard Numbers via Ruffled

5. DIY Gold Fringe Numbers. Okay, this tutorial is obviously a bit dated, but all you need to do is swap out that last 2 for a 5 and you’ve got 2015! Get the instructions and other NYE party ideas via Ruffled.

DIY Metallic Brush Stroke Balloons via Design Love Fest

6. DIY Metallic Brush Stroke Balloons. I love the pairing of colorful balloons with a dash of gold. Tutorial via designlovefest.

DIY Straw Garland via Oh Happy Day

7. DIY New Year’s Straw Starburst Garland. Here’s a great way to upcycle straws into art! via Oh Happy Day.

Gold Fringe Curtain Photo Backdrop

8. DIY Gold Fringe Photo Booth. This might be the easiest photo booth setup I’ve ever seen! Just hang up a few gold fringe curtains (maybe a few leftover from your numbers). Thanks Brit + Co!

Sequin Tablecloth

9. Buy or DIY Sequin Tablecloth. Don’t forget to deck your table! Grab a sequin tablecloth from Sparkle Pony Shop or I bet you could make your own pretty easily with sequin fabric from your local craft store.

Wedding shower gold teacup candle via @poorandpretty

10. DIY Sparkly Teacup Candle. Remember these teacup candles I made for Jordan’s bridal shower? Half of them were made with gold glitter, which would add a fun sparkle to any NYE bash. Get the instructions here.

Golden Wine Glass Buy or DIY

11. Buy or DIY Gold-Painted Wine Glasses. I love the idea of sprucing up regular wine glasses with gold spray paint or glitter. These cute striped Oh Joy! wine glasses from Target will do, too!

DIY Tinsel Swizzle Sticks via Odessa May Society

12. DIY Tinsel Swizzle Sticks. Swizzle sticks are always a good idea. Add a touch of tinsel with this tutorial from Odessa May Society.

Gem Speaker via Bando

13. Giant Gem Speaker via Keep your favorite party tunes rockin’ all night long with’s Giant Gem Speaker! I had this on my Christmas wishlist this year, and my Dad got it for me – yay! I’ve got it playing music from my iPhone as I type this. :)

Gold Painted French Macarons via Miss Renaissance

14. Gold-Painted French Macarons. Let’s not forget about treats – and hey, with edible glitter and gold dust, even your desserts can dazzle. Inspiration via Miss Renaissance.

Ball Drop Cake Pops via I Spy DIY

15. Ball Drop Cake Pops. 3, 2, 1… yum! Recipe via I Spy DIY.

Happy partying!


Last-Minute DIY Gift: Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug

DIY Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug feat

DIY Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug via @poorandpretty

Christmas is just around the corner! If you’re still short a few gifts, here’s another quick & easy DIY gift from my crafternoon: Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mugs. These are great gifts to make for guys, chocolate lovers, friends, or if you’ve got kiddies in school, you can make these for their classmates.

For each Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug, you will need:

  • 1 mason jar mug + lid – I bought mine here, but you can also find them in-store at Joann Fabrics and Michael’s.
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional, but it does give your cocoa a bit more heat!)
  • mini marshmallows
  • tag (free printable below)
  • twine or string

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Mug via @poorandpretty

Just like those sand art things you probably made as a kid, you’re going to add each ingredient layer by layer. You’ll really only see the sugar and cocoa powder, until you fill up the remaining space with marshmallows.

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Mug made via @poorandpretty

When you’re ready to make some, take out the marshmallows, shake up your mason jar to mix the ingredients, then use 1-2 tbs of this mixture per cup of milk.

DIY Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug - printable tags via @poorandpretty

I thought you might want to include these directions on your gifts, so I made a printable for you! Download a sheet of 12 tags here. I recommend printing them on kraft card stock paper and then cutting them out with a 2¼” circular craft punch like this one Stan bought me for my confetti wall.