Homemade Tahini Dark Hot Chocolate

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This hot chocolate was made because the cravings I was having at the time could not be satisfied, and I’m glad I made it. There are a couple secrets to this drink to make it unique and amazing starting with a tablespoon of tahini. Continue reading “Homemade Tahini Dark Hot Chocolate”

A Chocolate Lover’s Paradise -The Meadow Shop in Portland

On one of our regular date nights, after having some Mexican food we headed for a walk and saw a crowd at a distance that spiked our curiosity. It was near Christmas time, and there was a big crowd of small families, I believe waiting for a Christmas tree to be lit or something; there was music and it was cold but people were still out.

Behind the crowd I saw a store with some neon signs that said: chocolate, wine, flowers, and gourmet salts. They had me at chocolate, but it sounded like it was all our favorite things in one place! Hubby’s favorite would be wine. We both love flowers, and gourmet salts, why not? We squeezed through the crowd and arrived at paradise, The Meadow.

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Flourless Date Coconut Brownies (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan)

These are amazing. And even more so because they are flourless and refined sugar-less. Most of the sweetness comes from the dates. If the amount of salt seems like too much, don’t skimp! It really makes the overall flavor. I think it’s totally fine to go for seconds on this one. (Not that I ever stop myself from going for seconds anyway).  Continue reading “Flourless Date Coconut Brownies (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan)”

Organic Chocolate, Comfort Food Around The World, Dominogh, and More

Cat photo of the day (by hoschie)

This week, I got my Oregon state 8 year driving license! It was exciting because I passed the test with a 100% (alright, I had to take it twice, but still, they don’t give you the exact same questions every time), and they gave me 8 years which I wasn’t expecting because my green card right now expires in August, and in Durham, NC where I last obtained a driving license, if you are a U.S. resident, they give you a license with the same expiration date as your green card.

In other news, last night I made a special dinner for four for the first time. I had never cooked for more than two people except for potluck dishes like a big bowl of guacamole. Josh and I wanted to make a nice dinner for our hosts, who are now our friends and roommates. The menu was: chicken parmesan, roasted broccoli, garlic mashed potatoes, garlic bread, and salad. It was a success.

I hope you have an awesome weekend! Enjoy these links I gathered from internetland:

Don’t feel bad if your favorite nominated actor/actress didn’t win the Oscar.

Savory Parmesan French Toast, a delicious option for next brunch or lunch or even a quick night dinner.

A geek’s dream movie, superheroes and sci-fi combined, coming this August.

Which Downtown Abbey character are you? I got The Dowager Countess, and my husband got Mrs. Hughes. He wasn’t very happy with his result, he would’ve preferred something more… masculine I guess.

Need an organic chocolate fix?  Here’s is a great selection.

I watched this cat GIF like 10 times and laughed out loud every time.

I enjoyed this 5 min documentary about people eating sour candy balls for the first time.

Ahh… comfort food, here are 15 recipes of comfort food from around the world.

Japanese shirts with English words

Hallucinations comic

Would you wear this cat hat?

Walking Men around the world

These comical illustrations made me smile.

This is my husband’s and my favorite youtube video at the moment.

I am SO making these loaded sweet potato “nachos

This video is impressive and mesmerizing: Starry Night – Vincent van Dominogh (7,000 dominoes)

I’ve heard this party game is a blast! Try it at your next board game night.

p.s. I apologize if you hate cats.


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