Random Item, Filed Under "Coincidences That Seem Contrived"
Do you ever have incidents in your life that are coincidental, but seem otherwise? I was out of one of my lunchtime walks one day, about a month ago. Mr. Handsome-and-Handy and I had been grumpy with each other that morning, and I was thinking about how sad I felt about it. Then, there in my path, was this lone leaf. I saw it as a sign that I was so loved, even when I didn't feel like it. I also see it as a good sign that I jumped to the "heart-shaped" conclusion. Because upside-down? It kind of looks like the opposite sort of thing that The Mr. and I were both sort of being earlier that day.
Weird Stuff Pubsgal Eats #534: Chocolate Kale?!?
(This probably belongs over on the sadly abandoned "Pubsgal Eats." But oh well.)
The other day, I was in a funk, and close to a Whole Foods.
When I'm in a funk, I know in my head that food is not the answer. But sometimes, nothing soothes the soul like either something chocolate or some crispy, intensely-flavored kale snacks. Usually the two are mutually exclusive. But in my moment of weakness, I succumbed to a quirky combination I had been eyeing but hadn't quite gotten the gumption to try yet: chocolate-covered kale snacks.
"Ingredients: Organic Kale, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Cacao Powder, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract and Blessings." Curious...I didn't know that "blessings" tasted like vanilla...they must have confused it with the cacao, or else were simply being redundant, since "cacao and blessings" is sort of like the anti-"corn syrup and sugar."
Most of the crunchy kale snacks I eat are quite crisp, like a dehydrated salad. The chocolate kale pieces were heavy and hard, but when you started chewing them, they turned out to be more chewy-textured than crisp. The taste was kind of interesting...sweet, nutty at first, then quite chocolatey. I didn't taste the kale very much at all. Given the appearance, I had expected something much more chalky in taste and texture. Admittedly, this stuff stayed in my desk drawer far longer either chocolate or other kale snacks typically do...but you know, for a "what was she thinking" purchase, they were pretty good! It sure would make a fun holiday gift for any friends who are following a vegan & raw way of eating.
That's all for now! I look forward to reading about everyone's holiday adventures. I might not comment as much as I used to, but know that I'm reading and cheering you on!