Our friend, Gareth, stayed the night with us last night. We all stayed up till around 11:30 or so before heading to bed. Around 5 am, Nick woke up and told me that we lost power! Not so fun since it got down into single digits last night – we were up at 5:30 trying to get our gas heater lit. We couldn’t get it on, so we went back to bed for about an hour and then Nick tried again. Thankfully, he got it lit and it started to heat up our den pretty well. The power came back on around 8 am – I’m happy about that, because it’s only supposed to be 20 degrees all day today!
Since our breakfast plans for home were derailed, we went to a little diner in downtown Blacksburg this morning. They have awesome greasy diner food; something you need every now and then. I don’t have any pictures though – I brought my camera with me, but we were so wrapped up in our conversation that I completely forgot to take it out of my purse! I know I’ll get better about it once I get used to having my camera with me.
I had the Joe’s Breakfast special, which was 2 over easy eggs with plain grits, a few pieces of bacon, and one of their awesome biscuits. I’m about to have a piece of fruit, check up on blogs, then start on the rest of my laundry.
Enjoy your Saturday! Lunch will be late, but I’ll have pics of that and dinner later!
Today was busy! I got most of the stuff done that I needed to and everything else can wait!
Lunch was out with Nick, but I forgot to take my camera! I had a Salsa Gardenburger on Honey Wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. I also had water and one of the best chocolate chip cookies ever.
After lunch, I did grocery shopping and then met him at the gym to go running before we went home. Once we got back, I whipped up this quick dinner:
Does anyone remember that song from the old egg commercials? “I love eggs, from my head down to my legs”. I have it stuck in my head after making eggs again for breakfast. At least it’s true! I. love. eggs.
Today I’m home from work – working for the state, we get a few days of the year that are the “smaller” holidays and we can choose if we want to go in and bank those hours for later or just take the day off without having to use any leave. So…I took today off. We’re pretty sure a friend is coming through town for a conference and staying with us tonight, so I figured I should get a few things done. My plan for the day is:
Try the Morning Flow 20 minute yogadownload.com class
Go to the gym to workout with Nick
Home for dinner
Watch What Not to Wear :)
Breakfast today was nice; we thought we really slept in but we got up at 7:30! I guess that’s later than a normal workday, but it felt so much later! Since we had a bit more time this morning, I made omelettes! I made them with 2 eggs, some diced up ham, and cheese.
I also had a slice of Arnold 100% whole wheat bread, toasted, with about 1/2 Tbsp of almond butter.
Add on to that a cup of coffee with some skim milk and a banana, and you’ve got a great breakfast.
Dinner tonight was a little random and out of the ordinary – but fun! And something we don’t do often enough. Nick and I went to a new restaurant, Bull & Bones, for snacks and a few pool games with some of my coworkers. I had 2 smoked wings (SO good! They’re not fried at all!) and a few nachos. Once we started playing pool, I wasn’t really hungry anymore. No pictures – sorry! My coworkers don’t know about the blog yet, and I didn’t want to explain it tonight.
In place of a dinner post, I wanted to review this awesome chocolate shop in Blacksburg, VA called The Chocolate Spike. They are local to Blacksburg, but you can order from them and they are definitely worth it!
Last week, I tried their Lavender/Berry Truffle, which is described as “bittersweet chocolate, lavender flowers, (berries), and lavender oil dipped in white chocolate with lavender flowers or berries”.
This was some of the best chocolate I have ever had. The mix of lavender and dark chocolate was amazing; it was really rich, but the flavors were so well balanced! I had never had any dessert with lavender in it before, so this was a real treat.
Earlier this week, I tried another truffle. This time I had the Cranberry Raspberry, “dark chocolate with cranberries and raspberries dipped in dark chocolate” and it was just as good!
Both of the truffles were beautiful, but this one also had some pink-gold dust on top and was shimmery! How could you not want to eat that? :)
This one was really good, too. It was a nice balance of dark chocolate (can you tell I’m a fan of the dark stuff?) and sweet/tart with the cranberry and raspberry flavors in the truffle filling.
The ganache filling was so creamy and decadent – I did manage to stop eating it…just long enough to snap a picture!
If you’re ever in Blacksburg or just need some good chocolates, check out The Chocolate Spike. As you can see from their website, there are plenty of other flavors I still need to try. I’m pretty impressed so far, so I’m sure everything else is wonderful.
I’ve been reading Fit From Within by Victoria Moran, and I came across a quote that goes perfectly with this post. I had never thought about it this way before, but it makes sense after eating these truffles!
Surprisingly perhaps, even one lovely piece of pricey chocolate can be quality food…If you’re going to eat chocolate, have the kind you’d take home to meet your parents. You’re not likely to find it in a vending machine.
Yes, they were more expensive than a butterfinger, but worth it! One truffle may be a lot less in quantity than a 3 Musketeer, but the quality is so much better. This was seriously the best chocolate I’ve ever eaten, worth the money, and felt like more of an indulgence than a normal candy bar. Plus, one is so rich that you’re really satisfied after just one.
Enough about chocolates – The Office is on! I hope you’re watching :) Nite!