One more reason to eat chocolate

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Here is some good news. A recent study has proven that chocolate is good for your skin.

I got this exciting information courtesy of Dr. Will Clower’s blog Mediterranean Wellness. There is, however, a stipulation. The chocolate must be the really dark kind with a high cocoa content. This type of chocolate helped protect skin from UV radiation.

The dark chocolate apparently increases circulation in the top layer of skin. It also is high in antioxidants, similar to green tea. Both of these properties protect skin.

Dr. Clower has long been a proponent of dark chocolate’s ability to help your heart and your mind. Better yet, he has written a book entitled Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight: New Science Proves You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day.  I encourage you to check out his other books.

What’s your favoirt chocolate brand?

 

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Being in the moment at Winn-Dixie

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I am starting to develop a fear of Winn-Dixie.

I went grocery shopping yesterday and already had all my items on the conveyor belt when a problem developed. The cash register crumpled the check of the woman in line in front of me but refused to complete the transaction. The cashier tried to smooth the check and re-insert it a couple times before calling for assistance.

An assistant manager type woman came over and opened the machine. She removed the ink cartridge and went in search of a replacement. The first one she found wasn’t the right size or was for a different machine. Then she brought a second one. Success!

The woman in front of me apologized repeatedly, poor thing. It wasn’t her fault, and I tried, really I did, to keep a sour expression off my face.

On a grocery run last week, the cashier was a young, long-haired man (that description makes me sound like an old fogey, doesn’t it?) who was having a prolonged conversation with the woman in front of me. Mea culpa-I wasn’t watching as he rang up my groceries, so I was startled to see the total was more than $90. And I hadn’t even bought meat!

The youngster was befudded when I told him something was wrong. When I looked at the printed receipt, there were several items I hadn’t bought. Apparently, they were the groceries of the woman ahead of me with whom the kid was so busy talking that he hadn’t included all of her items.

Same assistant manager to the rescue. We ended up backing out the entire incorrect total  from my credit card and re-ringing the actual items I had in my cart. The resulting total this time was about half of the first one.

I guess I really have to be more vigilant in watching what the cashiers are doing. The Winn-Dixie is the only grocery on my little island.

Have you had similar problems at your grocert store?

 

Waiting for Tom Hanks review

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I haven’t posted any book reviews for a while, and I think it is high time I did. I read this one in a single day and enjoyed everything about it from this adorable cover right on through.

And really, who among us hasn’t dreamed of falling in love with a movie star?

The heroine in this book is a writer who is addicted to rom-coms because she used to watch them with her late mother. Then she finds herself in the middle of the filming of one with a devastatingly handsome leading man. Of course, sparks ensue.

I was charmed by the author’s voice and found myself laughing out loud a few times. I also bought the message: love rarely goes as planned but it’s our only hope. Oh, and did I mention the cast of quirky secondary characters and strong sense of community, two musts for me to make a book a favorite.

If you are a Hallmark fan, you will probably love this as much as I did, but be warned that it is not squeaky clean. I’d give it a solid PG-13.

Weekend fun

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Big doings on my little island this weekend. Friday night, my husband and I went to the VFW for pizza night. We got a supreme pizza for only $9, ate half of it there, and brought the rest home to freeze for another day.

Yesterday, back to the “V” as we call it. They held the first round of a karaoke contest. Apparently, this is something that goes on every year with a national final near Las Vegas. I had never heard of it before. This is the first  year anyone has had it locally. There are two more preliminaries next week and the week after. I am trying to gather enough nerve to enter. Even though I’ve sung my whole life in choruses, I’ve only done karaoke once in my life. Singing alone is a far cry from singing with 50 or 60 others.

Today, the Moose Lodge is holding a cooking contest: soups and stews. I entered last year but not this time. Desserts are in a couple weeks and comfort food two weeks later. Ethnic foods come next and chili is the last contest. I’m leaning toward entering the ethnic contest. I have a pierogie casserole I want to try.

How did you spend the weekend?

Lazy Summer day

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All of my Calusa Town Tales books qualify as beach reads. To me, there is too much doom and gloom in the world, so I write light-hearted, happy tales.

Since it is now officially Summer, I made this book free for the weekend. Get it here.  If you do download it, I hope you will consider giving an honest review.

Happy Father’s Day

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My husband and I went to the local Moose Lodge for brunch this morning. If you’ve read my books, you know the fictional town of Calusa has a lodge too.

The real life Moose  has some great volunteer chefs who usually do a great job with holidays. Since there are just the two of us, it is far easier to let them do the cooking.

But this morning they were off kilter. We waited more than half an hour, and the ladies, bless their hearts, were still milling around bringing out food.

We finally gave up and went to the small diner that is in the little strip mall next to the grocery store. We managed to get there before the after-church crowd and got served right away.

After inhaling a plateful of bacon, eggs, potatoes, a biscuit, and about a gallon of coffee, I was glad we ended up there.

How did you celebrate today?