Easter Chocolate

IMG_0440Like most fathers and daughters, when my daughter J’Neil was small she and I had a number of “special“ activities together. One of those occurred at Easter time every year, when we had our favorite chocolate candy eggs. They were called Li’l Scoops: egg shaped chocolate with a “crack” at the top that allowed you to open the egg and then scoop the filling out with a little spoon that came with them in the egg carton package. They were pretty good but I think J’Neil liked the scooping part as much as she liked the candy.
We’ve looked for them for the past several years but had been unable to find them. So this year, I stopped into Chocolate Necessities and told them my story and wondered if they could try to recreate them. They not only were willing to try, but seemed quite excited at the prospect. I took them a Lindt truffle that was very similar in flavor (milk chocolate with a white cream center) and they went to work on it.
IMG_0444chocolate necessities logoThis past week they called to let me know that they had some for me to try out. So I went by to check them out. Shu was VERY excited, and jumped up and down when she saw I was there. They brought me out the “proto-type” and had me try it. Holy smokes it was good! Way better than the little scoops had been! They had put them in a cracked shell mold, and the filling was even scoop-able if J’Neil would like to enjoy them that way. So I bought what they had there, and told them to make me a dozen more.
When I gave J’Neil one, she was so excited; she jumped up and down just like Shu had. She knew immediately what they were and also thought they were incredibly good.
Thanks to Chocolate Necessities, especially Shu and Ruthie, for creating such a nostalgic moment for us with way better chocolate than we had in the old days!

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Candy Bowl Results

Here they are, the Candy Bowl results! Click HERE to download a pdf of all the results of our 2013 Candy Bowl!

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Candy Bowl 2013 Results

2013 Candy Bowl!

Are you ready?

Welcome to the Cottle Candy Bowl

The grid has been filled in, the numbers have been drawn.  Now we just await the game and superbowl / candybowl excitement!

Below are the grids — they are all the same except that different files have different names highlighted, with the goal of making it easier for everyone to find their own name.  So look for the title that would best describe you, and hopefully your name will be highlighted within.  But any grid will do.

So click on the link, download the file (pdf), print it out and have it ready to go for kickoff on Sunday!  Go Team!
9th candy bowl

Team Cardston

Texas vs Colorado

The Happy Heretics

The Curtis-Larkin Collaborative

Class of 1983

Team Arizona

The Miller Clan

Washingtonians Unite!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here, to send an email, or post on FB.

Kristin  - yeah, sorry, I hijacked Craig’s blog for this.  :)

If I missed highlighting you somehow, please forgive me.  After awhile all the names just start swimming together in a big blur…

Over 2000 Miles

Several weeks ago I decided that a good objective for this summer’s bike rides would be 2000 miles. I had somewhat of a setback when I hurt my ankle a the first of September, but I’ve gotten back on track, and this morning I made it! Today I rode the Kitsap Color Classic and after that ride I’ve done 2034.6 miles this summer. That’s like riding my bike from our house in Bellingham to Nephi, Utah; and then back again. Or from Bellingham to Chicago. Or from SLC to Washington, DC.

Recently I also discovered what I thought was a pretty cool feature of the MapMyRide site: a 3D flyover of my routes. Here’s one from a couple of weeks ago:

And a photo from a ride through the raspberry fields:

Two Mountains

This week I’ve pulled my phone/camera out twice for pictures of mountains.  Though the photography isn’t that great, the mountains sure  are.

This first one is of Mount Baker.  It’s the view down the fairway of the fifth hole at Shuksan Golf, where Sam and I played just the other day.  There were a couple of great views of the mountain from the course, this is the only one I took a picture of.  And the golf was great too, as it always is with Sam!

This next one is of Rainier from the plane as we flew out this morning.  This may have been the closest I’ve been to it.  Every time I see this mountain I’m struck by how big it is.  What we’re looking at in this picture is the part of the mountain that is ABOVE the cloud layer.  The entire rest of the area I could see from the plane was covered with clouds.