ROAR! I AM MAD SHIBOW! That was pretty threatening, no? No? Oh. Ok, well, maybe I should just talk about my feelings. That's supposed to be helpful. So late last Monday I was feeling achy and then randomly starting shivering really badly. Like, teeth-chattering, can't-type-real-words badly. I left work, went to bed, woke up 13 hours later, and could barely move. I didn't have a cold, I thankfully don't have the flu, but I was pretty much crippled by some crazy demon disease that still perplexes me. I was in a world of pain that left me at home alone for two full, horribly boring and mostly TV-less (The light burned my eyes. Maybe I'm a vampire now?) days...and then it was gone. Seriously. Whatever hit disappeared as quickly as it had attacked, which left me a little freaked. On a possibly related note, any recent Stamos sightings in the area?
Being alone makes you sad. Don't get me wrong, though, I fortunately had some lovely friends and family checking up on me periodically, but still. I spent a good deal of time laying in bed, getting to know the cracks in my ceiling better, and that really sucked. Being alone makes you sad. It also makes you want to paint your ceiling a different color.
I was more than happy to return to work on Thursday, and then MORE than more than happy when my cousin George surprised me Friday morning at the office with a peanut butter and jelly doughnut from Doughnut Plant. Oh. My. Promised. Land.
So nice, right? George didn't even know about my mystery illness when he brought me this square-shaped (Btw, the shape makes the distribution of jelly throughout the doughnut more even. Genius.) gift of amazing. It would have made my day anyway, but this was exactly what I needed to turn a bad week right around. Cousin, you RULE.
Things started to pick up soon after that. I succeeded in spending exactly five bucks on my Halloween costume yet again, and partied it up with the Sylvapotamus Saturday night, despite the fact that there was snow on the ground AND IT'S OCTOBER. Ridic. My camera punked out, but I was able to get a few snaps of our respective costumes in anyway:
I'm still pretty winded from whatever it was that attacked me last week, and I'm also seeing red from all of the frustration that illness provoked. In honor of that, and this especially spooky holiday, I give you Red Velvet Hot Chocolate with a Cream Cheese Icing Swirl.
Ok, so this is something that I pulled out of the sky. I mean, I am sure it exists out there, and a quick Google search would confirm as much, but I'll leave that up to you. This, I am going to base on my favorite hot chocolate recipe, with tweaks by yours truly.
Before we begin, I should tell you that this is not your typical hot chocolate, and not just because it's red. This is a thicker hot chocolate with an almost pudding-like consistency. It's also quite dark and rich, so if you like your hot cocoa Nestle-style, maybe this is a no for you. It should really be a yes, though. Just sayin'.
Red Velvet Hot Chocolate (makes 1 serving)
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons of skim milk
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
1/3 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of red food coloring
Combine all ingredients except the food coloring in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture starts to bubble and boil, add the food coloring and stir until blood red. Muahahahaha.
In the meantime, let's work on our single-serving icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
2 tablespoons of cream cheese
2 tablespoons of confectioner's sugar
Mix in a small bowl with a hand mixer until fully whipped. Spoon into an icing decorator if you're a dork and own one (I'm a dork and own one) or just scoop it into your cup with a regular ol' spoon.
Pour the contents of your bloody saucepan into an appropriate mug--I'd go for an espresso cup if you've got one since these are small but potent servings-- and top off with your icing.
So even I was a little shocked at how well this turned out. I was really impressed with how much a simple cup of hot chocolate could be enhanced by a little dollop of icing, but, damn, it could. And it was. I know you can't really see much, but that's because I own monstrously large cups for some reason, which makes no sense since I am so small I can barely reach the top shelves on any of my cabinets. Maybe I'm compensating. In any case, have a Happy Halloween, and stay out of trouble, kids.