Kid at Heart

I constantly get asked when I am going to have kids.

Well.

After five years of marriage and no children,  the husband and I have made a very important decision.

We have decided to adopt.

We’re still not ready for children though.

So we decided to adopt a senior citizen.

For Christmas.

As the final challenge for the 12 Challenges of 2012, we decided to share our blessings this Christmas by adopting an 86 year old man who is currently living in a nursing home.

His wish list was a simple one.

Pajamas

Slippers

A blue comforter

Action DVD’s

And a baseball cap

I think we can manage that.

It sounds a heck of a lot easier than growing a human being inside of my uterus for nine months and raising it for the next eighteen years.

Yes, eighteen.

Then it’s time to either go to college or get a job.

Either way, you’re not allowed to live in my house anymore.

If you’re really nice to me from the ages of 2-17, however, I might consider sending you care packages.

College food sucks.

Nursing home food ain’t so hot either, I hear.

So I decided to include a little treat along with the gifts for our newly adopted octogenarian.

It’s easy to make.

But maybe not so easy to chew.

Maybe that just means the enjoyment will last longer?

CHERRY COCONUT  AND CASHEW BARK

2 (12 oz) packages non-dairy chocolate chips

1/2 cup cashew pieces

1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut

1/2 cup dried cherries

Add chocolate chips to a large bowl.

Microwave for 20-30 seconds and then stir.

Continue until most of the chocolate has melted.

Stir until chocolate is smooth.

Pour onto foil lined sheet and spread in an even layer.

Top with cherries, cashews, and coconut.

Chill until firm and break into small pieces.

Sweet coconut, salty cashews, tart cherries, and chocolate?

This is one Christmas tradition you’ll definitely want to adopt.

The senior citizen is optional, but highly recommended.


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Date Night

I had a date for Valentine’s Day.

Actually I had a double date.

It was kind of an affair to remember.

Young.

Dark.

Rich.

Chocolate-y.

Everything I am looking for in a hott date with beer and the remote.

My date shamelessly tried to get me drunk.

I got so chocolate wasted that I agreed to a threesome.

We took the party to a bar.

It was so crowded we were practically on top of each other.

We partied pretty hard.

I’m not going to lie.

Things got kind of hazy at one point.

I had my non-blurry eye on someone special.

Sadly, the night came to an end.

We broke up.

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My heart is shattered.

We were a recipe for greatness.

 Date -Night Bark

12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

1/4 cup dates, chopped

1/4 cup dried tart cherries, chopped

1/4 cup almonds, chopped

Melt chocolate in a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave. If using the microwave, be sure to stop and stir the chocolate every 30 seconds until melted.  Spread melted chocolate in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Top with dates, cherries, and almonds and gently press into the chocolate.  Allow chocolate to harden completely and then break into pieces.

I’m not too sad about the break up.

I’ve already got another date lined up for next weekend.

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