I love the movie Serendipity. M and I usually watch it together this time of year. I’ve never been to Serendipity in NYC, but I’ve heard about their famous frozen hot chocolate for years and wanted to try it. This year I decided to make some to enjoy while watching the movie Serendipity. It was a great plan until we couldn’t find our copy of the DVD. Oh well. The frozen hot chocolate was delicious anyway! I can see making this every year! It’s perfectly icy and seems like such a fancy treat. The recipe was on the side of a Ghirardelli hot chocolate can. We highly recommend this recipe!
- 4 ounce chocolate bar broken into pieces
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1 & 1/2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons hot chocolate mix
- whipped cream and shaved chocolate for garnish
1. Melt chocolate in microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Keep heating for 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until melted.
2. Add sugar and hot chocolate mix. Stir constantly until combined. Add 1/2 cup of the milk and stir. Let sit until cooled to room temperature.
3. Add chocolate mixture, ice, and the remaining milk to a blender and blend until combined. Ours was about the consistency of a Frappucino.
4. Serve with whipped cream and enjoy!
This made a little more than 3 glasses worth. So good!
If you need a couple of last minute recipe ideas for New Years’ Day, check out this dip and my black eyed pea dip
In the south, we have a tradition of eating certain foods on New Years’ Day for good luck. For my family, we have to have hog jowl, black eyed peas, and turnip greens. Mom and I are the only people who like turnip greens. Every year we try futilely to get the rest of the immediate family to try just one little bite.
This year I came up with this turnip green dip for lunch at my parents’ house tomorrow. I thought mom and I would enjoy it even if no one else eats it! This is a really unique dip, but not in a bad way! I love it. The traditional flavor of the turnip greens shines through, but it is really enhanced by the cheese and hot sauce.
Does your family have an New Years’ Day food traditions?
Turnip Green Dip
- 3 pieces of bacon
- 1 package of frozen turnip greens, thawed
- 1 package of cream cheese, at room temp
- 1 medium yellow onion – chopped
- 1 garlic clove – minced
- 2 drops hot sauce
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- crushed red pepper to taste
- 1 & 1/2 cups of shredded parmesan cheese
1. In a skillet, cook bacon. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease.
2. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and cook until translucent. Add the apple cider vinegar. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients except for bacon and mix well. Heat through. Pour into a 9 inch pie plate. Sprinkle crumbled bacon on top. Place in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes just to make sure it’s all heated through. Serve with Ritz crackers.
Michael and I can be like kids at Christmas time. We both love Christmas music and movies, and I adore decorating for Christmas. I wanted to get a head start on some Christmas crafting. I saw this idea on Pinterest, and it looked like a lot of fun. I decided to create our own version, and Our 25 Days of Christmas bucket was born. This project took me an hour to do and cost less than 10 dollars to make. I can see this becoming a new, fun tradition our family can participate in each year. Starting December 1st, every morning, Michael or I will draw one of the cards from the bucket. On each card is written a Christmas related activity for us to do that day. Each activity is relatively simple, and I’m a big fan of simplicity! I can’t wait to get started! The activities on our cards are:
- buy a Christmas book
- read a book together
- listen to Christmas music
- bake cookies
- drive around to look at Christmas lights
- drink hot chocolate
- watch a Christmas special
- lie on a blanket by the fire
- watch White Christmas (my favorite)
- watch Elf (Michael’s favorite)
- bundle up and take a winter evening walk
- call or visit family
- make popcorn garland strings
- surprise a neighbor with something homemade and yummy
- wrap presents
- sing the 12 Days of Christmas
- play a board game
- work on a puzzle
- color a Christmas coloring page
- write letters to Santa
- open one gift (Michael insisted on this one)
- write love letters and put them in each others’ stockings
- go Christmas shopping or browsing
- do an anonymous good deed
- buy a toy to donate
What are simple, fun ways you and your family celebrate the holidays?