There is a saying here in New England, “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”. Sometimes Mother Nature likes to play tricks on you and today is one of those days. Apple popsicle anyone?
Two seasons seem to be fighting for control now. We have lovely fall color on the trees here in New Hampshire and snow on the ground.
Not a lot of snow and with the sun shining brightly it will melt very soon. But there is more to come.
There is a winter storm watch for our house here in New Hampshire and the cottage in Maine. The prediction is for 4 to 6 inches of heavy wet snow and wind gusts up to 30 mph. If we get more than 3 inches, it will break a 185 year old record for snowfall in the month of October.
Many towns will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday and Sunday. Mother Nature is giving us a trick instead of a treat. I can see all the little ghosts and goblins in their Halloween costumes with their snow boots on. Maybe some will wear a snowman costume over their coats. Snow White with snow boots might be cute. There will be no dainty little princess in glass slippers or fairies with fluttering wings. When they get home, I know parents will probably have a nice cup of hot chocolate waiting to go along with all the candy.
If you would enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate, I have a good recipe for you. It is from L. A. Burdick, a wonderful chocolate shop and café in Walpole, New Hampshire. They have a shop in Boston and one in New York as well and their hot chocolate is famous.
- 1 1/2 c. 2% milk (of course you can use 1% or regular if you wish)
- 2 heaping tsp. of the very best cocoa powder
- 1/4 c. ground dark chocolate 60% or more
- ground nutmeg, cinnamon, or hot pepper to taste (this is optional)
Heat milk to just under a boil, add cocoa powder, and dark chocolate. Add optional spice if using. Whisk or stir to combine.
Feel free to improvise. Adding whipped cream or topping with marshmallows is a popular way to put a smile on anyone’s face.