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4 Things I Love Lately

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Look at this old bus! It looks like something right out of the Sound of Music.

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I love this older woman’s hair. I want to shake her hand too!

Let’s think of all of those things that we love in our lives right now.
Dental insurance, toilet paper and a good ol’ fashioned Netflix binge are on my list as well as the things below.
What are some of your favorites in life, lately?

1. Two Dots
I don’t even remember where I heard about Two Dots, but I am addicted.  I downloaded this game, and life has been a blur since.  It is the new Angry Birds in my life.  I love it!

2. The Big Bang Theory
There is just something sweet about this show.  I wasn’t sold at first but, Sheldon Cooper solidified it for me.  He is so quirky and cute.  I do wish they chose another actress to play Penny. Kaley Cuoco’s facial expressions annoy me sometimes.

3. Pistachios
After making my salted double chocolate bites, I had a huge bag of salted pistachios left in our cabinet.  So, of course instead of making myself lunch, I would have a bowl of pistachios.  I love pistachios and I can not get enough of them.  Especially when they’re salted.

4. Chandelier Video
I am positive everyone on this planet has heard this song and seen this video.  But, I am obsessed!  I have watched it too many times to count.  The 12 year old girl in the video is an extremely talented and bendy young lady.  This is my new run song.
Just in case you haven’t seen the video, voila!

Merry Christmas from me to you!

So, tell me…what are some good things you are loving, right now?
I would love to know.
I am going to share this with The Happy Type and her link-up.

The Happy Type

 

Love,

Hata
(I just used the word love a whole lot.)

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Happy Monday!

The main street and historic clock in Bern;  We live blocks from the clock!

The main street and historic clock in Bern; We live blocks from the clock!

Happy Monday friends!
How was your weekend?
Did you do anything fun and exciting?

We were inside for the entire weekend.
Mike was sick with a fever and I was his nurse.
He was so cute and a bit helpless.
I couldn’t resist giving him a few pecks on the cheek, when he asked me for something with big puppy dog eyes.
He definitely knows how to get to me.
We had to put our plans for visiting a cute Christmas Market near Geneva, on hold until next weekend.
But, this all worked in my favor because, I had an almost 3 hour Skype talk with my sister!
Isn’t Skype the best?!
How else can we talk about Pinterest and have my nephews make sneaky appearances?

So, let me hear your weekend stories.
Did you decorate for Christmas?
Go shopping?
Spend time with friends?
I would love to hear from you.

Here is the cutest video of a little girl trying to speak Italian with her great grandmother.


Love,
Hata

P.S.: This is not a sponsored post for Skype. I promise.

Salty Double Chocolate Bites

Salty double chocolate bites.  One batch with only hazelnuts.  The other batch with hazelnuts and dried cranberries.

Salty double chocolate bites. One batch with only hazelnuts. The other batch with hazelnuts and dried cranberries.

Mmm. Double chocolate and salty.  Perfect combo.

Mmm. Double chocolate and salty. Perfect combo.

There is just no way to celebrate the holidays without chocolate.
Maybe that’s just me.
But, I don’t think it is.
I think the global love for chocolate is deep and serious.
Deep and serious, like the look on my face when I try to button my pants.
That being said, instead of chomping on a whole bar of milk chocolate like it’s a rockin’ pastrami sandwich, I want to make it a wee bit healthier.

CHOCOLATE!!!

CHOCOLATE!!!

This is me. But, with chocolate. Source.

Now, I know that I have taken a strong stand against dark chocolate, but for my heart and jeans I am keeping an open mind.
So, to ease myself into the taste of dirt…I mean dark chocolate, I swirled some milk chocolate with the dark.
This is so easy to make, I don’t know if a recipe is even necessary.
But, I will add one just in case.  Just in case of what, I am not sure, but I’ll just put it down.

Salty Double Chocolate Bites

I bar each of dark and milk chocolate
1/2 cup raw hazelnuts chopped in half (or any other nut you would like)
1/3 cup dried raisins chopped (or any other dried fruit you would like)
1 tsp. salt

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Melt the chocolate in separate bowls, either in a microwave or in a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water (make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water).

Drop half a tablespoon of milk chocolate on the parchment paper to make a small round of chocolate.  Repeat until you either run out of milk chocolate or space, whichever comes first.
Repeat the process with the dark chocolate.  This time, drop the chocolate in the center of the milk chocolate.  Repeat until all rounds contain both chocolate.

Now with a toothpick or one tine of a fork, swirl the two chocolates together until it almost combines the two, about 2 or 3 swirls.  Now sprinkle lightly with a little salt, a few nuts and dried cranberries.  Repeat.
Let the chocolate cool and solidify at room temperature for about 2 hours.
Peel off the chocolates and store in an airtight container.  Make sure you store in a cool place.  Next to a roaring fire would not be the greatest spot for it, fyi.

Enjoy by yourself or share with others.

What kind of things would you add?  Maybe some pretzels or macadamia nuts.
Dried blueberries would be good too.
Let me know what you think.
Love,

Hata