It is really hard for my husband to surprise me.
After all, I monitor the bank account like a hawk as we have been hacked a couple of times so I have a very annoying habit of saying things like “Did you really spend $45 bucks at Steak N’ Shake?” or “You ordered WHAT from Paypal?”
And, I tend to be the more spontaneous one. For example, in the last few days, I been described as “ditzy”, “mercurial”, “scatter-brained” and “just plain weird”.
But I digress.
My hub actually managed to surprise me for Valentine’s Day. I walked in and was presented with a Giant, five-pound box of chocolates, a box of chocolate covered cherries and a huge bag of Jelly Belly’s.
It really was very sweet BUT –
We are both kinda chubby … okay, VERY chubby… so three days later, I was asked to please take the candy to work if I wasn’t going to eat it quickly. So, I plopped them into a bag and took them to work.
Unfortunately, I forgot them in the truck when I went into the office. Consequently, the bag ended up back at the house. On a counter in the kitchen.
The next day, I forgot them again as I ran out the door.
The text message arrived about 4 o’clock.
“Did you forget to lock the dog up?”
“I don’t think so.”
“Just wait until you get home.”
Coming into the house a couple of hours later, I found out why.
Candy wrappers started near the back door. A trail led through the house – up the back stairs – into our bedroom – into the laundry room and bathroom – then down the front stairs to where the dog lay beside of a half chewed, cardboard, heart-shaped box. The Giant Schnauzer, Apollo, lay snoring among the ruins while Speck and the cats chased each other around the house with the ribbon that had been wrapped around the box.
I had heard that chocolate wasn’t good for dogs so I called the vet.
“Was it dark chocolate?”
“Then, you should be fine but you really want to go out and get some Pine Sol.” the vet’s assistant said.
“You’ll find out why.”
I stepped on something as I went to check on the dog. It was the Jelly Belly bag. Apollo had eaten an entire two lb. bag of Jelly Belly.
Hearing a noise, I turned to the dog. And, found out why.
“Dear, where is the mop bucket?”
Three days worth of mopping and patrolling the yard, it was finally over.
All things must pass.
NOW LET’S DO IT RIGHT!
Chocolate Covered Cherries
2 lbs. Maraschino Cherries with stems.
3 cups Brandy
2 cups Corn Syrup
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 lbs. Milk Chocolate (cause I hate dark chocolate)
First, take the cherries and soak them in the brandy overnight.
Drain the cherries and let them dry.
Place wax paper on a large baking sheet and put it in the freezer.
Using a double boiler to prevent scorching, melt the sugar and add the corn syrup.
Stir in the vanilla extract.
Remove the sugar mixture from the heat and dredge the cherries in it until they are covered with a thick layer.
Cover and place the cherries in the freezer.
After two hours, melt the chocolate in the double boiler.
Dredge the frozen cherries in the chocolate until they are covered with a thick layer.
Allow to cool.
THE SECRET IS: Sit back with the remaining brandy and enjoy!
Copyright Michael J Hobbs 2017