The first snow, it was absolutely necessary to run outside and play in the falling snow, even if it didn't stick. You bundle up, with scarf and hat and gloves. Then, running around outside, it's like you're in a magical land.
At least it was for me.
I remember one year it was at night and we had our outdoor lights on, so that the lights caught the snowflakes and lit them up. It was beautiful and majestic. We laughed and ran around. I think my sister and I were both in high school.
Then when we got inside, totally frozen, and peeled our wet coverings off, my mom made us hot cocoa.
I enjoy hot cocoa mix, but on the stove? Fuhgetaboutit.
I made some last night.
Heat this to boiling, reduce to low and simmer for a few minutes (3-4), stirring constantly.
Once it's warm enough, you can beat with a whisk or blender to make it foamy, or just give it a good stir and ladle it out.
And watched our DVR'd copy of Walking Dead. Christmassy, right?
Then this morning on the way to work, you'll never guess what happened.
First snow, what a beautiful thing.
2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate (2 squares)
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups milk (lowfat is fine)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
Heat chocolate and water in saucepan over medium until smooth. Stir in sugar and salt. Heat until boiling, reduce to low and simmer 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in milk, heat just until hot. Beat until foamy or stir until smooth.
Shot of Butterscotch Schnapps
Shot of Kahlua
1 teaspoon instant coffee
dash of cinnamon (Mexican coffee)
anything else that you like with cocoa!