Friday, February 20, 2015

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Few things are better than hot chocolate on a cold day
And the best hot chocolate is the kind made on your stove!!

Thanks to my Hershey's Chocolate Cookbook for this recipe

Hot Chocolate 

1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
dash salt
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups warm milk
3/4 tsp vanilla

In saucepan on the stove, combine cocoa, sugar, salt and water. Heat to boiling and boil for two minutes, stirring constantly. Add in warmed milk and heat until desirable temperature (do NOT boil). Take off heat and stir in vanilla. You can whisk it to make it frothy if desired.  Additional ideas: top with whipped cream, stick a candycane on the end of the mug (and use peppermint flavoring), add cinnamon and nutmeg to the first step, substitute maple or orange flavoring for vanilla. The possibilities are endless!!

I have made homemade hot chocolate three days in a row this week!
I have no more milk in my house, but I have happy children and a happy spouse
Totally worth the extra effort

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snow Day...make that SLEET day (pt. 2)

SLEET Day, pt. 2

Fuller was not impressed:

But the big kids loved it! 
Especially when our neighbor loaned us their sled!
We don't have a sled (*gasp* I know)
so this was the kids' first trips down the sidewalk sledding
New found love? Yes!!

Date taken: February 17, 2015

Snow Day...make that SLEET Day (pt. 1)

A HUGE winter storm was supposed to hit RDU 
Monday evening this week (February 16)

As per our NC usual, we received less snow than expected
and then that snow was covered in sleet.
Fun times


 Our 'dusting' as the snow started Monday night

These two pictures show how much sleet/ice we got after the snow

It made for crunchy, icy snow that really wasn't good for snowballs or snow angels
But that did NOT stop the Finnlings

 Baxter managed to break the snow enough on the back deck
to make his own snow angel

Snow or sleet--it's still cold and wet,
and requires hot cocoa!!

Date taken: February 17, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Blue Jay Point Park

In the fall we spent a beautiful morning hiking at Blue Jay Point Park
The Finnlings loved it!
We can spot the point every time we drive to church,
and they point and yell "There's Blue Jay Point!!"
Thankful for beautiful scenery, hiking trails, and memories being made

Date taken: October 8, 2014

First library cards!!

 We make weekly trips to the library.
The Finnlings pick loads of books each, and I pick a stack as well.
It's rather astounding how many books we check out at a time.

This past week, we reached a milestone.
Georgia and Baxter each got their own library cards.
To say they were excited was an understatement!!
I'm pretty excited for them, too. 
I don't remember getting my library card
--maybe because I had it from such a young age--
but I remember proudly signing my name on the printed cards in the back of the books.
My parents would discipline me by taking away by bag of library books.
We are crazy book people, this Finn family. Yay for the Finnlings!!