Monday, May 15, 2017

Chocolate Cheerios, More Chocolate, and Sailing Away

Dear Sillies,

Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so. And I hope the new week is off to a sweet start.

I'm not sure what's going on with the Youtube link on my blog header. I suspect Putin has something to do with it. But hopefully, it'll be fixed soon.

Now, onto a Chocolate review ~

General Mills' Chocolate Cheerios ~ Well, they aren't as big as advertised. (We know how that is. Right, ladies? It would be nice to NOT need a microscope, for a change.)

But it's gluten free, so that's supposed to be a good thing. And it tastes pretty good. Plus it's a relatively healthy cereal with whole grain oats as the first ingredient. And they're CHOCOLATE. I never liked regular Cheerios, but I do like these.

Also, General Mills is on the good team; they've given over $175 MILLION to US schools through Box Tops for Education. They support worthy causes such as the Celiac Disease Foundation. So you  might consider giving them business when seeking a good cereal.
All things considered, I give Chocolate Cheerios a 7 on a 1-10 scale. Size does matter. 
Have you tried these? What do you think?
MORE CHOCOLATE~I had a great, packed weekend. It started with this delectable breakfast at the Paradise Chocolate Fest. Note the chocolate syrup and chocolate chips on the pancakes. Naturally, I washed it down with hot chocolate.

Then, I sold a few books and had fun conversations at the Chocolate Fest's "Authors' Alley."
Mother's Day is typically painful (I'm sorry if it is/was for you too), so I planned a getaway. I went sailing on the San Francisco Bay. It was awesome. My friend, who literally showed me the ropes ("sheets" and "lines" and other terminology Sage can tell us about) only had to shout at me twice: "Robyn, go the other way! You're heading straight for the dock!" Phew, I didn't crash. And I didn't fall into the water. So that's doubly good. It was a beautiful day and well worth the full day's trip.

Be well, my dears.


42 comments:

  1. Sailing away looks totally blissful. Glad that you sold books, and indulged in chocolate too.

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  2. Sailing sounds like a great way to spend the day.
    A book event and chocolate - you were in Heaven, right?
    I've always liked Cheerios, but why does everything have to be gluten free? Give me the gluten!

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    1. Yeah, I was in Heaven, except that I had zero sales for several hours. But then it kicked up.
      I know. Give me lots of gluten. And then repeat.

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  3. Selling books and chocolate too, must have been so happy you didn't know who was who?

    Good you didn't crash into the sea and fun was had.

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    1. It was fun
      once the sales had begun
      and chocolate was had
      so what could be bad?

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  4. I smiled seeing you at the helm and even more so when I read you suggesting me as a dictionary of all things sailing.

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    1. Yes, and now I'll have a recent experience as a point of reference for your boating stories.

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  5. I love that photo of you sailing. Looks like so much fun!

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  6. A chocolate fest? Now that would be MY idea of a good time too! I've never tried chocolate Cheerios although I've been tempted. It just seems TOO decadent for breakfast, y'know?

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    1. Yeah, a protein bfast is better. Or at least healthier.

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  7. What a great weekend for you! I actually forgot it was Mothers' Day, living as I do at the back of beyond. Never tried chocolate cheerios, but I like the regular ones. What about cocoa puffs? Do you like them?

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    1. Oh yes, Wilma. I'm cuckoo for cocoa puffs. =) I especially like all the yummy chocolate milk in the bowl.

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  8. I love regular cheerios! As a kid, my parents were anti-sugar Nazis and fun cereals were banned. Usually, we had oatmeal or cream of wheat...Cheerios was our treat. And Life cereal.

    Sorry it was a hard day. I did all right on Mother's Day, but today is my mom's birthday, so it's a little tougher.

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  9. More chocolate is always the right answer. How much chocolate would you need to sail the seven seas on your solo round-the-world tour? I just know you want to.

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    1. Seven...barges full, Jono. That should keep me going.

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  10. Sailing would be fun. I wish we had more opportunities for author events in our area.

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    1. I'm fortunate for the opportunities, though it's not easy on the psyche. Children's books and fantasy fiction are the big ticket items at these things.

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  11. Sounds like you had lots of fun (& chocolate)!!

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  12. My husband buys Cheerios thinking of me because they are "gluten free", but their methods are debatable and I did end up sick trying the Honey Nut kind. I am not big on cereal anyway. My daughter loves chocolate syrup on pancakes. My mother's day went pretty well. Went to see my mother. You never know how those visits are going to go, but it was not bad. After that, I stopped to see my sister who is in rehab from a stroke. I brought her some apple crisp and she ate it all. Since she isn't eating much, that was good.

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    1. I'm afraid to say it, but the chocolate syrup was a bit too sweet for me, Ruth.

      Sending healing energy to your sister and family.

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    2. Some chocolate syrups can be too sweet.
      Thanks. I appreciate it. :)

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  13. I went sailing in the Bay once too on a friend's sailboat. What a fantastic day. Love being out on the water. I like choc Cheerios. I got a little tired of them so I haven't had any in several years. Might even be back when I lived in WA!

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  14. sailing, chocolate, author sales and sails - woo woo!. Sounds like a great weekend. All fine in TX so I have to say cheers. But chocolate cheerios - not so much. I love chocolate but not at breakfast. Oh you can frown, but that's just me. Sugar up, young lady! Have a great week

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    1. I respect a "no chocolate breakfast" rule, Joanne. If only I had such willpower.

      Thank you, JoJo and Joanne.

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  15. I love the picture of you sailing. You look so happy, and you have such a beautiful smile. :)

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  16. What a great way to escape a day that is sad for you.....chocolate, selling your book and fun on the waves. You look great by the way

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  17. Ha, I love that you were wearing a ring pop at your signing. I bet that's a great conversation starter.

    I've never been a big fan of Cheerios. I'm not sure if chocolate would entice me to try them again. If I'm going to do chocolate, I can't half-ass it. No, it has to make my teeth hurt, like your Paradise Chocolate Fest breakfast.

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    1. I also give ring pops away at my book signings. Of course those are way more popular than the book itself, but they are pretty good.

      And teeth-harming chocolate is the best kind.

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  18. Shiver me timbers, Robyn, I never knew you were a seafaring wench! My ancestor, Bosun Bananas, will be jigging in his grave! That chocolate would melt in your mouth, but only if you could resist biting it!

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  19. I haven't tried it but since I'm a sweets lover, I'd surely want to. Great review, Robyn. Thanks for being honest.

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    1. Count on me for honesty anytime, Lux.
      Have a great weekend and new week.

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    2. Have a wonderful week too! :)

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  20. I just made a cuppa dairy-free hot chocolate. So yum. I don't know if Tim tried the chocolate they make but he has tried the peanut butter one. Very cool on the sales. Sorry about the pain day. Great last photo, though.

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    1. Happy to see you, Happy Whisk.
      I didn't know that have peanut butter Cheerios. I think I'll pass on that one, though.
      Thank you, friend.

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    2. A few years ago, the stores here carried bunches of different ones. Then the dollar tree started getting them in. These days though, I dunno.

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  21. I love chocolate and chocolate cheerios sound good. I like chocolate rice krispies.

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  22. I would try the Cheerios, but you lost me at those pancakes. I'm not sure what they look like, but I'm not touching 'em...

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