Recipe: Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

When I met Ryanne, a close friend of mine, one of the first things we bonded over was food, especially one of the key things in both our diets: chocolate. Seriously. We’ve been through a lot since then. But one of our favorite things to do is cook, especially if the 49ers are playing or the Bachelor/Bachelorette is on.

Ryanne and I work together but she recently had her babygirl and is working from home. But we still chat via Skype everyday so it’s almost as good as sitting across from her at the office. As usual we picked a recipe during the week and got together over the weekend to catch up and cook. We decided to make Chocolate Pomegranate Ginger Bark to give as gifts to friends for the holidays. Because chocolate makes us happy, and we obviously want to share that happiness.

We found the recipe on Pinterest, but you can head over to the blog B&D (Baking & Design) for the recipe. It’s delicious and I had to practice a lot of self-control while gift wrapping it because I wanted it all for myself.

Enjoy!

Pomegranate Bark

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My ass can’t live without you

Dear stair-stepper,

we used to be unbreakable. I’d always come see you late at night when I was feeling down & you’d pick me up with lots of tough-love (tripping me, etc.) but you’d always lift my ass a hair-or-two if I visited frequently, so that is just what I did. But then I got busy. I guess you could say life happened, and I left. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen you, but my ass can’t live without you. I’m comin’ for you baby — I will step up to your love.

xoxo, the sweatiest brizzle of them all

If you’re currently stair-stepper-less, I recommend www.bodyrock.tv

Wiggle Your Nose Back n’ Forth

love genie jars. When I saw this on Pinterest, I think I got a little more excited than the average person… But this is nothing new.

Do you love Genie jars? If so, where is your favorite place to go to find them? I adore this website, 1stdibs. Even if you browse their online shop just to get inspiration, I still love it because they have a nice variety. Pier1 is also a great place to find little trinkets and treasures such as those pictured above. If you’re feeling adventorous, make a day of thrifting & look for them while at your local thrift shops. You can get things for a better price, and it can be fun having some DIY projects with things you didn’t pay much for but saw potential in (my thrifting-partner, Kelsey Loraine, is hardcore. We don’t mess around… well I do, but she doesn’t)

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I know you really wish you could just wiggle your nose & squint your eyes like Bewitched & have all of these appear — or if you’re not into that, you can always fold your arms across your chest, blink, and dip your head like Jeanie.  People may or may not see me do this often… I usually just don’t really try & explain. Don’t mind me, I’m just pretending to be a genie over here. Continue on…

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All my wiggles n’ squints, Bee

Somethin’ out of nothin’

It’s too warm to drink hot tea right now, so when I fell in love with this sun-tea jar I ran straight home & put it to work. Sure is hard work… Sitting there, making something sweet out of nothin’. I’d like to be like that someday.

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Green tea + peach tea + sunshine = Gold

I don’t add sugar to mine unless I am craving something sweet — then I remember I don’t like super sweet tea, so I  usually go eat ten otter pops instead. Sorry I’m not sorry about it.

Enjoy, xoxo 

It’s Beautiful

“I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I,
and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.

I apologize for the ‘quotey’ posts & extended time between comment replies — school/work are sucking me dry, bare with me sweets! Bee

Exploring Different Shapes

I have decided to let today take whatever shape it desires. Lately I have been exhausting myself by spending energy on things I really can’t control. This photo, in it’s own little way, encouraged me to just let things be. For some reason I love how the bubble changes the way the mountain looks.

When life surprises us with ups & downs I feel it can make what we thought we understood  suddenly appear very confusing. I’m allowing myself some time to reevaluate the way I perceive things. Hopefully that will be the key to seeing mistakes as moments of growth & opportunities to accrue wisdom.

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Todays quote helps me realize how incredibly blessed my life is. Despite all the oddly shaped outcomes I’m still so grateful. Cheers to a fresh new week.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; But remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” -Epicurus Greek philosopher (341 BC – 270 BC)

Sweet boys with good habits

Something that makes me happy:

The eight-year-old twin boys that walk their two wiener dogs past my house every single day. I’m convinced their mum wont let them out of the house until their dragon ball-z t-shirts are tucked into their jeans that don’t quite reach their ankles because they sit an inch or four above their belly buttons. And their matching velcroe tennis shoes are a must, because they pull everything together like a perfectly tied bow.

(this lovely woman took this photo of Dexter the Wiener dog)

The not-so-sentimental thing that makes me happy:

Closing my eyes while I quietly inhale pink, exhale grey, & pretend that this is my closet.

Also, when I play make believe these are my wooden kitchen utensils too. (they will be mine in real life next time I have arts & crafts time)

What makes you happy?

All my love, Bee