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2010/138: Bonus: Birthday Lunch

I met with a friend for a very belated Birthday lunch today. I met Claudia at the gym sometime last fall, when I walked in shortly after her and someone at the front desk mentioned to me that she was from Germany, too. He also mentioned to Claudia that I was from Germany (well, close enough anyway) and we bumped into each other (not literally) a while later and introduced ourselves.
We ran into each other from time to time and chatted for a few minutes each time. When we found out that we’re the same age, AND our birthdays are only within about two weeks of each other (I’m the older one 😛 ), we decided to celebrate together when the weather was warmer. Unfortunately sick kids, vacations, bad weather, and busy schedules prevented us from meeting up… until today! And I have to say that we picked the perfect day, because it was just beautiful outside, and we did ask for a table outside.
We met at the restaurant at 11:30 am and didn’t leave until 2:10pm, when we had to go because it was time to pick up the kids. We probably could have sat there all day otherwise 🙂


2010/046: Hershey’s Raspberry Hugs

… are delicious!

2010/029: Bonus – I Blame Scott!

That’s right! It’s all Scott‘s fault. He had to mention the white Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in his comment to my original post today.
It’s one of those I need chocolate kind of days (but then again, that’s pretty much every day!) and I couldn’t get those white Reeses out of my head and had to go look for them. Couldn’t find the candy bar sized ones and had to but a whole bag of the miniature ones…. which is NOT good when you’re already skipping the gym (which I will blame on the laundry, and on Greg for leaving some paperwork at home, and asking me to bring to him at work).
BUT, most of the bag went straight into the kids’ candy bowl with all their Halloween chocolate, and most of what was left in the bag, I hid… hoping I will forget where I put it…. yeah… I’m not that forgetful. Yet.

Anyway… the white Reese’s Peanutbutter Cups are good, but not as good as the milk chocolate ones. I can eat them (I’m not THAT picky!), but I prefer the white chocolate KitKats.


2010/029: Giant Peanutbutter Cup

Couldn’t go all the way to Indiana without making a trip (or two) to Albanese Candy Factory!! One of the many delicious things we bought, were these giant peanut butter cups. They’re so big, they could almost be a whole meal (well, calorie-wise anyway 😉 )
When we were at the store, we sampled a few things, and Melissa was all sad because she really liked the gummy bears last summer, and she can’t have them since she got her braces. One of the sales people overheard us and said that their gummies are the only ones known not to stick to braces! I let Melissa have a sample, and sure enough, they didn’t stick! Of course we bought them a bag full and the kids were happy little campers. Sadly, though, they didn’t have the Figaros (small chocolate squares with a hazelnutty taste), that we bought last summer.

2009/334: Cranberries

2009/275: Candy Corn Hershey Kisses

One word: yuck!
BUT, I don’t like candy corn. If you like candy corn, then you will probably like these. My girls love them!


2009/274: Caramel Apple Hershey Kisses

Looks like Hershey’s came out with a couple of new fall flavors of Kisses (or maybe they’re not new, but this was the first time I’ve seen them).
One of them is Caramel Apple, and very good! I only bought a small bag, and I’m proud to say that it lasted almost a week.


2009/249: Coconut M&M’s

Mmm-mmm good!


2009/236: Happy Day

Today is the first day of school… Melissa is starting 8th grade, and Sara is in 1st grade.
Plans are to drop the kids off at school and then head to the movies with Amber to see The Timetraveler’s Wife… and then head to the gym to work out before it’s time to pick up the kids from school.

and yes, the heart and smiley on the grapes are real.

2009/205: More Kisses

Chocolate Meltaway Center and Peanut Butter Hershey’s Kisses. These were a little “souvenir” from our vacation (both delicious!), along with a bag of Yorks and a bag of Dark Chocolate Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups.
I’m sure you can all guess where we went! 😉


2009/203: Onions


2009/190: Lemon Poppyseed

Melissa saw the muffin mix at the store and had to get them and bake them. They were delicious!


2009/108: Hershey’s Orange Creme Kisses

I have to admit, I never would have bought these myself, because they just didn’t sound all that appealing. I got these in the mail from a friend as a thank you a few weeks back.
They tasted much better than I thought! Not that I got to eat very many of them, because the kids ate most of them 🙂


2009/43: To Die For

This is a cinnamon wheel from Papa Murphy’s Pizza. They have really good pizza, too, and this is one of those places that will prepare the pizza, and then you take it home and bake it yourself.
A few months ago we tried the cinnamon wheel….. it’s SO good, I could eat the whole thing by myself. The icing is light and fluffy, not the sticky gooey kind.
The pizza is great, but don’t come home without a cinnamon wheel!!


Mint Truffle Kisses

Hershey needs to stop coming out with all these delicious flavors… I’m running out of ideas of how to photograph them.


Adventures In Turkey Frying

Several weeks ago, Greg thought it would be nice to have a fried turkey for dinner. He’s fried them before, and they always turned out delicious.  So he buys the turkey, puts it in the brine for a couple of days, and then sets up the turkey fryer in the back yard – far away from the house, “just in case”. When the oil was hot enough, he puts the turkey in… the oil temperature drops, which is normal, but then it won’t go back up! Seems that the propane tank might be empty?? What to do now?! He decides to bring it inside and finish frying it on the stove! Of course I have to help him, haul that huge HEAVY pot into the house, and we can’t just walk through the back yard and use the back door, that leads straight into the kitchen. Nope, that door is stuck and won’t open without a sledge hammer. We have to walk around the front and use the front door, which means walking twice as far, and having to walk through the living room and dining room to get into the kitchen…hoping we don’t spill that nice hot oil and send that turkey sliding right into he computer room! All goes well and we got the pot safely into the kitchen and on the stove, although I was a little worried about the stove collapsing under all that weight.  Frying took a little longer on the stove, because the temp didn’t get quite as high as it should, but the turkey tasted delicious!

Today, on Thanksgiving, the plan is to fry the turkey… let’s hope everything goes off without a hitch this time. I need the stove to cook the side dishes!


** Check back later today for a little bonus post 🙂

Chocolate Marshmallow Kisses

Another yummy flavor (but the hot cocoa kisses are better).


Move over Ben & Jerry…

… make room on the couch for Talenti Gelato!

Found them at Sprouts recently, and tried two flavors so far: Argentine Dulce De Leche, and Chocolate Hazelnut, which is my favorite so far. They are pretty pricey, so this will only be an occasional treat and Ben & Jerry have nothing to worry about 😉

You can find Talenti on the web


Pumpkin Spice

Hershey’s really needs to stop coming out with all those yummy new flavors! These almost taste like pumpkin pie, and there is no chocolate! Unless that’s supposed to be white chocolate in the center?


A while back, Amy posted about making her own butter on her blog, and I wanted to try it to. Yesterday was the day, except that I couldn’t find a jar big enough for 16-oz. of heavy cream. The store didn’t have any 8-oz cartons of cream. I ended up using an empty 2-liter bottle, which worked out really well. I poured the cream in, screwed the lid on, an started shaking…. and shaking and shaking and shaking. Didn’t even take two minutes for my arms to get tired, but I kept going. Sara wanted to help, and she got to shake for a minute, then me again, and then Greg for a few minutes, then me again. At first you could hear the cream sloshing around in there, but the sound disappeared more and more, until it sounded like I was shaking an empty bottle. Hmm, what is going on? Did I mess it up? Heavy whipping cream IS the same as heavy cream…. right? Yes, has to be! I didn’t want to quit, so while I was shaking and shaking, I managed to pull Amy’s blog up on the computer (thankfully I bookmarked that post and saved myself a few clicks). I read through it again, while shaking and shaking and shaking, and yup, she mentioned thick whipped cream. OK, I’m doing it right. So I shake and shake and shake some more, until…. thump! YES! There’s that thump Amy talked about! We have butter!!! But do I keep shaking, or am I done? I’m not sure, so I shake it a few more times, just in case. I poured out the liquid, cut the top portion of the bottle off and used a rubber spatula to squeeze as much of the buttermilk out as possible, then spread the butter into a container and refrigerated until dinner.  It was the second best butter I’ve ever had! (The best butter was when we vacationed in Austria when I was about 4 or 5 years old. Yes, it was so good, I still remember it to this day! It was home made butter as well, but freshly made, not from a carton of heavy cream).


Mmmhh… how I wish I still had some of those around….

Cool Summer Treat

Coffee Granita

2 cups double-strength brewed decaf. coffee, cooled

1 Tbsp. coffee flavored liqueur, optional

1/2 cup sugar

Combine ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 13×9-inch baking pan, cover with foil or plastic wrap (I use a container with a lid). Freeze until mixture is solid, about 4 hours. It may be slightly slushy in spots.

Using a fork, scrape coffee mixture into fine crystals, breaking up any large chunks. Spoon granita into dessert glasses or small bowls and top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream.


Under NO circumstances should you eat this ice-cream!! It’s really terrible and I feel it is my duty to warn my friends.

If however a pint or two will make it into your shopping cart anyway, not to worry. Just pack it in dry ice and express mail it to me and I will safely destroy the ice-cream for you. (Mailing address available upon request)

What May I Serve You for Dinner Tonight?

These vegetable soups are reserved especially for Melissa. As punishment. Why, you wonder? Because she hates taking showers and will do anything and everything to avoid them. But, she knows mom and dad won’t let her get away with that, so she waits until 5:30 pm (which is dinner time in this house) to get in the shower… taking  f o r e v e r  to a) get into the shower, b) take a shower, and c) get dressed, hair brushed, etc. Which, of course leads to her not eating dinner with the rest of us and her dinner getting cold.

Sooo…. new rules for Miss I-don’t-wanna-take-a-shower: 1) No more having to be reminded to take a shower and 2) Don’t wait until it’s dinner time. You ignore one or both of these rules and you get vegetable soup for dinner.

I thought that she hated vegetable soup even more than showers, but out of the three cans that I bought, there is now only one can left. She only ate part of the other two cans, though. Sat at the dinner table until it was time to get ready for bed.