Challenges of Chocolate

There you have it in a nutshell… The challenges of chocolate, and the temptations of every time you go to the grocery store.

I recently experienced this problem which really was somewhat of an experience.

There I was in my local grocery store and my trolly was half full with toilet paper (for what reason I can’t tell you- I guess it was a go with the flow moment???) After I pulled myself back into reality, that I needed something to eat, because I can’t eat toilet paper. I steered my trolly through the aisles putting things into my trolly that I could eat and there and then around the next corner was the aisle with chocolate…..
My heart was racing, and my brain said to me “you must go down this aisle”. I did and there before my eyes I was standing alone looking at both sides of the aisle filled with chocolate.

You can not image what a “rush” that was for me after being stranded in my house for a couple of weeks…
I wanted to run my arm behind all the chocolate and let it fall into my trolly! The feeling was overwhelming. Never before had I felt the joy of strolling down an aisle with chocolate before.

Maybe some of you out there know this feeling too???

I pulled myself back into reality and just stood there and thought “which sort of chocolate should I buy?” Because every piece of chocolate was now tempting; not like in the past were I would walk down the aisle where the chocolate was and just ignore it. Now the chocolate aisle is/ was a feeling / experience in my new world were I don’t get to go out every day.

After standing there for what seemed to me like an eternity , which probably was may be 5 minutes of joy for me; I decide to buy 5 chocolate bars, and when I got home I ate one of them right away , and it gave me the feeling that was indescribable because no money in the world could replace that feeling I had while I was savoring every bite of my chocolate bar.

Plus, the joy that I had just holding onto the candy bar – I had never in the past thought about it and always took these simple life’s pleasures for granted, but now since having to stay home and only go out when allowed too, I have taken a different view on these little life’s pleasures.

Next time you are grocery shopping, treat yourself to one of life’s little pleasures, and when you get home you can sit back and enjoy it!

Enjoy

Our kitchen table

I bet you never thought about your kitchen table, or have you? It is a piece of furniture that is simply there hanging around in your kitchen taking up space or used as a community meeting spot in the house.

That table is a place to sit around and enjoy a meal or celebrate something it is simply always there. Then there’s the time when we sit around the kitchen table to tell our tales of adventure or to cry our eyes out with tears of pain or sorrow our trusty table brings us together to plan our next vacation or plan our careers. The kitchen table is the center of the universe at home.
Think about it the kitchen table fits to your kitchen, it maybe modern, vintage or something you made yourself, but it is your kitchen table. It makes a statement about the people who live in your house. It endures things that no other piece of furniture in the house endures or puts up with.

The kitchen table is your desk, a place to eat, a place to sit around and watch someone cook… it is simply there. People pound their fists on the table, throw things on it or fold their laundry on it… The kitchen table is there.

Very seldom does the kitchen table change like other pieces of furniture in your house. We buy a new sofa, or dining room table, but the kitchen table stays where it is. It has found its place in the house and knows that it belongs to the house, and season for season it is there.

If a kitchen table could talk, I am sure it could tell a tale or two and maybe even surprise those who hear the tales being told. Or the secrets the table could keep and not tell anyone…(not that the table can talk, but if it could OMG!!)

But the best thing about a kitchen table could be the memories it brings back of carefree days as a child when coming home from school on a cold winter day to find a warm cup of cacao and the smell of fresh baked cookies and then surprisingly the warm cookies would appear on the table to be gobbled down…. Those are the wonderful memories of the kitchen table.

Sit at your kitchen table and enjoy it and the fond memories it brings back!!!

The Replacement

Sometimes life changes and things get replaced around the house and no one ever takes into consideration the many years of faithful service the appliances have brought into your life let alone the joys and maybe even the sorrows too.

A good friend of mine informed that she will be buying a new stove for her kitchen. Sure, you’re thinking big deal or great, it’s about time she did. But have you ever thought about what that stove did for her in the past? I bet not! Or even your own stove that you own.

Well this little event got me thinking about my stove, and I will admit that it is a trusty friend in my household and a real lifesaver too. Though I will admit we have had our stressful moments together too, when (I hate to admit it) when I forgot something cooking on the stove top and then there is the smell of something burning or boiling over and I think something nasty and think “great, it’s ruined now”! I am sure you all know this feeling????

But, there are the great smells too, that smell of something wonderful cooking on the stove top and you can’t wait to eat it because it smells so good and the same hold true for the aroma of something yummy baking, roasting, grilling or whatever coming from the oven.

My oven and I have had some challenges through the years to put it nicely. Like the time the oven seemed to shrink because the turkey I bought was to big for the oven. That darn oven seemed to shrink in size over night and I didn’t even notice it. (my gosh I was a bit upset to say the least!!!)

Or there was the time the oven seemed to develop a nasty phase and whenever I popped something into the oven it burnt for whatever reason… Okay, maybe I wasn’t paying attention or was distracted, but I am sure to this day that it was the ovens fault! Or the time (some of you may have experienced this too??) you pop the dinner into the over to cook for your guests who are coming over and for some unexplainable reason the oven isn’t turned on when you check the food one hour later and wonder what has happened here????? A mystery beyond belief……

Then there’s the nasty trick that the oven tries… You pop the food in the oven and somehow the oven gets tooooooo hot and the food burns and bellows out smoke and has a smell of burn food… That is an OMG moment!!! Now what ?????

But through all those trying times with its ups and downs my stove has been a faithful companion in my life and I think we should all be appreciative of the appliance even when it is being replaced, because the old stove also has memories attached to it too and they can be many happy moments in our life and we never really take the time anymore to think about all those great times!

So, before you pop something into the oven or cook something on your stovetop remember those great times associated with your stove. Have a great time cooking !!!