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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Okay...It's Nighty Nighty Now...

Okay, I am getting to bed way too late but have had such fun playing catch up with all of you and your blogs! Being without the Internet was awful. Really! Oh what a technoholic I have become I fear. I love your blogs and writing my mind numbing ramblings & self indulgences on mine.
Now, just what did I do without blogging? Sleep more? Okay but who needs sleep? Um...okay, I do but I need to read your blogs too! Okay, now I can slip off to bed and no one knows how ate I stayed up...well, Lucy knows but she won't tell. Kipper and Henry are sound asleep and Bill is snoring away. Just a gentle snore...just enough for me to really know he is here. I can't believe that this sound actually used to bother me! Now I listen FOR it. Odd huh?
What a week it has been and it won't quiet down for a bit. The school play is Thursday evening and Grace is quite excited. She has her line down pat and has practiced it so many times (Just ask her brother!)that I do think the furry members of the family could recite it themselves. Albeit without the flair and style that Grace has added to it! Ethel Barrymore had nothing on the Gracester. On Saturday we have Grace's 9th birthday party to throw, sling, toss, fling. So far we have received 4 RSVPs and are awaiting several more. Why, this is the biggest event of the year, or so says Miss Grace. Anyone who is anyone will be there! I wonder if we need to hire a bouncer to shoo all the paparazzi away. What do you think? Hmmm....

I still have a certain box to mail to the lovely Leona and am so embarrassed that it still sits, lonely and quite forlorn, in my study. I am a bad blog giverawayer I know. But I added a few more trinkets as an apology!

Now, I have been far too remiss in posting more delicious chocolate recipes and ideas and decadent pictures of late. And here it is February 27th! Believe me, I am hanging my head in shame. Really. It is quite sad.

Chocolate Month is almost at an end so there needs to be a few more offerings. So, without further ado...

Godiva's Devilish Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate:

4 bars (1.5 ounces each) Godiva Dark Chocolate, chopped

1 cup water

3 cups whole milk

8 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

Dash cayenne pepper

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cayenne Whipped Cream:

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch cayenne pepper

Make the hot chocolate: Place chocolate and water in microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave on medium (50% power) 1 minute.


Microwave 1 minute more or until chocolate softens.

Stir until smooth. Let cool. Combine milk, cloves, cinnamon sticks and cayenne pepper in saucepan.

Warm milk mixture over medium heat until

bubbles form around edge of pan. Whisk chocolate mixture into milk.

Add sugar and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer

for 5 minutes. Strain mixture, reserving cinnamon sticks.

Rinse cinnamon sticks, pat dry and set aside for garnish. Return mixture to saucepan and stir in cream.

Over low heat, heat to simmer. Stir in vanilla extract.

Make the cayenne whipped cream: Combine all ingredients in bowl and whisk until

stiff peaks form. Pour hot chocolate into four mugs.

Serve immediately topped with Cayenne Whipped Cream and cinnamon stick.

Godiva's Brownie Cups

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 bars (1.5 ounces each)

Godiva Dark Chocolate, chopped

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons water

1 large egg1 teaspoon vanilla extract

10 flat-bottomed ice cream cups

Ice Cream Filling:

1 quart ice cream (your favorite flavor) Decoration:

Candy-coated chocolate baking bits,

assorted sprinkles, chopped nuts, granola, cookie crumbs

The cups:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place chocolate in medium bowl.

2. Combine butter, sugars and water in saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and pour hot syrup over chocolate. Let stand for 1 to 2 minutes to melt chocolate. Whisk until smooth.

3. Whisk in egg, blending until smooth. Stir in vanilla and flour mixture. Divide batter among 10 ice cream cups, using about 2 1/2 tablespoons batter per cup. Arrange cups, evenly spaced, on baking sheet.

4. Bake brownie cups for 25 to 30 minutes or until cake tests or toothpick insert into center of brownie comes out clean. Set cups on baking sheet on wire rack to cool completely.

5. Place scoop of ice cream on top of each cup. Decorate with the candies of your choice.

Okay, are you happy now?? I surely am! Yummmm....

Suzie Q


Jen said...

Well, tell Grace to smile for the Papparazzi, lol...I'm sure they'll be there :)

Once you get your schedule down pat for NYC, let me know if you have a day where I could squeek into the picture and I'll hope the train and meet you at Penn Staion, let me know what you think. I'll make the arrangements with my SIL for the day off and my husband to be here for the children :) I'd love to hang with yah LOL

smilnsigh said...

Chocolate Month! EeeeeeeeeeK! Oh you are soooooooooooo *baddddddddd*, Girlfriend! Oh, to die for recipes and pictures. Ohhhhh... Eeeeek... Ohhhhh.... -sighhhhhhhhhhhh-

Why sigh? 'Cause -pout- I can't have it anymore. -pout- -sigh- -whine- -sob- -etc.- ,-)

Nahhhhhh, it's not the end of the world. You all ENJOY some, for me. And that's an Order!!! ,-)))))


TK Angels said...

Tell Gracie Aunt Terri (the other one) said "Happy Birthday" I will hopefully see you all in a couple of weeks. I will bring something from Fla for her birthday.

Take care,
Love to all

P.S. Tell Bill I said hi-I read your e-mail to Sharon and hope everything will be ok

Brown English Muffin said...

There you go with that chocolate again making me crave it over and over again...stop I tell you stop!!! LOL