Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday was a miserably cold, foggy day. San and I sat around the stove most of the day, not wanting to venture outside. We finally forced ourselves out to put up Christmas lights at 2:00 in the afternoon. We went to bed with forecasts of colder temperatures. Sure enough, it got colder but, oh, the beautiful day that dawned Sunday. San's theory is that all the fog froze in the night so no fog remained in the morning, only crystal clear air and white frosted beauty on every fallen leaf. As we walked down to the Community Center for a Lion's Breakfast, I captured the frozen beauty and drank up the sparkling air.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup water
Mix these ingredients together in 2 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for 1 minute, reduce heat to medium and add,
3 cups whole milk
Heat milk and chocolate, stirring occasionally until very warm but not boiling. Remove from heat and add
1/4 cup of half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
Serve immediately topped with whipped cream or marshmallow or peppermint sticks or enjoy it undressed in all its goodness and wholesomeness.
The secret to making this an enjoyable indulgence it to not over heat the milk. When you add the half and half the chocolate milk becomes the perfect temperature to guzzle down for a gentle warming from the inside out. A perfect way to start the day on these freezing foggy mornings.