10 Chocolate Recipes You’ll Love

Whether you’re a bonafide choco-holic or just like it here and there, these decadent chocolate recipes are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Best of all, you can share several of these 2-serving dishes with your Valentine on Wednesday!

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10 Chocolate Recipes You’ll Love

Chocolate Waffles

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Easy Skillet Brownie for 2

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies

strawberrry chocolate brownies

Chocolate Wine Cake

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Chocolate Stuffed Strawberries

strawberries

Chocolate Crepes with Strawberries

crepes

Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie

chocolate dipped

Molten Brownie Skillets

brownie skillets

Chocolate Mousse for 2

chocolate mousse

Chocolate Orange Cream

chocolate orange

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Part 4

WOW…OK it’s been WAY TOO LONG since I’ve continued this project but hey, book four in the Harry Potter series is a freaking BEAST…so, just calm down.

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Let me just say something…Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire used to be my favorite Harry Potter book. It was the first book I bought at the midnight release and I walked all over The Taste of Chicago the next day reading it (and if you’ve seen this book IRL, you know how challenging that must have been).

Every time I re-read Harry Potter, I loved book four…except this time. Was it just overexposure? Am I reacting to the story differently now? Whatever the reason, I just didn’t find myself loving this book as much as I remember loving it in the past.

Of course, that’s not to say I didn’t like it. I still love this book (I mean, Mad Eye Moody is pretty much one of my favorite characters), but as seen in other areas of this project, I guess some stories that have become such a part of your life change along with you…often in unexpected ways…

Check out parts 1, 2 and 3 of this project here:

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

OK, let’s make like Victor Krum and dive into this…

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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

Part 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 ‘The Riddle House’ chapter still terrifies me.

You will milk her before we retire, Wormtail,’ said the second voice. ‘I will need feeding in the night. The journey has tired me greatly.’
HOW do you milk a snake? You know what, I don’t even want to know…

Wouldn’t Frank the caretaker know just a TAAAAD about wizard life after living with the Riddle family for so long?

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As for informing the Headmaster, Harry had no idea where Dumbledore went during the summer holidays. He amused himself for a moment, picturing Dumbledore, with his long silver beard, full-length wizard’s robes and pointed hat, stretched out on a beach somewhere, rubbing suntan lotion into his long crooked nose.
I just can’t get this out of my head:

I’m still mystified by how owls know how to find people…especially people that have gone into hiding.

He was tall, with long hair that he had tied back in a ponytail. He was wearing an earring with what looked like a fang dangling from it. His clothes would not have looked out of place at a rock concert, expect that Harry recognized his boots to be made, not of leather, but of dragon hide.
Can we just all agree that Bill is the hottest Weasley? Yes?

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OK, moving on…

Why would anyone Apparate with the risk of being splinched?  Did we learn nothing from Willie Wonka?

So…technically…apperating and traveling via Portkey really aren’t that different, right?  You just have to determine whether you’re willing to risk having your body cut in half.

Do Veela work their enchant-magic on lesbian wizards, too?

I demand that we see a spectacle like the opening of the Quidditch world cup at all our culminating sporting events…just for the sake of interest.

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I wonder if J.K. Rowling has little cut-outs of these Quidditch players and actually plays the game in order to write it.

Does England or the US have a Quidditch team?

How did the conjuring of the Dark Mark not hurt Harry’s scar?

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The film writers were wise to leave Percy out of the movies.  He’s so insanely annoying.

We caught the Robertses before they hit the ground, though. They’re having their memories modified right now.
What is this, Black Mirror? This is like the 10th time this guy has had his memory modified.

‘Fine,’ snapped Mrs. Weasley. ‘Go naked. And Harry, make sure you get a picture of him. Goodness knows I could do with a laugh.’
That’s a weird thing for a mom to say about her son.

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WHY do they still let Peeves haunt this school? Isn’t here some magic priest or warlock who can come expel him? Do they not have sage in the magic kitchen?!

 ‘Twas Griffindor who found the way
He whipped me off his head
The founders put some brains in me
So I could choose instead!
WAAAAAIT, WHAT?! The Sorting Hat is filled with Abby Normal brains?!

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We have worked hard over the summer to ensure that, this time, no champion will find himself or herself in mortal danger.

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So Dumbledore can use a spell to make sure people are of the right age to enter the Triwizard Tournament but there’s no spell to make sure people are actually putting in their own names? Come on, Dumbly-dore!

‘it is Uranus, my dear,’ said Professor Trelawney, peering down the chart.
‘Can I have a look at Uranus, too, Lavender?’ said Ron.

Oh Ron…

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It wouldn’t be the 1990’s without some classic “yo mama” jokes:

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The Owlery must smell god-awful.

OK I NEVER got as much homework as these poor kids get at Hogwarts.

The decorations in the Great Hall had changed this morning. As it was Hallowe’en, a cloud of live bats was fluttering around the enchanted ceiling, while hundreds of carved pumpkins leered from every corner.
Um…hell to the nah.

OK, so let’s talk about the rules of this Triwizard Tournament. Since Harry’s name was pulled from the Goblet, even though he didn’t put his name in the Goblet and even though he’s too young to even participate, he still HAS TO because the Gods of Magic will rain unholy hell on the school if he doesn’t? So not only is Hogwarts the host school with home team advantage, but they also have 2 competitors?!

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‘Did you put your name into the Goblet of fire, Harry?’ Dumbledore asked calmly.

EVERYTHING IS A LIE!!

Owing to the demanding and time-consuming nature of the Tournament, the champions are exempted from end-of-year tests.
Hogwarts: where students get 8 hours of homework every night but are somehow inevitably exempt from taking end-of-year exams EVERY FUCKING YEAR.

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Mr. Ollivander spent much longer examining Harry’s wand than anyone else’s. Eventually, however, he made a fountain of wine shoot out of it, and handed it back to Harry, announcing that it was still in perfect condition.
Whoa, whoa, whoa…where the hell is THIS SPELL?!

They walked three times around the lake, trying all the way to think of a simple spell that would subdue a dragon.
Maybe they should give this gal a call…

‘Let’s try some simple spellbooks, then,’ said Harry, throwing aside Men Who Love Dragons Too Much.
What, exactly, might this book entail?

Also, speaking of dragons, don’t these flesh-eating monsters seem a bit harsh for the FIRST TASK in this tournament?

‘Oh, don’t mind me!’ the Fat Lady called irritably after them. ‘Don’t apologize for bothering me! I’ll just hang here, wide open, until you get back, shall I?’

Ron is kind of a little prat about finding a date to the Yule Ball. For someone who is so often judged about his looks, he’s pretty freaking judgmental of everyone else.

Rita Skeeter is the definition of FAKE NEWS.

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Do the Champions get to keep these screaming eggs?

So what are these Beauxbaton and Durmstrang kids doing all day when the Hogwarts kids are in lessons?

‘Winky must not talk like that to Harry Potter!’ said Dobby. ‘Harry Potter is brave and noble and Harry Potter is not nosy!’
UM…I call bullshit. The entire existence of the series depends on Harry sticking his nose in where it doesn’t belong.

NIFFLERS!!  I forgot they made an appearance in this book!

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RIP, Cedric! For some reason, his death in the books is so much harder than in the movie…

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I mean, Voldemort is the worst and all, but nothing makes me hate him more than the fact that he talks about himself in the third person. That’s SERIOUSLY one of my biggest pet peeves. He can join Elmo and Golem in the deep caves of hell for all I care.

‘You all righ’?’ he said gruffly.
‘Yeah,’ said Harry.
‘No, yeh’re not,’ said Hagrid. ‘Course yeh’re not. But ye will be…what’s comin’ will come, and’ we’ll meet it when it does.’
Hagrid is the therapist we all need.

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‘Harry Potter managed to escape Lord Voldemort,’ said Dumbledore. ‘He risked his own life to return Cedric’s body to Hogwarts. He showed, in every respect, the sort of bravery that few wizards have ever shown in facing Lord Voldemort, and for this, I honor him.’
Yuuuuuuup, same story, different day…

‘…we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.’
This quote is everything today. This should be our nation’s mantra.

Hermione’s revenge on Rita Skeeter is just so freaking satisfying.

‘I don’t want it and I don’t need it. But I could do with a few laughs. We could all do with a few laughs. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to need them more than usual before long.’
Oh Harry, how right you are…

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18 Fun Facts about Black Mirror

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, there’s this cute little show on Netflix called Black Mirror.

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Black Mirror gives us a literal reflection of how reliant the human population is on technology. With several unique episodes set in different places and different times, each story begs to show what is happening, or what could happen, as technology advances…think the 2018 version of The Twilight Zone.

This show is heavy…and certain episodes are sure to hit you more than others…but one thing’s for sure…after a few episodes, you’re going to want to talk about it with anyone and everyone.

I know a lot of people couldn’t get into this show, but I loved it! If you loved it and are looking for some fun little facts about the creation and making of the show, have fun indulging in these 18 Fun Facts about Black Mirror!

18 Fun Facts about Black Mirror

*WARNING – SPOILERS BELOW!

The name Black Mirror is inspired by the look of a switched-off TV, phone or computer screen. Creator Charlie Brooker said, “…if you just star at it, it looks like a black mirror, and there’s something cold and horrifying about that.”

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Celebrities including Jodie Foster (“Arkangel”), Rashida Jones (“Nosedive”) and Michael Schur (“Nosedive”) have written and directed several episodes.

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It took creators a while to determine the – for lack of a better word – climax of the series premier. In “The National Anthem”, the Prime Minister must have sex with a pig to ensure the safe release of the princess, but it wasn’t always a pig. At one point, creators were just walking around the farmyard looking for ideas, which included a giant wheel of cheese.

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Jon Hamm was a huge fan of the series before he was cast to star in the Christmas special.

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Not surprisingly, Black Mirror is heavily influenced by The Twilight Zone. The set-up of the episodes may be the same, but the filling is always a surprise.

Robert Downey Jr.’s production company wanted to purchase the rights to “The Entire History of You” with the hopes of turning it into a movie. The status of the project is still unknown.

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Even Brooker recommends not binging Black Mirror. He says every episode is like getting hit by a car…and how many times can you get hit in one day?

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Brooker actually got his start in comedy and considers Black Mirror a dark comedy, saying it might not translate in the US. That sly British humor…

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The show won an International Emmy for its first season and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special based on the merit of the critically acclaimed episode, “San Junipero”.

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Speaking of “San Junipero”, in the season 6 episode of Friends, Ross tells Chandler that, “By the year 2030, there’ll be computers that can carry out the same amount of functions as an actual human brain…so theoretically, you could download your thoughts and memories into this computer and live forever as a machine.”…this is basically the exact plot of the “San Junipero” episode.

In “Be Right Back”, Martha uses her partner’s digital past to create a version of him after he dies in a car crash. The seeds of this technology have already been explored by developer Eugenia Kuyda, who coded and created a digital version of a friend of hers who had passed away.

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The woman in the “White Christmas” special who serves as Jon Hamm’s client is actually the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin (Oona Chaplin).

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The Pixar Theory may have been proven true, but according to Brooker, there’s no rhyme or reason to the episodes and there is no hidden timeline.

HOWEVER, the final episode of season 4, “The Black Museum”, certainly proves that these stories exist in the same timeline.

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And anyone who has seen at least 4 Black Mirror episodes have noticed that the song, “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is” by Irma Thomas has appeared in almost every episode. There are other connections that link episodes, as well…including a Waldo sticker on the computer featured in “Shut Up and Dance”. You can see a whole slew of Easter Eggs online but I’m not going to list them all here because, trust me, there are tons.

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Supposedly a three-volume book series of Black Mirror stories is in the works. Sign. Me. Up!

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The episode “Waldo” was a very poignant and slightly obvious jab at the 2016 Presidential Election. The show tweeted: “This isn’t an episode. This isn’t marketing. This is reality.”

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Not surprisingly, the show has filmed all over the world, including South Africa, London and a remote area of Iceland (“Crocodile”).

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Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

 

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10 Heart-Shaped Jewelry Projects

This Valentine’s Day, wear your heart on your sleeve…or neck or hand with these cute heart-shaped jewelry projects!

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10 Heart-Shaped Jewelry Projects

Copper Wire Heart Bracelet

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Perler Bead Heart Necklace

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Plastic Hearts Necklace

hearts

Mini Heart Earrings

heart earrrings

Beaded Heart Ring

ring

Color Block Heart Necklace

color block

Heartbeat Necklace

heart beat

Embroidered Heart Locket

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Sweet Candy Necklace

candy

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Chained to the Rhythm

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Are we crazy?
Livin our lives through a lens
Trapped in our white picket fence
like ornaments
So comfortable we’re living in a bubble, bubble
So comfortable we cannot see the trouble, trouble.
–Katy Perry, Chained to the Rhythm

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9 Sweet Cherry Recipes

February is National Cherry Month, so what better way to celebrate than with some tasty tart cherry recipes?

Though sometimes there’s nothing better than a cherry pie, cherries can also be used in salads and savory dishes as well. From the depths of the inter-webs, here are 9 Sweet Cherry Recipes to enjoy this month!

9 Sweet Cherry Recipes

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  1. Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad
  2. Cherry Kiss Cookies
  3. Cherry Smoothie Bowl
  4. Cherry Cream Cheese Bars
  5. Cherry and Brie Grilled Cheese
  6. Cherry Filled Donuts
  7. Cherry Mango Smoothie
  8. Cherry Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bites
  9. Berry Cherry Cake

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14 Love Quotes from Literature

Treat your Valentine to 14 beautiful words of adoration from some of the most romantic writers of our time.

14 Love Quotes from Literature

“I wonder by my troth, what thou and I Did, till we loved? were we not weaned till then?”
The Good-Morrow

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“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.”
Persuasion

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“I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.”
Possession

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“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”
Rabbi Ben Ezra

kiss

“He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.”
Stop All The Clocks

pooh

“She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”
Beloved

souls are made of

“I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.”
Atonement

the wealthier

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