Cashew Chocolates

And speaking of being married several times, and on dating, in general, my kids, Clare and Jared (My surrogate son) the wise ones who help me with the men problems, said this: Dating is like trying on shoes. This is the perfect way to analyze our dating lives… I have never seen it fail to work and make you laugh.

Shoes and Dating: A Metaphor for Life. This metaphor works for every single dating circumstance: Which one works for you right now?

There are so
me shoes that you take out for special occasions only.

There are some you just wear around the house.

You always outgrow the shoes of your youth.

And there are some shoes you only take out to dinner.

There are some shoes you wear only in the privacy of your home.

There are some shoes that are unpractical, uncomfortable, and you only take them out to show off. You would NEVER wear them at home.

There are some shoes you work in, but you take them off as soon as you get home. They are supportive and great…at work

There are sandals and then your winter boots too, seasonal and not practical year-round.

There are some shoes that are attractive in the window, but make you look and feel awkward – just not YOU.

There are some shoes that you ordered online, but once you got ’em, they weren’t exactly as advertised.

There some shoes that you buy because everyone else got them. They seemed cool when everyone else was wearing them, but like Gellies, they were a fad that never made sense.

There are some shoes you keep in the back of your closet. Even though you ruined them a long time ago, just seeing them there reminds you of that one time…

There are some shoes you LOVE, but the timing isn’t right, and you can’t ever find an excuse to wear them.

There are the shoes that you always wanted, but never had the courage to buy.

There are the shoes that you continue to go back to, because they are comfortable, a brand you can depend on.

There are some shoes you give away, because they always looked better on that other person anyway.

There some shoes you donate to charity, one man’s trash etc….

There are some shoes that only work for the era, but come back in style and you’re glad you kept them around, even if you haven’t worn them in decades.

There are the shoes that your mom picked out for you. They are great for wearing to family events and funerals.

Then, every once in awhile, you find a shoe that always fits, and looks great with every outfit. Not only that, but the brand is simply timeless and puts out a new and better version every year.

Clare, my oldest daughter, laughed hysterically and said, “What do Sponge-Bob Square-Pants slippers say? I’m wearing them right now!”

She laughed and answered herself, “Bright and obnoxious and one-size too small. My little brother gave them to me.”  (like set her up with them)

“Obviously, not exactly true about my boyfriend now, but DEFINITELY could have described a number of relationships from my past! BAHAHAHA!”

“And my Uggs are open at the mouth. They flap a lot when I walk. Seriously, they never close their mouths.”

It works across the board, she says. “I have yet to find a situation where a pair of shoes can’t be an analogy to dating.”
And Jared’s final advice on dating and shoes: “New shoes never fit quite right. You have to break them in.”

That’s it. I’m going barefoot. I may go barefoot for a year.

And, in true Dorothy fashion, after dishing about the men-folk, here is a recipe with chocolate. 🙂

Recipe of the Day – Cashew Cacao Bites

For the Bites:

  • 1 c. cashews, ground to a fine powder
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 1 T. coconut syrup
  • 2 tsp. raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp. tahini
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder (or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract)


1 tsp. coconut oil

1 T. raw cacao powder

2 tsp coconut syrup


For the topping, blend the syrup, cacao and coconut oil together.  Pour 1-2 tsp into each mini muffin tray.Put in the freezer to set.

For the Bites, melt syrup and coconut oil together in a small bowl over simmering water and stir into the cashew powder along with the cacao, tahini and vanilla.  Roll into  balls and press into the muffin pan on top of the set topping and press down.  Place into the freezer for 10 minutes or until set. HOLY Schmoly!

Word of the Day – zapatos – shoes

Tip of the Day – One of the reasons I came to live in this country was so that I could go barefoot, everyday of my life! And ground with the earth. And I can!

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