Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hot Chocolate and a Giveaway

One of those things that I never ever thought about making before was homemade hot chocolate.  It is so simple to just tear open a hot chocolate packet, dump it in a mug full of milk, and nuke it.  Buying Dutch-processed hot chocolate was one of those weak buy-everything-Penzey's-has-to-offer moment. Even though I can't stop thinking about fresh and spring-appropriate food, I have been drinking hot chocolate like my life depends on it.  This is a nummy, simple, and super quick recipe to get your hot chocolate on!  Rating 8/10.

Ingredients
1 cup milk
2 tbsp dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 tbsp turbinado sugar
A dash or two of vanilla extract

Vigorously whisk together the milk, cocoa, and sugar in a pot until all of the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Heat over medium heat until the hot chocolate reaches desired temperature.

Serves 1, multiply to get desired amount of servings

Now, here's the good part of this post!

$40 CSN Giveaway- Closed

For those of you who are involved in the food blog world, you're probably already familiar with the CSN giveaways.  CSN has one main website where you can shop, but it also has separate online "stores" where you can shop for more specific things, such as flat panel TV stands.  There is something for everyone on CSN's collection of sites! 

ANYWAY...
Giveaway rules
To qualify for this giveaway you must
  • be a follower of my blog.  Just click that button up there on the right sidebar that says follow!  
  • Be a citizen of the US or Canada (CSN doesn't ship outside of North America)
Once that is taken care of you have four chances to win, post a separate comment for each on this post.
  • Leave a comment telling me what springtime dish you are most looking forward to cooking
  • Let me know what you would buy from CSN if you win
  • Check out some flat panel TV stands from CSN's respective TV stand site and let me know which one suits your fancy
  • Link this promotion in a tweet 

Giveaway ends on March 4th. 
I will randomly select a comment using a random number generator. 
Make sure that I have access to your email so I can notify you if you win! 



26 comments:

crackingtheegg said...

Great blog find! I can always use another hot chocolate recipe :) I am most forward to drinking smoothies again. Can't wait for the weather to warm up a bit...

Jessie said...

Lychee! I love that stuff! fantastic recipe. Thanks! I'm most looking forward to making goat cheese tarts. I'm in love with goat cheese and who doesn't love a tasty spring time tart.

Jessie said...

I checked out the tv stand site- I would certainly go for more of the modern simple ones. I don't like too much clutter around and with a TV stand, the tv should be the hero. not the stand.

Jessie said...

If i won the certificate, I'd put it towards a kitchen aid stand mixer. I'm DYING for one. Thanks!

Carly said...

I love me some hot chocolate right out of the pouch but this def. sounds worth a try! This spring I am looking forward to making chicken pasta salad with the little elbow shaped noodles - actually I already did and it was delicious. Another fav is deviled eggs, yummmmmm... On the healthier side, I LOVE making yellow rice salad - it is a cuban dish I learned awhile back: Saffron rice, a light dressing, tons of veggies and chicken.

Carly said...

If I win, I would buy this cute little shoe bench:
http://www.csnstores.com/Winsome-94341-WN1323.html
Space is limited where I live and this would be ever so helpful in my hallway!

Carly said...

In terms of flat-panel TV stands, I like the little shelves on this one:

http://www.tvstands.com/Welton-USA-AVW117E-WON1032.html (Wendover Avenue Two Piece Entertainment Center in Black)

Not sure it would fit my tv though.

Topher said...

I can't wait to make a nice fresh salmon dish. Thanks for the giveaway!


Chris M.

zekks at yahoo dot com

Topher said...

I'd use it to buy new sets of baking and loaf pans.


Chris M.

Topher said...

I like the Walker Edison - CS60MWF - Regal 60" 4-in-1 TV Stand with Mount. Thanks again.


Chris M.

Space Monkey 1138 said...

When I think Spring dish I think of Easter and potato salad, which is probably more summery for most people, but my mom always made it for Easter with ham, and now I do to! Haven't had any all winter so it's time.

Space Monkey 1138 said...

So, ok, every time there is a csn giveaway, I always say I would buy a tassimo coffee maker, but I don't see them on the website anymore! Whaaa??? Say it isn't so! I haven't picked an alternate yet. I wanted the tassimo :( If I can't get that I am not sure what I want! Well, I hate to go looking too hard and getting attached to something I most likely won't win.

Domestic Diva said...

I LOVE garden fresh asparagus. I can't wait until it's ready. Then, I'll roast it. Yum!

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Domestic Diva said...

I'd use it toward this blanket:
http://www.csnstores.com/Daniadown-65825TH-DWD1489.html

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Domestic Diva said...

I like the Dimplex novara black electric fireplace media consule.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

Now I am craving hot chocolate..this looks perfect! :)

Brittany said...

hey there lady. I am super duper excited to make grilled peach and strawberry salad with spinach leaves and creamy poppy seed dressing!

Brittany said...

oooh tv stands fascinate me. I like this one: http://www.tvstands.com/South-Shore-4259600-4259621-TH2086.html

I mainly like this one most because it is more modern-looking and not old-looking like a lot of the other ones.

Brittany said...

After browsing the CSN site (you're lucky I'm taking a break from studying!), I think I'd get a small decorative shelf like this one: http://www.csnstores.com/OIA-29376W-IAB1220.html
or a rug, or something else decorative for my house next year.

Kassy said...

I am most looking forward to fresh asparagus! Or just a simple salad with fresh ingredients bought at a farmers market! Can't wait for spring!

Kassy said...

If I won I would buy something in the bakeware section...too hard to narrow down what specifically yet!

Kassy said...

Out of the TV stands I saw I would like the ECI-2080-03-C Paris 58" corner TV stand in Oak.

Liz said...

I follow, and while I didn't know there was such a thing as a spring dish, I'm looking forward to eating salads with strawberries and pears!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I'd get a Cuisinart fondue pot!

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Liz said...

I like this stand:

http://www.tvstands.com/Tech-Craft-SWP60-TC0197.html

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/#!/FakeGradSchool/status/43524777545170944

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