It's officially my favorite time of the year....the Christmas season! We decorated the day after Thanksgiving and I'm enjoying the festive white lights every evening. My perfect winter drink is a Starbuck's Peppermint Mocha. But, when I'm cozy at home and it's cold outside, I don't always want to bundle up and head out for coffee. I was excited when I came across a copycat recipe I could make at home, and I was even more excited when I tried it! It's so close the real thing (and a lot less expensive, too!)
3 tablespoons powdered rich hot cocoa (I use Ghirardelli hot chocolate)
3 tablespoons hot water
1 1/2 tablespoons peppermint syrup (Do not try to substitute mint extract.)
1 serving of espresso (I use our small stovetop Bialetti to prepare the espresso)
1 small mug of warm 1% milk (I just heat it up in the microwave)
red sugar crystals
Warm the milk in the microwave in a small mug or on the stovetop.
Place hot cocoa powder in the bottom of a large mug. Add the hot water and stir to combine well, dissolve the hot cocoa powder, and make a thick chocolate syrup. Stir in the espresso. Add the warm milk & peppermint syrup and stir together.
If you want to make your drink more festive, add whipped cream & sprinkle with red sugar crystals.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
shredded Swiss cheese (could also substitute Gruyere)
8-12 thin slices of deli ham
2 tsp. thyme
1/4 cup flour
1 cup bread crumbs (I used homemade bread crumbs that I chopped in the food processor)
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup half & half
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the chicken breasts between two layers of plastic wrap and place on top of a cutting board. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, gently flatten the chicken to 1/4 inch thickness. Be careful not too pound too hard and create tears or holes in the chicken breasts. Remove the top piece of plastic wrap.
My Sweet Savannah.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Weekend to Remember marriage retreat. It is a weekend conference to be encouraged in your marriage, spend some time focusing on your relationship, and relax and connect as a couple. We got engaged in Vail, so we thought it would be the perfect location to return to for a Weekend to Remember getaway.
If you happen to be Top Chef fans like we are, you might recognize Kelly Liken from this past season of Top Chef, Washington DC. We asked her husband Rick to send a message back to her in the kitchen and let her know that we had rooted for her on Top Chef. She was sweet enough to come out just before we left to say hi and congratulate us on 3 1/2 years of marriage (even though it was a full house and she was busy in the kitchen.) She even snapped a photo with us.
At the end of our weekend, we returned to the bench where we got engaged almost 4 years ago! It's the first time we've been back since the day we got engaged. Our spot looks different when it isn't covered with snow and ice.
We shared some sweet time reading each other letters reflecting on the last 4 years and the blessings we've experienced in each other and in our marriage. We had a wonderful weekend!
When was the last time you took some intentional time away with your husband or wife? Your marriage is worth the investment! I think it's so important to take time to focus on your marriage and on your spouse, to remember all of the reasons that you love and appreciate each other, and to talk about the ways that you desire to continue to grow in loving each other well through changing seasons of life. The Weekend to Remember marriage getaways are a perfect opportunity to do just that. They offer hundreds of retreats all across the US. If you ever want to getaway with your spouse at a Weekend to Remember, message me and I can even share a discount code with you! The retreats are put on by Family Life, a ministry of the organization that we work for.