February 22


Now I know everyone uses it, at least I hope everyone uses it.   Please raise your hands if your Sure!  The girl and I are going through a trial phase of our deodorant using.  We have tried the spray, and now the solid.  I really don’t want to move on to roll-on because, lets face it, roll-ons are sticky, gloppy, and gooey.   Blech!

We both have our favorites.  I like one, she likes the other.   I want to know which you like best.


Which do you prefer, spray, roll on, or solid?   Deodorant, or antiperspirant?   Scented?  Unscented?   Do you go au natural?  Do you use baking soda?  Baby powder?

I.  must.  know.

February 21

This coming weekend, the boy will be going with our youth group on the annual ski trip.

In January, he bought himself a hat to wear on the trip, and with that purchase, began the slow journey to total, uncontained fervor.

About 2 weeks after that, Aldi carried snow board pants and jackets. We looked at them, because he had been using a pair of Superman’s old Air Force flight pants and coat, but the pants were beginning to fall apart, and they just weren’t ‘cool’ enough to go skiing in. (major eye rollage here) I told him that I couldn’t afford them, but secretly I was going to get them for him. I purchased them a week and a half later, laid them on his bed, and the excitement began to build in earnest.

When the boy has been given a gift, and it is something that he is really excited about, he uses/wears it all. the. time.

Yes internets, a hat and coat do make the man.

He was so excited about this coat that he begged me to let him and the girl walk to the library. He had to ‘make sure that it was good in the cold and wind’. (can we get some more eyes a rolling?) Later that night he tried to wear the ski pants to bed.

Last week, he purchased himself a pair of OTG (over the glasses) Ski goggles.

They came in the other day.

He wore them all day.

When I went downstairs to read some scriptures with him before bed, there he lay, all covered up…wearing those goggles.

Yes, my friends, the excitement has reached a fevered pitch here in the house of Chocolate. Saturday he is leaving, and things around here can get back to normal. Whatever that is.

February 19

For the people desperate for cheesecake, let me give you the recipe. I must stop the rioting before it starts.

Classic Cheesecake

  • 3 pkg cream cheese~room temperature
  • 1 ¼ c. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice, or ½ tsp. lemon oil
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • ½ c. heavy cream

Make a graham cracker crust. We don’t use a recipe, just crush up one packet of graham crackers, 1 stick butter, and about 1/4 c. sugar. Line your spring form pan with the crust, and up the sides about ½ an inch.

Beat cream cheese till soft and no lumps remain. Do this at slow speed as you don’t want air incorporated in to the mixture. Add sugar and salt. Mix till well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating till the mixture is smooth before adding the next egg, and scraping the bottom of the bowl before each addition. Stir in the lemon, vanilla, sour cream and heavy cream. Stir just until mixture is smooth.

Pour the batter into your crust. Bake in a 325º oven for 45-50 minutes. The edges of the cake will look set and be a light golden brown. The middle should jiggle when you nudge the pan. The internal temp should be 165º or above when taken about an inch from the center.

Turn off the oven, open the door slightly and let the cheesecake cool slowly in the oven for 1 hour. During this time, the center will finish setting. Cooling the cake slowly will keep the top from cracking and ensure an even, smooth texture. (uuhhh my cheesecakes always crack)

After an hour, take the cake from the oven, and run a knife around the edge to allow the cake to contract as it cools. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

You can top this with a variety of things, but I much prefer caramel sauce.

Since 5 nights out of 7, it is just the boy and I eating one meal (the girl only gets to eat leaves and twigs), I am always on the look out for recipes that serve 2.

I found a wonderful web site that has tons of those recipes. So, as I was looking at different ones, I began to realize that all my baking dishes are way to big. I found a recipe for Bacon Cheese Penne, and I needed to see if we had a 3 cup baking dish. I asked the boy if we had one.

He brought out a few that he thought might work. They were all to big. Then he brought out a small mixing bowl.

I asked him if he would please find out if it would hold 3 cups.

I guess it does.

February 18

I have been catching a lot of flack from my reader friends who have been dieting, so I thought that I’d do something just for them.

Hey! I am an equal opportunity blogger.

Fresh healthy vegetables.

Doesn’t this just make you salivate?  Doesn’t it thrill you to your very core?  No?

Your right.

This is way better than a carrot.

February 17

This morning.

5:30 am~~rudely awakened by an obnoxiously full bladder.

5:30.20 am~~back in bed, much relieved. I move quick, internets.

5:31 am ~~thinking…did I pay the car payment? I think I made it. Did I? OH…crud…what if I didn’t. whining to myself…Did you forget again? No, I think I paid it. sigh…. and this is repeated over and over till I must force myself out of bed to check.

5:45 am~~forcing myself out of my nice warm bed, and stumble with eyes closed down stairs. Turn on the computer, modem, screen and speakers.

5:46 am~~ the blue screen of ‘welcome’ jars my eyes open….sigh..

5:48 am ~~everything is finally up, running, and ready for me to use the machine.

5:48 am~~click on bank web site. Type in ‘user name’ **********. Password ***************. Tab-enter.

5:49 am~~’Online Error  A system error has occurred. We are unable to process this transaction at this time. Please try again later. If this error continues to be displayed, please contact the credit union. Error Description: Timeout expiredPress “Cancel” to go back’.

I repeat the above 3 times. sigh…it is way to early in the morning for pages to be timing out. What is going on? The internet does not get Sunday’s off. Just open up for me. I. must. know.  I climbed out of bed for this.

5:51 am~~catch up on a few blogs, refresh bank page and keep trying.

6:00 am~~fully awake, and not wanting to be, ready to throw my computer out the window.

I should have stayed in bed.

February 16

Hi Internet.

I am trying something new.

Let me just say for the record. I have been fiddling with this for about 2 hours now, and I have 3 hairs on my head left, my left eye is twitching, and in the middle of all this, I am trying to fix 2 desserts for a get together tonight and only have 1 egg, so please vote, and let me know in the comments what you voted.

I do this to satisfy my insatiable curiosity.

I will figure it out what I am doing wrong later…..