Chocolate everywhere

This afternoon, I received the package from my Secret Blogger Cupid … and fellow New Yorker apparently! Nicole from Another One Bites the Crust sent these fun goodies:

GIANT Lindt milk chocolate hazelnut bar, conversation hearts, and chocolate-covered pretzel

GIANT Lindt milk chocolate hazelnut bar, conversation hearts, and chocolate-covered pretzel

I’m most excited about this:

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Some broke off during the photo shoot (whoops), so I had to eat it:

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I’ve done ok on my to-do list today but not as well as I’d hoped! Where does the time go?

1. run/yoga

2. CVS/library/grocery store

3. work homework

4. grad school homework

5. hair dye

6. BSI

7. contribution to work Valentine’s lunch

8. sorting student loan confusion

While out erranding, I got some unexpected groceries! After sampling a mozzarella ball and marinated mushrooms at the gourmet market, I went to the cheap grocery store and CVS for the following:

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2 library books, tp, 3 boxes of hair dye (on sale for $2.50 each!), pumpkin, vanilla, sunsweet ones (.75 off coupon), strawberries, molasses (because I used up roommate's last week!), oranges (for BSI), bear naked vanilla almond granola ($1.50 off coupon)

Total: $35. Food total only: $20!

While I worked on my BSI (keep reading for recipe), I did a bit of snacking. The hazelnut bar came at just the right time :-).

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(Ummm, I had quite a bit more than pictured, but I quickly broke it up into small pieces and put it in the freezer before too much damage was done!)

Also, had to “clean up” after myself while cooking and scrape all bowls (with my tongue):

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Dinner needed to be (somewhat) light. I had  steamed asparagus with a bit of grated homemade cheddar:

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Along with 1/3 of a wheat bagel and 1/3 of a nut and seed bagel with 1 tbsp peanut butter, a chopped date, and cinnamon:

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For dessert, I had the mini-version of my BSI submission (which also happens to be my contribution for the work Valentine’s lunch tomorrow and my entry for the Quaker True Delights recipe contest): Orange-Cranberry Dark Chocolate Heart Tart:

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Holy yum!! That’s right, VeggieGirl, I said it :-).

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And now back to the battle for a timely bedtime! Am I the only one who feels like every night is a race against the clock?

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14 thoughts on “Chocolate everywhere

  1. Nicole says:

    I’m glad you liked it!!! Sorry for the make-shift note, I totally forgot to grab the card I made before I left to mail the package so I had to scramble find something to write on when I got to the post office 😀

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  2. TorontoGirloutWest says:

    So how does one get in on future secret blogger cupid-type action? Like for Easter or stuff like that!

    I have some favourite healthy food treats that I’d love to pass on! :o)

    PS: I just discovered your blog today – I heart it!

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  3. snackface says:

    No! I always feel as though I’m racing against the clock 😦 I hope it doesn’t always feel that way.

    I’m beyond impressed with your food spending. I have such a hard time keeping things low! P.S. love the pretzel!!

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