Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Wine Pops

In need of girl time? Make these yummy chocolate dipped strawberry wine pops and invite a few friends over!

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Wine Pops

I’m sure I’ve said it before but girl time is pretty important to me. I used to host mom’s night ins here in my home with my playgroup and my friends, used to dedicate one Saturday a month to Bunco with the girls, and make various happy hour plans, etc. But lately I’ve let the girl time slack. However after a wonderful few days away – with girlfriends hosted by Kia – I am reminded of the importance of girl time. 

Now I need to plan for a girls night for real. So I can make these again. Because they were amazing. Especially when paired when a glass of wine. And some chocolate covered strawberries. Hey! All of the ingredients were already there…

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Wine Pops - the perfect summer treat

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Wine Pops

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup, homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup fruity red wine like Pinot Noir
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 8 oz. chocolate chips

Add the strawberries and simple syrup to a blender and purée until smooth.
Pour the strawberry purée into a pitcher. Add the wine, Pom juice, and balsamic vinegar (optional). Stir well.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.

Once Popsicles are frozen, you can prepare the chocolate for coating:
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and set aside.
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate over medium heat until smooth and shiny.
Dip each popsicle into the melted chocolate and lay on the cookie sheet to harden. (I found it easier to actually just spoon the chocolate over each pop).
Place back into the freezer for at least one hour before serving.

When’s the last time you enjoyed girl time? 

Girls Night In Appetizers: Cheese Platter On A Stick Ideas

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Girls Night In Appetizers Cheese Platter On A Stick

Friendships are very important to me. Making time for my girlfriends is something I need to do to keep my sanity and with three kids that can get difficult. Especially when one of them is 5 months old and isn’t too good at taking a bottle. So in order to get my girl time in I often have friends come over for girls night in instead of girls night out. Sure, girls night out is fun, but girls night in is just as fun and can save me a little money too.

I love being able to come up with creative ways to make girls night in interesting. From My Favorite Things parties, to pairing afternoon kid snacks with wine, to prepping some appetizers in advance and popping open a box of Black Box wine, there are tons of ideas on making girls night in enjoyable.

Girls Night In Appetizers Black Box Wines to pair with appetizersCheese Platter On A Stick Ideas paired with Black Box Wines

This time I paired my love of cheese platters with an on-the-go solution to enjoying them easily whether we’re at my house, or having a girls night in at one of the other ladies houses. All I have to do is pack them up and grab a box of wine and we have a portable girls night. Easy peasy.

I grabbed a few things we had in the fridge and pantry and paired them with some cheeses and meats I’d normally serve on a cheese platter. The classic combo of flavors found in a caprese salad, some melon and prosciutto with provalone, and my favorite pizza toppings. Each trio pairs perfectly with either a glass of cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay.

Girls Night In Appetizers Cheese Platter On A Stick with fruitCaprese Cheese Platter On A Stick

Cheese Platter on a Stick Ideas

Caprese Salad

  • basil
  • tomato
  • mozzarella
  • sopressata

Melon and Proscutto

  • mint (optional)
  • cantalope ball
  • prosciutto

Salame and Olive

  • mozzarella
  • salame
  • black olive

Girls Night In Appetizers Cheese Platter On A Stick with Balsamic Glaze

The pairing possiblities are endless. Brie, apples, and figs; arugala, gorgonzola, and pear; etc. And each is a great way to bring out the various flavors in the wines we love.

Visit the Simple Entertaining Social Hub for more great entertaining ideas! Black Box has won over 50 Gold Medals for its quality, it’s available for 40% less than comparable bottled wines, and it stays fresh for up to 6 weeks. And don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes to win a trip to the California wine region of your choice. Did you know San Diego has some amazing wineries within driving distance?

What’s your favorite on-the-go appetizers for girls night?

Black Beans and Rice with Sausage

Black Beans and Rice with Sausage - a quick and easy dish that's perfect for any night of the week!

As many know, I love a good bottle of wine. But with this pregnancy I’ve had to find more useful ways of incorporating wine into my life. Luckily I was recently sent two bottles of Oberon wine, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Cabernet Sauvignon. And I knew exactly how to use one of them!

This black beans and rice with sausage recipe is one of my favorites and is full of flavor. It takes only a few minutes to throw together into a pan and about 20 minutes of simmering on low.

I served this to a few friends for lunch one afternoon and paired it with the Oberon 2013 Sauvignon Blanc for the non-pregnant women. They were quite delighted with the flavor and how it paired with this dish.  [Read more…]

Rueda Wine Dessert Pairing Idea

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Rueda Wine Dessert Pairing Ideas

As a mom I find myself getting more and more creative with what I’ll try together. Especially when I’m really craving something. So when I was sent a bottle of PradoRey Verdejo from Rueda Wines to try, I knew I wanted to find a great wine dessert pairing even if it was a little off the wall.

Whether it was luck or just coincidence, the same day I received my bottle of PradoRey Verdejo I also received an order of Girl Scout Cookies that my husband put in with one of our neighbors.

After quickly trying a sip of the wine I knew that the Samoas would be a perfect pairing with this white wine. [Read more…]

Uncork a Bottle of HandCraft Wines and Support HandCraft Heroes

This post is sponsored by HandCraft Wines.

Handcraft Wines uncorked

Have you heard of HandCraft Wines? If not, then you need to!

I received two bottles to try out: the Inspiration Red and the Inspiration White. And I have to say both were enjoyed by all who tasted them.

Now tasting the wine was fun. And getting my friends opinions on the wine was even more fun. But the best part about HandCraft Wines is the passion they have for fighting breast cancer through their HandCraft Heros campaign. [Read more…]

Afternoon Playdate Turned Mom’s Night In with MommyJuice Wines #MommyJuiceCVS #cgc

MommyJuice Wines wine without the h

My neighbor came over the other day  after her son decided he’d rather play in our front yard than theirs when he saw my kids playing on our play structure. I invited her in since it had been a while since we caught up and since it was spur of the moment offered the kids some snacks. We started chatting and she had mentioned that its been a while since she’s been able to get out of the house for a girl’s night since work is so crazy for her right now. I asked her if she had a few minutes before she had to go back home to fix dinner before her husband came home and she said she did. So I pulled out some MommyJuice, Wines, made a cheese platter to snack on, and created our own girl’s afternoon in less than 5 minutes! [Read more…]



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