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The Sam Noble Natural History Museum at the University of Oklahoma was celebrating its 10th anniversary last night.  To help with the party, they had the special exhibition “Chocolate” from The Field Museum in Chicago.   A few restaurants were also on hand, giving out chocolate treats.   Sam Noble Natural History Museum

The show was a nice look at the processing of cacao beans, the history of chocolate, and even associated dishes and utensils used with chocolate in the past.   I ran into some friends there:  Mark and Cindy, Karen and Bob, and saw a lot more people that I recognized from around town –  even met some new friends!   The event ended up being a nice local gathering for a Friday night. 

I tasted a lot of different chocolates, from covered dried cherries and grapes to covered nuts and coffee beans.   The chocolates ranged from milky to dark, and everything in between.  One restaurant was giving out chocolate covered Gummi Bears but I couldn’t bring myself to take a bite.  That’s just wrong.   Another vendor had warm fondue-type melted chocolate and butterscotch, with marshmallows on skewers.  I went against the grain and dipped a chocolate biscotti into the butterscotch.  It was so good I almost lost my mind and double-dipped, but of course I didn’t!  (But I wanted to.)   Another table had a chocolate fountain –  I was going to hold an apple wedge under it but I took a bite first and I swear it was the worst apple I’ve ever tasted.  

All in all it was a fun event — I’m glad Tracy invited me along!  I always enjoy getting out, going to local events, and who can say no to chocolate? 

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During these pre-summer-already-sweltering days in Oklahoma, I feel like I’m trying to survive by eating ice — lots of ice in my drinks, sometimes more ice than liquid.  So last night I was dreaming about ice (and more ice), so I went back to my blender with this smoothie idea.  

Strawberry Chocolate Cinnamon Walnut Smoothie

1 cup whole strawberries, tops removed
1 1/4 cup chocolate almond milk
3 dashes of cinnamon
1/4 cup walnut halves
2 handsful of ice

Blend until ice is fully chopped.  Pour into glass and top with chocolate shavings.  Drink.  Hold glass to forehead for extra cooling.  Drink some more.

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This was my Mother’s Day evening pick-me-up drink.   It’s quick and easy, and you can make it with any coffee you might have left over.  

Iced Coffee Smoothie

1 1/2 cups brewed coffee, frozen (can freeze in ice trays if you wish)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 handful of ice
1/4 cup of almond milk

Place frozen coffee in blender, add sugar and stir a little, allowing time for the sugar to dissolve.   Add ice and almond milk; blend.  Pour into glass and top with carob chips or chocolate shavings.

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