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A Few of My Favourite Things

It’s time for another edition of a few of my favourite things because I’ve fallen in love with a yogurt bar. “Well, Melissa, why don’t you marry it if you love it so much?”

How do you know I haven’t?

I haven’t… yet.  But that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t consider it.  At the very least, I keep multiple boxes in the house at all times.


I passionately love Yasso bars for three reasons: (1) they taste good, (2) they are only about 100 calories per bar, and (3) they have 5 grams of protein per bar.  Which means that they’re not exactly terrible for you.

At least, that is what I tell myself to feel okay if I eat a second one.

My favourite flavour is coffee chip.  My second is cookie dough (which is odd because I would never dream of eating cookie dough ice cream).  I want to find the chocolate fudge ones, but I’ve been to three different grocery stores and still have never seen them.

So good.


I recently bought myself A Sailor’s Dream as a present for completing a task.  I knew it was going to make my heart ache, but… oh my G-d, the drawings with the music: it is one of the most gorgeous games of all time.  There is no winning or losing.  Just exploring.  I allow myself one tiny section of the game per night and explore every centimeter of it.

The best part about the game is that new things pop up over time, so you can think you saw everything and then go back and see new stuff there.

Best game I’ve played in a while.

A close second is the new chapters in Monument Valley.  They’re an in-app purchase.  Well worth the money.  I allow myself to play one level of that every night, too.


My love of Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy is well known, but I am excited to see it turned into a Syfy series.

Okay, I’m a little fearful, too, because with the exception of Quentin, no one looks like how I picture them in my head.  And if Alice doesn’t look Alice-y enough for me, it may stop me from watching.  But I’m excited to give it a try.

Because I love magic.


Our family has gotten hooked on Welcome to Night Vale.  Sometimes we listen around the kitchen table, eating dessert.  Sometimes the ChickieNob and I crouch together on the steps near the baseball field and listen to it while the boys practice.  Sometimes we lay in bed with the phone between us, staring at the ceiling while Cecil Baldwin tells us the day’s news.

We often quote from it or talk about the characters as if they’re friends of ours, living in another dimension within our tiny town.

What are a few of your favourite things?


1 Savannah { 05.27.15 at 9:39 am }

I’ll have to try those yogurt bars, maybe they can become a new favorite for me too.
I’ll have to think on this and do a list of my favorites also.

2 Karen (River Run Dry) { 05.27.15 at 11:54 am }

Oh wow, that game looks gorgeous. I just had to give up my SECOND version of candy crush but I think I could maybe have the willpower to carve out only snippets of time to play this. Thanks.

My favorite thing right now? Peanut butter. I’ve been sampling every peanut butter jar at Trader Joe’s. My favorites: Peanut butter with flax and chia, topped with shredded unsweetened coconut (has to be shredded for the texture!)… and the regular creamy salted kind made with the unblanched peanuts. Until I discovered these, I did not know peanut butter could be a religious experience.

3 Jenn { 05.27.15 at 1:17 pm }

Go to customer service at your grocery store. Show them the box and ask them to get that flavor in. Simple! I have done this with my favorite yogurt (mountain high plain whole milk in case you are wondering), organic kale, and gluten free pizza crust (against the grain).

I am currently obsessed with making spicy tofu, Korean spinach, and fried eggs with rice for lunch. I pretty much live under a rock so I don’t have favorite shows or games.

4 Valery Valentina { 05.27.15 at 3:46 pm }

Soon I will have time on my hands, and the Amsterdam library even carries an untranslated copy of the Magician. Will go and read it, love the trailer.
As for yasso, has it proposed yet? 😉
discussing prenuptials?
Never heard of it, and doubt my library carries it. For my understanding: First we had ice cream on a stick, then yoghurt ice cream, and now frozen yoghurt that looks like ice cream on a stick? But marketing/you call it a stick bar because bar has a healthier ring to it? (when it doesn’t mean a place to drink)

5 andy { 05.28.15 at 7:29 am }

You American’s get the coolest foods!! Jealous!

6 deathstar { 05.28.15 at 11:31 am }

Mel, put your big girl panties and get them to order the other flavour. You are American and can demand things. (A Canadian would find this amusing.) I have a thing about this European candy called Fritt. It’s this chewy soft candy sort of like Fruitella and there’s only 2 places in my area that sells it and one place charges too for it and the other place just ran out last week and I’m waiting for it to come back but I’m afraid of driving all the way over there to find out it’s not there. I’m ashamed to buy more than 4 at a time. I quit it often and then go crawling back for more. I think I have a problem.

7 ana { 05.28.15 at 1:23 pm }

I’ve been hunting for those yogurt bars to no avail. A regional thing? Do you get them in the regular grocery store? I am dying over coffee chip yogurt bars

8 illustr8d { 05.28.15 at 8:07 pm }

hmmm. i’m having a thing for Moleskins notebooks. and coffee ice cream hot fudge sundaes, only a gajillion calories.

9 JustHeather { 05.29.15 at 3:41 pm }

Yasso bars look yummy!

I love tea (still…always?). I think sleep is my favorite thing right now…and with that, I should probably go crawl into bed. 😀

10 Lori Lavender Luz { 05.31.15 at 11:44 am }

At first glance I thought those yogurt bars were called “Gasso.” I wasn’t really wanting to try them…

I can think of no favorite things right now. #rut

11 Allison { 06.01.15 at 3:36 pm }

I am so glad someone else I know is listening to Night Vale!! It is so popular, but I haven’t found anyone who listens to it and I was starting to have a Cecil-like monologue about whether it really existed or I was just imagining it! I want to go to one of the live shows so badly. I listen to it every night as I fall asleep. Interestingly enough, for someone so prone to nightmares as I am, I have never had one since I started listening. Maybe it’s because I hid a box of cookies for The Faceless Old Woman, along with the wifi password.

As for my favorite things right now? Hmmm. I’m still waiting for that first perfect watermelon of the summer. So, I’d have to say its the Peruvian style jalapeño sauce I’ve been eating on everything lately.

12 Jess { 06.01.15 at 11:51 pm }

Those yogurt bars look amazing! I am already sad when a favorite book becomes a movie or tv show, and the characters look NOTHING like I’ve envisioned. Right now my favorite things include Tate’s Ginger Zingers GF cookies, Game of Thrones books (about to start #4, A Feast For Crows, obsessed), and these cotton shelf bra nightgown thingies from Target–comfy AND wearable around the in-laws.

13 loribeth { 06.03.15 at 7:42 pm }

The first thing that came to mind is these mini-bread crisps, made & packaged by a local bakery, that dh & I just discovered this week. Basically baguette sliced thin, brushed with olive oil & sea salt & toasted slightly till crisp. They are horrendously expensive but we have both fallen in love with them. They have other flavours (garlic, cheddar cheese), and you could eat them with hummus or some other kind of dip or cheese, etc., but we both like the basic olive oil & sea salt, straight out of the bag.


I feel a blog post coming on.

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