Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hot Chocolate

Last year, I made two cups of hot chocolate, topped them with mini marshmallows, placed them strategically in a light place in the living room, grabbed my camera, and took a few (ok, maybe more than a few) photos...

I wish I could do that now. I still have my camera, but it's different. I don't have pretty decorations at hand; light doesn't come streaming through the windows in my room, because our building faces a brick wall, blocking most sunlight.

Today, this same hot chocolate looks like this:

Simply an iPhone picture, taken on my plain ol' desk. But this is life right now.

Life is not all about the perfect picture, or the perfect light.

It's also about capturing the evenings when I make a cup of hot chocolate to give me a boost for the next leg of homework. It's about the teddy bear that my mom gave me last year. It's about the postcard I bought in an antique used bookstore in Czech that reminds me of home. It's about the birthday card from my grandparents that still makes me smile.

Speaking of hot chocolate... who needs hot chocolate packets when you can make the most delicious warm goodness in under five minutes from scratch?

I'll share my college-friendly hot chocolate recipe... please try it! It's delicious, if I do say so myself.

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate 

1 cup almond milk (here's my favorite)
1-2 squares dark chocolate
1 tbsp cocoa powder (preferably dutch-processed - it's the best kind!)
1-2 tsp honey or maple syrup
Dash of cinnamon
Mini marshmallows
Optional: a piece of a candy cane - AH-mazing. 

Pour almond milk into your favorite mug. Add the rest of the ingredients (except for marshmallows). Stir. Don't worry about it not mixing all the way at this point, it will be easier to mix when it's warm. Put in microwave for 2-3 minutes. Half-way through, stir again, until everything feels mixed in. When it's just the right temperature for you, pull it out, and top with mini-marshmallows.

(You can also make this in a saucepan on the stove. Whatever works!)

As you can see, this is not a hard-and-fast recipe. Make it how you like! This is my go-to recipe, and it's so much healthier than using a packet. It's a perfect pick-me-up. Yum!

Back to Old Testament paper writing! Have a wonderful day.


  1. Oh Claire, perfect blog post! For whatever reason, you made me cry as I read it. Good job! :) Just for the record, I like the current photo of the hot chocolate as much as I like the one from home...they're both perfect because they capture the essence of life in the now! Does make me miss home though. Love you...and see you SOON!!

  2. Have you ever used flavored dark chocolate squares? For example... Lindt's dark chocolate with sea salt? or orange? I'm planning to make some hot chocolate today, which is why I looked up this recipe of yours, and I have some Lindt's chocolate. I think I'll try it. :)


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