Paying it Forward

I saw this on my friend Brandii’s site .  Looks like fun!

So this is how it works: The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a handmade gift from me during this year. When and what will be a surprise.
There’s a small catch… You knew there would be, didn’t you? Post this on your blog then come back and leave a comment, telling me you’re in. Fun, huh? Remember, only the first 3 comments receive a gift. Give it a try!


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Menu Plan ~ February 22, 2009

The last week of February is upon us.  Why sometimes does it seem that the shortest month of the year seems to last the longest?  I honestly believe that it is because the weather is miserable and illnesses are running rampant.  We have been fortunate to have a slight warm up here in Ohio, but today it is back to cold & a smattering of snow on the ground.  I look forward to March and the prospect of warmer weather.  I know that it can and does snow in Ohio in March, as evidenced by the 20 inches we got last year in March from 1 storm.  It was UGLY and not something I wish to have repeated this year.  I look at the end of February as the signal that the end of winter is near.  This week also happens to be the start of Lent, Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and that means that Easter is not too far off, 46 days to be exact. 

This year for Lent I will be giving up gluten.  Ha ha…just kidding.  LOL!  No, seriously, I will be giving up wine.  I remember as a child we used to give up candy or soda pop (not that we ever had these 2 items freely anyway).  I don’t drink an overly abundant amount of wine, but I drink enough and I love the taste of my cabernet or pinot grigio with dinner or my dark chocolate with some good red wine. 

Onto the meal plan:

Sunday ~ Salmon, brown rice (steamed), veggies & salad

Monday ~Shrimp Scampi Alfredo, veggies & salad

Tuesday ~Herbed Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes & veggies, & salad

Wednesday ~Lasagna, steamed veggies, bread & salad

Thursday~ Mexican Pizzas or soft tacos, corn, & salad

Friday~ Homemade pizza, veggies & salad

Saturday~Out or leftovers


Baked Goods for the Week


Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (modified to be GF, of course)

Carob Fudge 


Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Product Review: Dagoba Organic Chocolate

Yum, yum and more YUM!!  The first time I had Dagoba Chocolate was last Spring when we went to Atlanta to visit my sister & her family for Spring Break/Easter/Noah’s Baptism.  Kelly (my sister), had her in-laws staying with them as well for Noah’s Baptism.  Nancy, Kelly’s MIL, was kind enough to bring Jon & I some wonderful gluten-free treats.  Among the treats were Pamela’s Brownies, Jennie’s Macaroons & a Dagoba chocolate bar.  I remember my first bite of that chocolate bar and it was pure heaven.  I believe that it was the “milk chocolate” one. 

I was in Whole Foods the other day looking for carob powder and I ran across the Dagoba chocolate shelves.  Not only were there more than a dozen varieties to choose from, but they were on SALE!  Darn sales!  Who passes up chocolate on sale?  Not me!  LOL!  So, I bought myself a “New Moon” 74% Cacao Dark Chocolate Dagoba bar.  OH.MY.GOD.  Have I really gone all these years without having good chocolate?  What was I thinking?  Not that I don’t enjoy a good Hershey bar or Special Dark, but now I found out what I have been missing.  An added bonus….according to Dagoba’s FAQ they don’t handle any products made with gluten, making cross contamination virtually impossible! 

The package:


The back has my favorite quote: “You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate”