Cherries And Chocolate

Chocolate Shake Cherry Two Mice Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our prompt of “Chocolate” today, I did a quick little sketch of a couple of mice stealing the cherry on a chocolate shake. Indeed, cherries and chocolate are two flavors that just seem to be made for one another. And anything with whipped cream on the top is perfectly wonderful in my book as many you already know. We have mice once again as I’m simply trying to do quick practice sketches of them in various poses. It’s not that I think they’re always in the act of looting or creating mischievous, but it’s fun to imagine they are this industrious in their attempts to acquire yummy food. And, the cherry would be the safest option as humans seem to be one of the only animals who can properly digest chocolate. Philippe always has a chocolate bar on hand to nibble on, but I rarely have chocolate except during the holiday season. But, sense we’re entering the holiday season, there will be lots of chocolaty treats ahead!

Tonight, however, there’s still no chocolate. Well, I could try to take a bite of Philippe’s chocolate bars, but I think he’d growl at me. Yet, as I rapidly type this, he just came downstairs singing and in a lovely mood and started baking some banana bread. So, there will be a lovely treat coming my way soon. Our dog Phineas is watching him closely, but it’s really a wasted effort as Phineas doesn’t even like bananas. I like all types of fruit and all types of bread so any combination of the two and you can sign me right up. Even fruitcake, which many people despise and make jokes about, is a yummy treat this time of year. That’s something Philippe has never made himself, and we just get one that’s prepared. This prompt today reminded me that we still need to get our chocolate advent calendars this month so we’re ready for the countdown in December.

While I do enjoy sweets, I only have dessert once a week at best. And I’ve often painted milkshakes with whipped cream because it’s been a few years since I’ve actually had one. So, it’s a lovely bit of fantasy dessert that I’ll have to try again one day. Albeit, at my age, it wouldn’t be this tall and probably more like the size of a little mouse. Philippe is a master of portion control, which I both grumble about and actively welcome. Were he not monitoring me, I would jump face first into a giant milkshake and never come up for air until it disappeared. So, yes, it’s good that we mostly eat vegetables. I don’t have a lot of self-control when it comes to desserts so I simply have to be fed like a dog whenever it’s time to enjoy them. It’s an act of love on Philippe’s part that I really do cherish. Together, we really DO make a wonderful pair, like cherries and chocolate.

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29 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 2 weeks ago

    I am definitely going to have to show this post to my husband; he’s convinced that I am the only person on planet earth who likes fruitcake. My mom always made a fruitcake for the holidays and it was the best fruitcake this side of anywhere. Love the way the mouse is hanging on with his tail wrapped around the straw! Cute!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe! Yeah, I do enjoy fruitcake, but not sure if I like every kind. There’s an imported one we get that I enjoy. My family never made it so I was an adult before I even tried it!

  2. Lisa 2 weeks ago

    This is a wonderful, if not the best, banana bread recipe out there. I’m sharing with you guys out of the goodness of my heart!😂😂

    Banana Loaf Cake

    1/2 Cup butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 1/3 Cup brown sugar
    2 eggs, well beaten
    2 cups flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 cup soured milk (add 1 teaspoon vinegar to milk to sour it)
    1 cup banana pulp (about two very ripe bananas mashed)
    1 cup chopped walnuts

    Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9 inch loaf pan.

    Measure and stir together dry ingredients. Set aside. Cream butter, vanilla, and brown sugar. Add eggs. By hand, stir in dry ingredients, alternating with milk and banana pulp. Stir in nuts.

    Scrape into greased loaf pan and bake 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean. (I bake for an hour and 10 minutes)

    Cool on rack for 15 minutes then turn out and continue cooling.

  3. Karen Fortier 2 weeks ago

    Wonderful Charlie! I also can’t remember the last time I had one of these. Truth be told I prefer vanilla, coffee or a root beer float!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 hehe! Me too! I’ll take vanilla or root beer float over a chocolate shake any day!

  4. Unique Tales 2 weeks ago

    Another sweet post.

  5. writerleenda 2 weeks ago

    Charlie you are going to start to look like a dessert if you keep eating that stuff!! I am only allowed a square and a half of a Lindt chili chocolate bar a day (no more than one bar a week, the dr. says). Tell Phillippe we said so! Have fun over there with all that yummy dessert. Oh, I am having that pizza tonight — well, a slice and a half.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Hehe!! I don’t get to eat anything like this! lol 😉 It’s all just drawn from lovely memories. And the banana bread is rationed out in small little slices. So, I’d have to steal a square of chocolate from Philippe to get something more. And yay for pizza! Yum!

  6. Marisela Delgado 2 weeks ago

    Now I am craving a chocolate shake. haha haha I haven’t had one in years so I need to remedy that. 😂😂😂 Charlie, my mother loves fruit cake, too. She likes the store bought one. Me? I have never tried it and have no desire to. No offense, of course. My mother makes delicious and moist banana bread, but she also makes a pumpkin bread that is fabulous! I especially love it with cool whip. Yum, yum. I try to not keep chocolate in the house to avoid it calling my name late at night. 💜 Such a sweet painting, Charlie. So cute. Now to remedy that chocolate shake craving……. 😂😂😂

    • Marisela Delgado 2 weeks ago

      What are you and Philippe doing for Thanksgiving? My mother and I are kinda stuck. We usually go out to eat, but we can’t this year and eating with others is out as well. A turkey for us is too much food for just us two. Damn you, coronavirus! First my birthday, now Turkey Day. 😂😂

      • Mugdha 2 weeks ago

        Hello again Marisela,

        Thanks so much for such a wonderful response yesterday. I haven’t been to San Antonio but I sure hope to see the River Walk some day. It sounds like a gorgeous place. Charlie gave me a dream to dream a couple of days ago and yesterday you gave me one more. I’ve been writing them down… keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

        Love,
        Mugdha

      • Author
        Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

        We always stay home by ourselves on Thanksgiving, so no much will change here. Philippe makes a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings… hehe… it was new to him when he came to the States so now he really gets into it! 😉

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been years since I’ve had a shake of any kind. hehe… you should try the fruitcake just to see! 😉 Aww I adore pumpkin bread, but haven’t had that in forever!

  7. Nellie Nellie 2 weeks ago

    As everyone knows, I adore mice! So these two are just to my taste! They remind me of my BFF (TR) and I in grammar school. We could always make time for mischief and dessert. Filching dessert like these two little mousies is a skill-one I have am currently reformed from-but they make me miss TR! What I do love now is a cup of rich chocolatey cacao, with unsweetened chocolate almond milk and stevia. Add a little collagen and I sometimes forget to eat until mid-afternoon. A little cacao goes a long way! I suddenly have a chill, I may need some-right now!😋😄😆

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Nellie! 😃💕 hehe… sounds like you two got into a bit of mischief. Fun! And yes, I think you certainly need some cacao right now!

  8. Gary Middleton 2 weeks ago

    Great doodle, Charlie. I like the way the mouse is hanging by his tail. My wife bakes a lot, including the most beautiful bread. This week for the first time she made soda bread which has honey in the recipe. Mmmm, delicious.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Oh wow… soda bread with honey sounds delicious! Yum!

  9. LoriCtoo 2 weeks ago

    Ahhhhh, so sweet. Ha ha, pun not intended. I love how you have his little tail wrapped around the straw. Happy Friday! Our wet weekend has begun……yay!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… hope you had a lovely Friday! Yay for the weekend!

  10. Mugdha 2 weeks ago

    Hello Charlie,

    This Doodlewash is sweet in every way. 🙂 I agree with you about cherries and chocolate being a perfect match but though I love chocolate, am not really a dessert person. I love the way you always paint whipped cream. I’ve been trying but mine somehow always turns into a splotch. 🙁 I hope you enjoy the banana bread Phillipe baked – and I hope you get an extra large portion. 😉

    Love,
    Mugdha

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this! For whipped cream I just sort of outline the edges with dark blue for contrast, yellow for fat, and red for color! hehe And yes! The banana bread was delicious, but I still just got my little portion. It’s for the best really! 😉 lol

    • Marisela Delgado 2 weeks ago

      Hi, Mugdha! 💜 You are on the right track, Mugdha. The Bible says that we are to write down our hopes and dreams and visions for our lives so that we can see them at a glance; it gives us hope, faith, and the vision to see them realized. Here’s another one to submit in your journal: when I travel to San Antonio, I will meet my friend, Marisela. 😀
      It would be my pleasure and honor to meet you here and show you around. We’ll do dinner, too. We’re a little chubby here, but we’re nice and friendly. haha haha 🌻🌸🐻💜🐼

  11. Priscilla DeConti 2 weeks ago

    Love the shake and I haven’t had one in a while so I am due LOL Chocolate and whipped cream good any time of year..My husband makes a mean chocolate cream pie and guess what we will have for dessert on Thanksgiving..with plenty left over for me!! Enjoy your banana bread..and yep tis the season for lots of treats!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Chocolate cream pie is sooooo good! I haven’t had that in ages. Yay for the season of treats!

  12. Susan Masters 2 weeks ago

    So gorgeous! The milkshake makes me want to order the UberEats people to bring one ( or two) from the best skate makers in British Columbia, Canada or possibly the world White Spot restaurant in house they serve it with the whipped cream, cherry and the frosty sliver milkshake container with at least another milkshakes worth ah the days before Covid!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 Oh wow!! That sounds like the perfect milkshake indeed! YUM!!

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