Pin It Party #2

Before we get to anything today, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your heartfelt comments, emails, texts, phone calls and messages on yesterday’s post. They mean so much to my family and I.

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Lindsay is once again hosting a PIN IT PARTY, I joined in on the fun for the second one and I can’t wait to join the second. A pin it party is where we write a post with five posts (of our own) that we’d love to see pinned on pinterest. Then link up on Lindsay’s blog and see some other posts!

Without further ado, here are my 5 posts:

Designer Whey Chocolate PB & Jelly Protein Smoothie

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I still think this is my favorite smoothie!

Sweet Potato Bread

The best picture I ever got, sorry! I guess I will just have to make it again.

The best picture I ever got, sorry! I guess I will just have to make it again.

 

Joy the Baker’s Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

The perfect cup.

The perfect cup.

Flour’s Oatmeal Maple Scone

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I’ve never made the glaze, but it is still wonderful!

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not pretty, but very tasty.

Not pretty, but very tasty.

Did any of these recipes strike your fancy? I can’t wait to see what you all linked up!

Year of Baking: Joy the Baker’s Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

I am pretty sure this weeks recipe doesn’t necessarily qualify as baking, but last week was crazy so I didn’t get a chance to really plan, prep and bake something.

I did however have a perfect reason to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate.

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Last week Nick, B and I headed up to Killington, VT for a mini-ski trip with my sister & her boyfriend and my dad, his girlfriend and her kids.

It’s weird to me to stay in a hotel for a ski trip. I grew up about 45 minutes away from Killington and any time we went skiing it was always a day trip. I didn’t take many photos because we weren’t there for that long Monday – Wednesday morning. I did however take a few. We stayed at the Killington Grand Resort and had dinner there on Monday night.

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I had this amazing seared ahi tuna, I can’t find the menu online, but for VT it was pretty tasty!

Nick, B and I have also been adding extra veggies and fruits in with smoothies, and they are perfect for B when he is sick!

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Tuesday, Dad and I took a little father-daughter time to ski. Nick can’t and my sister doesn’t do well on the slopes so they stayed back to watch the little man.

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Um, even the kids snow pants were to tall for me.

We spent three hours out on the slopes, and I have to say I was terrified, I hadn’t been downhill skiing in almost 20 years. I have cross-country skied but that is most certainly not the same. I will say though, I get my ski legs back pretty quickly.

You know what goes great with an afternoon of skiing? A piping hot mug of homemade hot cocoa. I took my recipe from Joy the Baker‘s cookbook and it was a hit.

Ingredients
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 heaping tablespoons of white chocolate chips
2 cups of milk (any fat content)
1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee powder (optional)
pinch of salt

Instructions

1. Pour 2 inches of water into a medium saucepan and place over medium heat
2. Place dark and white chocolate in a heatproof bowl
3. When the water has come to a boil, place the bowl of chocolate on top but not touching the simmering water
4. Stir chocolate until melted
5. As you put your water on to boil, heat the milk in a small saucepan until almost boiling
6. Whisk the melted chocolate, coffee powder, and salt into the heating milk and whisk until smooth and incorporated
7. Pour into 2 cups and enjoy with marshmallows or your favorite cookie

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Notes

I don’t like white chocolate so I never have any on hand – I used extra semi-sweet but in the future I might use peanut butter chips or even butterscotch. At the holidays, I will definitely be using mint chips.

I used espresso powder and only a 1/4 teaspoon, that was definitely enough.

We enjoyed ours plain but I know Nick would’ve loved some marshmallows.

The hot chocolate was perfectly creamy, but because of the chocolate I used it was a bit too sweet for me. We also only had whole milk so I would definitely use something different for me in the future.

Link up with Jenn for more tasty treats on WIAW!