by Holly on August 7, 2012

in dessert,life,recipes,summer

Some days, I need lots of reminders.

Because you know how sometimes you know things…but even though you know them, you don’t really put them into practice? Like, I know I should floss everyday to add years onto my life even though my teeth are lucky if they meet the minty string more than once a week. I swear, I am starting that everyday floss thing today. But seriously, life is busy and things are crazy and the world seems so uncontrollable and showering goes out the window. Consider this a reminder.

A reminder that yes, I deserve it. And so do you.

A reminder that women’s health matters.

A reminder that I have the best family ever. I do, I do, I do.

A reminder that being yourself is the only thing to be. Even if you feel like that version of you is slightly crazy and neurotic and likes watching reality TV a little too much.

A reminder that free concerts in your city make for great Wednesday night relaxation.

(Who knows who will see you taking pictures for your blog there?)

A reminder that I must stay positive…even when it seems so hard amidst the negativity.

A reminder that no, I cannot afford clothes from Anthropologie or eating out or anything remotely frivolous while still in the beginning stages of freelance. It’s called money management. It’s also called reality.

A reminder that no one should ever settle. Fight for who + what you want. Or write a letter about it.

A reminder that summer is coming to a close, so it’s the perfect time to make popsicles.

A reminder that Happyolks is a gorgeous blog to read AND cook from. This Cherry Lentil Fennel Salad was light and delicious paired with a summery glass of chardonnay.

A reminder that cherries are in-season. Sweet, rich red orbs that are demanding to be eaten. Eat seasonally. Bonus points: eat locally too.

A reminder that it’s okay to drool. Hey, it happens!

A reminder that I must practice letting go. And keep practicing it. Over and over again.

A reminder that the little things matter.

Like dark chocolate-covered cherries.

They matter.

Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

2 bars high-quality dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao)
1 lb. fresh cherries
coarse sea salt, for garnish

First, temper the chocolate. Serious Eats has a great tutorial here.

Meanwhile, wash your cherries and pat them dry. Dip each cherry into the chocolate, swirling around for maximum coverage, and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt before the chocolate hardens.

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A special thank you to Whole Foods Madison for sponsoring my cherry feast, the manfriend for attending my cherry feast and the Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra for playing at my cherry feast. And by cherry feast, I clearly mean Concerts on the Square.


Ellie August 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Great post! Exactly what I needed to hear today.

janetha August 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

That was nice of them to play for your special cherry celebration!

Evan Thomas August 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I was thinking about chocolate covered cherries last week, too. Great minds think alike; I guess the same works for crazies like us, too ;-)

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

If I can get the “temper the chocolate” part right, I will make those chocolate covered cherries. Last time, yeah, it didn’t work so nicely. I was impatient and cutting corners. Oops. Thanks for the link to the tutorial. :)

Stacey August 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Yum, on so many levels. Thanks for the link on that salad, wow. I love cherries and don’t have a lot of ideas for them aside from standing in front of the sink with my potter and eating them. And the dipped cherry, that salt is just what puts it over the edge! Nice list too, and I kind of want to eat your little dog he is so cute:)

Mindy August 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm

May I remind you that you are awesome and always put a little pep in my step?!

Mary August 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Just found your blog today, and I’m already hooked! Love your blog’s style and content! Looking forward to reading more. Pretty sure we could be friends in real life. Thanks for the inspiration!

Joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

YES, so many good reminders I need these days.. Love that letter too, b-t-dubs. ;)

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Love chocolate covered cherries! (or y’know…chocolate covered anything).

So many great reminders!

Sarah (The Social Eater) August 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Those cherries look drool-worthy.
Bonus points if it’s fair trade chocolate :-).

Kelsey August 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Hey love! Still tickled you made the salad. And… guess what?! I made that salad for a picnic at the park too, no joke! I love that we shared the same energy around the whole thing :) xo xo

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef August 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Love it, and you are too adorable! I like the reminder about letting go… I need that one a lot. Being a control freak is not the way to be, even if I tend to be that way :) Happy summer <3

Mackenzie August 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm

this made my heart so so very happy. like, i don’t even think i can get the feeling i’m feeling from this post across in just comment form. so please just accept a heart for now <3

Megan (Braise the Roof) August 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I’m sorry, did you just say “summer is coming to a close”. You shut your mouth, I am not ready to hear that! Just feed me some cherries and a popsicle, k?

Frances August 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

way to go, cherry feast!

i work at whole foods now– and i imagine, by the number of cherry pits my coworkers and i find lurking around the store, that you aren’t the only one having cherry feasts. i’m sort of not a huge fan of the fruit…except that now that i’ve been reminded about chocolate covered cherries, maybe i’ll change my mind.

also: always, always fight for what you want. just in case you’ve forgotten since writing this post. it’s a dangerous thing to forget.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I’ve been gone but I had to say I LOVE the new look!

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport August 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Fight for who + what you want! AMEN!

k August 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Beautiful post! Making those chocolate covered cherries as we speak!

k August 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

They turned out really good! Chocolate covered anything is good but the idea of salting them really took it over the edge. I just used a melted Hershey bar, all I had.

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