Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WIAW #63

First, today is your last chance to enter my giveaway to win 3 taster bars of fair-trade, organic Madecasse Chocolate! You still have a while to enter my Tookies Smores Cookie-in-a-Jar Gift giveaway, but you may as well do that now, too :)

But now it's WIAW time!

Peas and Crayons

And the first one in November, no less!

Yes, I'm super happy that it's November. Yes, it's because that means it's one month closer to December. So I can start going Christmas-crazy soon...

Speaking of which, I have a fun Christmas giveaway for you if you stick with me until the end of this post :)

Okay, onto the food. Here's a quick photo dump of some snacks I've been enjoying lately!

Bread, as usual, with spreads. I usually spread one slice first, then decide what I want on the other after I'm done eating the first. I can be so indecisive!



But Nutella or chocolate nut butter with apricot jam and cacao nibs on toasted almond raisin bread is always a win :)

Granola is a necessity at all times of the day, guys:


It's best eaten out of a big Minnie Mouse mug from a Christmas family vacation to Disney World.

And followed by ice cream, as is usually the case ;)



There's also the usual protein bar awesomeness with cereal, milk (notice how I keep my cereal out of the milk during the picture - sometimes I'm just not feeling the whole soggy cereal thing), and walnut butter. Which I am just about out of.



I love kabocha hard-core (with ginger, peanut butter, and a chocolate bar), especially smack-dab in the middle of an all-nighter. And chocolate is great for when you're burning the midnight fuel thanks to your organismic and evolutionary biology research paper.

And bread again. With assorted toppings.



Random bowls for the win! Especially when they manage to incorporate both apples and chocolate :)


Yes, that's awesome.

Cereal is always involved, even when it's day light hours.


Random bowls for the win.


And bars are as good as necessary to survive all nighters. Caramel doesn't hurt, either!

Also, there have been entirely too many references to all-nighters in this post, especially for a 'healthy living' blog. I so need to work on that sleep thing...

I also discovered a really yummy raw chocolate company recently.

No matter how much work I have and how stressed out I may be, getting mail can always make me smile.


Especially when it's chocolate.


Especially when it's healthy, raw chocolate that energizes me and makes me feel good, from the inside out.

Stirs the Soul is (mostly) raw chocolate made without refined sugars - they're sweetened with dates and have just a few ingredients per bar, all of which are pronounceable without a chemistry degree!


Their artisan chocolates are crafted in Portland, OR and the chocolate comes to you fairly traded, sustainably grown, allergy sensitive, and bean to bar.


Another great plus? They're individual bars, so a whole bar is a serving! And the chocolate is so intensely flavorful and delicious that the bar really feels quite big (they are a nice size) and are plenty to satisfy that sweet/chocoholic tooth ;)


They're wrapped in gold tin foil (these are packaged so adorably that they'd actually make really great gifts, if y'all are already looking for Christmas!) and the chocolate is creamy and smooth. When I saw that these are sweetened with dates, I figured that they wouldn't be true chocolate bars, but rather some fruit-and-nut Jocolat bar situation.


False.

This is creamy, smooth chocolate - you'd never guess that it's raw or good for you. You'd just think that you're indulging in a delicious, high quality chocolate bar!


The flavor that interested me the most was the Lavender bar, as I'd never had Lavender chocolate before. I wasn't quite sure what to expect - I think I kind of thought there might be lavender petals in the bar?

To tell the truth, I was a little concerned. I shouldn't have been!


There aren't any lavender pieces in the bar, just lavender essence - and it really gives that extra dimension to the creamy, smooth, deep dark chocolate. This bar is amazing! Not that the other two aren't, but if you haven't tried lavender chocolate I'd recommend it. Not only is it delicious, but how sophisticated/grown-up does lavender chocolate sound?

The mint chocolate has a lot milder of a mint taste than other bars (it's more of a hint of mint kind of bar) but it's still so chocolatey and creamy that it's delicious all the same.


Stir the Soul also offers a bananas, figs, & currants bar, raw hemp cups (those sound tasty!), blissful dark chocolate, orange goji chocolate, spiced chai & currant chocolate, maca chocolate, espresso chocolate, coconut chocolate, honey dark chocolate, honey rose chocolate, honey forest chocolate, some caramels, and raw cacao butter body butter!


Okay, now that you're craving chocolate - here's that giveaway! Vermont Christmas Company makes a great variety of Advent Calendars and they're generously sending one of you their Village Toy Shop Chocolate Advent Calendar to enjoy this Advent!


Chocolate Advent Calendars have been a part of my family's Christmas celebrations since I was a little kid, but my calendars aren't usually nearly as nice as this!

It's not just a really pretty calendar, but it has higher quality chocolates than what Advent calendars usually offer. And they're individually wrapped like little presents!

Plus, there's a little quote behind each door.


Too cute! You have until November 21 to enter the giveaway and it's open to everyone - even my international readers. Enter below!


I also have a few other giveaways going on right now, so check those out too!


What are you looking forward to this week?

What's your favorite kind of bread?

Have you tried lavender or rose chocolate?

51 comments:

  1. Ooooh,your bread looks so yummy! I am actually not even such a big fan of bread,but recently,I absolutely love it.
    Just as much as advent calendars.
    It's so impressive that they have more than 300 different styles and designs - wow!

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    1. I love bread! It's so yummy! I hope you're doing well :)

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  2. Oh oh! Turtles! I love turtles - best creation ever. :) But those presents are so cute.

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  3. I've never actually done an advent calander. I always see them in the blog world but have never bought one myself.

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  4. I've never seen raw chocolate bars before. They look fanastic! I'm a HUGE chocolate fan.

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  5. I always do the same thing with toast! I start off with one topping, and then I think I'll switch it up for the second slice...and then I usually keep it the same:)

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  6. I always loved opening up the daily window on the advent calender when I was little! The ones my Mum used to get for me always had little messages in them. However, even as a small child I always found the quality of the chocolates lacking, I've always been a fan of the good stuff! :) I adore dates and chocolate together!

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  7. Ok, your breakfast looks amazing. I mean, I could eat that forever. And yes, now I am craving chocolate. I've actually never had an advent calander - I don't know if that is something we do in Australia but I feel like I seriously missed out! :)

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  8. Mmm this chocolate looks amazing! And kabocha = heaven:)

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  9. Yummm...what a great package to get in the mail!

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  10. WIAW are always a highlight of my week!

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  11. I learned that Vermont Christmas Company has traditional paper Advent calendars, and now offer chocolate Advent calendars, fabric Advent calendars, wooden Advent calendars and more.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  12. Caramel filled snowmen!
    kaytewatts AT aol dot com

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  13. chocolate packages are always the best!
    all your eats look delish too!

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  14. yay open to international readers! I'm in NZ

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  15. I would like the turtles! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Reneewalters3@yahoo.com

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  16. I am going to meet Shannon from Healthiful Balance on Satuarday :)
    and the giveaway is sooo sweet *_*

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  17. I love Homemade White Bread
    Giveaway is so nice -thanks for the chance
    vickie
    vmorgan456 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  18. I'd love to try the milk chocolate turtles.

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  19. I love Milk Chocolate Turtles!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  20. I would love to try the real vermont maple syrup! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. I love Assorted Chocolate Turtles - 8 Pack!!! It looks so yummy-yummy!

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I love being creative in making bread in my bread machine. I add whatever I have on hand that sounds good at the time i.e. oatmeal, wheat bran or germ, nuts, dried fruits, whatever that is healthy. I have never had an advent calendar so this would be fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. would love to try their Salted Milk Chocolate Turtles - 3 Pack

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  24. Loved this blog post because of the delicious pictures!

    My favorite thing on the Vermont Christmas Company Website is the Dark Chocolate Holiday Bells. I'd ring one every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner :).

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  25. Have you tried lavender or rose chocolate? I have never tried rose or lavender chocolate. I would love to try them both! Sounds so cool! I have once tried a lavender cupcake from the cupcake station in Ann Arbor Michigan ( they sell online too(, it was interesting but a little perfum like.

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  26. I love the: Paris in the Fall Jigsaw Puzzle

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  27. I would love to try the salted milk chocolate turtles!

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  28. I have not tried those kind of flavored chocolates, sounds delicious

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  29. I love the variety of Advent Calendars they carry!
    Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful prize!

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  30. lots of good chocolates, twitted this today, 15/11
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  31. Oh, how I loooove these cute little Christmas calendars!! Thank you soooo much for including your international readers btw! #iamcanadian :)

    My favorite kind of bread atm is manna bread (fruit and nut, carrot raisin, fig fennel and flax) YUMMY!

    I've never tried lavendar or rose chocolate though - tempting!!

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  32. like the chocolate packages, twitted this today, 16/11
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  33. I love garlic cheese bread (with lots of cheese).
    emsfsemsfs at gmail dot com

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  34. I'd love to try the milk chocolate turtles.

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  35. I've actually had both lavender and rose chocolate; prefer lavender. Although the one I tried had bits of lavender in it, rather than essence.

    I really liked the Vermont site; what a great variety of stuff; didn't see anything I wouldn't want to try! I am bookmarking them for future reference.

    bigdawg1981 at hotmail dot com.

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  36. I'm looking forward to seeing my family at Thanksgiving. I haven't seen them for a long, long time!

    arifamily at comcast.net

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  37. twitted this today, 19/11
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  38. I also love their wooden toys. Maisy's Picnic Wooden Puzzle is precious!
    ~Colleen

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  39. This week, I am looking forward to some quality family time! My favorite kind of bread is a crusty baguette; something authentic, not the grocery store imitation of French bread. I don't think that I've tried lavender or rose chocolate. Very unique!

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  40. I learned that they offer products for other holidays, not just Christmas.

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  41. I learned they have 1000 jigsaw designs to choose from

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  42. I'd like the O Christmas Tree Jigsaw Puzzle :)

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  43. Yumm! Lavender looks great! We are into anything advent at our house!

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