Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chocolate, the continuing saga and yummy giveaway

Wouldn't you just LOVE one pound of these gorgeous delectible things?

Well this is our giveaway....One pound of Continental Chocolatier's Desert Tortoises.
1 Entry- Leave a comment
2 Entries -blog about it and use my pictures
3 Entries- Facebook or twitter about this
Winner will be announced May 1st!

They come packaged in this box and wouldn't they make

a great gift? Gift my foot, I think every blogger deserves

at least one chocolate tortoise a day, don't you? I have to

have my daily dose.

All this past talk about lovely breakfasts in Brazil has me wanting
omelets. I adore setting things up where everyone can
choose what they want in their omelet.

My kitchen is full of silly chef items, most given to me from
my dear and wonderful family and friends. Do you see my beautiful

eggs in their chicken basket? They come from my very own dear little
chickens, but my favorite are the pastel colored ones from
the Aracana chickens.

I'm hoping my tomatoes, peppers an onions will look this
good. They are from Costco and they are as good as they look.

I love my Bon Appetit sign and I utilize in lots
of different ways. It added a little "French" feel
to this buffet.

I used 3 tea towels that have wonderful

colors for a table cover. I just wanted something

simple with bright colors and casual

Love this fat little chef, he just tickles me every time I look at him
The cheeses are a Wensleydale with apricots
and Goat cheese with fig. Yumalicious!

And now .....the continuing saga

This marriage was my second and I came into it with great hopes for a happy life for me and for my 12 year old daughter. My other two children , a daughter 24 and a son 22 had married at the same time I did, all within 3 months of each other. Three marriages in a row! Was I insane or what? Yes I was and maybe still am, but just a little.

So just 6 months or so after I married, off we went to Brazil.

We were forwarned by our Brazilian tutor before we arrived in Brazil that the only difficult thing he thought we would encounter would be the smell. They burn fuel for their cars and homes that is produced from corn or something like that. Our tutor was so right, it was breath taking for it took my breath away and not in a good way, but the time spent there was exciting.

Their Chocolate is so very different from ours but I loved it! Each morning I would rush to the hotels lovely breakfast buffet that was at least 75 feet long and loaded with delectible pastries, eggs, meat and fresh fruit and always a beautiful silver pot of hot chocolate. Oh Heaven!!

My husband was there to nationalize their computer security systems. He was to meet with these people each morning (we thought morning) but it always seemed to be early afternoon before they arrived to pick him up. (You see when you have a two or three hour siesta in the middle of the day then you must work till all hours of the night to accomplish anything and so therefore morning does not come early for them.) Sometimes I was included. Note: Neither of us spoke Portugese and they spoke very little English. Interesting meetings. They were trying to develop a catalog and my husband thought that I could help them with the wording.

Not so. We had several confrontations or should I say differences of oppinion. The gentleman I worked with was certain that his description of the security system made sense but he was way wrong. He used terms and descriptions of products that did not compute. I would ask " Is this what you want to tell them?" and he would agree, "yes, that is what I want it to say" soooooo .......I would write it the way we Americans can understand it. NO that was not what he wanted and that's how the days went. Of course many times throughout the day they would bring demitasse cups of the strongest coffee brew ever imagined, that would get them going, WOW, did it ever. That brew really put them on a nervous, tense plateau. Maybe if we would have joined in and had a few cups we could have better delt with their explosive personalities. After several of these meeting I elected to remain in the hotel, much safer there I might add, no confrontations.

During my alone time I had much opportunity to contemplate what else I wanted to do with my life. I had had several businesses throughout the years, I was a manicurist, had a plant business, jewelry business, an antique store in Laguna Beach, CA to name a few and even though I loved being a wife and a mother more than anything, I so desired to have a really successful business.

Oh, oh it's time to cook again and erase the chocolate from around my mouth before my true love arrives. We will meet again in Brazil so please stay tuned.

Don't forget to enter our CHOCOLATE giveaway !

P.S. Did you know that chocolate makes your breath sweet? Really, it does.
I am participating in Tablescape Thursday


Nancy said...

Who wouldn't want a pound of chocolate...count me in. I love your blog background too!

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

Add me to the list to win those awesome chocolates!
I love your tablescape, I love the idea of being whisked away for breakfast in a far away place!
Thanks for sharing.
sweet pickles and chocolate

Tricia said...

Life in Brazil sounds amazing! I love how friendly and welcoming your tablescape is -- I know your family and guests found it charming. So many cute touches!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I will stay tuned, you have me hooked! Please enter me in your sweet giveaway. I just love good chocolate. Chocolate is like love!

Mimi said...

Your breakfast vignette is lovely...cute basket of eggs. I love chocolate, so please toss my name in the hat!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

ummmm! Who dosen't love chocolate? Count me in!

Mary Ann said...

Would love to win me some chocolate.

shannon i olson said...

mmmm chocolate. Would love some!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Chocolate, yum!!! Loved hearing about your time in Brazil. Not sure it is a place I would ever want to visit. My I do love hearing of others experiences. I do like your tablescape. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

Well, you already know what I think of your chocolate as stated in our recent emails, so you can either choose to put me over the edge by selecting my entry in your give-away or leave me longing for more by choosing someone else. for those of you reading this comment, I was the delighted recipient of an order I placed with this outstanding chocolatier, most of which is safely tucked away(hidden from myself)for future events. However, included in my order was a package of 3 samples of this delightful confection. I ate all 3 before 10 AM, and I keep wandering into my pantry, looking longingly at my purchase. Please save me!!!
BTW Joanie, I am soooooooo happy you have decided to keep treating us with your delightful tablescapes and your continuing Brazillian saga. I LOVE it!

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

I have just set out a plate of these delicious chocolates and photographed them for my blog...hope you will stop over and check it out. It just so happens that it is a sunny 41 degrees with a mighty wind blowing off the lake today, but I braved the elements for another chance to win your delightful giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity. I am now headed over to my Facebook page for another try....am I desperate or what???

Connie said...

Those look heavenly or sinful? I can't decide. Either way, they'd be good in my mouth.
It's good to know that chocolate makes the breath sweet!

mgster said...

Oh my, my! Please enter me. I love chocolate and just finished my last Easter Bunny on Monday! I love the colors of your blog.

Julia said...

I was previously a "Dove Chocolate At Home" Chocolatier..... so of course I'm into chocolate and would love to win, as well!!

Brooke said...

You are so charming and your chocolate looks delicious! Hopefully, I will get to find out!

Denise Marie said...

I'm in and would love the tortois chocolate box for a terrapin luncheon at our school!!

Denise Marie said...

Yes, I had to blog about it too:

Brenda said...

Sign me up to win a few of those yummy morsels...I'll be dreaming of chocolate tonight!

Mary Ann said...

I failed to say in my comment how great your story is. Please do another chapter soon.

Nevadanne said...

Please consider me for your giveaway! I am a chocolate lover from way back. These would be a wonderful addition for me to take to my book club next month! ♥

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

The chocolates look yummy! Count me in on the giveaway! I could take it along with me on the birthday surprise trip my two daughters are taking in on!


Mary Ann said...

Your blog is lovely and add me to the winners list for those chocolates.