Saturday, February 21, 2015


Friday is my Big Day out. I go to Bible study led by my sister, Shirley, then we go to lunch, shop or just fellowship with our other sister, Jackie. We enjoy being together, encourage and bolster each other up and in general have a great time together. 

Yesterday was a different kind of day, it was 5 degrees below 0. Yes, it was Friday, yes it was my day out but our last Bible study was over so plans had been made to take in a little coffee shop where we could share things we didn't have time for at Bible study. It was a very nice change having the time to just chat with each other.

Shirley shared her sailor's valentine that won a blue ribbon made several years ago and explained its traditions. Everything in it has to come from the sea. Sailors made them while they were out to sea for months or years with nothing else to do. This is a true work of art. She has made several and there is one for each of her children.  

Our friend, Doris, made this plaque using her skill in caligraphy for Shirley in appreciation for all she does for everyone. Doris is our go to gal when we need something for a presentation. She also brought a beveled glass box she had made but I didn't get a photo of it. [She is one of those people that can do just about anything beautifully]

Melissa shared her cross she wears all the time. The ring is her wedding ring. She had this done after her husband passed away. There were chill bumps all around when she explained that she was somewhat depressed for a time when she looked up on top of a church to see a cross with a ring around it. Her husband was the one who had done the work. 

I shared my craft projects that were just finished for a competition and Amy was trying them on. She also told us about prayer services she has been participating in. 

Tammy brought Christmas gifts that two of her students had made and given to her. Both girls have been through grave health issues. These will be on display throughout the year. 

Now, let  me tell you about COCOA Bites. As you enter, the decor grabs you with a kind of Victorian theme. It is a cozy little place and so very inviting.

Have you ever gone to a quaint, little place you have heard a lot about only to be completely disappointed with the food. Well, trust me, that isn't the case at COCOA Bites.

I hadn't had breakfast but decided to wait for bread pudding that was due out of the oven
soon. It was so worth the wait with its warm Amaretto sauce. We had an endless cup of coffee. Doris had coconut pie, others had the bread pudding. There are many varieties of cupcakes, cake pops, truffles, pie, cakes-all beautifully arranged.

Before long homemade vegetable soup was ready-Shirley and I opted for that, Doris ordered a grill cheese with tomato and pesto sauce with a side of cole slaw, there was another grill cheese option and we shared around so everyone could have a taste. [When I make grill cheese, I slap a piece of cheese between two pieces of bread and plop it on the griddle-who knew there is more to grill cheese than just cheese]. Next time, and there will definitely be a next time, I will have the grill cheese like Doris had with that super cole slaw.

COCOA Bites is at the end of the bridge in downtown old Loveland just off the hiking, biking trail @305 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, Ohio, 45140. If you are in the area, stop in. I think you'll love it.  

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Carolyn Wainscott

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