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Thursday, March 12, 2015

{Fragrant Heirloom Daffodils & My Chocolate Addiction...}

Just being frank and honest; YES I am addicted to DARK Chocolate... On February 23, I did enjoy my LAST (!) piece of dark chocolate letter 'M' with my hot tea. They are all gone and I'm about to make me something chocolaty to enjoy. Do you like chocolate as well? Yes, I know I'm diabetes type 2 but I will NOT give up my dark chocolate. Hell no!
That's a dream, even with the sunshine lacking... 
Fragrant Heirloom Daffodils and a CHUNCK of Dark Chocolate!
If any of you out there love those chocolate letters, try to get some on sale at The Dutch Store Vander Veen's in Michigan, USA. 
Because of those dark days I had to go out on our balcony for having some light...
And there is the sun!
Perfectly teamed up with the  Mason's Mandalay Chartreuse vase and teacup.
Those Heirloom Daffodils are oh so fragrant!
Lovely for having some different fragrant varieties outside as well...
Lovely view from our bay window during breakfast...
We just made a long walk at 4:30 PM till 5:30 PM and look how warm it still was:
Yep: 28°C or 82°F at 16:23...

58 comments:

  1. beautiful blooms. i love chocolate but try not to keep much in the house because then i'll eat it. :) i did buy 2 bars from the junior high band kids doing a fundraiser this weekend in town. that was a nice treat. :)

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      For me, only dark chocolate... I used to eat a lot of it; without stopping!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. I also love chocolate, beautiful flowers in a vase and spring. Regards.

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Yeah, I've never met a person that does NOT love chocolate... Thank you, our heirloom daffodils are beautiful.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Dearest Mariette ; that really is delicious chocolate ... we have nibbled slowly at ours over time ... It was such a treat - merci. Your teacup is lovely as are your daffodils and the vase. The temps are warming up this way too .... but its going to be a while before all the snow disappears and mother nature's beauty revealed.... enjoy the sunshine hugs and blessings, Celia M. -(HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      Thank you and you love dark chocolate as well; most people love the milk as it is sweeter I guess. We went from very windy and cold to WARM! Love it and we went for a long walk late afternoon, after first having a tea together.
      Hugs and blessings to both of you from both of us.
      Mariette

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  4. Dark chocolate is the best! I usually buy it in Italy, as we can find Swiss and Austrian chocolate easily.

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      It for sure is the most healthy one too and I always preferred the dark or pure chocolate. There are several good European chocolate brands but for importing them is a bit costly. So best is to make our own, using the dark chocolate from Trader Joe's...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. How lovely to have your tea outside with those sunny daffodils. Your teacup and vase are beautiful. And, I too, love chocolate, who doesn't? :)

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    1. Dearest Deborah,
      Yeah, who doesn't?! I've yet to meet a person that hates it...
      Now the pretty season starts for us where we can enjoy tea outside on the balcony, in the gazebo or on the little patio behind the house.
      Hope you too will soon see more sunshine!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Dearest Mariette,
    your Daffodils are georgeous! Here I guess, they wil take a few days more, then they are flowering too :O)
    Isn't Spring a wonderful time?
    Happy week to you,
    Love and hnugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      You will reach that time soon as well. Yes, this is such a happy time when everything is blooming and the sun is out with its warmth!
      Happy mid-week to you and sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Liebe Mariette,

    deine schönen Blumen erfreuen mein Herz.
    Sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Dann haben sie auch ihr Ziel erreicht!
      Ganz liebe sonnige Grüsse zurück.
      Mariette

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  8. Liebe Mariette,
    ich mag Schokolade gern, doch nicht mehr ganz so wie früher. Meine Tochter Michelle liebt dunkle Schokolade seit kleines Kind. Was eher selten ist. Dunkle Schokolade ist ja gesünder wie helle. Am liebsten mag ich Schweizer Schokolade. :-)
    Bei dir ist es schon so herrlich Frühling. Wie wunderschön die Narzissen...oder bei uns Glockenblumen...bei dir blühen. Herrlich!

    Ganz liebe Grüessli
    Julia

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    1. Liebe Julia,
      Ja da hast du Recht es ist eher selten das kleine Kinder schon dunkle Schokolade mögen; ich gehöre auch dazu! Schweizer Schokolade ist sehr lecker, da kann man einfach wegtraumen über eine Tasse Kaffee oder Tee mit Freunde...
      Ja, hier ist es auch auf einmal so ganz richtig Frühling geworden; von ganz windig, nass und kalt ruck zuck nach Sommerwetter mit solche Temperaturen.
      Die antike sorten von Glockenblumen sind so herrlich da sie ja duften!
      Liebe sonnige Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  9. Ja chocolade is verslavend, maar ik ben meer van de melkchocolade. De paaseitjes die nu in de winkels liggen zijn erg verleidelijk en roepen me steeds toe als ik langs loop....

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja en de melkchocolade bevat rijkelijk suiker dus dat is gevaarlijker als je eraan verslaafd bent. Pieter houdt ook van melk maar ik alleen van puur. Maakt niet uit bonbon, paaseitje of een stukje chocolade letter... Daar kun je echt je ogen bij dichtknijpen en genieten van dit hemelse genot! We zijn tenminste allebei eerlijk.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  10. Hello Mariette, Your tea tray was a delight to behold. It has been a while since I have seen the sun here, so I enjoyed your vignette all the more. I use dark chocolate to make coconut macaroons--probably not for diabetics, although there is much less sugar than in most cookies.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Well, as a child, my Dad used to prefer dark chocolate and also the big Dutch coconut macaroons. I too love to make them with chocolate and when using coconut palm sugar, they are fine for diabetics. Especially when home baked, you can control the amount of sugar.
      This starts looking like a confession of things we love to indulge in; and that during Lent! Sorry for bringing it up at the wrong time...
      Hope the sun will show its lovely face soon at your side of the planet.
      Kindest regards,
      Mariette

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  11. You have it hotter than us at the moment. I hope your daffodils don't mind the heat. They look beautiful.

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Well, you're getting into fall and probably that's milder. Our daffodils or whatever flowers so far don't seem to mind the sunshine, it is cloudy too so not scorching heat right away.
      We enjoy them for the time being, it is only a couple of weeks each year and than they're gone...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. quei narcisi sono meravigliosi!!!!! immagino che profumo!!! un abbraccio grande Lory

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    1. Cara Lory,
      Hai ragione, sono como un sogno con loro profumo!!!
      Un abbraccio grande e buona sera.
      Mariette

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  13. Meine liebe Mariette,
    die Narzissen sehen herrlich aus. Ich liebe das helle Gelb.
    Die Farbe erinnert mich an die Sonne - auf die alle warten.
    Einen angenehmen Wochenteiler wünscht dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Ja, sie sind fast so schön wie die Sonne selbst und bringen schon Vorfreude zum Frühling. Hier ist es fast sommerlich mit dem Wetter so auf einmal nach lange Zeit von kaltes, windiges und nassem Wetter.
      Auch dir einen schönen Mittwochabend.
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  14. I love your matching tea set and vase. How pretty! And heirloom daffodils look very lovely especially with sun shining on them :-) Oh I LOVE cholocates...can't live without them. My favorite is white chocolate. Recently I got Lindt coconut white chocolate bar and that was so yummy! I have some at home now, but it won't last long... :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you, such china ware can add some special joy to certain days. With minimal ingredients we can create happiness!
      That is funny, my friend Natacha from Miami also LOVES white chocolate. Not that many people like white, nor dark like I do. Most like the milk variety.
      Sending you hugs with sunshine,
      Mariette

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  15. A perfect afternoon, Dear Mariette, with your lovely teacup and vase filled with those sunny and beautiful daffodils! Dark chocolate is the finishing touch! It is nice to see that spring is blooming for you - lovely scenes and nice warm temperatures. Yes, I do love chocolate. To satisfy my cravings I have a small glass of sugar free Nestle's cocoa with milk right before bed every night. Hope you have a beautiful week's end. Hugs xo Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Oh, with sunshine, blooming heirloom daffodils and cocolate with tea or coffee; life is perfect! Back in The Netherlands I would drink one liter (16 oz) of Chocomel each day... Now I cannot because it is sweet. But cocoa we use in our coffee, we have the Dutch Droste cocoa and love it.
      Sending you hugs and best wishes for the second half of this week.
      Mariette

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  16. Lieve Mariette,

    Op zijn tijd wat pure chocolade eten blijkt gezond te zijn voor de bloedvaten en het is nog lekker ook.
    Ook ik neem graag in combinatie met zwarte koffie puur met 70% cacao.
    Jij geniet deze dagen van meerdere fijne dingen wanneer ik naar je prachtige voorjaarsbloemen kijk en zomerse temperaturen.
    Hier was de zon vandaag ook aanwezig en die geeft al aardig wat warmte maar op dit moment 23.36 uur vriest het weer licht.

    Lieve groet,Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Ja, donkere chocolade is zeker gezond, alleen al omdat hij minder suiker bevat en dan nog de positieve werking van de pure cacao.
      Ja wij genieten ècht deze dagen; het is gewoonweg práchtig en zo'n sprong van koud en nat met wind naar bijna zomer weer. Al zeker voor Nederlandse begrippen.
      Jullie moeten dit jaar langer wachten op de lente dan verleden jaar; toen we in Nederland waren was het er zachter dan hier in Georgia.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  17. Dearest Mariette,
    Your something to enjoy addiated to dark chocolate in the sunshine lacking fragrant heirloom.
    The sun perfectly teamed up with so fragrant lovely having some differents fragrant varieties as well!
    Your has lovely break fast time with after few long walking a warm beautiful both of you!
    Hugs stay warm and healthy!
    I has golfing just OK not very well...next time day....
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Yes, we now are living the most fragrant time of the year with all those bulbs blooming. Also the Japanese Magnolias. Makes us happy and perfect for long walks in the sunshine.
      Glad your golf went okay, you don't need to be a professional player - just enjoy it!
      Sending you hugs and love from both of us.
      Mariette

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  18. I love the yellow of the daffodils and who doesn't like chocolate

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      You are right about that; who does NOT love chocolate. Yellow daffodils bring joy.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. The daffodils are gorgeous, Mariette. I, too, have a chocolate addiction. ;-)

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    1. Dearest Sarah,
      Thank you and I guess our kind of addiction is not a dangerous one... It is so heavenly so let's enjoy it!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Ahhhh la cioccolata, gioia e delizia per noi cara Mariette. Però come si fa a resistere? I tuoi narcisi sono una meraviglia, e averne un bel mazzetto come il tuo, rende ogni angolo della casa un'amore. Paola

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    1. Cara Paola,
      Cioccolato mai è destinata a resistere... e soprattutto l'amo, quello puro.
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  21. Dear Mariette i also love chocolate and your Daffodils are georgeous!!!One of my favorite Spring flowers!You are so lucky having a great weather in Georgia!Here it's raining and cold today!
    Have a happy day!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thank you and yes, we do enjoy our spring flowers and especially their heavenly fragrance! Wish we could share a cup of coffee/tea with chocolate together here in the sun. We feel blessed with such lovely weather!
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  22. Dearest Mariette,
    Your daffodils are a lovely reminder that spring will come! I may have to buy some as they will be so late here!
    No chocolate for me as I am terribly allergic to it! And I mean really allergic! But I can eat small quantities of white chocolate which I love with raspberries over ice cream.
    Like you I have type 2 diabetes and don't overindulge. However I would much rather have a small portion of very good commercial or homemade icecream than a huge portion of non-sugar stuff. Small and good is far more satisfying than big and tasteless.
    Since Monday we have had sun and temps in the forties and fifties. It's not your weather but it is warm enough to open doors and windows.
    Enjoy your week end.....*s*

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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      Wow, you still are having to deal with Winter... Hope it soon will be milder in your area as well.
      So sorry to hear that you are very allergic to chocolate; that is a punishment!
      You are so right about good quality ice cream. I've made my own and might start doing so again this summer.
      Good that you have sunshine and like here in Georgia we did change from miserable and cold to very warm.
      Sending you hugs for the coming weekend.
      Mariette

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  23. Liebe Mariette,
    schon immer wollte ich Dir sagen, was für ein wunderschönes Tee-Service Du in Deinem Headerbild hast, es gefällt mir sehr - mit Rosen *schwärm* und der Tee schmeckt bestimmt ganz wunderbar aus diesen edlen Tassen.
    Auch gefällt mir das edle, grüne Kaffee-Gedeck und die Vase mit den gelben Osterglocken wow! ein sonniger Augenschmaus - danke fürs Zeigen ;-)))))
    herzlichst Traudi aus dem Drosselgarten

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    1. Liebe Traudi,
      Ja danke für dein Kompliment, habe das Bild heute gewächselt aber die Rosen liebe ich auch sehr.
      Diese Zeit ist so herrlich mit allen duftenden Osterglocken. Froh das sie dir gefallen und vieleicht etwas Sonne rüber bringen.
      Ganz liebe Grüsse zum Wochenende,
      Mariette

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  24. Hi Mariette
    Oh yes, I like the chocolate. Too much.
    Chocolate, flowers and tee, nice picture.
    Kiss

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    1. Dearest Nathalie,
      Well, wish we could sit together and enjoy some! While observing the birds from our veranda...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  25. Such gorgeous flowers, ma chère Mariette. Your artistry w/the camera is just amazing! And....is there anything better than a "carré" w/your after dinner coffee? I share your addiction to dark chocolate.

    Big bisous,

    M-T

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    1. Dearest Marie-Thérèse,
      Thank you and glad we do share one more 'addiction'! Love this season of color and fragrance; happy times.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. Dearest Mariette; Your Heirloom Daffodils look Elegant and Magnificent with your matching tea set and vase. I LOVE the coordination of colors "yellow, brown and green" in your the setting♡♡♡
    Last month for Valentine, my husband got many chocolates (most ever, haha) I was SO afraid I would take more than I should. We shared some of them to next door's children:-) We ladies sure have the sweet tooth, don't we♬♬♬
    Still hoping for the bright weather like your gorgeous daffodils and so as two of your's life;

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Thank you for your words!
      Was it also dark chocolate that you are talking about? Milk is a lot sweeter but not the dark one and that's why it also is healthier due to the high cacao content.
      Sure I do hope that your region soon will get to live through mild weather as well.
      Sending you hugs and love from a warm Georgia/USA,
      Mariette

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  27. lieve Mariette...
    Ik ben niet zo chocalade fan ...
    Maar ik ben wel fan van je mooie foto ...
    met het kopje en het mooie vaasje met de narcissen ..
    hele mooie foto ..
    veel liefs

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    1. Lieve Nieneke,
      Dan ben jij een van de héél weinigen die niets om chocolade geven. Ja, het is inderdaad een heel mooi geheel zo met die antieke soort narcissen die hemels geuren ook nog. Komt mooi uit met het prachtige porcelein. Zo heb je toch nog vreugde op minder mooie dagen! Nu is het mooi weer maar toen nog niet.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  28. First of all, chocolate is one of the greatest inventions in the world :) You've got a super lovely table there. Perfect for the season, yellow flowers, tea & chocolate.

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    1. Dearest Mari,
      Thank you and yes, that invention at least made me very happy. We just had our tea with some dark chocolate!
      Happy new week to you and hope the weather will get milder.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  29. Just lovely. Gorgeous peices.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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    1. Dearest Alma,
      Thank you, we at least do love them!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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