Red Wine Hot Chocolate

It’s getting cold ://

But you know what that means?!! All the kinds of hot chocolates :D!!

Hot chocolate has got to be my favorite warm beverage apart from pumpkin spice lattes but I’ll leave the latter to Starbucks.

I saw this recipe on facebook the other day and I thought to definitely try it out. It sounded really gross at first but it started growing on me. I really like warm, creamy alcoholic beverages so I’m glad I gave this a shot.

I used Jason Triggs merlot which is full-bodied and a little fruity.

I actually really enjoyed making this and better yet drinking it. There is a wine-y after taste and it’s very rich and thick! Kinda like you’re drinking the chocolate founting at Aunt Gilda’s wedding but with a little bit of mmmph! I would definitely make this again.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup red wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except salt and vanilla extract) in a pot over medium heat and stir occassionaly till it’s all melted and even
  2. Remove from heat and add in salt and vanilla extract. Pour in mugs and enjoy 🙂

*If you don’t like how thick this is, you can thin it out with 1/2 a cup of milk and 1/2 a cup of red wine 🙂

Let me know what you think!

 

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Coconut Milk Thyme Chicken

Hello everyone! Hope y’all have been doing well. I haven’t posted in a while and I have no real excuse sooooo. YEH!

Anyways, today I made coconut milk thyme chicken and rice for dinner. Everyone knows how to make rice so I didn’t include that in this recipe. This chicken however is just as easy to make and fast too. I cooked from frozen chicken and everything (including the rice) was ready in about 40 minutes.

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Before switching the chicken to the casserole dish

The garlic, thyme and coconut milk all combine so nicely!

Happy Sunday! Let me know what you think of this recipe either on my my tumblr or in the comments below!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ teaspoons of dried thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves; minced or diced
  • 1/2 cups coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat olive oil and butter in a pan. When the butter is melted, add in the chicken till chicken is brown on the outside
  4. Add thyme and garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds.
  5. Transfer chicken into a casserole dish and pour in the coconut milk. Bake until chicken is cooked (about 30 minutes)

Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Bowls

Y’all!!! Let me tell you how easy this is to make and how fancy it looks.

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First off, just look at it and appreciate it!!!!!! Second, omg…it was actually really good. Teriyaki is one of the easiest things to make and tastes like probably how heaven looks. So the only lengthy thing about this was making boiled rice but that’s because rice takes a while to boil and that’s just what that is. But overall, this was really easy. I threw in some pineapple into the sauce as well just to give it a sweeter taste and that really brought the flavors together. We had so much extra pineapple so we decided to make pineapple sorbet smoothies with the sorbet ice cream my friend had in his freezer and ice. It was an adventure (literally, because we used his food processor and all the liquids were splashing everywhere- just a mess).

Anyways, I suggest you all should try this. For the sauce I used brown sugar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, honey and brown sugar. Threw them all in after the chicken breasts were fully cooked, let simmer a bit; added a little water and VOILA! We felt fancy. :p

Hope you’re all enjoying your Thursday evening as much as I am 🙂 The weekend is so soon!

 

New Orleans

I have not posted recently because I am having the time of my life in New Orleans! 

Everyone here is so nice! The food is just out of this world and the culture is EVERYTHING!!! I’m so glad I came here 🙂 Look!!!!!! 

This little wine thing was the cutest! Being able to walk around the streets with alcohol was nice but I felt super cute and fancy sipping on this as I made my way down Bourbon street. 

Like do I even need to say anything about this??? It was everything!!! So good. Super spicy though but just so friggin amazing. 

I just want to stay here longer 😦 I love New Orleans! 

Raspberry Oat Muffins

Hello everyone!

So I have been really not feeling the best lately and therefore not cooking so much but I decided to amp myself up a little. I decided to make oat muffins because they give you that boost you need and are really filling. You can’t go wrong with them. Then I found this amazing recipe  from Ramshackle glam and I was over the moon. Raspberries are just amazing in everything. Plus look how pretty these turned out!

oat 2This recipe is so easy to follow and make. She even included pictures along with each step which is always helpful.

The only thing I changed from her recipe to mine was the amount of applesauce I used, added olive oil and instead of light brown sugar, I used dark brown sugar. I had only one serving of applesauce which is just under 3/4 of a cup so I topped it up with some olive oil. That’s really the biggest difference and I feel like it probably didn’t alter the product too much. These muffins taste so healthy but yummy. You can feel the goodness just rushing through you. I’m glad I made these! Now I have my breakfast for tomorrow and a few oat

snacks here and there 🙂

 

 

Look how soft and moist they look! Hmm 🙂

This was a great idea.