Secret Recipe

I love frozen hot chocolate.  Serendipity 3 in New York City has been known to be the best frozen hot chocolate ever.  It was one of Opra’s favorites to know that it must be really good to get to the favorites list.  It costs $8.95 and it comes with 2 straws for two people.  I can’t get to New York City, but the next best thing is to get the secret recipe that Todd Wilbur has for the Serendipity 3 Frozen hot chocolate.  So here it is:


1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder

3 Tablespoons Ghiradelli cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon Hersheys Cocoa powder

1 cup milk

3 cups ice

On top:

Whipped cream

Shavings from a semi-sweet candy bar

  1.  Combine the sugar, dry milk powder, cocoas and  pinch of salt in a small bowl.
  2. Pour the milk into a blender.  Add the dry mix and ice
  3. Blend until all the ice is crushed and the drink is smooth.  Pour into a large goblet or two 16 oz glasses.

Top the drink with whipped cream and shavings from a semi sweet chocolate bar.  (use a carrot peeler) then add a spoon and straw and serve.

Makes one 30-ounce serving or two 15-ounce drinks.

Couple of Seasonal Traditions

Some traditions that I like to do each year as little treats along the way at this time of year.  First is hot chocolate at Burdick’s Chocolate with a couple of their chocolate mice.


Burdick’s Chocolate is like a Cafe that you would find in Paris to me.  The best chocolate ever and it’s just over the border in New Hampshire.  They make a cute little snowman that is dark chocolate ganache,  topped with a roasted hazelnut, dipped in white chocolate and then finished with a dark chocolate top hat.  So cute.

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Very expensive and I just usually buy one for a treat.


Then I like to try Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Latte.  Or make my own.


Then I like to have McDonalds Eggnog Shake that they have this time of year.  It’s fun to go Christmas shopping and go through the drive through and enjoy this scrumptious seasonal shake.


Cute Christmas Cookie Cutter

As I was out and about today, I saw lots of people with a Christmas tree loaded in the back of a pick up truck.  It reminded me of a cute Christmas tree cutter that King Arthur Flour has.  I own this cookie cutter and keep a photo of the way they have it decorated for inspiration.  I think it’s neat.

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The Christmas lights are all over the place after Thanksgiving day.  I just think they are so pretty.


Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

I guess the traditional dinner for Thanksgiving to me is turkey with the dressing, cranberry sauce, butternut squash, boiled onions, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy.  Add a salad and pie.  That and more was what we had.  It was just a beautiful feast with good company and fun.



I really liked the fruit kebobs at Thanksgiving dinner.  They had kebobs all made with strawberries, pineapple and melons.  Then they had separate containers with all the fruits, including strawberries,marshmellows and pound cake cubes so you could create your own.   Then they had a chocolate fondue.  Sooo fun.  And so scrumptious.