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Cheered Up!

As I mentioned earlier, I got a great surprise yesterday afternoon, which was just the break I needed from my pity party. The very sweet Nicole sent me an awesome Secret Valentine package!

hpim2844I got a really cute mug with the Thoreau quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams…” which I love. English was my second major in school, and I spent quite a bit of time dealing with Thoreau. With the mug was a cute mini book of inspirational quotes and a very sweet note from Nicole inside. 🙂 A West Chester University key-chain, which was a very cute personal touch and lots of mini candies — M&Ms, Twix, and Snickers, which Brent was all over, and quite a few new bars! I haven’t tried any of these yet, so I’m really excited. What is even more exciting are the mint chocolate M&Ms! I’ve seen these but never tried them, and I LOVE mint chocolate things. Yum! Thank you so much Nicole!! This package made my day! 🙂 I also want to thank Lee for organizing this great exchange!

I spent this afternoon wrangling with butter and sugar to produce the toffee!! I hope you’re excited Julie! It will be on its way tomorrow!

hpim2850Dinner was pretty quick and easy. Sadly, it has a pretty low blog-worthiness because it is a repeat of the Bulgur Salad with Green Onion Vinaigrette from Bobby Flay. Still delicious.

hpim2853I again added a can of chickpeas, and we have leftovers for lunch tomorrow! I actually felt like being lazy and going out to eat, but after much internal debate, my wallet was spared and we ate what was on the menu.

I have spent the better part of my evening struggling with a less than awesome physiology lab and being stressed out.  I managed to clean the kitchen, bathrooms, and vacuum up copious amounts of dog hair as well. I did, however, skip my workout. My mental health had to take priority over a sweat session. Brent left for the gym without me, but, because my husband loves me (and it’s a big hassle for him when I’m stressed), he came back with secret ingredients and made me this!

hpim2855So now I’m enjoying a mid-week Cosmopolitan while watching Lost! I love Brent, really, even though he annoys occasionally. This sort of thing makes up for the fact he continually leaves his shoes in the kitchen for me to trip on. 🙂

9 responses »

  1. Oo nice toffee! I’ve never tried making it 🙂

  2. what a fun night- secret cupid AND a cosmo!

  3. The toffee was such a good idea for the bake sale because it will stay good!

    What a nice package for Valentine’s Day! So many treats.

    Hope you enjoyed Lost and your cocktail.

  4. I love getting fun mail — what a treat!

    Glad to hear your package improved your mood! I’ve been crabby myself lately — lack of sleep, crummy weather, and lots of headaches will do that to a person? I really blame the weather . . . bring on spring!!!!!

  5. glad brent came through with the cosmo.

    fun valentine’s package, and that toffee looks amaaaaazing!

  6. The toffee looks awesome! I can’t wait to have some!!

  7. Cosmo + Lost = can’t get much better 🙂

    What a great package!

  8. Ooh I’ve never seen that kind of Quaker bar.
    I love mini chocolate bars. They make me feel so much less guilty 😉


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