Saturday, February 1, 2020

National Dark Chocolate Day

 There are many health benefits in dark chocolate. It does not usually contain milk and is often low in sugar. The higher the cocoa content, the better. It is high in antioxidants and iron. And, it tastes good!

 I picked up a variety to sample the different flavors available. Many of the bars available at Whole Foods are vegan, fair trade, organic, some combination of them, or all three. And some of them have healthful add-ins like berries, almonds, flax seed, and even quinoa.

 These bars are from the company Endangered Species. They have been around for a while, and I have eaten their delicious chocolate before. They have changed their wrappers.

 I bought two different bars that have espresso so I can compare flavor.

 I have eaten quinoa before, and I like it, but I have not tried it in chocolate. It sounds like it would be very good.

 Whenever I open a chocolate bar and it has a gold wrapper, I think I have won a trip to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. No such luck.

 But it is SO GOOD. This one has crunchy almonds.

 The chocolate tastes as smooth as it looks.

 I love chocolate, it is one of my favorite things to eat. While it is true that you can have too much of a good thing, I don't think that applies to dark chocolate.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Warm, Delicious Goodness

 Do you like a warm, flaky croissant? Buttery, with a cup of coffee or cocoa? Just the thought is comforting.

 I am not always able to get fresh croissants, and that is okay. Because many bakeries, even grocery store ones, sell them. This is great for making sandwiches at home.

 A variety of spreads taste good on a warm croissant, like Nutella, jam, peanut butter, honey, or butter. I like mine plain, or with chocolate. And I like almond ones, too.

 Ah, such an indulgent way to start the day, but it is necessary to treat yo self.

Enjoy a fresh, warm croissant today!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Puzzle Me This

 It's National Puzzle Day! I love jigsaw puzzles. Well, many types of puzzles like word search, brain teasers, and Tetris.

 There are jigsaw puzzles for just about anyone's favorite hobbies, movies, animals, sports teams, foods, places, and more. I am happy to have this Friends one, but would really be amused to have one of scenes from Frasier.

 In what has to be the most popular character of all time, there is a puzzle of The Child, or as some people say Baby Yoda.

 I have a nice stack of puzzles because I always like to have something to do.

This is a puzzle keeper that is very similar to an art portfolio. You can work your puzzle right on the board, and when you want to put it away, you fold the flaps and can move it. It is great because you can work on the table, and move your unfinished puzzle to put food out. You can store it under a bed or up against the wall. And it holds your pieces in place. This is a great item for any puzzle enthusiast.

I tend to do a lot of puzzles in winter when it is too cold and wet to be outside, and in summer when it is too hot to be outside. Any time is puzzle time.