This month's box spoke to my heart.
It was mostly chocolate.
The first thing we opened:
had me like...
In 1849, the Austrian baker Oscar Pischinger found great fortune with a very simple creation. A super thin, light wafer cookie that flew off the shelves. To make the cake, the thin wafers were laid on top of each other, with a delicate coating o chocolate spread between each wafer. After a stack of 12 wafers were added, they were covered in a melted chocolate coating to finish off the cake.
I was so excited to try the Pizza Rolls!
I ate one...
Then Scott ate one....
Then I gave Callie one....
But you know what? They totally redeemed themselves.
The next day I tried another one, MAMA DIDN'T RAISE NO QUITTER!, and they weren't that bad.
And honestly, all of the rest of the stuff was good, and it was just chocolately. It was all kind of the same...until the last thing:
I could eat this every day.
Apple Strudel, ya'll.
Here are the rest of the snacks, all yummy:
Next month, Japan!
I am nervous, the booklet said something about a Chocolate-Covered Cheeseburger?!?!?!?
This book sucked me in for days.
I finished, but I am not done! Now I am looking for more books on the topic. I have 7 pages of notes.
My house and laundry are neglected, I haven't seen the Walking Track in a week, and instead of making lunch today, I didn't want to stop reading so I ate a can of Vienna sausage.
People at work are like "SHUT UP ABOUT THE BOOK!!!"
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read many articles about this book, the figures and tribes in the story, and several of them said "that ending though!". I see what they mean. At 73% (if you're reading on the Kindle), the book ends. The rest is footnotes and sources, and to my delight, pictures. I kind of don't want to watch the film, which is loosely based on the expeditions of Col. Fawcett, because I know it will not hold a candle to this book and all of research that went in to it.
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My beautiful sister had a birthday!
Lily was excited, she planned a party. There were "Frozen" plates, cake, and Skittles.
Had fun on our Chinese Buffet Carb-Fest!
Percy Fawcett and the Lost City of Z: The History of the Explorer's Mysterious Disappearance in Search of El Dorado by Charles River Editors
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I learned a few new and different facts. A quick read.
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Peter & Emily, The Girl From New York by Thomas Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I always say that when I finish a book with a satisfying ending, I will not read he epilogue, because I had closure, and then bam!....things change.
When I finished this book, I was at peace. Then!!! I read the epilogue, which was a set up for the next book. WHAT!!!!!! Now I am going to get sucked into this series. I am not going to say what happens, it's a huge spoiler, but I am looking forward to reading it.
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I realize that I am a grown ass woman, but after emptying the Amazon Prime Pantry box, I was like hmmmmmm......"what if I could fit in that?"
The answer was yes.
As a couple of 13 years, Scott and I have been to a sporting event of every sport that I watch, minus NASCAR. I did that before we met.
This weekend, we can add Bull Riding to the list.
We went to see the PBR Touring Division in Alexandria.
It was everything that I hoped it to be.
I wait all year to trick out the May Lost and Found tub.
That's all for now!
This is the fourth post that I have written about my oscillating fan, Matt.
Sadly it will be the last.
For over a decade, it's because of him that I have slept through all the ruckus next door.
He has caused many fights between Scott and I (because he is an anemic little girl)
Matt is Tearing Us Apart!
He has sparked many a late night conversation.
In Which We're The Donner Party
And once, he tried to kill me.
The Night Matt Tried to Kill Me
But he was a fine roommate.
I feel like the kid on The Brave Little Toaster that just wanted his things back.
I really wish that I had something interesting to blog.
For the most part, since the last blog, it has been work, sleep, complaining about no-carb, and reading.
I am never going to meet my 50 Books in a Year goal because I got sucked into "The Lost City of Z' by David Grann. Now when I start to read about things that pique my interest, I can't just read it. I have a notebook, and highlighters, and as we speak, 14 tabs open on my laptop about not only the man the book is about, but about where he was, the people that were involved, the country, the tribes, all of it.
I am a inveterate reader, I can't help it :)
The movie premiered this weekend, but I think I want to wait until I finish the book. I heard it was extremely watered down, and changed up so much for cinematic purposes.
Hockey is over, DISH Network airs ZERO Braves games, and if they did I am sure they wouldn't come in anyway. NASCAR was rained out today, and PBR is currently recording. We are going to an event in a couple of weeks, so I am excited about that!
Easter Sunday pics!
You know you live in Louisiana when....
This got me in the feels. A local policeman passed away, and for the funeral procession two firetrucks on each side of the road had this flying high.
I was stopped underneath it when I took it. It was breathtaking from farther away, but Scott flipped out when I went to take a picture because "There are cops right there!", like they are going to stop the funeral procession to give me a ticket for taking a picture whilst driving 3 MPH.
(Note, I always pull over for a funeral procession, they were just getting ready to leave the church, it had not started yet)
I end this week with Callie...the most helpful dog in the history of domesticated dogs.
We recently signed up for Universal Yums. We will receive a monthly box with the most popular snacks from a different country.
We were doing Love With Food, and I didn't want to be a big fatty and have two boxes, so we will try this one for a while.
I am sure you have wondered what the most popular snacks from Israel are!
So here is what was in the box, and what I thought:
There is only one snack in Israel that is bought by 90% of households, and it's this peanut butter covered corn puff, called Bamba.
Scott was like:
....aaand I was like:
But in it's defense, I don't generally like peanut butter flavored things. I am a eat it straight out the jar kinda gal.
I loved these! Super high in carbs, but they ARE mini bagels.
Called Abadi Falafel Mini Bagels, what makes these special is falafel. Falafel is one of the most beloved foods in Israel. You can find it in stands all across the county selling hot, fried falafel with pickles and cabbage rolled inside a pita sandwich. Israelis claim falafel as their own invention but the Egyptians, Palestinians, and Lebanese have all countered, declaring that they invented the delicious chickpea and bean fritters.
Ya'll. Imagine one of the richest chocolate bars you have ever eaten, only .5 seconds after swallowing you get the sensation of Pop Rocks.
I ate a small piece like a good diabetic low-carber should the first night.
Then on night two, I gobbled the entire thing up.
Meh, I lived.
It is called Elite Chocolate Bar with Popping Candies.
In 1918, a man named Eliyahu Fromenchenko began making chocolate in his kitchen in Russia. He soon realized that the Soviet Union was too unstable for launching a company, so he decided to move to nearby Latvia. He named his business Leema, and remained in Latvia until Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933. He feared that Europe was becoming too unsafe for Jews, so he moved his family to Israel (then Palestine) in 1934, and it quickly became the largest chocolate company in Israel. Today, one of their most famous creations is this chocolate bar filled with popping candy.
I really loved the texture of this. Not too rich, not too bitter.
To create the razor thin folds for this smooth, crumbly milk choloclate bar, the company Elite uses a secret process. The wing of the factory where they make this car is strictly off limits to anyone without a special badge, and no photos of the manufacturing process have ever been taken.
This tiny thing had 45 carbs. I nibbled on it for 2 or 3 days, until I came home from a 16 hour shift, having been awake over 24 hours, I was tired and hangry, so I shoved what was left in my mouth.
It was fabulous.
Vanilla & Walnut Achva Halva.
Made with sesame tahini, table sugar, and glucose syrup, slowly, each batch stirred by hand.
They were indeed bittersweet.
After I ate them all without sharing!
I forgot to mention that all of the nutritional and historical info I have on these items come from a provided booklet :)
Also provided, a toy Dreidel.
With instructions on how to play.
And lastly, these little gems.
I didn't read any info on them before I popped one in my mouth, but I was expecting cinnamon.
To me they tasted like bacon and sunflower seeds.
I really hope I enjoy future boxes as much as this one!
The info pack includes trivia, info about the food, and a brief history on the county.
Next month, Austria!
For the past few weeks I have worked many days in a row, all three front desk shifts, plus checking rooms, plus my normal jobs. Two days I was awake 24+ hours.
I took the weekend OFF!!! LOL.
We came to Tyler, Texas. We were here last summer (Summer Texas trip). We are in a very nice Homewood Suites. The Grand Opening was yesterday. It is brand new, in a quiet part of town, but just minutes from everything.
Our room has a ceiling fan, full refrigerator, and a dishwasher. I am never leaving.
Not to impugn our hotel in any way, but this is swanky. I work in a hotel, I never get to visit any!
I feel I am being mocked.
We left Friday afternoon:
With minimal arguing, we stopped in Shreveport for lunch.
Right now I should warn you that my low-carb way of life is on the back burner this weekend.
We went to Arby's, I got the Traditional Gyro, no fries. 55 carbs, y'all. I ate every crumb.
When Scott decided to stop driving on the side of the road, and at almost the speed limit, we made it to Tyler.
We got checked in...
I went straight to the potty and tried to turn on the bathroom light. I flicked on and off, and nothing. I tried the one by the sink, nothing.
I said well hell, our room is defective. I grab my key to go downstairs, and see RIGHT by the front door.....MASTER SWITCH.
I also wanted to keep these, but delete them off of my phone. :)
After unpacking and walking the property, we went on a food search.
Jucy's Hamburgers it was.
Shut up, I ate a whole 1/4 pound.
Scott however, got the biggest one they had AND fries.
When we left, I said "let's go down this road and see where it goes".
This NEVER turns out well.
We drove for a bit, I love to just ride and look. We didn't see anything from our previous trip that was recognizable, so Scott said "let's turn around". And then....
A prison. If you knew how hilarious and dramatic Scott can be, this was LOL.
"Oh HELL NO, that's a guard tower, LET'S GO!!"
Not half a mile away, I said "oh look, there's an Islamic symbol. Oh hey! It's a Muslim temple!"
SCREEEEECH!!!! He did a u-turn right there and headed back the other way, only to find a guy digging in a donation bin with his bicycle in tow. Simultaneously we yelled, "DEEBO!"
We made it to a grocery store, alive, got beverages, and went back to the hotel.
GUESS WHAT WAS ON!!!!!
Scott said a dirty word.
I cheered and clapped.
I messaged Rebecca and she said "Good Lord, that is always on when you stay at a hotel! Do you plan your trip around it!"
So for the rest of the night, I sat at the desk, pretty much doing this, watching LOTR, and catching up on my other shows.
Scott did this:
Tomorrow isn't going to be much different.
I can pretty much sleep anywhere under any circumstance. I never sleep well in hotel rooms.
I tossed and turned all night, got up and down, turned on the a/c, turned off the a/c, read, Facebook scrolled....finally at 9am I got up for good.
I took my medicine and started watching Titanic documentaries. Scott rolled outta bed after 10, even thought I woke him before breakfast ended, and then said he was hungry.
We went back to What About Kabobs.
For four hours we just drove around, shopped, and killed time. I got some good stuff in Gordman's, it was going out of business. Scott bought a watch, I OF COURSE found a flamingo, a Dallas Stars shirt, and Scott bought two paid of pants that make him look like Brock Lesnar.
After the successful 5 and Under plunder and hitting a good Lane Bryant sale, I didn't even NEED to go in TJ Maxx or Burlington!
Now we're back at the hotel lounging until it's time for dinner.
Scott did his thing, I Snapchatted and watched Chicago Fire
We have been to The Jalapeno Tree before, and it was just as good this time.
My personal highlight?
Scott got a Puffed Taco as an appetizer.
LOL! He kept eyeballing it, "What IS it??!!"
"Where's the meat? THERE IS NO MEAT!!!"
If you ever go, order the John Wayne:
I know you're sad that you missed his Brock Lesnar impressions.
I won the night with ANOTHER LOTR movie!!!
Saw this on the way back to the hotel.
I named him Francisco.
We slept in both mornings, so I have no idea what the hotel had for breakfast.
We packed it all up and headed home after a quick stop for lunch in Shreveport.
I napped in the car on the way home.
I napped on my couch. (While ANOTHER LOTR movie played!)
I napped in the bed.
I went to buy groceries, came home, and GUESS WHAT! I went to sleep.
The weekend was a success!
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