Chocolate Covered IGE

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Welcome to the Midwest-pole. :D

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I left work a little early today because the rapidly falling snow was causing slick roads, building traffic and cars to spin out of of control. 8O

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Thankfully, I made it home in one piece and worked away from the comfort of my kitchen table. I could get used to this!

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I’m glad I came home when I did, as it started coming down HARD around 4:00. Us Iowans have our sights set on tomorrow night – which is when this is all supposed to come to a halt! Until then we’ve got -10 degree wind chills, 8-12 more inches of snow, blasting winds, and…

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Candy Cane Kisses! Oh my Heavens – WHY have I not had these before?! My brother gave me a small stash of these today and the are so.good.

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I don’t even typically like mint-chocolate combos (except for Thin Mints, Thin Mint Ice Cream Cake and homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, obviously) but these were down right spectacular!

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Each white chocolate kiss had little bits of peppermint studded throughout the candy…life altering I’m telling you!

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I made sure not to spoil my appetite, though, because tonight I made some easy & tasty Spaghetti for dinner. Meals don’t have to be complicated to be special and delicious!

This was spaghetti you can feel good about eating too. I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Rotini for my noodles.

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This pasta combines a wheat-blend with fiber and flaxseed. Hey, if I’m going to be eating pasta, I might as well have some added nutrients.

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Rotini, or “corkscrews” as I used to call them, was my favorite pasta shape when I was growing up!

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The spaghetti sauce was a healthy choice too. Locally made, Gino’s Marinara Sauce. Dang – Ben and I should have gone to Gino’s restaurant after our Italian dinner fail this weekend! Next time…

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Anyways, I adore this sauce because it’s got 8 ingredients and no preservatives. Other commercial sauces can have have tons of added ingredients like corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup and vegetable oil. Ick, no thanks!

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Tip: If you have a jar lid that won’t come off, bang the handle of a butter knife around the top. It’ll open right up!

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No more than 15 minutes after I stepped foot in the kitchen – dinner was ready!

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I love Gino’s marinara sauce because it’s got a little kick to it. And it just tastes so fresh and homemade…know what I mean?

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The healthy harvest pasta is great, too. A little nutty like other whole-wheat pastas and it keeps a nice bite to it.

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Topped with some parm – this spaghetti dinner was just what we needed for a blustery, wintery night. :)

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Druuuuumroooooll please…

The Biggest Loser finale is tonight!!!! This is by far my favorite episode of the season. I just LOVE to see how far everyone has come. I actually get really proud of the contestants, like I know them or something… Who are you rooting for? My allegiance remains the same!

Last night to enter the Larabar Variety Pack Giveaway!

’til tomorrow!

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What’s your favorite Chocolate + combo? Chocolate + caramel, fruit, mint, pretzels…bacon?!

I loooove me some chocolate & caramel (hello Caramello bars!) - but let’s be real – if it’s paired or covered in chocolate, I’m basically much going to love it! Exhibit A: Me at the Ghiradelli factory in San Francisco last Spring…

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Wine-Braised Beef Shephard’s Pie

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Give this cozy casserole a try for the perfect ending to a cold, winter day. Wine-Braised Beef Shephard’s Pie Serves 6-8 Adapted from The Kitchen Sink Recipes Ingredients: Shephard’s Pie Filling: 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1-1/2 – 2 lb chuck roast, cut into hunks salt & pepper 1 cup carrots,…

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