Monday, November 9, 2009

Mom's Gourmet Hot Chocolate (and a great project)

Welcome to the Creative Cuts and More Recipe Blog hop. If you came here from Kayla's blog, welcome!! Did you see the super cute picture of her baby in Beavers gear? So cute!! If you did not arrive via Kayla's blog, you might want to start your journey here.


When Terry from Creative Cuts and More approached me about this project, I knew I had to do it (not to mention the fact that my mom was also doing it). You see, I have been bugging my mom and grandma for the last two years about making me a recipe book for Christmas with family recipes in it. Since I cook and scrapbook and believe in preserving family memories, I think passing on family recipes and traditions is very important.
After I recieved the kit, I decided that it will make the perfect gift for my little 18 year old sister who just moved out of our parents house into her own place. Needless to say, she's been calling me a couple of times a month to ask me cooking questions. The recipes I included in this book were relatively easy and inexpensive. I think when you decide on giving someone a recipe book, you should keep these things in mind. This kit from Creative Cuts and More is perfect for a Christmas recipe book. It includes everything you need. Seriously, I only added three brads and used a hole punch and a corner rounder (well a corner chomper and a crop a dile), some adhesive, a paper cutter and a printer. Anyone can do this!I included my recipe for pizza crust (with easy to follow and through instructions). I also included a dinner recipe from my mother and grandmother. The kit from Creative Cuts and More includes the words "Family", "Recipes", "Sweets" and "Dishes". When I started on this project, I knew I had to include my mom's amazing gourmet hot chocolate. It is the perfect treat for a cold rainy day.

Ingrediants
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of cheyenne pepper
cold milk
marshmellows (yes they are vital)

In a microwave safe bowl, mix the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of milk. Heat in the microwave on high for 30 second increments until the chocolate is melted. Add the cinnamon and pepper and stir. Strain the melted chocolate through a fine mesh screen into a microwave safe cup. Top with cold milk while stirring. Heat in the microwave until nice and warm and top with marshmellows.


I knew I had to find some way to incorportate this little toast guy into my book so I added him to the back. I know that Carly is going to love and appreciate this book, even after she has memorized all the recipes.I would really encourage you to think about making a recipe book for one of your loved ones this year for Christmas. Terry at Creative Cuts and More has two different kits available to purchase here and here. The first one is the kit that I used. Again, these kits come fully packed with everything you will need to make your own recipe book. As a celebration for the two day blog hop, Creative Cuts and More is offering 20% the entire store. Just enter recipebloghop2009 during check out.

As a continuing part of the celebration CC&M will of course give away great gifts. Each day Terry is giving away one kit. Here is the twist – go through the blog hop, leave wonderful comments for the great designers. After you have finished the blog hop, return to Diecut Diva and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit. Help us also make this a great recipe swap. Also, make sure to check out the Diecut Diva blog tomorrow for the Apron Holiday Treats Recipe Book and blog hop!

To continue on the Treasured Family Recipes blog hop, go to Sharon Harnist's blog next. And yes, that is THE SHARON HARNIST. Holy moly when I saw I was linking to her I knew the pressure was on. She is amazing!!

30 comments:

catdidit said...

This is so awesome! Love how you put the utensils in the opening there!

Pamela Smerker said...

Gorgeous job Courtney! You are right everyone should make one of these to share special recipes.

mustangkayla said...

Oh, I love your recipe album! I love those divider pages. And your cover is super cute!

Vijaya Siddharth said...

Love your cookbook! Love the cutlery especially:) Good Job!

Tammydee said...

Cute recipe book...I love how bright and fun it is!

Noelle Reese said...

I Love your pages! I love that you cut out the flowers too!

Sophia said...

Cute recipe book and yummy recipe..

Joan Ervin said...

Your recipe book is sooo beautifully done...love the front with the silverware peeking through the opening and your chocolate recipe sounds dreamy!!!!

rozie640 said...

Love your cover and your gourmet hot choco page. That is going to be family tested by me!! Beautiful work.

ellen s. said...

oh that toaster is so cute! i love how you used the window in the cover, too.

Whimcees said...

This hot chocolate sounds delicious!

Barbara Diane

hogue91 said...

Your sister will love this! Terrific idea.

Sandie said...

Very creative! I think this cookbook is awesome.

Hayley G said...

oooh! Love the cut out on the front! Very stylin! It's so nice that you made a gift for your little sis.

junqueandroses said...

When I read thru this recipe I couldn't believe that ir included cayenne pepper...going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing

Lila H said...

Stinkin CUTE!!! I'm so happy you were able to join us - this will also add to your recipe collection!!! and help our poor little Carly with her cooking skills..... much love, mom

Sharon Harnist said...

Courtney, you are too cute (and so is your darling recipe album) -- thanks so much for linking to me!! Your sis will love this album! Your cover is beautiful - love how you used the chipboard utensils. Your mom's recipe for hot chocolate sounds divine -- I'll have to try that!

cjknick said...

Super cute, Court! She's going to love it :)

MWAH!

Cindy

josie walrath said...

Love the cover with the silverware peeking through. The recipe sounds good to.

Jeri said...

What an awesome job you've done. I love your book. Your little sister is one lucky girl. There's nothing I like better than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold dreary morning. Can't wait to try mom's recipe.

Jenn said...

Great job, Court! I so want to try that hot chocolate recipe -- and I don't even like dark chocolate! Thanks for sharing!!! :D

Beth Warren said...

love the album and the hot chocolate recipe.

Margie said...

That hot chocolate souds yummy!

Suzanne said...

Great job Courtney, love how you ribboned the rings! :-)

Abby said...

mmmm...wonderful! Love the font you used on your album!

Holly - Wild Wyoming Girl said...

Love the details, the polka dots and the lovely layout of the entire book.

wholarmor said...

Very cute! That's a great gift!

Die Cut Diva said...

What awesome pages -- loved the cover and cannot wait to try that hot chocolate recipe next time we get 3 feet of snow (LOL)

Tammy in Ontario, Canada said...

I love your blog. I tried to follow but you don't have a button. I love your book with those fantastic graphics! Please include me in the drawing for the hop.

portland said...

courtney. i was hoping to look to you for a recipe or two that might really foodwow me, but i see that you are still (forever?) making hot chocolate. plz update, food guru.