Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

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A Bite-Sized Mystery

 

Mrs. Crocker baked a dozen cookies for her bridge party.  She called her boys into the kitchen.  As she arranged the cookies inside of the jar, she told the boys, “I’m going next door to visit Mrs.Smith. While I’m gone, don’t touch the cookies.” 

To be on the safe side, Mrs. Crocker locked the door to the house. “I’ll only be gone a few minutes, so you boys can play outside.” The boys obliged, Joey hopped on his tricycle and Jimmy on his skateboard.

When Mrs. Crocker returned home, she called the boys back to the kitchen. She opened the jar, dumped out the cookies, and gasped. There were only two cookies left.

Mrs. Crocker turned beet red. But, before she could question the boys, the cat slithered into the kitchen through the doggie door.  The dog squeezed through next. “Now which one of you stole my cookies?” Mrs. Crocker demanded.

Mrs. Crocker looked for evidence. The dog’s paws were all wet. The cat’s paws were sort of dusty. She knew immediately who the culprit was. 

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?

 

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Liebster Award Part 2

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I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award by the sweet Emily from Forever Emily’s Blog.  Checkout her site for yummy recipes, make-up tips, and other gal fun.  Thanks a bunch, Emily!

 

Here are a condensed set of the rules, if you choose to participate, (you can learn more about the official rules here):

  1. Thank the nominator.
  2. Answer the questions they provided.
  3. List 11 random facts about yourself. (You can find my original list here 😊 )
  4. Nominate 11 blogs of your choosing that you think deserve recognition.
  5. List 11 questions to ask your nominees.
Here are my responses to Emily’s questions.

  1. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour? Anything Chocolate! 🍫
  2. Water? or Fizzy Pop? Chocolate Coke from the Soda shop.
  3. What is your top fear?  Chocolate shortage (It’s real! 😭)
  4. Are you a sweet or savory person? Sweet!
  5. What is your favourite book? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  6. Do you prefer to write in pen or pencil? Definitely pen! 
  7. Why did you start your blog? To connect with other book lovers, chocoholics, bakers, and good folk! 
  8. How many siblings do you have? If none, would you want any? Do Little Debbie and Peppermint Patty count?
  9. What 2 things do you like about yourself and why? I like to laugh, and creativity is my passion. Being myself, and smiling at the world is what life is about.
  10. If you could be any animal what would you be? Panda
  11. What is your favourite chocolate bar? Too tough to narrow. Any good chocolate with some crunch, nuts, or caramel. No raisins! 😁

Now, for the moment we’ve been waiting for… 

 

The Nominees are:

Around Zuzu’s Barn

Artisan Candyland

Back Pain Blog UK

Be Unique

Divya Deepak Rao

June Cleaver 21st Century Style

Mindful Palate

Mix tapes & Cupcakes

Scoop Squared

Snap Shots in Cursive

The Page Turner

 

Congratulations, Bloggers! 

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Here are my questions for the nominees

  1. What inspired you to start your blog?
  2. Give 3 words to describe yourself.
  3. What is the last dessert you ate?
  4. Name any 3 people (living, dead, fictional) that you have never met, that you would like to have dinner with.
  5. Do you ever eat chocolate for Breakfast? (If so, please pass on all the yummy details! 🍫)
  6. Name a song, book, or movie title that relates to your life.
  7. What kitchen gadget could you not live without?
  8. Choose the best gift to receive: A book, A box of chocolate, Flowers, or make-up?
  9. Romance, Mystery, Drama or Action?
  10. Name a celebrity you admire, and why.
  11. What’s the best find in an assorted box of chocolates?
Looking forward to your responses!

 

Chocolate and Cheese Pairings

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How does a chocoholic celebrate Cheese Day? It may seem like an odd couple, but cheese can actually be a delicious accompaniment to chocolate.

 

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Way. If you find yourself feeling hungry and adventurous, give it a try!

The basics of a Chocolate and Cheese Tasting:

  • Smell the cheese chunk and chocolate before sampling.
  • When tasting a pair, eat the cheese followed by the chocolate.
  • Eat small pieces of each, the cheese being double the size of the chocolate.
  • Take time to allow flavors to melt in your mouth.
  • Dark chocolate, being less sweet, tends to pair with aged, nutty, or pungent cheeses. I find the dark chocolate to be most versatile.
  • Typically, more complex chocolates pair best with more dimensional cheeses.
  • Milk chocolate tends to go better with milk based, buttery, or soft cheeses.
  • Experiment with chocolates with texture and multiple flavors. (Nuts, caramel, coffee beans, fruit, spices, toffee, etc.)

 

Of course, all of these thoughts are just suggestions. The combinations aren’t an absolute science, however you’ll find that some flavors naturally blend well together. At the end of the day, it’s all about your palate. 

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Some recommendations:

Dark Chocolate– pair with Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese, wine or beer washed cheese, Aged Parmesan, Aged Cheddar, Aged Gouda, Mascarpone

Milk Chocolate – goes with Riccotta, Brie, Robiola, and goat/cow milk cheeses.

White Chocolate – try with mild cheeses, like Colby or Goat Cheese.

Chocolate with Nuts or Dried Fruit– pairs well with aged cheeses, semi-soft cheeses (like Brie), Aged Jack Cheese, Gruyere

Spicy & Chili Chocolate– pairs nicely with Aged Sharp Cheeses

Chocolate Caramels– their sweetness will round off with a salty cheese, such as Romano.

Have you ever tried chocolate and cheese together?  I’d love to hear about your pairing experience- good or bad!

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award.

First and foremost, Id like to thank The Jouska for nominating me for this award.  (Gif)

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She’s one of the first bloggers I connected with when I started my blog. I’d also like to take the opportunity to congratulate her on an impressive site. Sometimes witty, sometimes sincere- always a good read! 

 

The Rules

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers who deserve the award.

About me:

I write. I read. And I eat a crazy amount of chocolate. I started my blog in hopes of connecting with others who had similar interests. Folks that like to laugh, and hang out in the kitchen are my favorite kind of people. And I’ve had the pleasure to meet so many of them!

My advice?

As I’ve only been at blogging for a few months, I’m surely not the one to lend the most expert advice.

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My advice:

Be genuine. As a newbie, it’s so easy to look at other successful blogs, and think, wow. Now that blogger really has it together….maybe my blog should look more like that one? NO, of course it shouldn’t. That would get boring really fast. Sure, it’s okay to get inspired by a great blogger, but be yourself. Develop a style and a voice that’s all your own, and readers will love you, uniquely, for it!

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Even if you have a goofy sense of humor, and an insatiable hunger for chocolate.☺️ (And this is where I give a warm thanks to my readers! ❤️)

Secondly, pay it forward when you can.  Like someone’s post?  Let them know.  Everyone can use the feedback, and interacting with each other is the whole idea. 

 

And now, my favorite part- announcing the nominees.

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All In the Name of Love

Betsy’s Bakehouse

Chocolate Pages

Cooking Without Limits

Deirdre’s Daily Dose

Don’t You Forget About Me

Flavor Me This

Karina Pinella

Kathy’s Cottage

Mom’s Ranting

Natascha’s Palace

Rainy Day Writing 

Rumbly in My Tumbly

The Recipe Hunter 

What Makes Me Amber

 

Well Done, Bloggers!

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