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Chocolate Black Pepper Cakes

#1- These cakes were a request from my sister. They were inspired by THIS restaurant in Asheville, NC. This chocolate cake was interesting and delicious and now I would like to eat all the things on their menu. We are planning a sister weekend excursion for next month, which basically amounts to the 3 of us binging on amazing restaurant food, drinking lots of wine, and probably hot rolling each others hair. Where are your favorite Asheville, NC spots to dine?

#2- There are still AMAZINGLY NICE PEOPLE in the world.

#3- Do any of you watch The Office? I know it sorta ran its course a couple of seasons ago, but it’s one of my forever favorites and with no new episode this week I’ve been left to dwell on WHAT IN THE WORLD are the writers doing to Jim and Pam? They are TV’s cutest most regular and adorable couple and the annoying chinks in their marriage armor is really bugging me. Also the last episode that aired was 42 minutes long and that has me totally freaked out about just how badly the writers might end things. There’s more to come, right? 8 seasons can’t just go out the window with no end, can it?

#4- We had THIS crock pot Spicy Chicken Stew at my mom’s for lunch today. It was sooooooo good. I’m making it again sometime this week. Also I’ve been feeling extra lazy in the dinner department lately because I am pretty much super productive before lunch time and it’s all downhill after 3 pm. Any links to your favorite slow cooker suppers are more than welcome. IN FACT, I might bake you cookies.

#5- I started reading Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks a couple days ago. I was more than halfway through it in the first day and I didn’t even have that much time to read. I don’t read Nicholas Sparks’ novels very often, but sometimes they are a welcome and lovely vacation for my brain. Jill Mansell- same thing. #happyreading.

Lucy & Norma

#6- Norma Jean never ever wants to be on the bed. She’d rather nap in more comfortable places like, say, the top of the washing machine. But Lucy likes to be on the bed. So now Norma does, too. I think she is trying to make a friend in her extra awkward mean kitty sort of way. That’s not to say she doesn’t smack Lucy in the nose when her nap time snuggles get too close, but I think they secretly really love each other.

Oh Snap

#7- Ain’t that the truth.

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thepinkrachael

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Haha - firstly #7 - this is so me at the moment (as in the cake is most definitely getting in the way, not as in the picture haha!), secondly - oh my goodness those chocolate cakes look delicious, as does the spicy chicken stew - perfect for the freezing cold weather that is hanging around at the moment! Loved reading those Acts of Kindness - they do make you want to go out and do something kind and lovely, don't they?! I saw the original English Office but haven't seen the american version - I think it would be too weird to watch after seeing the English one! and my manci Monday offering to you this week will hopefully make you smile - if only as you picture me and 27 7 year olds trying to learn how to do it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjfM4Wrj9UI

freepennypress

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Food, wine and hot rollers sounds like a great way to hang out..That reminds me , i have 2 new books I just had to have and have yet to crack the covers.. Gonna make sure I start them soon before the author puts out a new book ;-)

Heather

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Oh my gosh I can't wait! Food wine & hot roller mania. I am shocked I didn't get a million suggestions for Asheville restaurants to try. My sister lives there, so she usually knows what's good, but it's such a popular vacation spot I was certain I'd be blasted with places to try! Anyway- you better get on those books! I'm about to be on to the next one :) Got any good read suggestions?

HelloMyNameIs

Monday 25th of February 2013

Aww Norma!!!! SO CUTE!!! That cake looks amazing!! I wish I had the desire to read...any free time I have I sleep lol Maybe I'll go to Barnes and Noble this weekend!!! Since it is March and all then :)

Heather

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

I am a book junkie. I love to read. I have my nose stuck in a book every quiet minute I get. Barnes & Noble is a happy place.

Deanna

Monday 25th of February 2013

Well now that I see that bikini, I feel kind of bad for making pancakes and sausage for dinner...

Heather

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Never feel bad about pancakes & sausage.