Monthly Archives: February 2012

Mexican Hot Chocolate

The most readily available brand of Mexican chocolate is Ibarra, which comes in a hexagonal package. If you can’t find it, substitute bittersweet chocolate with a hefty pinch of cinnamon.


2 to 3 ounces Mexican chocolate

3 cups milk or water

Cinnamon sticks for garnish

(Yields two servings)

Finely chop the chocolate by hand. It will shave off in grainy flakes.

Place the chocolate in a blender. Set a saucepan over medium-high heat and add the milk. When the milk is warmed through and on the verge of boiling, pour the hot milk over the chocolate.

Place the lid on the blender, cover with a towel for safety, and then pulse the mixture, removing the top to release steam if needed.

Continue blending until the chocolate is completely melted and the milk is frothy.

Pour into mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

This crazy warm weather isn’t going to last much longer and the freezing temperatures are coming back again. Think I will try this recipe out on the family when we are all chilled to the bone.

Long Date!

Had the most wonderful time the other night when I’d met some friends for a dinner date on Wednesday. It was fabulous. We took our meal at this wonderful restaurant on the waterfront where the food was simply divine! We must have spent at least 3 or 4 hours just eating and talking and sipping fine wine. After dinner we ran into another couple that we all know and joined them for a show at a Comedy Club. It was great, I never laughed so much in my life. It was after three in the morning before we finally got back to their house where we continued the nights festivities with long island teas and music.

I never got to bed until the next day and when I awoke I found myself curled up with one of the prettiest women I’ve ever known. Anyway, it’s Friday and I finally got home and this has just been the most fabulous week for me so far. And it’s not even the weekend yet! OMG!

Moving Chores

Contribution by Kay Griffin

Food has always been a passion of mine, and I love to cook. My husband usually loves it, but lately he has been a little upset with my obsession with cooking. We recently purchased a new home, and he would really love it if I was spending my time organizing rather than cooking.

I am overwhelmed, and I just can’t bring myself to do all of the chores. We had to stay in a hotel for two weeks in between homes, and that made me miserable. I hated eating out every night, and I gained 10 pounds. I thought I would be able to get the unpacking and organizing done quickly once we got into our new place, but I am just drawn to the kitchen. I missed eating wholesome meals, and I need to get back on a healthy diet before my weight gain gets out of control.

My husband would prefer it if I was researching the Aurora area and hanging pictures on the wall. I’m going to try and do a better job of splitting my time between my hobby and the house next week. Hopefully that will make my husband stop complaining.

Headlines with Jay Leno

My parents always watched The Tonight Show, although back in their day they had Johnny Carson as the host and these days we have Jay Leno, of which I enjoy watching each night while I am trying to fall asleep. One of my favorites is on Monday evenings when he always has “Headlines” which are always funny and entertaining.

The one thing that they do on the Tonight Show is the “Jay Walking” where is talks to people on the street and asks them simple questions that they never seem to know the correct answer to. For some reason it really bums me out to see the large amount of people that he talks to that are so completely ignorant and don’t seem to have a clue most of the time when he asks them these questions. I hate to think that the world has so many clueless people in it, but it certainly does have it’s fill.