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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Crabby Valentine's Day

Wishing all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day!  I am trying to enjoy it but Valentine's Day is about 3 things: love, chocolate and love of chocolate.  I have the love part covered and woke this morning to a dozen roses sitting on the kitchen table. (Which means TheHub was awake, showered, dressed and at the store to buy them before 7:30.  I am not sure I would have been as dedicated as he was)


But the chocolate, the seriously delicious part of Valentine's is sadly missing this year.  When Easter is early, Ash Wednesday and Lent are early also and it foils 2 significant events in the life of a chocoholic.  Valentine's Day is void of anything dark, rich and sweet, creamy and tantalizing, and nougaty, and nutty, and peanutty, and m&my, and truffley and....  Now, I can buy chocolate any day and anywhere after Easter.   To me Chocolate dressed in pastels tastes just as good as chocolate from a satin heart box. In fact I can buy Easter candy 50% off the day after Easter. (Oh my goodness the thought of Russell Stover Chocolate covered coconut cream eggs or a Lindt Chocolate bunny half off is what chocolate dreams are made of.)

The second joy kill of early Lent is the annual Girl Scout Cookie sale (can I get an amen for Thin Mints?) We had  a box on Fat Tuesday and I ate a few but certainly did not get my fix.  Again I can buy cookies any day once Lent is over but replicating those delectable Thin Mints cookies is another issue entirely.  The little girl scouts and all their mama's who currently call to me from shopping center parking lots or a table in front of the  grocery store hawking all that minty goodness will be long gone after Easter.  It takes a Ulyssian effort to step away from their siren call right now, but in 40 days I could be giving in and buying however many boxes the cash in my wallet would purchase. And where will they be then?  Earning a merit badge in karate or kayaking or birding?  Who knows? But they sure as shootin' will not be peddling their cookies then.

Having looked at all my options I see only one solution.  I will have to buy an acceptable (to me) number of boxes, wrap them in freezer paper (to keep other's prying eyes from knowing what is in the freezer) and label each box squash (for maximum deception).  Then I can just sit back and wait until I can enjoy my beloved Thin Mints and a cup of coffee, black with no guilt.

p.s. For the record, hamburgers with no bun, paleo ketchup, mustard  and lots of accompanying veggies are good but not nearly as delicious as the full dripping juicy burgers everyone else was eating.  Not let me quit whining about this (first world problem) and go eat a tangerine while everyone else eats chocolate.

17 comments:

  1. If you buy them and put them in the freezer, I'll be impressed if you make it all the way until Easter without opening them. I don't think I could resist the temptation.

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    1. If I buy them, wrap and freeze them I will be ok. If a box is sitting on the shelf, well that is a horse of a different color.

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  2. You poor thing. We once tried burgers wrapped in lettuce instead of buns...yeah, a big fail. Better for you but nothing like a real burger bun.

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    1. I agree and that is exactly how I had it. Hopefully the "bun" paleo recipe I found will taste ok

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  3. I like your idea to buy ahead. Buy some luxurious chocolate too.
    And good luck.

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  4. i spent valentines watching House and Greys Anatomy with my daughters who were too young to watch them when they were new. We had a little chocolate

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    1. Any day with chocolate is a good day, holiday or not!

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  5. Came over living on cheap. Not much here on Valentimes but my hubby did when a box of chocolate which we both enjoyed.
    Stop in if you have time and I always have the coffee on

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    1. So glad you had some chocolate. I truly am hoping everyone had some and wished I had be able to eat it also!

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  6. You poor kid but you are fighting the good fight. I snickered when you said you would label them squash.
    Den bought me chocolate donuts. I managed to polish off 3 and now I'm back on my diet. The good thing is that 10 lbs doesn't seem to want to come back. Thank goodness. I hope if I lose another 10, it will stay lost.

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    1. That is great! I tend to lose weight very easily, but it seems I am an excellent finder also!

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  7. No chocolate yesterday, but I did make cranberry orange scones for breakfast. They were pretty yummy. We'd planned on nutella crepes, but had a late dinner and were too full for dessert. This never happens. On the plus side, I'll be making the crepes later this week.

    Can you have root vegetables on the paleo diet? It wouldn't be the same, but maybe serving your burger over some roasted root veggies (carrots/squash) with a fried egg on top would hit some of the same notes without the bun and cheese?

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    1. I can only comment using my google profile, which links to my quilting and sewing blog. Normally I am blogging at allthathatjunkinmytrunk.wordpress.com

      ~Laura

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    2. I can have root veggies. I am usually ok with a burger wrapped in lettuce or on a portobello mushroom, but I was feeling crabby and out of sorts since I love and missed my Valentine's chocolate!

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  8. Couldn't you give up spinach instead? Feeling your pain...

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    1. Yeah, nothing like a bad choice is there? Next year maybe I will give up rutabagas and liver

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