My Proper Hot Chocolate

As usual last week was a busy week.

For me it was a week of scouting though I didn’t get to attend either of my regular scouting activities. I did attend a lot of other meetings though. I also spent my weekend at a scouting conference. It was fun and interesting and I’m really glad I went.

Last week I also worked on my recipe for mac and cheese. I haven’t quite perfected it yet but I’m getting there. I have a few ideas of what to change up next and I’m looking forward to having some more this week. I have worked out though that I much prefer the gooey fresh from the pot version better then the baked one.

One of my meetings ended up turning into a big menu planning session. A few friends and I are going to be catering for an event in a few weeks and so we spent the evening working out what we were going to make for it. I really love getting to plan menus for camps. Its always good fun to see what different things I can come up with that you might not expect while camping. We had a challenging brief but I think we got there.

On to this week. This weeks recipe is a treat for me. I don’t make it often but its worth it when I do. Hot chocolate is definitely my favourite hot beverage. There are of course many quick and easy chocolate powders  out there, some good and some needing tweaking, But nothing beats making a hot chocolate with melted chocolate. I was going to save this one for another day but considering the weather today in Brisbane It certainly seems like a good one to share.

Proper Hot chocolate

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Makes 1 big cup or two small ones

Ingredients:

1/3 cup chocolate melts

1/4 cup Milk

1-2 tsp Vanilla

1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)

1 heaped tbs Marshmallow fluff

How to:

Place the chocolate and milk in a metal or glass bowl and place the bowl over  pot of simmering water.

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Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted and has mixed well with the milk.

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Add in the vanilla and nutmeg and stir through. Continue to heat for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and pour into a mug then top with marshmallow fluff.

I hope you enjoy my proper hot chocolate.

Lil

Valentines Day – DIY Tea Bags

This project was my valentines day gift to Ben. My inspiration came from trolling through the many pins for valentines gifts and cards on Pinterest. I first came across some pins for making your own teabags and since we love drinking various flavors of tea at our house I thought this would be a great gift. Then I found this post for a card and I decided to combine these ideas. This was the result. 

Tea

To make this you will need 
Coffee filters 

Scissors 

Sewing machine 

Tea 

Teaspoon 

Cooking string 

Stapler 

Brown paper 

Stickers 

Pens and pencils 


Method 
Cut filters into rectangles as shown below 

Sew up the 2 long sides and one short side. Trim the edges and excess string.  
Fill each tea bag 1 teaspoon of tea into each bag.  


I made 3 different types.  

Prepare 1 length of string per bag (10-15cm) 


Fold the corners of the open end to the middle of the bag creating a triangle at the top. Loop 1 end of the string around in a small circle. Place on the middle edge of the triangle. 


Fold top of triangle to bottom and staple.   


Pull string slightly to ensure it doesn’t come loose. 


Cut 4.5 x 8 cm rectangles out of brown paper. 


Fold each in half and decorate one side as you wish. 

Write a message or the name of the tea on the other side. Tape the loose end of the string inside the fold of paper then staple the edges together. 
To make the individual wrappings 
 for each bag cut 16 x 9.5 cm rectangles out of brown paper. Fold in half and sew up the 2 sides.  

Trim extra string. Write tea type on the bag then place tea bag inside the bag. Fold over the edge and secure with a sticker (or tape) 

Mango Champs for Australia Day

Happy Australia Day!
I am spending the day with the rest of the Gammie Creative & co. And like a lot of Aussies out there we are listening to triple j’s hottest 100. We have lamingtons, pies, banana lollies, 2 different types of damper, and bbq for later. As for what we’re drinking, we are haveing our favourite cocktail – Mango Champs!
To make this delicious drink all you need is mango sorbet, champagne (or more likely a cheep bubbly) and a blender or bar mix.
We use a rough ratio of 1L of sorbet to 1 bottle of bubbly.
Blend together and enjoy.
Well I’m off to play squatter. An Australian board game about sheep stations (not even kidding).
I hope you are all haveing a fantastic Australia Day !
lil