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2/15/13 11:25 P

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Well, we haven't done anything yet since he's been up at the bunny factory, but claims he is coming home tonight. I've got a couple of New Yorks thawing in the fridge for tomorrow. It'll hopefully be sunny again so we'll prune fruit trees and grill steaks. I'm hoping he brings me home some bunny bits now that they're pouring dark. :D

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2/15/13 11:17 P

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I cooked a nice BBQ dinner for her. We have plans go to Vancouver on Sunday to observe the Chinese New years parade. We most likely will eat out - spend money - have a good time.
Worries me though - weigh in is on Monday - and if we eat Chinese food I will retain water and if we eat something else probably the same. Oh well let the chips fall where they may.. I am going to concentrate on having a good day out with my wife.



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2/15/13 3:50 A

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I'm sure you figured it out, Marty! :)

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2/12/13 1:17 P

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Two days to go and I still don't know what to do special for my love.



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2/5/13 9:18 P

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share - this is exactly what my wife and I do - she bites first or else my big bite won't be fair



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2/5/13 3:03 P

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That is the best way to enjoy chocolate! We, naturally, have candy and chocolate around all the time and need to professionally taste test a lot, both our own and from others.

I have a few tips. :)

1. Share! Most candies can be easily split in half. If acceptable, just bite it and feed the remaining half in your partner's mouth. Make sure you alternate who bites first. If you don't also want to share spit, use a sharp knife and divide it into however many portions you need. We usually taste test with 4 people so each bonbon is cut into quarters. I find this somewhat ridiculous and annoying when there's only a couple to sample, but it is very helpful if you have to work your way through a variety box of 16! Not recommended for cherry cordials! ;)

2. Quality! Don't bother with grocery store candy, kid's candy, candy bars, and the like. Limit yourself to good quality confections and pay attention when you enjoy them. Have one for dessert each evening or as a reward for a good workout. ONE! A box of candy will get you a whole week of rewards and it won't derail your plan. Plus you're less likely to feel deprived.

3. Savor! Don't chew. Pop it into your mouth and notice how the flavor changes as the chocolate melts in your mouth. Try different varieties of chocolate with different cocoa mass percentages and find out which one is your favorite. Some are very fruity, some are earthy, some are bitter, and some have added flavors or fillings.

4. No guilt! As long as you're being reasonable, there's no reason to feel guilt about eating a piece of candy. If you're diabetic and as long as it doesn't make your blood sugar spike, stick to dark chocolate. Milk chocolate is sweeter and the milk will spike your numbers more easily. There are also sugar-free varieties, but artificial sweeteners (usually maltose) are worse for you than sugar. If you absolutely want the health benefits of chocolate, but zero sugar, you can try chocolate liquor. That is not a drink, but basically chocolate pastilles with no sugar. You can also buy bars with 90% or 100% cocoa mass which is pretty much up there with chocolate liquor.

5. Love Reese's? Snickers? Almond Joy? Most confectioners will have a bonbon that is similar to many commercial candy bars. Not because they're copying, but because those combinations are tried and true. You'll most likely be able to get what you want, but in a higher quality format. As a bonus, you'll probably be supporting a local small business and that is good for everyone's health. ;)

6. Avoid! Hydrogenated fats, peanut oil, modified soy protein, sorbitol, polysorbate, soybean oil, and artificial colors and flavors. Good milk chocolate will contain only cane sugar, chocolate liquor, milk, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, and vanillin or vanilla. Good semisweet (or dark) chocolate will have chocolate liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, butter oil, soy lecithin, and vanillin or vanilla. Legally only chocolate can be labeled "chocolate" so "chocolate-flavored" confections are probably adulterated with other oils. Only cocoa butter and butter oil are allowed in chocolate.

Congrats on your being the hare and actually winning the race with the turtles this time! Keep it up!

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2/5/13 1:08 P

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Staring at a box of turtles - from Christmas - just sitting there on the counter saying why am I not eaten?
That in itself is a sign of victory - normally it would had been long gone by now - but there it sits tempting me - slowly one by one they disappear - my wife and I share one occasionally.



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2/5/13 1:34 A

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LOL ... This is great. Now I'm looking forward to showing it to you all so that gives me more motivation to work on it and get it done finally!

Thank you!!

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2/4/13 5:41 P

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SEDGEY - you sound very busy, and very talented.



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2/4/13 1:31 A

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If you want it to be homemade just don't add enough salt and over bake it! emoticon

Good luck with both!

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2/3/13 4:20 P

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I will definitely post it when I've got it finished ... and uploaded ... and tested. The current site is terrible so the bar isn't too high, but I am intentionally going for a bit of a homemade look. We try to make sure that we don't look too slick or professional since we're not.

The engineer wants to run off somewhere warm in March so we have a relatively fixed deadline. Today I need to get enough done so he has a draft to mark up and do the design work on. At least there's an end in sight!

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2/3/13 3:47 A

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New Website? I look forward to seeing it! Good luck with the business plan as well.

How long will your drafting work take you? Sounds very cool. Good for you lady! I could help Keith's mother ...only I'm way over here...it would be fun though. :-)

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2/2/13 7:04 P

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I think they're getting started today, but I haven't been up there since ... October? I will need to go soon, but I'm busy working on the new website and the business plan (so we can get an SBA loan to cover Easter expenses).

Another thing is that I've been busy doing drafting work and just landed a big contract for a capital improvement project for our electric company. The drafting work is nice since it pays better (especially this gig!), but I may have some time conflicts soon. I may end up not doing much Easter production this year, but we'll see. It's hard on Keith's mother to have to do all the molding. She *did* just turn 70. ;)

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2/2/13 3:10 A

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ahhh Bunny Time already! I always miss you during Easter production Saara! (How's that for romantic... emoticon )

Valentines Day is not very big here. Liam's barnehage is having a winter party on a farm that day for all the family's, it is not related to Valentines day, and we bring our own food so I am thinking I am safe! :-)

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2/2/13 1:04 A

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Despite having a candy shop, we don't do Valentine's Day since we're in the throes of massive Easter production (wholesale and retail). That isn't to say that a few hearts don't get molded, but generally we're up to our ears in bunnies and we forget about everything else.

Having said that, I plan on having a small amount of dark chocolate on Valentine's Day. Probably a bit of a broken bunny if we're pouring dark by then. If not, I'll just have to cleave off a hunk from the 10# bar. ;)

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2/1/13 11:17 A

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This month could be more stressful than others.
There is romance expectations or the lack of romance sorrows.
There is chocolates and the other sweets that are advertised everywhere to entice us to give in!
Business probably will be busier as couples eat out more.

Please share how you are going to cope.
How will you overcome the stress - tensions of this Month?

I am sure we all will need encouragement and that is why we are here.




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