Sick Day: Mini PB chocolate cups and Season 1 Homeland

I’ve been sick as a dog lately….sore throat, dry cough, sinus headache, runny nose, itchy eyes.  I seriously don’t know how my nose has not fallen off yet ‘cause I’ve been blowing snot out of it every other second.  Sorry for the grossness!  I wanted you to get the full visual.  What makes matters worse is this past weekend, the city was full of fun activities- Hardly Strictly Blue Grass festival, Blue Angels, Castro Street Fair, etc.  So while everybody else was smiling in the sun having a dandy time cruising the city, I was stuck indoors nursing a cold.  Boo.  The only good thing about it was I got to keep company with a few pretty awesome distractions.

Distraction #1: Mini PB chocolate cups from Trader Joes

Somehow these lil’ nubs make you feel less guilty about consuming chocolate because  they are about 1/10th of the size of a Reese’s Cup.  My only caution is that they are like potato chips…you can’t just have one.  Not sure why but when I’m sick, I give myself permission to eat more generously to make myself feel better.  I rationalize that my body needs more nutrients.  That’s how I talked myself into feeling OK about eating half the tub!  DANGEROUS.

trader joes chocolate

Distraction #2: Homeland, Season 1

If you watched the Emmy’s, then you know that this show is the new darling of the industry…and for good reason.  It’s amazing and addictive.  Every time I finish watching an episode, I say “whoa.”  Acting is fantastic and I especially love the way all the characters say the F bomb with such gusto and emphasis on the F.   Here’s the synopsis from the official Showtime site:

Hero or traitor? M.I.A. in Afghanistan for eight years and subjected to unthinkable torture at the hands of al-Qaeda, Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) is finally coming home. CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Emmy® winner Claire Danes) believes he has been turned and become part of a plot to be carried out on American soil. But the volatile Carrie has some demons of her own. Nothing is as it seems in HOMELAND, an edge-of-your-seat thriller that also stars Emmy® winner Mandy Patinkin.

Watch it and thank me later.

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If you know me, then you know that I love a good sweet and savory combo….like this salted caramel apple recipe that looks OMFG so good! I try not to bake because I have a sweet tooth, but no willpower- deadly combo. I might have to break down for this one!

omfg. so good.

Move over pumpkin spice, there’s another fall flavor in town. And his name is Salted Caramel Apple.

I grew up in Upstate NY where apples are serious business. When I was a kid, every weekend during Fall, we would go to the local produce grower and load up bushel baskets with freshly picked McIntosh, Red and Golden Delicious, sample freshly pressed cider and DROOL over the hand-dipped caramel apples. Good old fashioned, tart Granny Smiths dipped in warm, gooey caramel then rolled in crushed salted peanuts.

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