Trees of Transition

Comfort for people going through life transitions by sharing thoughts, photos, cards, and recipes.


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Valentine Strawberries

Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These strawberries are great if you are single, married, or anywhere in-between! Celebrate Valentine’s day with these easy to make treats. My husband and I already started celebrating yesterday by eating a whole patter of these (we finished them off at breakfast this morning!)

1 lb. fresh strawberries

2/3 cup. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Wash the strawberries and pat them dry with paper towels to make them completely dry before you dip them.

Place the chocolate in a 2-cup glass measuring cup; place it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Check the chocolate. It probably will need 1-2 more minutes so that all the chips start melting a bit. Stir them and if it all starts getting creamy and the final hard chocolate is melting, then you don’t need to heat them any more. If they need more time, put it in for 30 second intervals until fully melted.

Prepare a platter covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Scoop a teaspoon of chocolate onto a teaspoon, and swirl it around a strawberry to cover the berry (or just dip it in—this way is my favorite). Place on your platter to harden. Cover all of the berries with the chocolate.

Let the berries sit for an hour, and then they are ready to serve. They are best eaten within 24-hours. Makes 12-16 berries depending on the size of the strawberries you choose.

I like this cup-measure because it keeps the chocolate together and holds the heat nicely to help finish the melting process:  

Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup

The red platter I used in my photo was a wedding present that I love:

Fiesta 9-5/8-Inch Oval Platter, Scarlet

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

~Mary Hope

Copyright 2019

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as from  Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income (at no extra cost to you!), for which I am thankful. So…..

— Use this link to shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope

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Living in a Staged 🏡 House

Have you wanted to live in one of those houses that look perfect, like in Fixer Upper or another decorating show? Well, I thought it would be interesting, but I didn’t think it would happen.

Enter: New job, moving to a new state, selling our house, SO in order to help our house sell, our realtor introduced us to a stager that came in last Wednesday and made our house look like a model house! We saw how it looked, and then took off to our new home for a few days. Seeing our home so clean and pretty brought a peace to my mind that I had not had for a while.

Now, how is it living in this beautiful home? Well, it is harder than it looks! Since our house is on the market, we have to make sure everything is all in its exact place that the stager placed it when we leave. It is like living in a hotel. I’m enjoying how beautiful the pillows look on the bed, but it holds me back from just flopping on the bed to rest…it is harder to just live in.

I’m thankful for this experience and that it will help our house sell. I’m thankful we only have to live in this kind of house for a few days and then we can get back to living in a not perfect place.

~Mary Hope

Copyright 2018

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as  Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income (at no extra cost to you!), for which I am thankful. So….

— Use this link to shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope


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California Love

I feel loved when people feed me; the love that arrived yesterday was in the form of California citrus!

My mother in law sent us a box of lemons and tangerines that she picked from her backyard in California, and it was waiting on our snowy doorstep yesterday when I arrived home. The tangerines have a tang and sweetness that only tree-ripened fruit has, and the peel almost falls off. I’m about to start zesting lemons for a lemon cake, but first I had to share these photos with you.

Happy Friday!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2018

P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as  Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income (at no extra cost to you!), for which I am thankful. So…

— Use this link to shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope


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Celebrating 40 Years of Marriage

On January 14th my parents celebrated 40 years of marriage! My Dad didn’t talk much, but he knew who we were, and he ate a chocolate eclair to celebrate and shared it with Mom. Then he fell asleep.

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Cousin Love

My four-year-old nephew, Jack said, “Can I see him!?” as he scooted his way over toward me, and I had to shove our baby’s presents out of the way and have him climb up next to me.

At first he had noticed the baby’s feet sticking out from under the nursing cover where I was feeding the baby. He asked, “Did you have the baby before you came here today?” I responded, “No, it was about five weeks ago.”

Jack was looking at those whale stockinged feet, and then he asked me to pull off the cover so he can see Joel. So I pulled the cover off and then he asked, “Can I hold him?” I answered, “Sure!” And I handed the baby over to Jack to hold. Joel had been fussy, but then when Jack started holding him, Joel snuggled into his arms and went back to sleep!

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Baby Bump and Our Boy —A Journey in Photos

Our son is a month old, and I love being his Mom; he is even starting to smile! Here’s some of our pregnancy journey in photos!

February 11th — We had a great visit to Minnesota and didn’t know yet that our baby was on the way, but he was there!

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Book Review: A Book to Read on Your Honeymoon 

Need a funny book about marriage– book to read on a romantic get-away or just before bed? Melanie Shankle unpacks the “realness” of marriage in a way that makes you laugh and be releived that you are not the only one feeling crazy. Her book, The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life, is filled with hilarious stories about her and her husband’s journey into marriage, including a story about a hunting trophy (I think an antelope head) trying to make a home on her wall…

 

A friend gave me this book at a bridal shower, with the advice, “Read this on your honeymoon… especially if you are feeling frustrated about something…” I did what she instructed, and even though Stephen and I didn’t have an explosions on our honeymoon, it was nice to have a book to get into during our down time.

Stephen and I are about to start re-doing our flooring in our house, so I think it is about time to read it again!

~Mary Hope

 

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P.S. Thank you for stopping by! I insert affiliate links, such as Amazon, into my posts to share interesting books and products. If you buy something or start a registry, I receive income, for which I am thankful. So…

— shop on  Amazon

–shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

–keep on reading this blog.

Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope