Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Lily gave me this adorable little vase with paper flowers in it.

so cute!

Julian gave me a box of Godiva chocolates – yum! And Marc gave me John and Kira chocolates, and a box of their fruit gels. I was very happy to receive the fruit gels, as I’ve been wanting to try them. Don’t they look so pretty?

fruit gels

And of course their chocolates are the best – simply divine!

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too busy.
The first two weeks of April are very busy for me at work – I have to put in a lot of overtime, with the result that I get very little accomplished at home. I’m still trying to get back on track! I’ll try to get caught up here…

chocolate beyond belief.
Marc and I celebrated our 6th anniversary a few weeks ago. He bought me a box of John & Kira chocolates. Or, I should say, a box of heavenly deliciousness.

heavenly chocolates

Have you ever had John & Kira chocolates? If not, I highly recommend them. They are utterly divine. On the surface they appear ordinary – squares of chocolate filled with flavored ganache. Raspberry, mint, anise, bergamot, coffee, strawberry – simple flavors. But – oh my! Words fail to describe the experience of eating one. The flavors are delicate yet intense; the chocolates are light, yet creamy and decadent.

The garden mint is to die for. I think it is the most delicious chocolate I’ve ever eaten.

And lucky for me, because the chocolates are freshly made with no preservatives, it is recommended to eat them within a few days. And that, my friends, is a recommendation I am most happy to oblige.

marie paper!
I was in Michael’s the other day searching for some antique silver jump rings to finish my Polyshrink jewelry (my never-ending Polyshrink jewelry project!) and of course I had to look around a bit. And guess what I found?

Marie Antoinette paper!
marie antoinette paper!

I know it’s hard to see in this photo – Lily was assisting me with my photo shoot – but the papers are gorgeous! It’s called the Mademoiselle stack, by DCWV. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. At first I wasn’t going to buy it because it was $20 and I didn’t have a coupon and I refuse to buy something at a craft store that’s more than $10 without a coupon. But then, I noticed the sale sign – all paper stacks 40% off! yay!

And this one was the last one they had. Obviously it was meant to be mine.

a plethora of supplies
I realized the other day that I have purchased quite a few art supplies so far this year. What I am going to do with them all, I am not yet sure.

Aside from the Marie paper, here are a few other items I’ve purchased recently.


From lower left we have Tim Holtz keyhole thingies (that’s the technical term), the Tim Holtz mini attacher, Liquitex paints, and Tim Holtz typewriter letter charm kit. ok, I can explain all the Tim Holtz stuff. See, AC Moore just recently got in all this cool TH stuff. How could I resist? umm, I couldn’t.

Some other items I’ve purchased – TH sanding block, charcoal pencils, canvases, and a couple other TH products.

Now if I could just find the time to use all of these wonderful things….

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happy valentine’s day!
I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Rather a hassle in my opinion. However I will happily accept any chocolate that might be offered to me.

Lily and I did some Valentine’s stuff over the weekend – we made little Valentine’s to give to her classmates, and we made heart-shaped cupcakes.

Here are the Valentine’s….

be mine

I wanted us (meaning me and Lily) to make the Valentine’s for her class…since we had to make one for each child (30 total!) it had to be something quick and simple. I bought a heart-shaped paper punch, glitter glue (you can never go wrong with glitter glue), and Hershey kisses. Lily punched out the hearts and I outlined them in glitter glue. Once dry we used glue dots to attach the kisses. et voila!

And here are the cupcakes…


ok, first of all, I did not do the sprinkles. Lily did the sprinkles. She loves sprinkles!

The cupcakes are devil’s food, with chocolate frosting. I know it seems that I probably chose to do all chocolate, but I swear I let Lily choose the flavors and that’s what she wanted.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!


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four decades

Two things have been in my head as my fortieth birthday has been approaching….

“…years go by will I still be waiting for somebody else to understand
years go by if I’m stripped of my beauty and the orange clouds raining in my head
years go by will I choke on my tears til finally there is nothing left
one more casualty you know we’re too easy
easy easy
….but what if I’m a mermaid
in these jeans of yours with her name still on it here
but I don’t care ’cause sometimes
I said sometimes
I hear my voice
and it’s been here
silent all these years.
I’ve been here –
silent all these years.”

Tori Amos, Silent All These Years


A scene from the Birthday episode of Absolutely Fabulous, wherein our heroine Eddie turns 40, rather ungraciously. I have to paraphrase a bit as I can’t remember all the words and I’m too lazy to go get the dvd and find out what they are.
Beau: “She’s (Eddie) not taking turning 40 very well, is she? I wish I could tell her it’s really no big deal. When I turned 40 I felt happy and secure. No matter what your age you’re still vibrant and beautiful….”
Eddie’s mom (she’s a little evil): “And when you will be 50 dear?”
At which point Beau has an anxiety attack.
Beau’s husband: “She hasn’t started 50 therapy yet!”

Love that scene!

Today I am 40 years old.

Last night was my party, at one of our favorie restaurants, Fountainside, with my family. It was a wonderful time, the food was delicious, and the company was perfect. It was exactly what I wanted for my birthday – a lovely evening with my family, to celebrate my special birthday.

And today has been a mixed day (in other words, a normal day). I have spent a ridiculous amount of time making a German chocolate cake, from an issue of Food Network Magazine. I knew it was a bit complicated, but…..hours have been spent on this cake!

My Mom gave me a gift certificate for Joggles for my birthday, so of course I had to immediately spend it. I ordered a bunch of stuff from my wishlist – some paints, glitter glues (naturally!), rubber stamps, a book, and some other miscellaneous yet delightful items.

My husband bought me a new laptop – the lid is matte purple! It’s so pretty. I received a beautiful Swarovski dragonfly pin from my in-laws, along with other lovely gifts from my Dad and my sister and brother-in-law.

I wanted to buy something special for myself for my birthday too – so I decided to buy some jewelry. I wanted something unique and handcrafted, so I went to Etsy. I’ve ordered two necklaces so far, and there’s a ring I would like to buy also. All from different artists. And all very different styles.

One necklace is called Paris Perfection, and represents the dreams I have for the rest of my life. The other necklace is called Tarnished Past, and represents a new beginning. The ring does not have a name, but it’s a stunning garden ring, complete with dragonfly, bee, flowers, Swarovski crystals, and a pink opal glass stone. It would represent transformation. To me, anyway!


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who’s gloria steinem?
My sister-in-law Erin and I had a lovely girls-night-out on Saturday. We went to a little Mexican restaurant called Lolita (not our original plan to go there, but I’m so glad we did – it was a charming place and cozy and the food was delicious!), and then went to see Kathy Griffin at the Academy of Music. It was a fun & interesting show – Kathy was on for almost two and a half hours! She’s like the potty-mouthed, cool girlfriend I never had. I enjoy her conversational yet frenetic and all-over-the-place style. The cursing is a bit much sometimes, but I love Kathy’s in-your-face, I’m-going-to-say-what-I-like-so-get-over-it attitude. She tells it like it is (allegedly), and I love it.

I love the fact that she is so outspoken, stands up for the undertrodden, is opinionated, and has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to support the troops. Kathy not only stands up for what she believes in, but is willing to invest her time, money, and energy into it.

And oh yeah. She’s a feminist.

chocolate. chocolate. and chocolate. oh my!
After the show we went to this place, Max Brenner. It’s a late night chocolate dream world. Basically. High-end, over-the-top, comfort dessert foods. In one corner was a shop with a display case of gorgeous little chocolates, and shelves filled with the necessary chocolate equipment and accompaniments. And bath & body products! And chocolate truffle candles. Who wouldn’t want that?

I had an espresso and a “Max-wich” – a giant chocolate ice cream cookie sandwich (I did not eat the whole thing – it was a bit too much!). Erin had hot chocolate and this crazy smores concoction.



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food for thought

I had a thought the other day when I stopped at Wegman’s to get some soup (I was sick). Soup and chocolate can cure pretty much all ills. If you’re sick, or cold, or just in need of comfort, soup is the perfect thing. And if you’re stressed, in need of a little pick-me-up, or craving a bit of indulgence, chocolate is right there for you.

Soup and chocolate. One of the secrets to life.

the girls have left home
I finished my last aubergine project and mailed them all on Tuesday. Thank goodness I did not have to get overnight shipping for once.

Here is She Dreams of Paris. The picture is not so great. I was in the middle of packing the girls when I realized I never took a picture of this one. So I quick grabbed the camera and took a few shots. I would have preferred to scan it, but last time I scanned a wax seal some of the wax got stuck on the scanner and was not so easy to clean off.


She Dreams of Paris collage

I’m generally pleased with how this one turned out. There are a few things I would change if I were to do it again. But I think it’s lovely.

small moments
Before Lily was born I never would have called myself a morning person. I’m not sure I would call myself one now (I much prefer night owl). But since I’ve had to rearrange my schedule to accomodate la Lily, I’ve learned to enjoy the morning – the darkness, and then the light of the sun rising, birds twittering, the peacefulness and quiet before the busyness of the day. It’s also the only time of the day when I have the house to myself. I love the night, but morning has its charms as well.

~rising with the sun~

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