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It’s my belief that each and every one of us has been given a skill, a talent, an innate quality. Something that we can do without trying very hard. Something that comes naturally. Something that we love. Something that makes our heart sing. Even if you haven’t discovered this in you yet, it’s there for the unveiling. I know it is.

Mine happens to be chocolate. But, even before chocolate, I’ve always found my creative voice in the kitchen. I love to cook. I was born with a wooden spoon in my hand. I was cooking by the time I could stand on a stool and reach the stove.

I believe it’s our responsibility, once we know what our gift is, to use it to the fullest. To never, ever hold on to it. Don’t squander, this gift needs to be given away often and completely.

In the past few days I’ve heard the same thing said to me and my heart feels really good. I make chocolate. A lot of people make chocolate. I’m not the lone ranger in this. But, what people have been telling me is that my chocolate is different. They look pretty, but many other chocolatiers’ work looks pretty. What makes mine different I’m finding out is, my flavors are really “in your face.” If it says passion fruit, one bite and there’s no doubt. If it says caramel, it is like a river spilling out on your tongue when you take a bite. If it says coconut, they put the mounds bar to shame.

Call it a case of “ignorance is bliss.” I was not classically trained. I had to do all of it through the school of hard knocks and lots of scorched batches of inedible chocolate. Lots of tears. Lots of long, very very long days with nothing to show for it at the end of it all. But, since this is what I know now is my gift from God, I wouldn’t take back any of it for anything in the world.

So my question to you is, what is your gift? I want to know. I bet we have a whole host of talents and abilities here on this site. At our age, we may have known by now for years, or we may just be discovering and want to develop it. So what’s yours? Here’s a little taste of mine.


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      Michelle Bodycombe wrote Feb 27, 2009
    • Cynthia!  I read your blog and my mouth is watering for chocolate.  I’ve had a secret plan to order your chocolate as my reward when I loose 20lbs before the my plan is not a secret anymore and it is gone with the wind...I need some chocolate! LOL  

      The problem is that when I taste excellent chocolate I can’t stop eating until the box is empty...there is no save some for later with me when chocolate is involved...and I don’t share chocolate!


      I’m outta here..gotta order some “chocolate with flavors that pop!“...before I go crazy.

      Oh...I’m a Jill of all trades...I’m good at inspiring others and making them feel comfortable even when it is someone I just met.  I would love to some day operate my own Bed & Breakfast.

      I have also mastered the art of “doing nothing“...and watching trees life takes effortless action.

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      Denise Richardson wrote Feb 27, 2009
    • I’m good at lots of things God has blessed me with many talents, here are just a few I’ve put into action:

      Interior Decorating
      Cooking all phases

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      Myrna Perez wrote Feb 27, 2009
    • I have always been very creative.  Although, I do wish I had the talent of making fine chocolates like  you! estatic

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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 27, 2009
    • Explain complex matter in simple way as well as turning simple matter into a complex way.

      So one word: B.S.

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      Mz. Queen wrote Feb 27, 2009
    • I am good at making people feel comfortable where ever we are.

      Fixing things

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