The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
You would love this German Recipe I have for it then... You will die for this!!! ENJOY!!!!
Homemade Hot Chocolate
3 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 ounces chocolate, preferably dark (bittersweet)
3 teaspoons maple syrup or natural sweetener of choice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1) Chop the chocolate very finely.
2) In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and cream to a low simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally.
3) Add the chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Whisk vigorously until all of the chocolate has melted. Cook for an additional 4 minutes, whisking constantly.
4) Serve with maple whipped cream (recipe follows) if desired.
Serves 4 generously Maple Whipped Cream Ingredients:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons maple syrup (more if you like your whipped cream very sweet)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and beat until stiff.
YUUUUUUUUM! *copied, pasted and SAVED!*
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I got some of this drinking chocolate recently---it's dark chocolate, but you can add sugar if it's too dark for your taste. It's essentially shaved chocolate. It's rich and tasty, but because you're melting chocolate, it tends to leave a dark chocolate puddle in the bottom of your mug as you finish. (Not necessarily a bad thing!) I understand that if you use a hand blender it doesn't settle as much.
I love this thread! Y'all are really bringing out my chocolate cravings! I take my hot chocolate however I can get it. But I only want it when the weather gets cooler, which doesn't happen much here in south Florida...guess that's a good thing, otherwise I'd drink it way too often I'm sure!
Most recently I've been enjoying "mexican" hot chocolate. Basically a good semisweet chocolate with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Abuelita brand is good, but I usually make my own. Yum!
When I was a kid, my Mom made me hot cocoa from scratch. When the powdered mix came out, my Mom would buy that, and I found it just as good. I buy the powdered mix for my family too. I always have marshmallows on hand, and during the holidays we enjoy our cocoa with some crushed candy cane for an added holiday touch.
I'm not picky with my hot chocolate, I like both. However when I make it for myself I go with the powdered option simply for convenience sake ::
I am not ashamed to admit that I like Swiss Miss brand with the tiny dehydrated marshmallows in the packets :: (I do usually add more regular marshmallows to it if I have them in the cupboard)
I definitely like all the different ways to make hot chocolate or cocoa.
I say that if you're going to get a powder, then get a high quality powder. I had Godiva dark chocolate hot cocoa one year and it was the blackest, richest thing I have ever drank. I was in heaven. Lately though, I've been mixing Hershey's dark chocolate cocoa powder with some sugar and vanilla in very warm milk. It's just like my mother used to make and it's pretty good. I've been making it this way since I ran out of the pre-mixed stuff.
For me, to take it to the next level, I make my own marshmallows, which is REALLY easy. Plop one of those in your mug (they're large), and pour piping hot chocolate over THAT...seriously...it's incredible. Often I will use peppermint extract instead of vanilla extract in the marshmallows and I end up with peppermint hot chocolate.
Originally Posted by kerstig
Oh yes those are great! Don't you have those in America/England?
I have never seen that and I am very sorry about it!
Looking forward to Christmas a little early this year.