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Flavored Chocolates

Dark chocolate is one of my favorite treats.  I found a new brand called Antidote, which has many flavors with interesting combinations like this dark chocolate with almonds and fennel seeds. I love dark chocolate, which is actually lower in sugar and has some health benefits.  I focus on the health benefits when I want a little treat.  It does have some fat, but it's a treat.  So I don't mind a little bit.

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Sweet Treats and New Christmas Ornaments

We had a dinner with family at my parent's farm in Wisconsin.  She ordered a Buche de Noel cake which came with candied cranberries on top. It was delicious!   Decorations on a side table. I also went to a German Christkindlmarket in Chicago. One shaped like a tear drop hand painted in Austria with a wolf, some rabbits and birds.  Another from Germany decorated with pearls.

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Pumpkin Muffins and Magenta Shoes

I made pumpkin muffins today.  They were delicious.  I just found a recipe online and embellished it a bit.   I admit the search was not as easy as it used to be.  The top hits were either vegan or gluten free.  I finally found one that looked good.  Then I realized it had coconut oil in it.  I don't mind coconut oil.  I just wanted one with butter and milk, like I grew up with.  I finally searched for "pumpkin muffins with butter and milk" and got a few recipes to choose from.   I then added more cinnamon, more pumpkin puree, candied ginger and half whole wheat and spelt flours.   I am happy with the results.  ...

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