This month’s Blog All About It prompt is Winter – and I have to say that as a prompt, this was a difficult one for me.
W is for
WHY am I not at a warm beach somewhere?
WHY can’t I survive an hour without fuzzy, warm socks?
I is for
I’m really NOT loving the grey skies and the chill in the air – especially when it feels wet.
I’m certainly convinced that the scowl Mrs. Cardinal has is because Mr. is off playing about in someone else’s warm nest.
N is for
Not wanting to get out of the blanket fort that is the bed these days.
T is for
Tissues. Tons of Tissues.
E is for
Endless winter and cold – will it ever end?
R is for
Reading – all curled up with a hot drink, a fuzzy blanket and a pile of books.
Recipes – all of those soup / stew / braised meals that are so warming and yummy.
And in keeping with the R theme – a quick (and delicious) simple recipe for the BEST hot chocolate ever!
3 Cups Whole Milk (I actually substitute OUT ½ cup of milk for ½ cup of heavy cream)
3 Tbsp. Sugar – any table sugar will work.
Chop the Semi-Sweet Chocolate finely and set aside. Take a 2 quart non-stick saucepan, place ¾ cup water – bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking in the cocoa powder until smooth and no lumps can be found. To this – add the milk (or milk and cream mix) and return to a simmer. DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO BOIL! Add the sugar and the chopped Semi-Sweet chocolate in 2 batches – being sure to have chocolate melted and sugar incorporated before adding the second batch. Stir constantly, making sure the chocolate is melted and the sugar is incorporated.
Divide mixture into 4 mugs – being sure to leave enough room for whipped cream. Top with whipped cream, dust this with chocolate / powdered cinnamon or crushed peppermint candies for effect.
If too hot – add a dash of heavy cream to cool it.