Monday, December 27, 2010

Getting my Hot Chocolate Fix

by Meghann on December 27, 2010

Last night’s White Hot Chocolate from Starbucks was good, but not quite good enough to quench my hot chocolate craving. I think it had something to do with the fact that White Chocolate isn’t exactly chocolate (as so many of you pointed out in my comments last night ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

A cold day deserves a good cup of Hot Chocolate and I was determined to get a good one before this cold spell broke.


My Dad has a slight obsession with William Sonoma’s Hot Chocolate Shavings and Santa always makes sure to leave him a fresh canister in his stocking every year.

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Lucky for me, Dad was willing to share. I steamed up three rich cups using skim milk and the fifteen tablespoons of chocolate shavings the directions called for.


Dad supplied the whip cream.


Now THAT’s what I call a good cup of Hot Chocolate!


As great and rich as this was, I think next time I would go a little lighter on the chocolate. The 5 tablespoons to the 1 cup of milk is just a tad too much. Maybe 3 next time instead? ๐Ÿ™‚

I came home earlier this evening just in time to help my sister and Dad put the finishing touches on dinner. My sister had chopped and heated up some vegetables and my Dad had shredded some left over chicken and made biscuits. I made a gravy using vegetable broth, flour, and seasonings to go with the veggies. I added the chicken to the veggies, poured everything in a baking dish, topped it with the biscuits, and baked it all for 45 minutes.


Chicken and Biscuits!


I’m not sure why I don’t make this more at home. It’s not terribly hard to make and is great for cuddling up with on a couch. It’s warm. It’s comforting. And it’s delicious to boot.

My sister even turned hers into a vegetarian version by leaving out the chicken and opting for some kidney beans instead.


Derek had given my parents an Ice Cream Maker to go with their Kitchen Aide Mixer for Christmas.


I thought it was a great gift because my Dad loves his kitchen aide mixer and is always on the hunt for new gadgets to go with it, however, the simple task of making one bowl of ice cream kept getting delayed due to the fact that each step required so many hours of time to complete. Who knew making ice cream was such a time consuming process?


15 hours to freeze the bowl?

8 hours to chill the mix?

4 – 6 hrs to finish everything off?

I believe a few “Isn’t it easier just to buy a $5 container from Publix?” escaped a few people’s lips.

Still, we held our ground and were determined to make some ice cream. Sure, we fudged a few numbers, but who follows directions that closely anyways?


Ok, so we ended up with more of a ice cream ‘soup’ than actual ice cream, but it was good and I believe that’s what really counts anyways. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Mmmm….. vanilla soup with oreos


You won this round ice cream maker, but I’ll come prepare (with a few more hours) next time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’re watching Wall Street II Money Never Sleeps. I never saw the first one, but I’m digging this one. I may be the only person out there who will admit that I’m a Shia Labouf fan. I think It’s because he looks like my brother. They have the same mannerisms and facial expressions. It’s kind of spooky actually.

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