The RV Chronicles — A 2017 Valentine’s letter to my wife (Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberries)

Dear Catherine,

I wrote you a year ago to tell you how lucky I am to know you … to be your lover. Our jobs kept us apart then, but we are together now and I feel even luckier.

We share the smallest of spaces. Ridiculously small. It’s tight. Nerve-wracking. Yet, I feel so comforted that you’re here.

I love the sound of your footsteps on our tiny floor. Your breath — which I sense often — makes me content like a small child. To eat sitting across from you, or to know that you’re the one in that tiny shower … I’m euphoric.

Who would’ve known that the smell of your hairspray could intoxicate me? Yet, I inhale deeply every morning when you leave for work.

I love it that our laundry is mixed … that I occasionally grab the wrong socks. I love that we have twice as many dirty forks in the sink. And that we have more salad in our small crisper. Or black olives in on the top shelf of our refrigerator.

My life is so wonderful with you in it. You are my love song and I could listen to you forever.




Unless you count fried okra, hot dogs or chips and salsa, no nosh says ‘I love you’ like chocolate covered strawberries. Buying them is always a crap shoot though. Sometimes the strawberries are sweet and juicy, but the chocolate is waxy and bland. Other times, the whole concoction leaves much to be desired. So, I make my own. It’s quick, easy, fun and delicious.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Say 'I love you' with quick, easy and delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Say ‘I love you’ with quick, easy and delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Say 'I love you' with quick, easy and delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 lb (about 20) – Ripened strawberries, rinsed and dried completely
  • 4 oz – Semisweet chocolate* (I prefer to use chips, but baker's chocolate is the same thing, basically)
Other tools
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • ¼ cup – Finely chopped pecans**
  • ¼ cup – White chocolate (almond bark)***
Melt the chocolate
  1. If you're using a bar of baker's chocolate, finely chop it.
  2. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each cycle, until smooth.
  3. Grabbing each strawberry by the leaves, carefully dip into the melted chocolate, then hold over the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off.
  4. Place dipped strawberries on a parchment or wax paper-line baking sheet.
  5. Refrigerate until chocolate becomes firm, about 20 minutes.
*- Use milk, dark or bittersweet chocolate, if that's your preference.
**- If you're rolling the chocolate covered strawberries in pecans, do it immediately after you dip the strawberries.
**- White chocolate is often used as a drizzle over the dark chocolate-dipped strawberries. Do this after the dark chocolate has firmed, using a piping bag or plastic bag with a snipped corner.



  1. Kathryn @ anotherfoodieblogger says:

    Only but the best for Catherine! xo

  2. 50,000 points.
    Well written, young man. Good on you!

  3. Nice job! The strawberries are lovely too!

  4. It really is all those little things that mean the most… That remind us how lucky we are to share our lives with someone who makes us smile each day and fills our hearts and minds. Such sweet thoughts, Adam! So very happy that you and Catherine are under the same roof. And the strawberries? Icing on the cake! Lovely!!

  5. You’re such a good hubby, Holland. And, yes, it’s the little things! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Catherine. The strawberries look perfect.

  6. Sounds like a romantic day was had in your tiny space! 🙂

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