Five Little Things | Kitchen Confidante | White Chocolate

Five Little Things

Five Little Things | Kitchen Confidante | White Chocolate
Five Little Things

Five Little Things | Kitchen Confidante | White Chocolate

Five little things I love this week:

1. White Chocolate

This chocoholic has been experiencing a little shift in her chocolate paradigm: this week, I couldn’t get enough white chocolate, and put a healthy helping into the biscotti I shared in my last post. Seems like I’m not the only one. I have my heart set on trying Josie’s Irish Coffee Oatmeal Cookies, Emma’s Caramelised White Chocolate Éclairs, Jean’s Vanilla Lemon Swirl Bars, and Laura’s Lemon, Pistachio, & White Chocolate Cookies.

2. Sushi & The Secret to Long Life

Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest woman, celebrated her 115th birthday last Tuesday. Her secret to long life? Lots of food, especially sushi. I’ll eat to that!

3. Winning Bids

The highlight of my week: knowing that something I helped create raised a lovely sum for my children’s school. My friend, N, brought me on board to bring her idea to fruition: a photograph of our first graders’ class with the class spelling out the word FRIENDS. Ladders, stairs, and lots of editing were involved (shh, don’t tell my husband about the ladder part). But it was all worth it when I learned that the photograph on canvas raised $1200 at our school auction!

4. Enamelware

I have a new obsession. It’s called enamelware. I haven’t filled my home with it (yet), but I did fill my latest Ideabook on Houzz with all kinds of enamelware prettiness, both vintage and modern.

5. Brad’s Les Mis Flash Mob

Despite our fancy shmancy new flat screen, I still don’t watch a ton of television. One exception: when I’m on the treadmill. Earlier this week, I hopped on a machine at the gym only to realize that I could only get one channel on the little screen. What was on? It’s a Brad Brad World. Have you seen it? I’ve never seen it until this week, and let me tell you, I was entertained. Miles flew by. I was actually sad to step off the treadmill. This clip touched me like you wouldn’t believe; a scene from the end of last season, where Brad was given the ultimate surprise at his anniversary party. I am a self admitted Les Mis junkie, I must have seen it on Broadway more times that I can count, so the idea behind this performance, is, well, brilliant. Talk about the ultimate gift!

Happy Friday, everyone! May your weekend be filled with surprise and happiness!


  1. Cookin' Canuck

    I’m so glad to know that sushi may lead to longevity. That justifies my nightly cravings!

    I adore Les Mis, too, so I’m heading right over to watch the video.

    • Liren

      I know, wasn’t that just awesome? I kept thinking to myself, would my family and friends ever have the guts (and the talent) to pull that off for me? Incredible.

  2. Holly

    I loved all five of your little things this week. I need to start experimenting with white chocolate since I usually only use dark. I’ve also got to put a link to that sushi clip on our restaurant’s Facebook page. I love enamelware, too, especially for camping since it’s so much lighter than cast iron and cleans up easier. That photo of the kids and the fact that it raised so much money for your children’s school. Way to go, Lauren! To top it off, that clip from the Les Mis flash mob – put a big smile on my face.

    • Liren

      So glad you enjoyed the five things this week, Holly :) It’s fun for me to share more than just recipes, especially fun things that can make you smile! When it comes to chocolate, my logical side always encourages me to stick with dark, but I just can’t resist the other kinds. Have a wonderful weekend :)

  3. Jean

    So happy for item 3, congrats!

    You and I are on the same page about white chocolate–I don’t spend much time thinking about it but the bars I recently made and your biscotti have me craving it more lately. Thanks so much for linking to my post!

    As for sushi and long life, I’ll take that, too. It’s usually my lunch of choice on busy workdays. :)

  4. Mary

    Have I told you Liren how much I love your Five Little Things series – oh, yeah, I have. ;) I too am a Les Mis junkie so my favorite this week has to be #5. So great – I was crying and laughing! I’ve never watched It’s a Brad Brad World but I will be now. Congrats on the money raised. It always feels good when we can make a difference, and $1200 was a big difference. Also, I’m a huge white chocolate fan. I put it in everything. One of my personal favorites is Lindt’s white chocolate with coconut. Oh my!

  5. Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings

    I love your Five Things! First off, congrats on raising an excellent amount of money for your work! Hats off to you, Liren! You’re awesome…!

    Secondly, I, too, love enamelware!!! I just bought my first set of Falcon baking dish a few weeks ago. Of course, I’ve already used it as props for a chicken dish I made for the blog.

    Also, I am a Les Miz fan! And so is my husband! Him more so than me – can you believe? We’ve seen the Broadway show so many times; We (read: my husband) have the Les Miz anniversary concert on PVR memory. It’s always on our iPod. We’ve read the book; we’ve seen the movie – and loved it. Except maybe for Russell Crowe – what a disappointment. I would have like Joaquin Phoenix to play Javert. Seen him in Walk the Line? i think Joaquin can totally pull it off! Anyway…now, I’m getting carried away…LOL! Thanks for a wonderful post that made me smile :)

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