Life is Like … Well, You Know

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By Paula Deen

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, y’all might be feelin’ pressure to come up with some big romantic gesture for someone you love.  And while it’s too late and too expensive to book a trip to Bali or hire Barry Manilow to make a house call, it’s never too late to show someone how much you love and appreciate them by giving ‘em something homemade from the heart.  It doesn’t need to be a big production; sometimes the simplest gestures are the sweetest ones.

This doesn’t mean doing a last-minute dash to the grocery to pick up a box of chocolates, like the ones with the little maps inside to let you know what you don’t want to eat.  Store-bought chocolates just say “re-gift”—not exactly the best way for someone to feel the love.  Of all the days, Valentine’s is just not the time to be settling for less.  The whole point of the holiday is to find a way to say “I love you” without even having to move your lips. 

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Whatever you may have heard about the complexities of candymakin’, rest assured that these Valentine’s Day chocolates are so easy.  “Simple and sweet” is the best way to describe these handmade boxes of chocolates that I’ve put together.  All you really need is your favorite brand of chocolate and some inspiration.
 
I found my inspiration in dozens of darling little molds used to make chocolate pops.  I fell in love with these lips that I wrapped tightly in bright red foil.  All I had to do was melt the chocolate, pour it in the mold, let it harden back up and pop it out.  I also made “nut clusters” by mixin’ in my favorite nuts and spooning it into festive paper liners in a mini-cupcake tin.  Once the chocolates set, I put them in a decorative container with my Valentines’ names written on them, keeping in mind that while presentation isn’t everything (taste is!), it still counts for something.

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Of course, no box of chocolates would be complete without a couple pieces of homemade fudge.  My simple recipe makes fudge that will just melt in your mouth.  And forget about drawing a map for your box of chocolates.  Your loved ones won’t be discriminating—they’ll eat every single morsel.

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You know, Valentine’s Day and a box of chocolates go hand in hand.  Like two people madly in love, they can’t be pried apart—not even with a crowbar, y’all.  Likewise, you won’t be able to pull these wonderful chocolates out of the hand that receives ‘em, so be sure stash away a few for yourself!  The cook deserves some lovin’, too.

*You can find similar supplies in your local craft stores!

Make your own homemade chocolate box with these recipes!
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Fudge Candy
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies
Devil Drop Cookies
Old Time Chocolate Fudge
Salted Caramel Brownies

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Paula, The cooking channel is not the same since you have been gone! They keep trying to get it better, but it will not be until you are back on! Keep up the good work! I very seldom watch since you left! I do watch the Pioneer Woman some! This whole thing was too ridiculous for words! Keep up your good Spirit!

By Jackie Weatherl on March 15, 2014

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Had to let you know the Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Blue Cheese Hot Dip is wonderful! Also, I bought your spring magazine today and was so glad to see it back at our local supermarket. WhooHoo!!!

By jbeal on March 05, 2014

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Paula you are a beautiful lady inside and out. We love you and miss your show so very much. You always made me feel as if you were talking just to me. Have used many of your recipes. Hope everything will now be great for you and yours. Sending my love!!

By Linda Hickman on March 01, 2014

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I still subscribe to Paula magazine and buy all the special editions and own several of your cookbooks. I hope to see you in some new endeavors. Hold your head hi and move on from the bad stuff Love you and your recipes Bee

By Bee Frahm on March 01, 2014

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So happy for your return Paula. As an African American woman, I have also said things in the past that could have cost me dearly if it had not been for that good ole' thing called forgiveness. Heck, I may even say something today. All of us are guilty at one point or another for having 'kitchen table talk' outside of the kitchen. You don't know how many times I've said, "Oh Lord, please get me out of this one!" I have had to learn not to dwell and self-condemn myself. As a retired military woman with Southern roots, my mouth can sometimes be my worst enemy. It took me a long time to realize that everyone does not know my heart or get my jokes sometimes (and some of them are funny) but the people who really know me. Oh well, such is life. I commend you for being yourself, taking accountability, and for going forward. Life is about learning and growing. If we are not allowed to make mistakes, learn from them, and grow then what is the point? Best of wishes to you and God Bless! Oh, I could use some southern recipes that are healthy but taste good. grin A sista needs more than wheat germ and twig leaves for these hips. See, I did it again!!! grin

By Lisa on February 27, 2014

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I truly miss your shows. I am confused, r u going to have a new show? We love your recipes and your family is awesome. Our family is a very close family and I love how you talk and cook with your grand kids. We r truely blessed. Bless you! Thanks Paula

By April Dill on February 21, 2014

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Your recipes help me bring quality of life to my family.

By Marilyn Rodriguez on February 19, 2014

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What a wonderful person you are! Thankfully all of the ridiculous carryings on are behind you and yours. I've missed you soooo much. I've just found your website, Paula. I'm thrilled with it and know I will be visiting it several times a week. It's wonderful to see you and the boys. I've always been a big fan. Keep up the great work.

By Joanne Hart on February 14, 2014

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Miss your show! Cooking channel is not good anymore.

By Kay Vincent on February 14, 2014

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I really miss your show. I feel like you are a good friend. Hold your head up high and keep up the good work. Go to another network. We miss you! I love to cook for my family and friends.

By Kay Vincent on February 14, 2014

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I miss Paula, hope all is well with you and your family. I pray that God continue to bless you....

By Dariann on February 13, 2014

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UR VERY BLESSED, FAM. GD.HEALTH NOW. ALL OF US THAT RESPECTS AND LOVES YOU.

By marie pabon on February 13, 2014

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Mz Paula, I don't know if you have ever seen any of my posts concerning the fracas in 2013. But I said it then, I say it now...you indeed are a Lady, you also happen to be gorgeous! You shall always and ever have my support, and distant love! You remind me of some of my favorite friends from some of Biloxi's sweetest families. May God keep you well, and continue to richly bless you!!!!

By Ricky Romero on February 12, 2014

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LOVE YOUR SHOW, GOT A KICK OUT OF YOUR BOYS. I HAVE 4 BOYS 1 GIRL WE ALL LOVE TO COOK&EAT;... I HOPE THINGS OUR GOING WELL FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. HANG ON ALL THINGS PASS.

By pamela hash on February 10, 2014

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Your Great Paula...... when are they going to get smart and get you back on the air..... or have you moved on to better things? any way, god bless and ill keep checking out your recipes, so keep them coming.....

By Roger Shykes on February 09, 2014

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WOW everything looks sooo good! Thank You Paula for the recipes I will be making some goodies! Happy Valentine's Day!

By Conni on February 09, 2014

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Miss your shows.... Enjoy so many of your recipes... Have several of your cookbooks..... Take care..

By Barbara Troxclair on February 09, 2014

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love ur food

By hellen sneed on February 09, 2014

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When are you coming back to tv??? I so miss your shows and watching your family grow! ♡♡♡ I HOPE IT'S SOON!!!!

By annemarie biolsi on February 09, 2014

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Recently diagnosed with diabetes. Very confused on the correct numbers to watch and the correct foods to eat. What diabetic diet would you recommend to follow ? My triglycerides are off the chart and cholesterol and sugar Extremely high. Eye site has been damaged and feet are affected with nerve pain I really need a wight loss diet to follow. Day menu. Do you have a book on how you managed your diabetes and the diet You followed. ? Please email me at vickiebiz@ gmail.com. Thanks Paula

By Vickie Bisignano on February 09, 2014

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm