I am so far behind. Usually by this time, I have put a good dent in my holiday shopping, my house is decorated, and my gingerbread house made and covered in candy. Not this year. We bought a tree this morning, and it is the first thing that we really have done to celebrate the holidays. Life has been so busy. In such a good way, I have been so fortunate to be doing some work that I am truly proud of, but it has been my main focus for the last week or so. Now I am ready to focus on the holidays and spending them with my family. I cannot wait.
I have to be fair, and tell you that I have never actually had a sip of this hot chocolate. I do not drink milk, so I steer clear. But I felt that I had to share this with you, because my children and the kids in the neighborhood have declared this the “best hot chocolate ever”. I made a big pot last week when it was really cold. All of the kids were outside playing, bundled in hats and mittens, and with rosy, rosy, cheeks. They were not about to come in to get warm, so I decided to bring some warm to them. I brought out cups of steaming hot chocolate, they came running, and it was gone in moments. If I were a hot chocolate drinking kind of girl, this is what I would want. It is almost a drinkable pudding. It is rich and thick. Deep, dark, chocolate, sea salt and vanilla just bring out all of the delicious flavors. I made some whipped cream (by hand no less) and added some marshmallows. I might also make an adult version with a splash of rum, peppermint schnapps, Grand Marnier, Amaretto, Baileys. A perfect way drink for a cold, wintery day.