Chocolate-Caramel-Strawberry Shortcakes

Blogger Paula Jones from bell'alimento shares a twist for strawberry shortcakes.


Ingredients

1
quart (4 cups) fresh strawberries, sliced
3/4
cup sugar
2
cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/3
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2/3
cup milk
3
tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2
cup chopped bittersweet dark chocolate bar with almonds
6
teaspoons caramel sauce
1 1/2
cups frozen (thawed) whipped topping



  • 1 In medium bowl, toss strawberries and 1/2 cup of the sugar until coated. Let stand 1 hour.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, cocoa, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the milk and butter until soft dough forms. Stir in chopped chocolate. Drop dough by about 1/3 cupfuls onto cookie sheet.
  • 3 Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until tops of shortcakes appear dry and cracked. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool 15 minutes.
  • 4 Using serrated knife, split warm shortcakes; place 2 halves on each dessert plate. Top each serving with strawberries, about 1/2 teaspoon caramel sauce and 1/4 cup whipped topping. Garnish each with another 1/2 teaspoon caramel sauce drizzled over top.

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El Camino Del Rey - The Most Dangerous Walkway In The World

The path was originally constructed in 1905 for workers of a hydro eletric damn set up in the cliffs of El Choro. Since then, the path has deteriorated and is now only for the adventurous. The government of Spain allocated 7 million euros for the restoration of El Camino Del Rey in 2006, however its clear that this has not been spent yet. To get there, catch the train to a town called Alora. Alora is about 12 or 13 km away from El Choro, which is your final destination. What would you say to walking the walkway that’s only 1 meter (3 feet) wide, has no railings and is pinned on the mountain wall that’s 700 meters (2300 feet) above the river deep within the treacherous Gaitanes Gorge of El Chorro, Spain? Not crazy enough, then imagine that the pathway was built in 1905 and by now it’s fallen apart to a point that there’s often nothing but metal bearing rods left. This deadly trail is known as the most dangerous walkway in the world. This is El Caminito del Rey or The King’s Little Pathway.


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Swedish Mannequins Spark Internet Praise-A-Thon

A clothing store in Sweden is being hailed by women around the world after a photo of two surprisingly curvy mannequins were photographed and posted online. Dressed in skimpy lingerie, the mannequins displayed softer stomachs, fuller thighs and generally more realistic proportions than the traditional department store models. For comparison, most mannequins in the U.S. are between a svelte size 4 or 6—a departure from the average American woman who is a size 14. On Tuesday, a blogger at Women's Rights News posted a photo of the department store mannequins to Facebook and the response was overwhelming. "It's about time reality hit..." wrote one out of almost 2,500 commentators. "Anybody saying these mannequins encourage obesity or look unhealthy, you have a seriously warped perception of what is healthy. I guarantee the "bigger" mannequin in the front there represents a perfect BMI" wrote another. As of Thursday, the photo had garnered almost 50,000 likes and shared almost 15,000 times. That's a lot of attention for a hunk of fiber glass and plastic.

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How to make Lace Napkin Rings, Tutorial

Another great little tutorial from Marianne at songbirdblog.com

These are real napkin rings as in they are hard and stiff and keep their shape. They are not just a piece of lace tied around the napkin. These will last and can be used over and over.

I want to let you know that it is really easy to make them, and rather cheap too.

All you need is a piece of lace, some patience and something to stiffen them with.

I chose this bit of vintage lace. I measured around a cardboard tube how much fabric I needed per ring and then I simply cut through the lace, aiming for the best spot in the design. And then I hand stitched the seam.

It is hard to make out, I know. But I just winged it with my needle and thread, using stitches and loops and little knots. Just go slow, try to follow the pattern as best as you can and realize that if your thread matches your fabric well enough it will be almost invisible.

Here you can see them sewn into a little tube. They already can stand, more or less, but they are not stiff yet.

For that you have to dunk them in a stiffener and let dry.

I used sugar. Yep, I didn’t have any fabric stiffener, and besides that stuff is expensive and I was aiming for a free project here. I happened to have a kilo of very old sugar that had become moist once and was now hardened. It probably is still eatable but I’d rather not find out, I’ll just craft with it.

To stiffen fabric, lace or doilies with sugar, just dissolve the sugar in hot water, about half a cup of sugar for one cup of water. Heat the water and stir until all the sugar has dissolved and the water is clear again. Turn off the heat and submerge and soak your rings. Fish them out again with a fork.

I had prepared a paper roll with some plastic wrap and just slid the rings over it. You have time now to make any adjustments, just make sure that the pattern is nice and straight and that all the edges are as they are supposed to be.

Let dry, take them carefully off the tube and let dry some more. In the beginning they will be sticky but after a while you can’t even tell anymore that there was sugar involved, so when they have lost their stickiness they are ready to be used.

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