This Valentine’s Day Ditch the Flowers, Buy Her Chocolate

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Dear Cupid,

Those Valentine Roses are Going to Cost You…

Nope, the price of roses hasn’t risen this year. They will cost you the same astronomical inflated dollars they always have. You see, it’s not the damage to your wallet we’re talking about here, it’s the potential damage to your relationship. Those flowers you gift her on Valentine’s Day come with an underlying message. Get it wrong, and your relationship status will update to Loves Me Not.
 
Let me break it down.
 
What he thinks: This Valentine’s Day, I’m giving her flowers. I can’t go wrong here. It’s the gift that says I’m romantic.
What she thinks: Well that depends on a few things…

 
The Delivery
Did he send the flowers to your home?
What she thinks:  What’s the point, no one else will even see them. Is he embarrassed of me?
 
Did he send them to your workplace? 
What she thinks: Does he think I’m a narcissist that craves attention causing my significant other to publicly display his fondness for me? Next thing I know he’ll try to stick his tongue down my throat in front of my boss.
 
Did he bring the flowers to me in person after work?
What she thinks: Zilch on the thought level. Prince charming waited till the last minute, grabbing something on the way home.
 
Flower Type
 
Roses? 
What she thinks: How unoriginal. sigh
 
Not roses?
What she thinks: Cheapskate! Guess our relationship is not important enough to spring for the long stems. Gail at work got two dozen. Her boyfriend really cares about her.
 
The Color 
 
You may be asking yourself, who cares about the color? She does. Because every rose color has meaning. And maybe she doesn’t know that– but, what if she does? Or worse, what if Gail from work knows?
 
Red
What he thinks: The flowers are red.
What she thinks:  Oh my gosh, he loves me. This is too soon. Or red, yawn, so ordinary. The color that says, yippee, I got red roses on Valentine’s Day— just like half of the other women in the country. Bet they were on sale, too.
 
Not red? 
What he thinks: The flowers are not red.
What she thinks:  He doesn’t love me. He’s insecure with our relationship status and afraid of commitment. I mean there are red roses everywhere, and he went out of his way to pick a different color.
 
Yellow
What he thinks: The flowers are yellow.
What she thinks:  Oh, so he wants to play it this way. The dreaded, he just wants to be friends. Great friends. Gag. And on Valentine’s Day, nonetheless. Coward.
 
Peach
What he thinks: The flowers are some light orangey color. Whatever.
What she thinks:  He thinks I’m sweet. (Yeah, so is my grandma.)
 
Pink
What he thinks: The flowers are pink.
What her best friend thinks: Oh, you think she’s so beautiful, do you? So you finally admit it, you just like her for her looks. You mine as well give her a pork chop with a ribbon tied around it, if you really want her to feel like a piece of meat.
 
Orange
What he thinks: Why did she just smack me?
What she thinks: Orange relays a message of passion and desire.  So depending on your relationship status, the smack on the face, or the bum, was well deserved. 
 
Coral
What he thinks: These flowers are pink. Or orange.
What she thinks:  I fascinate you? What, am I a clown at the circus?
 
Blue: 
What he thinks: Cool. I’ve never seen blue roses before.
What she thinks:  He thinks I’m fake. Just like these fake flowers.
 

White
What he thinks: The flowers are white.
What she thinks: I will need to consult my friends on this one.
What your best friend thinks: Loverboy thinks you’re loyal. You know, like a faithful dog.
What your mom thinks:  Innocent? Yeah right. He’s a living and breathing man, gushing with testosterone. I’d gather to say his innocence isn’t his strongest trait. Dump the pervert.
What Gail from work thinks:  Ouch. Sympathy. (Do you really want to go there?)
 
 
Assorted Colors 
What he thinks:  I’m indecisive.
What she thinks: He’s indecisive. Furthermore, he lacks a backbone, and knows nothing about me. If he can’t even commit to a color, he surely cannot commit to us. Relationship status: game over.
 
No matter the delivery, the style, or the color, one thing is for certain. The life span of flowers is short. Every day she looks at them they will get a bit weaker, lose a little zest, and eventually shrivel up and die. A reminder of your relationship’s impending doom.
 
So, what should you buy her for Valentine’s Day?
Chocolate.

 
Because not getting her chocolate sends the biggest message of all:  
I think you are a profoundly obese bloated baboon who eats bonbons while watching reality shows all day. You don’t want her to think she’s a profoundly obese bloated baboon who eats bonbons all day while watching reality shows all day, right?
 
So spring for the chocolates…Just be sure to buy the right ones. 
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What’s your favorite gift to receive on Valentine’s Day? Please share in the comment section! ❤️

Meet and Greet Recipe Exchange: Pumpkin

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Hello Fellow Bloggers and Bakers!

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We’re hosting another Meet and Greet Recipe Exchange

You may be asking yourself, what’s the point of participating in a Meet and Greet?

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Well, it’s an opportunity to…

  • Connect with other bloggers.
  • Gain exposure for your blog.
  • Increase your followers.
  • Discover new blogs.
  • And of course collect delicious recipes!


Each Recipe Exchange features a different baking confection or flavor.  

Now it may not officially be Autumn, but September has arrived…which means Pumpkin Spice is in the air!

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So, no surprise, the theme of this Recipe Exchange is Pumpkin.

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Ordinarily, chocolate is the star of all of the desserts on this blog. But, just this once, chocolate doesn’t have to be the main ingredient. However, we do ask that chocolate is in the recipe…we don’t want to get too crazy here, and lose focus of our priorities. Besides, pumpkin and chocolate- pure decadence!

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The Rules:

Your recipe must feature pumpkin, and include at least one chocolate element. The chocolate can be in any form, or in any amount:

  • White, Milk, or Dark Chocolate 
  • A sprinkle of chocolate chips
  • A powder of cocoa
  • A white chocolate glaze
  • A dash of chocolate sprinkles

 

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Examples include, (but are not limited to):

  • Muffins
  • Cakes & Cupcakes
  • Cheesecakes
  • Pies & Tarts
  • Cookies 
  • Cookie Bars


If you have a Pumpkin recipe on your blog, we’d love to showcase it here! Simply, post the name of the recipe and your blog link in the comment section below.

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Don’t have a recipe, but love great food? We’d love to connect with you, as well!

To gain the most exposure, be sure to add your recipes and blog link to past and future Recipe Exchanges. We’ll keep a running lists of posts.


Previous Recipe Exchanges:

Chocolate & Berries 

Brownies

S’mores

Looking forward to your Pumpkin recipes! ❤️

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Top 10 Chocolate Festivals in the World: Fall 2016

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Like Chocolate? Then you’re going to Love these chocolate events! Some of the biggest chocolate festivals in the world, are happening this fall. 

 

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Top 10 Chocolate Festivals this Fall


Dallas Chocolate Festival 2016: Lights, Camera, Action

September 9th- 11th

Addison, TX

More Details here


Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival 

September 10th-11th

San Francisco, CA

More information here

 

 

Las Vegas Chocolate and Pastry Show

September 15th-18th

Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here

 

 

The Big Chocolate Show

October 8th-9th

NY, New York

Details here

 

 

The Chocolate Show London


October 14th-16th

London, England

More details here 

 

 

Eurochocolate Festival 

October 14th-23rd

Perugia (by Milan)

More details here

 

 

Toronto Chocolate Festival 

October 15th-November 6th

Toronto, Canada

More Details here

 

Salon Du Chocolat

October 28th- November 1st

Paris, France

Details here 

 

 

The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show and Wine Tasting

November 11th-12th

Chicago, IL

Details here

 

The Northwest Chocolate Festival 

Seattle, WA

November 15th-18th

Details here

13 Chocolate Desserts to Add to your Foodie Bucket List

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Movie Theater Sundae photo

Brownie, topped with popcorn flavored ice cream, peanut butter pretzels, and brown butter caramel.

Where to find it:  The Stanton Social, NY

 

Cookie Shots photo

The interior of the handmade cookie cup is slathered with Belgian chocolate, and then filled with a Madagascar vanilla or chocolate cream.

Where to find it: The Dirty Cookie, CA


Chocolate Sphere photo

Warm buttered chocolate melts the chocolate sphere to unveil chocolate lava cake and ice cream.

Where to find it: Pantry, Boston

 

Eggloo Waffle and Ice Cream photo

Inspired by Hong Kong’s Egg Waffles, Eggloo’s waffles are stuffed with your choice of homemade ice cream and toppings.

Where to find it: Eggloo, NY 

 

French Hot Chocolate photo

Hot Chocolate thick enough to use a spoon.

Where to find it: Angelina, Paris

 

Outrageous Milkshakes photo

See the photo below? Enough said.

Where to find it:  Black Top, NY

 

Cannoli Nachos photo

Cannoli chips served with sweet ricotta dip.

Where to find it: Di Mare Pastry, CT

 

 

The Kitchen Sink Cake photo

The “cake” is actually made up of layers of cheesecake, pecan pie, devil’s food cake, brownies, peanut butter crunch, vanilla chiffon cake, and chocolate chunk cookies…and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Where to find it:  Hard Rock, Universal Studios, Orlando


Ice Cream Fondue photo

Where to find it: Mega Bangna, Thailand 


Chocolate Pinata photo 

Break open your own chocolate piñata to release a bounty of churros and fresh fruit.

Where to find it: Uncle Julio’s, TX


Chocolate Explosion (photo)

Your waiter cracks open the sphere to reveal vanilla and mango mousse, brownie chunks, nuts, and candy. Then, the dessert is finished off with ice cream, chocolate sauce, and liquid nitrogen. 

Where to find it: Quattro Restaurante, Mumbai

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Rolled-Up Ice Cream photo

 Thai-inspired homemade ice cream, hand-rolled in front of you.

Where to find it: 10Below ,NY


The Treasure Chest photo

Chocolate treasure chest overflowing with a dozen scoops of ice cream, 3 slices of cake, deep fried Oreos and candy bars, and more!

Where to find it: Caesars, Las Vegas


I’m always on the lookout for new chocolate experiences. What desserts would you add to the list?



Confessions of a Chocoholic- at Work

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If you’re anything like me, eating healthy can be a challenge. In this world, it seems like there are tasty morsels around every corner. 


Tempting us. 

Taunting us. 

And ready to lure us in.


You can’t turn on the television, drive down the road, read a magazine, or even go to work, without the temptation of delicious, not-so-nutritious foods, threatening your diet.    

And when chocolate is involved, all bets are off. 


But, not today. Today I’ve got things under control. I’m like a junk food ninja. Bring on the snacks, the baked goods, and those chocolate covered goodies.


Today is the day

 

Today, I’m going to eat healthier.

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Twenty minutes into work, and all I’ve had is coffee and a piece of chewing gum. I’m unstoppable.

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Unstoppable…Until I leave my desk. Traps everywhere.

 

Doughnuts in the break room. Maybe just one…

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Minor set back.  I got this.

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Secretary’s desk houses jars of candy. I’ll take one for the team.

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Strategically placed vending machine en route to restrooms. 

Baited, hooked…and sunk.

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A co-worker is celebrating with birthday cake.  Maybe I’ll have just a thin slice.

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The office manager baked muffins. I don’t want to hurt her feelings.

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The boss is selling cookies for his daughter. I need to be supportive.

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Retirement Party.  Bring on the cake.

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I’ve already blown today. I should probably go clean up the doughnuts in the break room.

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Tomorrow. Tomorrow I will eat healthier.

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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!