Dessert/ Dinner

Puppies, Girlfriends and Chocolate

Hi guys!

Look who I met today!!


Java! This is Sarah’s new puppy and I fell in love. I can’t wait to get my own someday….so jealous!


Is it just me or does this picture of Sarah look really professional?! Must be the background….or I just rock as a photographer. Obviously its the latter. 😉

Sarah and I had a great time of girl talk/puppy loving. Girlfriends are great. We chatted about puppies, boys, God, wine, food, blogs….I’m so excited to go with her and Jessica to Deeper Still next weekend!!!

This afternoon I snacked on an oikos + cereal—


And made a fantastic dinner!


Totally winged it and made some simple red lentil dal by caramelizing half an onion in olive oil, adding healthy pinches of ginger, cumin seed, garam masala, cayenne pepper, coriander and sea salt and then adding 1/2 cup lentils, 1 can diced tomatoes and 3 cups water. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes and it was just maaaarvelous. I made enough for two for yummy leftovers tomorrow!

Served it over a baked sweet potatey with a dollop of plain Oikos and had a salad with goddess dressing on the side.


But…..dessert was even better…………..


Y’all, this is what dreams are made of.


No words. Just love.


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    September 8, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Wow, haha, the dark chocolate dreams and the daal dinner looks amazing!!! Ack, and the puppy is too cute 🙂

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    Evan Thomas
    September 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Surprisingly I’m not a fan of dark chocolate dreams. It just doesn’t taste like PB or dark chocolate to me. I much prefer Maranatha’s Dark chocolate almond spread or Rapunzel’s organic chocolate hazelnut spread

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    September 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I just made daal the other day for the first time since last spring – it is so delicious, definitely one of my favorite easy dinners.

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    September 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    aww what a cute pup!

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    Meg @ Megzz Wins At Life
    September 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    awww cute cute puppy!! I want one!!

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    September 8, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    what a cute puppy!!! so tiny 🙂

    glad you had a good day!

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    September 8, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    LOVE that cereal! I have been addicted to it! Love the CRUNCH factor!

    Adorable puppy 😉

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    Julie @savvyeats
    September 8, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I love flavored PB! PB Loco has some really good flavors, too 🙂

    The puppy is adorable, reminds me of what my dog looked like when we first got her!

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    Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    September 8, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    YUM! Those are some dark chocolate dreams for sure!

    And the puppy looks adorable =)


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    September 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm


    I bought some of that chocolate PB a month ago and no lie, had to pour dishsoap on it and toss it. I was about to eat the entire self control. AHHHHHHH It’s like crack!

    Great job on the photography!

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    September 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Java looks a little like my Chooey!! Check the new photo of her on my blog for verification 😉

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    September 8, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Aw, that puppy is SO cute! And you’re right; girlfriends are the best! They keep me sane and I’m sorry but a boy can never take the place of a good girlfriend, right?

    Your eats look yummy, as usual!

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    Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    September 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Java is adorable!! And so jealous you get to hang out with Sarah AND that you guys get to go to Deeper Still next weekend!!! I’ll actually be in Orlando that weekend, but I can’t afford to go. 🙁

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    September 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    OMG that puppy is super cute! Maltese right?

    Great job on winging your dinner. It looks fab!

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    September 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    There are puppies all over the blog world and it makes me really really want one!

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    September 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I saw the Dark Chocolate Dreams at the store today and was so tempted to get it…now I’m kicking myself for not getting it! Next time, next time! 🙂

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    Allie Katie
    September 8, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Great day!! I have a T minus 11 month countdown until my (currently unborn) pupster moves into my house. So the pup pictures are appreciated!
    And I once finished a container of Dark Chocolate Dreams in 10 days.
    Don’t judge.

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    September 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Is Sarah’s dog a maltese!? If so, they are the most adorable things on earth! ahhh love Java! what a cute name 🙂

    hope your having a good night 🙂

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    September 8, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Ummm I am obsessed w/ that choc PB – we went through a whole jar in less than a week… check out our “dessert in a jar” creation using this deliciousness 🙂

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    September 8, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Hi jenna! your food looks amazingly delicioussss
    i love peanut butter, almond butter, any type of nut butter, but I can’t control myself!!!!!!! seriously In one day, i’ll end up eating like 4 slices of bread with peanut butter, so most times i avoid buying it at all….do you have any advice on self control??!!

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    September 8, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    mmm looks like nutella, which is one of my faves!!

    check out my latest giveaway:

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    September 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Is that pb similar to Nutella? I love Nutella, but it has trans fats 🙁 so I tend to eat it sparingly.

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    September 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I love Dark Chocolate Dreams right after White Chocolate Wonderful!
    Cute puppy!

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    Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 8, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    I see that PB every time I go to the grocery and pick it up longingly. But I know the second I’m out the door it will be in my stomach and gone. I can’t be trusted with Nutella so that PB is certainly a no-no.

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    September 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I’ve been wanting to experiment with Indian food making. I will need to purchase a whole bunch of spices first though.

    I’d have Nooo self-control with that chocolate peanut butter…

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    September 8, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I think that everyone is getting puppies in the blog world. 🙂

    You’ve inspired me to really look at my eating habits. 1. No freezedried coffee–normal, amazing Timorese coffee this morning.

    Thanks for always inspiring us and being human.


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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    September 8, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Awww… that dog is just ADORABLE!!! Do you know what kind it is???

    What a great dinner. Sometimes I’m just in the mood to wing it and have whatever I crave. Sounds delicious!

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    September 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Is that a maltese? It looks just like my dog when he was a puppy. I am such a sucker for a puppy face!

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    September 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    That PB&Co looks soo tasty!

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    Jolene (
    September 8, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Great job on the dinner – it looks awesome!

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    September 8, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I do love some DCD! Have you tried the new Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread? I just bought some and it’s calling my name!

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    Angharad (Eating for England)
    September 8, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Never tried Dark Chocolate Dreams…I’m too addicted to Almond Butter at the moment to look at another nut butter alternative! It must be true love…

    The lentils look amazing – I’m a big fan!

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    September 9, 2009 at 12:33 am

    OMG adorable!!! Is she a little Bichon? That’s the doggie I always wanted. Chocolate PB is pure heaven. Crazy good.

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    September 9, 2009 at 3:38 am

    I love that puppy!
    And i would LOVE to try that peanut butter…do you think I can convince the company to sell them over here in Europe?;)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

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    September 9, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Dark chocolate and peanut butter!…sounds like a divine combo.

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    Pam (Highway to Health)
    September 9, 2009 at 7:34 am

    AW the pupppy is adorable! I can’t wait to get one of my own…

    That dark chocolate peanut looks to die for. I will have to keep my eye out for it!

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    Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    September 9, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Mmm…the lentil dal looks wonderful!! I love the recipes that get thrown together but come out tasting wonderful. Gotta love it. 😀

    Oh, and the puppy is adorable. 😀 I can’t wait to adopt my own dog…preferrably an adult black lab. I have such a soft spot for them. 😀

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    September 9, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Java appreciates her fan mail and wants me to tell everyone that she is a bichonpoo. She is an 8 week ball of love who enjoys water, chewing on our furniture, and getting caught in the rain.

    (Maybe not the last one-we haven’t let her get caught in the rain yet.)

    It was great to see you last night. And yes, perhaps you have missed your calling as a portrait photographer.

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    September 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Though PS, the modeling industry is not really beating down my door.

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    September 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    ahhh i wanna try PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams so Bad! I have only tried Smooth Operator so far 🙂 and it is greatttt!

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    September 9, 2009 at 9:48 am

    The puppy is adorable! 🙂

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    Anne Marie@her new weigh
    September 9, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I can never find dark chocolate dreams in my super market. I’ve heard it’s amazing stuff though!

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    September 9, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Hello, first time caller here. Would that be Annie’s Goddess dressing, SOOOO good, I eat it everday! Not the healthiest but I can’t help it. Your dinner looks GREAT!

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    September 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

    that dal looks so good, i definitely need to try it! i recently put snobby joes on top of a sweet tater and it was so so so delish!

    dark chocolate dreams frequently pops up in my actual dreams. they weren’t kidding with that title!

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    September 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Eating clean has changed my life and my view on food. I have so much more energy than I ever have had, and this helps me keep up with Baby J! I have struggled with dieting, weight loss and a unhealthy view towards food – thinking it was the enemy. Eating clean has made me realize that food makes you live and to enjoy every bit of it!

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    Nicole (dishin')
    September 9, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Cute puppy!!! And that Dark Chocolate Dream looks amazing. I would probably eat the whole jar!

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