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Salt Lake City
I'm writing a book set in three different time periods (at least) and it's sort of hard to wrap my brain around.
Interests: music, friends, geocaching, cooking, reading, writing, family, old things, anything Jane Austen
Recent Activity
You know it's going to be a good weekend when it starts out with a chocolate tasting by people who know their chocolate. I found out about this one because I went to the pop-up chocolate shop that I mentioned in my last post, and Emily and Dayton were there.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at T. Cacao
There is a shrine in Japan called Konpira-san. It's a series of shrines built into the side of a mountain. Toward the bottom there are a number of tourist shops where I picked up souvenirs to bring back to my family and friends. As you near the top, the stairways get longer and steeper until you reach the small, final shrine at the end. One of the first shrines, the largest one, if I recall correctly, had a large veranda in front, and a basin of water near the front steps. It was here that I was shown how to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Two Inches
If you judged solely by my lack of recent posts, you might think that my chocolate life hasn't been very active lately, but you'd be wrong. Life has been busy! Also, in addition to the post, I updated my chocolate bars list...moving forward, one bite of chocolate at a time.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at T. Cacao
This is a FB post from a year ago describing two of my favorite chocolate bars: I just finished one of my favorite chocolate bars ever: the Solstice brand Tanzania. I had the Uganda bar from this brand and was underwhelmed, so I hadn't planned on getting another one from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at T. Cacao
I had an entire post written, and somehow it got deleted, so instead you get the short version, because I don't want to write it again. Friend tells me about Sir Walter Candy (chocolates). I Google it, decide to try it out, even though I've never heard of it. Drive... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at T. Cacao
Back in April my mom, dad, sister, and I went to the Salt Lake Chocolate and Cheese Exhibit at the Natural History Museum. This is a fabulous, delicious event that they do every year, but you probably shouldn't go, because it's getting to be a bit overcrowded now who likes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at T. Cacao
So back in the day my brothers and I thought it was really funny to play tapes at high speed. It made the singers' voices get really high, like they were singing after inhaling a balloon-full of helium. Good times. This is a lot like how some people eat chocolate:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at T. Cacao
(Caption: This is not Francois Pralus.) We're back! Last week we left Francois Pralus dueling mightily with the fearsome Tootsie Roll. Okay, not really. Francois would win hands-down in half a second. But let's get back to the "chocolate experience" that we were talking about before. When I told you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at T. Cacao
Once you become a true chocolate lover, it's very hard to go back. You begin to understand that Twixes and M&Ms are just candy, not chocolate. You wake up at nights in a sweat, realizing that even your monthly truffle at Godiva is on the low end of the artisan... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at T. Cacao
Once upon a time my mom and I were driving around the Fremont area of Seattle, and we stopped at a delicious little café for breakfast. We bought scones and a drink we had never heard of before: the Freddy. Or maybe the Freddie, it's hard to say. We tried... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at T. Cacao
Welcome to T. Cacao! If you're here because you like chocolate, you're in the right place. Pink So first off, I apologize for the very unapologetically pink nature of this blog. I can see my mom cringing over her iPad as I write this. I'm not a web designer, though,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at T. Cacao
This past Tuesday I went to a tasting/release open house for four new Ritual bars. Ritual is a chocolate maker located in Park City, and I'm a fan of their chocolate. They paired up with the pastry chef from the Park City restaurant Tupelo to make the deliciousness you see... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at T. Cacao
I think the Fourth of July is in my blood. Big flags. Brass bands. Ice cream. Fireworks. I love them all. My earliest recollection of our family's Fourth of July celebrations are of when my dad was in optometry school. He and my mom put together a fireworks business that ran for about two weeks prior to the Fourth. I still remember the bright blue stands they built and thinking how cool my parents were because they sold fireworks. Every year (which was probably only twice), they would light off all the remaining fire works in the cul-de-sac of our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Two Inches
I stumbled onto Heartland a month or two ago when I was missing my shows that had ended for the season. Heartland is an entertaining Canadian drama that has me hooked, although sometimes I wonder why. It's based off of a series of books I haven't read, but the storyline centers around a four-generation family in Hudson, Alberta that runs a cattle and horse ranch. Amy, the main character, has her mother's gift of being able to tame and heal troubled horses. I've stuck with the show for eight seasons now, but there are still some things that bug me.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Two Inches
Exfoliating is one of those things that you don't know you're missing out on if you don't do it, and if you do do it, it's an instant pick-me-up. 2.I also exfoliate in the shower, while I'm letting my conditioner soak in. 3.Don't exfoliate too much. It could dry out your skin. I exfoliate between 2-4 times a week. This could vary, depending on your skin type. I fully admit to exfoliating on the days when I know I'm going out in public vs the days when I'm hunkered down at home with nothing going on. It's just a really great little extra boost of confidence. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Two Inches
First off, I think Art Pollard, the owner of Amano, deserves an introduction. I had never met him before, and the only thing I had heard about him was that "sometimes he hangs around the chocolate section at Harmons pretending to be a homeless guy, and asks people how they like Amano chocolate." Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Two Inches
I'm so incredibly lonely. I try. I go out. I do things. I go to church. I go to church activities. I have interests outside of myself. But in the end, it doesn't matter; I still come home to an empty house. My calling in my ward takes me outside of the ward to a group of nursing home residents. My calling doesn't help me get to know people in my ward. And the activities in the ward, FHE one comes. In a ward of more than 300 people, only about 15 people come to FHE on a regular... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Two Inches
Maybe the fact that I'm responding to The Voice results a day late from watching them on Hulu makes my opinion...well, at least a little late. Dear Adam Levine, Today I'm thinking how Mark Isaiah was in the bottom two twice in a row. I guess I can't speak for other folks, but my guess is that he's pretty much been singing the same empty crooner songs over and over. I tune out. He doesn't do anything new. His audience is teenage girls, which pretty much leaves the rest of the The Voice demographic to vote for people who aren't... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Two Inches
Dear Adam, I'll start off by saying that you are by far my favorite coach. Alicia runs a close second, but you're my favorite. I love the way you try to help your team members find their individual strengths. I love the way you help people find the best part of them and make it even better. I love the way you pick team members that don't fit a cookie cutter mold. I love the way you aren't afraid to admit to insecurity. I love that you jam with your team members. I love the way you connect with your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Two Inches
I read this article on Yahoo today. Essentially, people are upset that Vogue Magazine did a photo shoot with a white model dressed as a geisha and using Asian backgrounds. They are calling the photos racist. My question is...are they? I'm not asking that to be a brat...I honestly want to know. Is one culture doing a respectful representation of another culture racism? I trolled the comments for the article, and there were several comments from folks who weren't white who didn't see anything racist about the photos. So again, I wonder, is respectful representation of or borrowing from another... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Two Inches
Lately in politics I see a lot of people "demanding" things, mostly people on the left. They demand that Trump should step down. They demand free birth control. They demand Medicare for everyone. They demand that so-and-so not speak at such a college. They demand that you make a cake for them. They demand that tax payers pay for their abortions. Admittedly, I'm biased. I'm sure conservatives demand things...sometimes. Regardless, I think all this demanding is kind of dumb. I demand that you give me a chocolate Costco muffin. I demand that my employers fund a three-week trip to Ireland... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Two Inches
I had a conversation with my pal Nic at work today. To what I'm sure will be the shock of just about everyone who knows me, he was the one who brought up politics, not me. We talked about a lot of things, but I appreciated hearing him say something that I was already feeling: It's so frustrating trying to decipher (at least news-wise) what is true and what isn't anymore. I didn't vote for Trump. I also didn't vote for Hillary. So I find myself in the odd position of being very glad Hillary isn't president, but also being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Two Inches
I recently finished the book "The Hiding Place," by Corrie ten Boom (CTB). There are multiple reasons why I liked it. It's a true story. As a writer, I enjoyed the authentic details added to each setting, the small things that gave added depth to my understanding of CTB and her story. In addition, I loved CTB's...self-exposure, I guess. She seemed honest about her motives and weaknesses, and I think that's something that's hard for lots of us to do, especially when we are portraying ourselves to other people. Ten Boom's sister Betsie reminded me of the sister Beth in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Two Inches
I was reading today in Mosiah 5, and verse 15 is always one of my favorite verses. King Benjamin is giving his famous speech, and he says this: Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast an immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Do Good
I made a crock pot of stuffed meatballs for a potluck today, and as I approached the doors of my building carrying the crock pot with both hands, the woman behind me walked ahead to open the door for me. She then followed me to the elevator to push the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Do Good