love and chocolate

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I’ve been meaning to do a post about the Newfoundland Chocolate Company ever since we moved home. Valentine’s Day seems like the perfect time!  I dashed over on my lunch this week and the place was hopping.  I’m guessing I wasn’t the only one thinking about Feb 14!  As I made my way over there, I was thinking about how Valentine’s Day can be controversial – not everyone likes it.  Admittedly it is totally commercial, but really – in the middle of February everyone needs a pick me up.  Going to buy some treats for my family gave me a little spring in my step (the sunshine helped too!).  So as far as I’m concerned, bring on Valentine’s Day!

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Now back to the Newfoundland Chocolate Company! The window display was very festive.  You can’t really see the very large chocolate fountain running, but it looks rich and delicious!  I wanted to just grab a cup and fill ‘er up.  Note there was a sign warning people about only looking and no fingers (Eewwww! I might think about dipping a digit in, but I would never really do it lol).

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Check out all the chocolate bark, chocolate flowers and LOVE bars.   I was tempted to buy a LOVE bar for my honey, but they were milk chocolate, and he is partial to dark, so I went to check out some of the other selections.

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My picture is blurry 😦 but I still wanted to show you anyway.  I LOVE the shirt and tie heart boxes!

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I forgot to take a picture of the truffle case, but trust me there was something for everyone.  The St. John’s CBC morning radio show is having a contest and they are asking listeners to come up with ideas for a  Wake Up Chocolate for the morning show. I can’t wait to hear what combination wins.  Personally, I think you need coffee, caramel and dark chocolate, but that’s just me!

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The above sign is on the sidewalk outside the store. Very True.

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If you are needing a little mid-February pick-me-up, I highly recommend heading down to Duckworth Street and treating your loved ones to some Newfoundland Chocolate!

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enjoying the view

harbour sunrise

I am still loving Newfoundland.  I simply adore being here in St. John’s.  I work downtown and each day when I get out of my car and start to walk down the hill to work, I see a snippet of the harbour.  And even on those days when I am almost blowing off the hill with the wind, or slipping down Prescott Street with the ice (eek!), I ALWAYS look at the ocean and have a small moment of grace.  Some days it is only a millisecond where I have a quick thought of how grateful I am to be home.  Grateful to be near the ocean.  And thrilled to be near my family.   Every. Single. Day.

I regularly speak to people who have lived here all their lives and they tell me they don’t even notice the view anymore.  And had I lived here all my life I am absolutely positive I would be the same way.  But each time I catch a glimpse of St. John’s Harbour my heart melts just a little bit more.  I hope I never lose this feeling, this oh-so-wonderful appreciation for this harsh, isolated and incredibly beautiful place.

I hope today you can enjoy your view for even a moment – whatever your view is.

little adjustments part 2

You might have seen this post I did over the summer about some of the adjustments to living back in St. John’s after being away for so long.  Well, this is the second installment with some other quirky thoughts that have occurred to me since that post. I figured I would share.  Comment below to let me know what you think!clean-hunter-wellies

1. Any day that doesn’t have RDF (Rain, Drizzle & Fog)  is a beautiful day. I have totally adopted this attitude and I love it.  Just getting out in the fresh air, even when the sun is not shining, is fabulous.  I know I should be able to love the RDF too, but I’m not there yet.  Baby steps.  I may need some moral support come February/March.  I’ll let you know. Maybe buying a colourful pair of rain boots will help me? What colour would you pick?

2. Brace yourself for this one – it is superficial important. The hour and a half time difference is fooling up my television watching. TV and radio shows start on the 1/2 hour.  That makes any prime time tv shows late starting.  If a show normally starts at 9:00 ET, that’s 10:30 NT. For you night owls, that’s not a biggie I’m sure, but for me who can’t stay awake, it is a challenge.  I tried to watch Nashville last night (which didn’t start until 11:30) only to fall asleep 10 minutes in.  I woke up to the last 30 seconds of the show (which was a little surprising – did you see it??).  I should have just waited to watch it on the PVR.  Luckily, this is what my son would call a First World Problem, so I can deal.

3. People are super-aware of the weather and plan things around the forecast. Birthday parties will change, meeting spots are adjusted, all at the last minute. Much is dependent on the weather and people are used to rolling with it. I keep forgetting to check.  A friend said to me, “You ARE from here, you know this!”  Yah, I know it in my head, but keep I forgetting. Come to think of it, maybe this is just a me thing. Either way, I need to pay more attention.

4. Driving in Newfoundland is NOT like driving in Ottawa.  If the weather is bad, you have to stay off certain roads.  I have been in denial about this for a while but I just have to accept it. This is not a “mind over matter thing”. The wind has been so bad at times that I have felt like the van is going to be pulled off the road if I loose concentration for a second. The fog has been so thick I had to get my son to help me read the road signs. For real – I am not exaggerating.  Have I mentioned the moose?  I actually haven’t seen a moose since I have been back, but the reminders to Mind the Moose have kept me vigilant and cautious for sure.  Lastly (for now) some of the roads are dark and not very visible.  The Harbour Arterial is totally off limits for me at night because you just can’t see the road well enough (in my opinion).  Some of the entrances and exits off the Outer Ring Road you would never find on your own in the dark without prior warning. Oh my – winter is not even here yet.  Wish me luck.

5. There is nothing better than my nieces running towards me yelling “Mah-layne is here! YEAH!”  I mean really – is there anything better than that? Plus they are a never ending source of entertainment.   Click here for some entertainment. I have heard this song a LOT, but somehow it never gets old. I wonder how my sister feels lol.

6. The porch is INSIDE your house.  In Ottawa, and maybe everywhere else, if someone is talking about their porch, they are talking about the space outside their front door.  Here, a porch is the space inside your front door, as you first come in your house. My honey asked our son to move a box to the porch, and he put it outside on the front step.  That totally made me laugh since he just did what he was told.  Where is your porch, inside or outside?

7. I love this town. One of my facebook status a couple weeks ago was “I feel like Joel Plaskett because I love this town”. And I do.  Regardless of the adjustments, I’m so happy to be here.

antioxidants

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According to the ballerina in the family, Newfoundland Blueberries have more antioxidants than other blueberries.  Someone told her this and I, for one, believe her. I had forgotten how flavourful fresh Newfoundland Blueberries are!

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On our travels last weekend, we came across several patches of blueberries and although we hadn’t planned on berry picking we just had to stop and pick some.  It was cold and damp, so our fingers were chilled and we didn’t pick the berries very “clean” but wow – were they ever yummy! Like I said, I had forgotten just how incredible they really are.

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We were sorry we couldn’t spend more time and pick more – there were SO MANY of them!  Next time I’m bringing a bucket and I plan to fill it. Yum!

my honey’s new baby

This is my Honey’s new baby.  He is so pleased that he has been showing a photo of it to everyone he sees.  This past trip to the Villa was the perfect time to try it out. The four of us headed out on an expedition to the “lookout on the top of the world” (according to honey). It took us about an hour on two ATVs to get there and the last bit was really rocky.  The view alone was worth the trip.IMG_6421

The weather wasn’t great, but you can’t wait for the weather to be perfect in Newfoundland (or you might not ever go anywhere) so we all got our rubber boots and rain gear and headed out anyway.  We had packed a little picnic and huddled around the rocks to get a bit of relief from the wind but it was definitely damp and chilly.

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Between the rain and the water on the trails we got just a little wet!

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It was invigorating to be out exploring.

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Here were all are on the top of the world. Honey is so happy I think he might just split his face from smiling so much.

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a lick and a promise in gem turquoise

This past weekend we were at my husband’s summer home in Hant’s Harbour. For lots of reasons, the house hasn’t been loved much in the last couple of years and now that we are finally home, we are so excited to spruce it up a bit and LOVE it. So much needs to be done, but we decided for our first weekend out, we would tackle something small that would help it look more loved :-).20130804-152723.jpg

We started with both front doors. One of them is a newer metal door, so it was no problem to paint, but the other one is old and not in great shape so we all had a hand in scraping and preparing it for paint.

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How great to all be working on a project together.

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The official name of the paint colour is “Gem Turquoise” and it just works. I am IN LOVE with the colour! I had to lobby the kids – they wanted to paint the door red, which would have also been fantastic – but I really wanted the turquoise. I can see so much potential for this house and know we will have fabulous times here. The kids have been exploring and taking photos and video. I will share some with you soon.

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Hant’s Harbour is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. You’ll see lots more pics from here.

What do you think of my paint choice?

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