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I fell off the wagon, the chocolate wagon that is…
cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and cocoa powder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
morning I fell off the wagon, as in I haven’t had a cup of homemade hot
chocolate in over two weeks, and I just couldn’t function any longer without
have had an awful sinus infection – about the only thing that will bring the
South to its knees! And, as I accidentally found out, milk and sinus drip –
putting that delicately here – just do not mix – literally. I have awful
coughing spasms when I have a sinus infection – so much so that the folks
around me want to either cross their fingers in an X at me or cart me off to
the hospital thinking I have the plague. I literally sound like I’m dying. Once
I start coughing, there is no stopping until the fat lady sings. I can’t
possibly stress how much I hate it. I cannot leave the house because I am
afraid I’ll start coughing!
then there is the inevitable – whispering here – accident of the bladder! It is
just not fun to be sick.
after two weeks of opening the refrigerator to tell my old friend Milk hello, I
pronounced myself well enough to have a cup of hot chocolate this morning –
although those around me listening to me hack might just have a different opinion.
has been battling his own bout of sinus problems and we have often laughed in
the last couple of weeks – only to end up coughing – that if it were Halloween,
we could go as the Hackers. Okay – maybe it was just funny to us.
came to the conclusion that we need a double recliner, because at this time of
the year, usually both of us are sick. And, that means, one or the other is
sleeping in a recliner and not in bed. When this happens, the other enviably
ends up on the sofa because we do not like sleeping in the bed without the
other. Awe – isn’t that cute? There are some nights that I do not know why I even
unmake the bed; we should just start out on the sofa.
back to my Hot Chocolate recipe – if you love hot chocolate the way I do, you
will love this mix. I do not drink coffee, so the 365 days a year when others
are drinking their hot cup of Joe that they just cannot live without, I am
drinking my cup of delicious hot chocolate.
a canister, I mix a canister of Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa mix with an equal amount of
sugar. I shake it and then add a couple of vanilla beans. I have a separate jar
with sugar and vanilla beans – the result is a wonderful vanilla sugar that
coffee drinkers can also use; and, in a third jar, Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate
chips. Those are my ingredients.
make a cup of hot chocolate in the size cup I use – my favorite Mary Englebriet
cup – I pour my milk into the cup to measure and then transfer it to a pot. After
putting the pot over a low/medium flame – I’m impatient! – I then add 2
tablespoons of vanilla sugar, 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips, and 3 spoons of
cocoa mix. I use a whisk to stir while it heats and melts. Pour it into a cup
and if you are feeling really brave, add homemade marshmallows or marshmallow crème
on top. Then, sit back and enjoy! What is your addiction?