"Exercise is a dirty word...every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate."
- Charles Schulz

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I have been busy with our shop reopening, decorating for fall and doing several little projects that I will post about as well as planning a post on where in the world we keep Lillie's toys (yes, she does own some toys although they are seldom seen in photos) however I am having trouble getting any of these posts finished. It has been pouring here and therefore not good weather for taking photos and thanks to the thunderstorms the girls have not been napping or sleeping well. Hopefully the weekend will be nicer! Anyway, my lovely sister Jamie has been bribed into doing a post for me with a recipe for one of our favorite childhood desserts. (You can see her post with a delicious recipe for S'more Cookies here). If you are normally a skimmer (I must admit I am definitely a skimmer) I recommend actually reading her post because she is such a witty writer. Anyway, here she is:

Running is dangerous. Every time I try to move faster than a jog, my heart starts beating irregularly and I feel faint as the temptation to dial 9-1-1 mounts. I do not recommend such exertion to anyone--except in emergencies, like when those catchy notes to "The Entertainer" can be heard from the next street over. Instead, I suggest at least one serving of chocolate a day. Now, I may not be able to outrun even the most sluggish of the animal kingdom, but if I meet my death by snapping turtle, at least I will be tasty.

Here is the recipe for the fudge sauce that my mom made throughout our childhood, which has become a staple in my fridge, providing the perfect chocolate-y ending to every day:

Moose's Creamy Hot Fudge Sauce
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 tsp. of salt
2 cups (one 11 1/2 oz. package) of Nestle Semi-Sweet Morsels
1 tsp. of vanilla

Melt milk, butter, and salt on low. Heat until butter melts. Add chocolate bits; stir until morsels melt and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Makes 1 1/2 cups of hot fudge sauce.

*The original recipe called for Nestle's Milk Chocolate Morsels, but my mom has always made it with Semi-Sweet Chocolate, so I have never tried it with Milk Chocolate, but I'm sure it is delicious either way.
**If you tend to be a lazy baker, and want to heat this on medium so it melts more quickly, think twice! If it heats too quickly it will taste burnt! (Not that this happens to me all the time or anything...:)

Fact: there is no such thing as too much chocolate. Although my husband dares to disagree...In a battle that has lasted as long as our relationship, we clash on important issues such as favorite ice cream flavors, what constitutes a snack (blueberry yogurt?? I don't think so!), and whether or not chocolate is an essential part of one's daily diet. I have tried (and failed) to instill several life lessons in him, such as, but not limited to:
1) Vanilla ice cream is chocolate ice cream MINUS THE FLAVOR
2) The flavor that best compliments chocolate is more chocolate, not vanilla or strawberry.
3) If it's not chocolate, it's not dessert.
4) Anyone who does not think chocolate is the most exquisite flavor is missing essential taste bud DNA.
To date, I have not had much success with my chocolate brainwashing. So, I have decided the best way to win him over is to simply prove it. I made strawberry shortcake from the easy recipe off the back of the Bisquick box--but he refused to drizzle hot fudge sauce over his. And after two years of living with my addiction, he still managed to be jaw-droppingly surprised by how much hot fudge sauce I poured over mine. Trust me, strawberry shortcake needs a touch--let's be honest, a ton--of chocolate to take it from mediocre to mouth-watering.

Apparently, drizzling chocolate is another skill I can put in my "Will Never Learn" file.

Enjoy! (p.s. Please excuse my hyperbole, I do believe you are still human even if you like vanilla!:)

Also we have more of the Annistyn Scarves available again!
The Winter White will go on sale at 9 this morning, 
and the Black will go on sale at 9 tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

 And now we want to introduce another one of our sponsors:

 Chateau Maison Interiors is run by the lovely husband and wife team of Tyler and Ashley. Here is a bit about them from their website:
Chateau Maison Interiors was founded in 2011 when I found myself wanting something more out of my career than getting a paycheck every two weeks. After re-evaluating my life, I realized that I wanted to be my own boss, make my own money and do work that was meaningful and added value to my life and family. My search for a new business idea began as a newlywed and new homeowner searching to find unique home decor products online at an affordable price. After realizing that the Internet didn’t offer what I was looking for, I decided to put my marketing background and passion for decorating to good use. 

Chateau Maison Interiors sell french country and urban vintage home decor accessories such as pillows, candle holders, wall art, frames, storage and organizational pieces and home garden items. The items sold in this store are hand picked to reflect the modern vintage and cottage chic pieces that you would find in a French country home. I hope that my keen eye for decorating in these product choices will help make your house a home.

They have a beautiful site full of so many gorgeous French accessories! I have fallen in love with several pieces that are now on my wish list!
 Here are two of my favorite items:

I hope you all have a marvelous Friday!


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