Chocolate Covered Cherry S’mores Dip

This Chocolate Covered Cherry S’mores Dip is incredibly easy to throw together, but is knock your socks off delicious!This Chocolate Covered Cherry S'mores Dip is incredibly easy to throw together, but is knock your socks off delicious!

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Have I told you that the kids (well, at this point just Gavin, 7 1/2, and Quinn, almost 4) like to incorporate Elliot into the games they play?

This Chocolate Covered Cherry S'mores Dip is incredibly easy to throw together, but is knock your socks off delicious!

It started when I was pregnant with Piper and Gavin made Lego characters for each one of us.  Little mini figures that he put together, each with it’s own set of armor and they would head into battles together.  It happened just after we told him Piper’s name.  He made a mini figure for her and he made one for Elliot.  And he and Quinn played endlessly with them, always knowing who was who.

It wasn’t long after that that I heard them outside, armed with sticks, stalking imaginary enemies, talking about how Elliot was on their team and fighting with them.

This Chocolate Covered Cherry S'mores Dip is incredibly easy to throw together, but is knock your socks off delicious!

{If you listen closely, you can hear me sigh right about now.}

Grief is such a strange, very complicated, and many faced beast.  And while I generally try to speak about things in positive ways, because of the whole your thoughts create your reality thing, I really mean it:  Grief is a beast.  It hides in unexpected places and grabs you when you don’t expect it.  It rocks you to your core and doesn’t really leave you.  I’ve learned to live with this beast, but I still call it a beast.

So because of the grief beast, I find this play to be equal parts heart warmingly beautiful.  Like, lights up your soul beautiful.  And horrifically sad.  Like makes me want to hide in my bedroom with a bottle of wine sad.

The other part about grief:  Each person gets their own beast, and the beasts can’t compete with each other.  So my kids get to grieve too.  Gavin gets to grieve that now he has two little sisters who he undoubtedly adores, but seriously, #sisters.  And he is desperately missing the brother he didn’t really get to have.  And Quinn isn’t quite in the thick of yet, and who knows if she will be or how her beast will raise it’s ugly head.  But she gets to grieve too.  We all do.

This Chocolate Covered Cherry S'mores Dip is incredibly easy to throw together, but is knock your socks off delicious!

And so when I’m sipping my coffee in the kitchen and from the living room here, “Come on Elliot!  Let’s get ’em!” I just listen as they play and let them grieve.  Or not grieve.  Or whatever they need to do to remember their brother.

And I let myself feel horribly sad and amazingly happy at once and try to not feel too confused. #sohard

And then I eat endless amounts of Chocolate Covered Cherry S’mores Dip. 🙂

This Chocolate Covered Cherry S'mores Dip is incredibly easy to throw together, but is knock your socks off delicious!

Are you ready to stop talking about the grief beast and start talking about Chocolate Covered Cherry S’mores Dip?

Perfect.  Me too.

You might have caught the earlier version of this dip on Instagram.  You guys.  I made this damn s’mores dip like five times.  I kid you not.  The first version was a Milky Way S’mores Dip that I could. not. get. right.  No worries, my friend Sarah did.

But this Chocolate Covered Cherry S’mores Dip!  You guys!!  It is seriously so intensely good and not at all hard to make.  Besides all that, you need only FOUR ingredients to make it!  I make it with cherry pie filling because that is SO easy, but if you want to make the cherry part from scratch check out this recipe for the deets:  Mini Cheesecake for Two.

I promise you it won’t make the grief go away.  It won’t make you feel any better.  But for at least a second you will have a smile on your face because it’s impossible to eat this and not smile.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry S’mores Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSPs unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 21 oz cherry pie filling
  • 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • graham crackers for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large oven safe skillet (mine was about 10 inches) melt together the butter and milk chocolate chips. Once melted, add the cherry pie filling. Top with the mini marshmallows and evenly distribute.
  3. Put the skillet in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the marshmallows are golden and toasted. Be sure to keep a close eye on it.
  4. Serve with graham crackers.
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This Chocolate Covered Cherry S'mores Dip is incredibly easy to throw together, but is knock your socks off delicious!

Comments

  1. says

    Lisa, I wish there was something I could say here. But we both know there’s not. I’m so, so sorry about what happened, and I am full of admiration for your strength. From what you write, I can tell that you’re an amazing mother, and that your children are so lucky. I hope they can help keep that beast at bay.
    Thinking of you!
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    • says

      Mir, thank you so much for leaving a comment on a post that is hard to comment on. Sometimes people telling me, “I know I don’t have anything to say that will help” is the most helpful thing of all. 🙂

  2. says

    I found your blog about a month ago. Some delicious looking pin brought me in. I am always interested in the people whose blog I read so I of course read your about me section and continued on to all things Elliot. My heart aches for you and your beautiful families loss. My mom passed away 9 months after my first son was born and he to this day nearly 3 years later asks to call her on the phone. same as you…such bitter sweet feeling. happy he keeps her on his mind but mostly just so so sad. It will always be like this I think. Have to take the good with the horribly bad. I am thinking of you and will be when I try this delicious looking dip. take good care. xoxo

    • says

      Kathleen, first I just want to say that I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom when my oldest was born and it was awful. I miss her all the time, especially in those mom moments of “What the hell do I do now!?!” Second, I can’t thank you enough for leaving this comment. I know these kinds of posts are hard to comment on . . . it’s hard to know what to say. Your comment made me realize that as hard as it is to hear them talk about Elliot like this, I’m grateful for it. They didn’t know my mom at all, so they don’t talk about her, and that’s hard. I’d much rather they talk about Elliot and feel the pain than them not.

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