Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Holiday Drinks

I like wine for every occasion. It goes well with most everything and with nothing at all, but during the holidays I like to have festive drinks. I've been known to add Grand Marnier to my coffee Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. Just a splash...for flavor. Grand Marnier is my winter warmer. It's wonderful in margaritas, coffee, hot chocolate and by itself. A tiny sip warms me all over.

A couple Christmases ago my MIL gave me a Cocoa-Latte drink maker that makes the best hot chocolate with no hassle. It's kinda like a heated blender. You add all the ingredients and just turn it on. It continuously mixes the cocoa while heating at the same time. It turns off when it reaches the right temperature and will turn itself back on, to reheat, if it starts getting cold. The kids LOVE it and it's the most used appliance in the kitchen during the colder months. My favorite (adult) recipe is my ...

Grande Gourmet Cocoa

3 ounces of finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup half and half

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ounce Grand Marnier

Put all ingredients into cocoa- latte maker and flip the switch.
Top with Whip cream and a sprinkle of Cinnamon after pouring.
Sometimes I add the Grand Marnier after so the kids can have some too...sometimes.

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