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Sweetheart Hot Chocolate

Happy Valentines Day! Just a quick post here this week because you need to be out spending time with your husband today! πŸ˜˜

No, seriously… Yes, it’s a Hallmark holiday that is basically built up to encourage gift buying, etc. etc. etc. But it’s also the perfect excuse to take some time to be intentional about building your relationship with your husband. Whether that’s a romantic dinner in (cell phone and tv free… you might be surprised how much you have forgotten how to hold a conversation. I know, I’ve been there before!) or a date night on the town, find something to do together and be intentional about building up that most special earthly relationship that God has blessed you with.

I was reminded at our church’s sweetheart banquet this past weekend that too often we take our spouses for granted… we forget how good we really have it. Take some time to thoughtfully consider how wonderfully blessed you are to have the husband that God placed into your life. I’m not saying you have to have a perfect marriage. I’m saying that we are all blessed more than we give God credit for, and sometimes we let the imperfections and monotony cloud our perspective. So take some time to consider those blessings, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to tell you husband that you love him and are thankful for him.

As just a little bit of romantic “assistance,” πŸ˜‹ I’ve been working on a Sweetheart Hot Cocoa recipe for you to share with your sweety (think early bedtime for the kiddos, then just chatting by candlelight over a nice hot cup of completely fat-laden, delicious liquid chocolate! What could be better? lol). I’ve gotta say, my husband has really enjoyed taste testing this one! πŸ˜†

Oh! And if this isn’t quite enough chocolate to hit your Valentine’s Day sweet tooth… I’ve been a little crazy about “single serve” (okay, they’re huge and you really shouldn’t eat it all in one sitting, but no judgment here!) cookies lately, and this one is the perfect cookie to share for the holiday of love! Check it out! (Note: I did find that the recipe needs just a tad more flour than it calls for… my first attempt, I followed the recipe exactly and it ended up like 12″ around and super thin and burnt… but still pretty tasty minus the char!)

On to the Sweetheart Hot Cocoa!

He are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 Tbs. Cacao Powder
  • 3 Tbs. Half & Half
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs. Which Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbs. Sugar (If you are used to the store-bought package hot chocolate, you may want more)
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 c. Whole Milk

Directions:

  1. Over medium-low heat, combine cacao, white chocolate chips, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and half & half.It will be a little bit lumpy at first, but keep stirring CONSTANTLY so it can melt without burning.
  2. Once it’s melty and delicious-looking, like this, stir in the milk, then turn the heat up to medium. Continue to heat through, stirring very frequently to prevent scorching. My husband wanted me to include this picture with a reminder not to cry over spilled milk. πŸ˜‰
  3. Once it’s nice and steamy and starting to get frothy, but not boiling, take it off the heat.Pour into 2 mugs, top with whipped cream or marshmallows and cozy down with your Sweetheart!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Sweetheart Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. Cacao Powder
  • 3 Tbs. Half & Half
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs. Which Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbs. Sugar (If you are used to the store-bought package hot chocolate, you may want more)
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 c. Whole Milk

Directions:

  1. Over medium-low heat, combine cacao, white chocolate chips, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and half & half. It will be a little bit lumpy at first, but keep stirring CONSTANTLY so it can melt without burning.
  2. Once it’s melty and delicious-looking, like this, stir in the milk, then turn the heat up to medium. Continue to heat through, stirring very frequently to prevent scorching.
  3. Once it’s nice and steamy and starting to get frothy, but not boiling, take it off the heat. Pour into 2 mugs, top with whipped cream or marshmallows and cozy down with your Sweetheart!
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