Friday, October 24, 2008

Rainy Day Blues

It's cold, rainy and foggy. We needed to get a few groceries and I wanted to rent a movie from the library, so we headed out early. Well, the store hadn't gotten it's milk shipment yet and the library was closed for the day. Urg. Then I tried going to the university library to get a movie, but there was nowhere to park (as we are being invaded by alums for homecoming weekend). So we went home with an extra grey cloud traveling over our car. I decided to make things a little better by making homemade hot chocolate.

I also dug out the Muppets Take Manhattan and the kids loved it. Muppets, chocolate, and snuggle-time on the couch, what better way to chase the blues (and rain clouds) away? .

Since it seems most people are having the same weather today, here's the Hot Chocolate recipe. Just doing my part to brighten your day:

Homemade Hot Chocolate:
(serves 1 Mommy and 2 kids)
3-4 cups milk
3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1-2 Tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

On the stove top, place all above ingredients in a pot, keep heat on medium and don't leave it. Whisk until all powder dissovles. Do not scald. Add a handful of chocolate chips and stir until melted. Take off heat and stir in a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream and a few chocolate chips. Enjoy!

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