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Chocolate Love Loaf~Chef Valentine

 Last week, I found a recipe.

It is like cake, but like a quick bread too.

The recipe was in an old church cookbook from Half Price Books.

I tweaked it a bit….and Larry changed the name of it.

{say it in your best Barry White voice}

Chocolate Loveeee Loaf

 1 1/2 cups mini semi sweet chocolate chips {divided}

1/2 cup butter-softened.

2/3 cups brown sugar

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

GLAZE

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

1 Tablespoon butter

 3 Tablespoons Half and Half

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Grease and flour 2 loaf pans {medium pans}

Preheat oven to 350

Melt 1 cup chocolate chips- set aside to cool

Cream soft butter and brown sugar till fluffy

Add eggs and cooled chocolate

Mix well

Add applesauce and vanilla

COMBINE- flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt

Add to cream mixture

Stir  in 1/2 cup non melted chips

bake for 40 min

Take out. Let cook for 20-30 min

make glaze.

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Melt 1/2 cup of mini chips and 1 Tablespoon butter together

Stir in  half and half

Remove from heat. stir in confectioners sugar and vanilla.

drizzle over Chocolate Love Loaf

*****

We enjoyed one loaf then sliced and froze the second loaf.

I call this…

Larry’s Chocolate LOVEEEEE Loaf.

Till next time,

Valentine

Give Me The Sun

My Sunday morning Is rainy.

Mornings like this remind me of France.

Rainy mornings there are wonderful.

This photo was taken at The Rodin.

Rainy Paris and me….in the gardens at Rodin.

The Rodin is across the street from our apartment.

I love being so close to this museum…but I might drive Larry crazy about it.

To be honest, I am so glad to be at our rainy Cottage today.

On Friday night, Larry took me to a baseball game.

We drank beer and enjoyed being away at a rainy baseball game.

On Saturday we celebrated the birthday of Lauren and Josh’s best friend Dima.

Matilda  hugged Ayah {Ayah is Dima’s daughter} as we waited for  lunch.

Oh, LUNCH! It was the most amazing array of Mediterranean food.

Dima introduced us to so much deliciousness.

Now….

It has stopped raining but is very damp outside.

The garden is thriving from the rain.

I think that  I might be enjoying these rainy days….

but I must be honest….give me the sun!

What about you? Sun or rain?

Happy Sunday either way.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

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Last night, we had a loud thunderstorm.

It was so loud that it woke Larry and me up.

We listened to the rain and turned on an old French movie.

{Bell de jour}

The movie was over around 2:30 am

and I feel asleep in Larry’s arms.

This morning, I woke up,

listened to the news while still in bed,

then hid my face in my pillows.

Pippa got married.

I am so happy that she found her forever….

but merde,

do we have to be informed about  every moment of her day?

I dislike weddings with every inch of my being.

I dislike them,

I resent the game that major players of a wedding play.

I cannot stand the the absolute tragedy a wedding can turn into.

I  hate the price of things for weddings.

Please do not get me wrong.

I LOVE love.

I have been in love, with the same man  for 42 years.

There is no doubt about love.

It is what you do with that love that matters.

If you love someone enough,

that is all that matters.

I do not go to weddings anymore

nor

send gifts.
{ we send presents later to the couple}

I want to shout my feelings from the rooftops.

But, alas, I am a mother.

I am so filled with anger,

frustration,

sadness,

questions

and  I am

amazed at the lack of caring some people have.

Love is fragile.

How on earth can anyone take one moment of love for granted?

Love is something to celebrate  and to enjoy with family and friends.

Love hidden is not true love.

Love hidden is not true love.

Me

IRONIC

 It is quiet in the house today.

I have been making paper, which is not exciting in the least….

but BOO, my new gnome, is keeping an EYE on things.

Ironic isn’t  it?

Keeping a covered eye on my progress.

Boo, is a gift from Rosemary and David.

Rosemary is a dear, sweet friend

who seems to know when I need a smile.

Don’t you love friends like that?

Rosemary is a gem.

*****

I sit at my work table with my lap top

to post entries on the blog.

I face South East

and this is what I face.

It is a small hand-made corner cabinet

that we bought in Memphis, in 1980.

It is a good example of Folk Art and I love it.

Libby now, resides on the top shelf.

Her ashes are elsewhere for the moment,

but this is her spot for now.

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I wish you a happy, wonderful weekend

and

may all your moments be happy ones.

Keep a covered eye on things for me!

Love you.

Me

Paris and London Love

On Sunday, for Mothers day,

we had perfect seats at the play,

The Little Mermaid.

Matilda was on the first row with her Mother.

Larry, Jamison and I sat on the second row.

We were so close to the actors,

that I often forgot

that I was at a performance.

It was the best Mothers Day ever.

***

Last evening, Larry brought in the mail.

Lots of ads, one note from a friend

and

a package.

A package from a  sweet friend far away.

I opened the package to find

a scarf that is amazing.

{Paris & London love}

The note was filled with all things I needed to hear

{thank you Kim….you are the best}

and

I cried.

Isn’t life interesting?

I get my life in order,

ending 5 years of breast cancer treatment, check ups and meds,

Larry is in a job he adores,

and

my ART is better than ever.

I personally think

that God lets me know who is in charge.

{and it isn’t me}

Life is interesting…and wonderful.

Love you.

Me

Camp Robi Rules~In More Ways Than One

GETTING READY!

 The first day of Camp Robi is approaching at record speed.

{next Friday}

Nine Fridays of Camp awesomeness are being planned.

Yesterday I designed the t shirts.

If  you are so in love with this shirt,

you too can own one too.

Contact Dwight Mathis at BOG FROG~Plano

972-941-3541

They come  in childrens sizes and adult sizes.

No  proceeds from the T Shirts go to Camp Robi.

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Camp Robi was created

for the single purpose of fun.

My Granddaughter Matilda joins me once

a week for camp stuff.

I believe that everyone should go to camp

or

be a camp leader each summer.

If you had camp, what would YOU do during your days?

Love you beyond Bill Murray.

{Meatballs}

Me

Another Day

Nora Jones music is on my play list today

and

I am writing Thank You notes.

If I miss sending you a note, forgive me?

Please know that I am thankful for your friendship, notes, flowers

and love.

Do you know how difficult it is writing these notes

with  Nora Jones singing?

Love you.

Me

Ariel Touched me

On the Saturday before Mothers Day, 2017,

my girls came to The Cottage

and

we waited for Matilda to throw up.

{she had not been well that morning,

so we waited to see if she

was feeling better, for our “day”.}

Matilda and Jami played The Troll Game while resting.

When Lars gave us the ALL CLEAR……

we left for FT Worth for lunch and a play!

We went to a restaurant that had wonderful food

and

a beautiful salt water fish tank.

We had a good time visiting and eating

and

getting ready for the play.

We saw……

The  Little Mermaid.

THE LITTLE MERMAID!

{OK tease me, but I love it so much!}

Here is Matilda with the cast…after this picture was taken,

Matilda whispered: Ariel touched me!

 

A month ago, I asked Larry is we could find tickets

for this play, for Mothers day.

Oh our awesome tickets!

{ I will share more about our tickets in a later post}

As I edit this post,

I am listening to 

The Little Mermaid soundtrack…..

I am happy, content and in awe.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring

but when I have yesterdays like this one….

I am reminded what life is all about.

Love you.

Me

 

Smiles and Shortbread Cookies

Last evening, I attended a Mothers Day Tea

with Lauren and Matilda.

We had tea at The Springs Event Center~Anna, Texas.

I felt transported.

Such attention to detail.

Matilda and me, in the Grecian Gazebo.

Shortbread cookies…..

It was a lovely evening.

***

Yesterday I pledged to create and complete  ART every day.

Here is yesterdays project.

It is thoughtful, complete, ugly and in the trash.

I will start #2 this morning.

You know…

life is SO interesting…

It is wonderful to smile and not take yourself to seriously.

{it feels awesome}

Love you beyond {my} ugly ART. {smile}

Me

Something ART Related

It is true.

This is  my official 2017 self portrait.

Check out all of   My FlickR Photos

To much is happening.

My focus changes by the moment.

Many things get worked on

but

nothing gets completed.

There is much ART in me, that is busting to escape.

I have a great idea.

For one week, each day I must finish…

…something ART related.

My desk and easel.

Here are my watercolors….colors like this make me happy.

This is a pincushion perspective

of my work table….

So, the stage is set.

Day one of the

Robin’s Personal ART Challenge

has begun.

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What will you start or finish today?

Much love to you.

Me