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I have a new obsession.  A new love.  I think about it all the time.

No, it’s not Bejeweled Blitz (a terribly addicting game on Facebook).  It’s this:

Whole Foods.

I love it there.

The produce is beautiful and delicious.  The meat counter – Heavens to Betsy! – is unrivaled by our local grocery chain.  The cheese stand – oh, if only cheese did not wreck havoc on my digestive system – I would’ve eaten the whole stand. The. Whole. Stand. The gelato isn’t just gelato – it’s sexy gelato.  This gelato romances me from across the bakery, glowing all hot and sultry-like.  This gelato says, “Emily, please, just take a look.  Just a little look.

And then there’s the nut butter.  Fresh ground nut butter.  Nut butter the way that God intended.  Pure, unadulturated nut butter.

Heaven help me.

And let me tell you – this is true love.  I know a few of Whole Food’s faults already.  I know it is pricey.  I know the take-and-bake pizza is terrible.  I know that Annie’s Rice Pasta and Cheddar Mac & Cheese is nothing like Kraft’s.  Nothing.  Not even in the same ballpark.  It is sacrilege that they put this Mac & Cheese in a blue box as if to suggest that they are comparable to Kraft’s neon orange bliss.  Consider yourselves warned.

But these few faults are like finding out your husband is leaves the seat up.  You still love him, you just know to check before you sit in the middle of the night.

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::burp::

Picture this:

Frank and I are sitting on the couch, watching old DVR’d Saturday Night Live episodes.  He’s leaning against me while I am trying to master this terrible game called Bejeweled Blitz.  My mother is addicted to the game, so if I ever want to relate to her again, I need to learn this game.

ANYWAY.  We’re sitting here and I burped through my nose.

You know, the polite way to burp.

But as Frank has explained to me on several occasions, this does not “descent” the burp.

So anyway, I polite burped and blew it out my nose – and onto Frank.

A few seconds later.

“Oh… ohh… EM! Seriously?? Did you just burp? What was that?  Seriously – that is nasty – really?  It’s not funny.  Stop laughing. It’s gross. I’ve told you before that is gross.  Why would you do that?  Why?  Seriously.  No, stop laughing.  You knew it was wrong.  Why?”

“Frank, c’mon, I mean, I didn’t realize it would be THAT bad.”  Although, admittedly, we just finished ravioli with pesto sauce and bread with chunks of garlic cloves in it. So yeah, I guess I kind of knew in the back of my head that it could get ugly.

Frank moves over to the other side of the couch.

“I gotta put this on the blog.”

“Don’t put it on the blog.”

“I have to.  I am trying to authentically document our life together.”

“Seriously?”

“Yes.”

Frank shakes his head is clearly disgusted.  “You are the grossest wife EVER.”

A few minutes later, Frank is watching Community and giggling to himself.

“Oh, hey, Em, I realized today that I owe you an apology for something.”  I look over at him, surprised.  A rare moment indeed!

“Really? For what?”

Joy of joys!

Realization passes over Frank’s face.

“Yeah, but I’m not going to tell you.”

“Seriously?”

“Yeah, seriously.  Oh man, the look on your face…” [insert uncontrollable laughter] “… it’s like that thing from Star Trek 2 that Kahn puts in the guy’s head to make him go crazy.  Blog that!”

And so I did.

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sweet potatoes?

sweet potatoes!

For anyone following me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I’ve been spending the last 16 hours making sweet potatoes and sleeping.

First I juiced a bunch of oranges:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which resulted in a surprisingly small amount of juice:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I boiled a bunch of sweet potatoes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I dumped it into the biggest bowl I own:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then I mashed and mashed and mashed and whipped:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this morning i scooped the sweet potatoes into the orange cups:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And decorated a few of the sweet potatoes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then I called mom and found out that there were only 12 people attending thanksgiving… NOT the 19 that I thought…

Does anyone need extra sweet potatoes?  Eep!

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I love making desserts.  I’ve found a few dessert recipes over the past few years worth sharing.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

From the chefs at Everyday Food, this is truly a simple, no fuss recipe.  It pretty much features 4 basic ingredients: chocolate chips, eggs, butter and sugar.   You can check out the recipe here .

But you can’t have Flourless Chocolate Cake without homemade Bailey’s whipped cream.  To make this, you need three key ingrediants: 8-12oz carton of heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and Bailey’s.  Mix up the heavy whipping cream until it’s fairly stiff – almost a butter.  Add in a tablespoon or so of powdered sugar.  Mix in about 1/4 cup of Baileys.  Eat. Yum!

Strawberry Shortcake Cake

One of my favorite foodie blogs is The Pioneer Woman, without a doubt!  She has so many pictures and descriptions for her recipes.  It’s basically food porn.

I just made her Strawberry Shortcake Cake.  Just a few thoughts on what I could do better – I did NOT use enough strawberries.  Definitely need to use more.  I also did not level the cake batter in the pan before baking it.  I bet that would have been helpful…  That said – you definitely need to try making this cake!  SOOO delish and it got rave reviews.

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