We are starting the week out right! In honor of this month of love, I made chocolate heart-shaped waffles spread with Nutella and sifted with powdered sugar. A slice of strawberry or two on top. We had these with tea this afternoon. Just before book club tonight, I'll cover the rest of the waffles with the toppings and serve them with tea in front of the fire.
I enjoyed mine at afternoon tea, but will skip them at book club. I don't need a double serving, plus I am usually too busy talking to eat anyway. Even so, I have to be careful what I eat the rest of the day. Still have 15 pounds to lose. But I read somewhere that people who allow themselves a treat consume 450 less calories a day. Do you think that's possible?
Nutella is a rare treat around here. The day I found myself eating it by the spoonful straight out of the jar was the day I had to Just Say No. This is the first time I've bought it in probably a year, so I hope my friends will eat up this jar for me tonight.
In keeping with a Valentine's theme, we used these tea cups with pink roses on them this afternoon. I chose the June tea cup, my birthday month. I usually only use it in June, but why, I asked myself? I am a great believer in not saving things, but enjoying them.
I got this waffle iron at Williams-Sonoma years ago. I recently discovered a great new use for it. Grilled cheese sandwiches! Yes, the hearts get crooked and cut off, but it works.
My daughter was able to have tea with me this afternoon. I enjoyed one of my favorite teas, Constant Comment decaf. I really wish I liked herbal teas; there are so many wonderful varieties. But with only a few exceptions, I like real tea, the darker the better. It just has to be decaf after 2 p.m. or so.
I have to say as my daughter and I sipped our tea and ate these little goodies, there was silence. Just an occasional "mmmm . . . ," as we thoroughly enjoyed these delicious little waffles.
I found out this afternoon that one of the ladies in our book club is celebrating a birthday today so I hurried out and got two little bakery cakes for tonight as well.
Tonight we will be discussing The Book Thief. I read it this past week. It was sad, powerful, beautiful. Hard to imagine living through the devastation of WWII. 5 out of 5 stars.