For you, Zannyro!

I was looking for an image to use on one of my eBay postings and clicked on the wrong folder.  Or was it the right one after all?  All things happen for a reason … someone must be craving chocolate??????

My friend and fellow, artful blogger, Zannyro, who gives all of us a look through her window into the woods, happens to be a chocolate lover, too.  So this one’s for you, Miss Z … minus the calories.  Ha!  (She’s probably going to say I’m torturing her). Namaste’

Hubby’s boss sent us a box of these delectable chocolate covered strawberries last year and of course I had to photograph them before they were gone.  Oh, I did let Hubby have a couple.  Just kidding … we shared them equally 🙂

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The Cup Song

Having a bad day?  Need an emotional tune-up?  Watch this video and prepare to get happy!  Compliments of my friend, Gini, who sent it to me.

And if that doesn’t do it for you, then take a look at the guilty pleasure photo on the right … a close-up of a chocolate covered strawberry … no calories!  Namaste’

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Ever had one of “those” days?  When I saw this tag this morning, I knew it was the perfect photo for how I’m feeling today.  Anybody else feeling the same way or is it just me?  I think my brain needs some chocolate 🙂  Namaste’

Belly Fat Begone!

The reason I’m posting a picture of today’s lunch is that my WS (wonderful spouse) and I are on the South Beach diet.  Actually, I hate the word diet, so I’m going to stick with new, healthy eating plan.  It consists mainly of lean protein, plenty of veggies, some good fats, and basically VERY LOW carbs.  No white sugar at all.  Anything white we just don’t eat.  Now there are many, many, many diets and eating plans out there, but most are hard to stick to and require some real concentration (stress) on what to do and what not to do.  What to mix with what, etc.  These days I’m into simple.  So for us this is rather simple.  Anyway, I’m not promoting any diets here, but my WS suggested I take a picture of his lunch plate, so I did.

There is one thing I can recommend, though, even if you’re not watching your weight.  I’m using My Fitness Pal to record what I eat and how much water I drink.  Truly an eye-opener and it’s totally free.  It keeps count of calories, carbs, fat and protein.  For those of us who love chocolate (and we know who we are, right, Zannyro?) there’s always the Hershey’s sugar-free dark chocolate.  It does the trick for me.  Will I have to cheat once in a while and have a piece of carrot cake or something like that?  Yes!  Once in a while but not often.  I like how I feel now without the carbs/sugar.  Namaste’

Low-fat cottage cheese, grape tomatoes, Hebrew National 97% fat-free beef dogs, and baked zucchini with parmesan, olive oil and garlic.  I had one dog; WS had two 😉

The Cheesecake Event – What to Choose!

Today you get two for the price of one.  My husband and I decided to “ditch school” and just go have some fun.  So it was off to one of our favorite restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory,  for some lunch and dessert.  Yeah, I know you’re probably asking “what happened to your low-carb eating plan?”  The answer is “not today.”

We had the best waiter who provided us with stellar service and a pleasant dining experience.  After lunch we strolled the mall, did a little shopping and stopped in at the pet store.  A great Saturday.  I guess we could have stayed home and done our weekend chores, but why?  They were still here when we got back.  It seems the chore fairy didn’t show up at our house today but life is still good.  Namaste.

The top one is Tuxedo cheesecake and the bottom one is pineapple upside-down cheesecake. Can you guess which one I chose?

It’s That Time Again

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Anybody that’s been to my flower gallery has a very clear understanding of my love of flowers.  Something about them makes me feel closer to God, especially when I see them through my camera lens. And it’s the time of year when tulips are blooming.  I think it might be a little early, but then everything seems to be speeding up.  I’m OK with that as long as the rest of Mother Earth is.

I’m making a confession here – when I press the shutter button, I have a little secret thanks for the bloom.  “I know the spirit of life is still in you, so thanks for sharing your SELF with me.”

Today I made a special trip on my way home to get these specific white tulips.  I simply chose a red background and applied a couple of digital enhancements.  Flowers are so much fun!  I think I said it before … they don’t blink.

Don’t forget to think ahead for your sweetheart this year.  Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away!  And for you guys out there, try to avoid the standard chocolates and other kinds of candy. Most women love chocolate and food is fun but it doesn’t last. Be creative.

As always, just click the image to make it larger. Namaste.

Chocolate without the HFCS

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We went to the Cracker Barrel for breakfast this morning and on the way out, decided to pick up two of the new Hershey bars.  We love chocolate and were pleased to know that these particular bars are made from the original Hershey recipe. The Hershey company has been making chocolate bars since 1900 when Milton Snavely Hershey produced the first bar.  The bars in the picture are the ones made (and available for a limited time) with the original recipe, containing no high fructose corn syrup.

According to “The Nibble” (a magazine about specialty foods) chocolate dates back as far as 1500 B.C. when the Aztec and Mayan cultures discovered the value of the cacao plant.  Cacao trees have grown wild for about 10,000 years.  Some historians believe that chocolate has been around for 2,000 years but research now claims it could be even older.  Even though there are conflicting dates, one thing is for sure – chocolate is a taste that most people love and I’m no exception.  (No, these are not part of my eating plan, but a girl’s gotta have some chocolate once in a while.)

Originally chocolate was a bitter drink made from the cacao bean which probably accounts for the bitter taste in dark chocolate.  Some researchers say that chocolate is actually good for you as long as it’s the dark variety and has at least 80% cacao.  Others say differently so who knows?

“Forget love — I’d rather fall in chocolate.” –Anonymous

Namaste.