Monday, January 26, 2015

Dark and Rich Homemade Hot Chocolate {SRC}

This month for the Secret Recipe Club I was assigned Curious Cuisiniere. This blog is by Sarah and Tim who strive for eating wholesome. Meaning real food, real ingredients. I am all for that, more so now then ever before with the baby on the way. I really enjoyed exploring all the potential recipes.  They had all sorts of recipes - sweets and savory as well as different ethnic cuisines. 

I ended up making her recipe for Dark and Rich Homemade Hot Chocolate.  This was really out of necessity. I have been having a nightly mug of hot chocolate every night for the past several weeks. I am starving for dinner by 5:30 but if I don't eat again before bed I wake up in the middle of the night hungry. Clearly this baby is her mother's child.  Never too long without eating. Anyway, the mug of hot chocolate fills me up before bed. Well, the other night we ran out of my hot chocolate mix.  Before my panic state set in I remembered seeing a recipe on Curious Cuisiniere. I made it and it was wonderful. And then I knew I had to share the recipe with others. 

Before my little hot chocolate fiasco turned wonderful nightly snack I was eyeing her Cake Mix S'mores bars, Nutella Swirl Banana bread, and the Slow Cooker Jerk Pork. Just recently she made Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins. Yep, those will be making an appearance soon. 

Anyway, this is about my forth round of this recipe. I finally made some when it was not already dark out.  Fake lighting = bad photos.  I don't really like marshmallows or whipped cream on my hot chocolate but they would be great additions if you like that kind of thing. 

With the colder temperatures and snow coming our way, I know I will be making more and more of this hot chocolate. 

Dark and Rich Hot Chocolate

by Emily Morris
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: beverage chocolate winter
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 4 c skim milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
In a 2 qt saucepan, melt butter with honey over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk in cocoa powder until dissolved and smooth.

Add milk slowly, whisking constantly, bringing to a simmer.

Add salt and vanilla (and additional honey if necessary) to taste. Simmer 2-3 minutes until frothy.

Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower

This weekend I had a really special time. Several close friends and family came for my baby shower.  I have a dear friend who is extremely talented and crafty. She threw the cutest "The Hungry Caterpillar" themed baby shower. I cannot think of a more perfect theme for a food blogger. 

I didn't get nearly as many photos as I would have liked but I have some of the highlights. We had a caterpillar cupcake dessert. 

The favors were cute, colorful lollipops. They reminded me of being a little kid. 

We had caterpillars everywhere...along with balloons but you will see those in a minute.

My favorite part was the diaper cake. I am obsessed with these. I am not crafty and I am just amazed by the diaper cakes and how they are put together. I want to keep it like this forever. 

We were very lucky receive homemade gifts. Again I am not craft so anything quilted or knitted blows my mind away.

We also got the cutest little outfits. See all of the onesies in the back? Some very clever people thought of moose outfits to remind us of Maine.   Our living room is now full of gifts. We have everything we need to welcome our little girl.  Of course she needs to stay nestled for a few weeks longer. I am so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hump Day and WIAW

I am so happy that it is Wednesday. I am already for the weekend even though we might get a storm on Saturday. I guess I would rather have a storm on the weekend then have to deal with it on a work day. I see the couch, movies and PJs in my future.

I decided to switch up breakfast this week since we had some good bread on hand.  Hello Nutella!  One piece had Nutella. One piece had raspberry jam.  Topped with banana to make it a healthy breakfast. 

Lunch was leftover mac and cheese. I didn't pack nearly enough!!

Thank goodness for snack though. I had fruit, granola, hummus and crackers and veggies all day long.   Somehow the hummus container is almost gone?!?!

Dinner was also leftovers. My mom made us some French toast souffle this past weekend. I topped it with maple syrup and fruit. When I got done I felt like I had just finished dessert instead of dinner. Cannot say that I mind much?

Are you excited for the weekend? What did you eat Wednesday?

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