My little blog turned 2 last week! On November 21st, 2009 my first blog post was about garlic bread. And than some Thanksgiving leftovers. One with no picture, one with a really bad picture. Since then, I’ve found a little bettter writing voice, got a DSLR camera (and have started learning how to use it), and have grown well beyond just friends and family as readers. And made so many friends. Some of my more faithful followers I feel like I almost “know” – you’re the firsts to “like” a new post on Facebook and comment that you can’t wait to try something. You leave comments of support and rave reviews. I’ve gotten to know some other bloggers who I feel like I know better than some of the people I see everyday in “real” life. The blogsphere is a crazy place – a huge, giant network, yet such a small, small world.
I’ve had so much fun over the past two years. I’ve challlenged myself to try so many new things – like cream puffs, working with yeast, making my own bagels, making so many more things from scratch, like homemade stock, puff pastry, and ice cream. I auditioned for a cooking show, and donated over $1000 to various charities in the Money Where my Mouth is Project. And got the courage to start my own catering business.
So thanks PLFF readers for sticking with me on this journey. I may not know what lies ahead in my future, but I know there will be plenty more tasty meals and treats that I will always come back and share with you.
Ok, enough sappy stuff. Here’s what you’re really came here for, right?
Now, before we get into the actual goods, I want to tell you about a place I’ve fallen in love with here recently.
The Chocolate Therapist, in downtown Littleton, CO.
Owned by Julie Pech, The Chocolate Therapist is every choco-holic’s dream. It’s wall-to-wall chocolate, all made in house. All natural, no artificial anything. The darkest of dark chocolates, the smoothest of milk chocolates.
Some with straight up cocoa nibs. Some are a little nutty, some are a little fruity. Some salty, some spicy.
Some spiked with organic oils like black cherry, lemon, orange, maple, and my favorite – sangria.
She designs chocolates made to pair with wines, teas, and coffees. And will even teach a class about how to pair wine and chocolate (we went, it was heaven).
And Julie has an amazing sense of humor. How could she not, dubbing herself the Chocolate Therapist?!
You walk in her little shop, and can spend hours just looking at the different chocolates, sampling some of her amazing creations. Do yourself a favor and get a coffee or chai, because you’ll be there a while. Not because it’s a huge shop, but because you just won’t want to leave.
Her turtles are so big, they call them tortoises.
Are you drooling yet? If you’re not, then you’re disqualified from this giveaway.
Because some lucky PLFF reader is getting a HUGE sampling of Julie’s treats. I didn’t get one of everything (I was temped…) but you’ll be getting to sample some of her most unique treats.
Included in this chocolate lovers dream is:
The Dark Chocolate Extrodinary Paring Chocolates, which includes Dark Chocolate/Organic Black Cherry, Dark Chocolate/Sangria (my absolute favorite!), and the Dark Chocolate/Lemon
The Milk Chocoalte Extrodinary Paring Chocolates, which includes Milk Chocolate/Organic Maple, Milk Chocolate/Organic Amaretto Cappuccino, and Milk Chocolate Organic Orange
A bag of Milk Chocolate Cinnamon-Dusted Pecans (my husband’s favorite!)
A Mint Chocolate Meltaway
A Chili Pepper Meltaway
The Down by the Sea Salt bar (55% all natural dark chocolate adorned with maldon sea salt crystals and sliced almonds)
The Berried in Chocolate bar (55% all natural dark chocolate with dried blueberries, cherries, and cranberries)
TWO packages of their award-winning almond toffee – one package in milk chocolate and one in dark chocolate
To enter this giveaway: Comment on this post about your favorite kind of chocolate or your favorite thing to make with chocolate. All entries must by in by Friday, December 2nd at 11:00pm MST.
** for an extra entry, go to the PLFF Facebook Page (“like” us if you haven’t already!), and tell me what your favorite recipe has been over the past 2 years here at PLFF. Or let me know which recipe you’re dying to make!
All entries must by in by Friday, December 2nd at 11:00pm MST. A winner will be drawn using one of those cold, official random number generators. Contest open to US residents only.
**disclaimer: The Chocolate Therapist is not affiliated with this giveaway. All products were purchased out of my own pocket. They let me come and take pictures, but I was not compensated in any way for this promotion (I wish!). I’m giving away their stuff solely becuase I love it.
Want your own chocolate? Colorado folks, just get your booty down to downtown Littleton. It’s worth the trip. For those outside of Colorado, go to The Chocolate Therapist online and place your own order! Their gift sets are oh-so perfect for the holidays!
Winner will be announced on Saturday, good luck!
(I may of may not have bought a 1/2 pound of bulk sangria chocolates also while I was there. I had to. If I didn’t, I might have started eating the giveway set before the week was up. And we don’t want that. The bag might be sitting in front of my at my desk right now.)