How Are Chocolates Made From Cacao?

It’s a long, wonderful process all the way from growing cacao trees to harvesting, fermenting, drying, roasting, winnowing, grinding, (refining, tempering), and molding. And what better way to learn it than to experience the process first-hand in the farm.

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Making Sense of the War in the Wild, Wild West

Overall, the key factors that will matter most in these last few games in the regular season will be: how the new players (Durant, Irving, Westbrook, etc) integrate into their new teams’ systems; how the injuries (Lebron, Durant, Zion, Towns, etc) affect their teams’ standings at the end of the season; and how other issues (Morant, Wiggins) pan out. We have here a long list of outstanding players. But do they fit in? Will they bring out the best out of the rest of the crew? Are they healthy enough – physically and mentally – for the rigors of the playoffs?

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Buchi’s a Big Boy Now

My grandson, Buchi, is turning 4 very soon. How he’s quickly grown from being a cute baby to a luvable toddler to an impish pre-schooler is still a surprise to me. If you ask me, I wish he’d remain that happy, cheerful kiddo whose smile could turn my cloudy days bright oh-so-effortlessly. I wish that I could enjoy his silly antics some more. I wish he’d forever stay the same fun-loving, mischievous tyke with nary a care in the world.

A Sentimental Journey to Baguio

Life has been good to us. And it’s all because of the Academy. It’s all about the character-building, the ‘Courage, Integrity and Loyalty’ motto it has inculcated in us, it’s about the maturity, the love-of-country – all these and more – that I am so thankful for. And even as I reach the twilight of my years, I shall forever cherish – and remain forever indebted – to the Academy.

A Milwaukee Bucks – Phoenix Suns Finals Rematch In The Making?

It looks to me like it’s the Phoenix’ fearsome foursome going up once again against Milwaukee’s trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kris Middleton and Jrue Holiday for this year’s finale. And this time, Phoenix will take the upper hand with the entry of Kevin Durant. With the playoffs coming up fast, teams are alternately pacing their stars, developing the teamwork and chemistry with the new trade acquisitions, defining individual roles and preparing for the long grind ahead. Up ahead, it’s the playoffs. Let’s get ready to rumbleeeee!!!

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