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The Best Hot Chocolate Ever (yeah, it’s Spiked)

I figured that since our plans got turned all around by the ice storm in Dallas today, we might as well enjoy it. What says warm and cozy like Hot Cocoa? Since we’re all big kids here, I went ahead and kicked it up a notch to an “adult beverage”. Oh me oh my, this was the best hot chocolate ever!!


This Hot Chocolate Recipe is from food.com. I noted the tweak I made to it in the directions below

Teddybear Hot Cocoa                   

Ingredients:                                      Units: US | Metric                          Servings: 1
8 ounces of prepared Hot Chocolate
1 ounce Vodka
1 ounce Kahlua
1/4 cup Whipped Cream
Green Creme de Menthe


  1. Prepare your Hot Chocolate using Milk, as I doubt this would taste very good made with water.
  2. Pour Vodka & Kahlua into a coffee cup.
  3. Pour in Hot Cocoa.
  4. Top with whipped cream. (It was a Snow Day and I didn’t have whipped cream, so I used the Espresso Maker to froth Half and Half to dollop on top, which turned out very yummy as well.)
  5. Drizzle with green Creme de Menthe.
  6. Serve immediately. Boom.

This Hot Chocolate is off the hook, so I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did! Stay safe and warm, friends!

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A Healthy Start to the Day


Thanks for all those who have been praying for my Dad. His Heart Catheterization went well, thanks be to God. The 4 Bypasses that they did 10 years ago are all open! The main Artery to his heart has narrowed, and there is about 60% diffused blockage there. Since it is diffused, they can’t put in a stint (which is used when there is a main point of blockage). So he will be starting a non-invasive therapy soon to help with that blockage and hopefully create new wide-open capillaries going to the heart – it’s called EECP.

When something goes wrong with the body, it’s usually then that we really wish we had done a better job of caring for it. Exercise and eating-right are key, and yes, I struggle with that too.  Dad isn’t much of a cook, and it can be daunting to try and do all that just for one person, especially starting in your 70’s.  He wants to eat heart healthy, but the Doctor didn’t have much to give him in order to accomplish that end. I decided that I’d start an ongoing collection of heart-healthy recipes for Dad, and to share with anyone who wanted simple, quick recipes – basically less than 30 minutes.

Today is the beginning of what I’d like to start as an ongoing (over time) Heart Healthy Recipes Series, and it’s a small but loving beginning. And when you’re at the beginning, what is more appropriate then the start to the day, BREAKFAST?

I used to be one of those people who did not like to eat breakfast. I would wake up so congested that my stomach was upset, and I definitely was not looking for anything to be put in it. But my Pediatrician at the time said that I needed to eat something in the morning, especially since I get Migraines. Now, I’m a big breakfast advocate, 100% pro breakfast, and a card-carrying member of Granola Chompers International. OK, I think I may have made that last thing up, but I wanted you to understand my heart-felt (cough) disposition towards Breakfast, and that just flowed out…sorry.

These recipes were chosen because they have few and simple ingredients, take a short amount of easy prep, and are things my Dad likes. Hopefully they will be things that you like too.

Here is a link to the download including 5 easy Heart-Healthy Recipes:

Heart Healthy BREAKFASTS

OR, if you’d just like to go to websites where I gathered the recipes, click on the titles below.

Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothies

Slow Cooker Oats

Summer Berry Parfait with Yogurt and Granola

Breakfast Tortilla Wrap

Easy Egg White Omelet

Happy Breakfast eating, friends. Share your reviews or even your own Heart-Healthy recipe suggestions in the comments please!

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