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Nutella Hot Chocolate

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"Brilliant!"
That's the review I got when I made the kids Nutella Hot Chocolate. Can one really ever get enough Nutella? Thank Goodness for the Costco twin pack!

Next, I'm going to make it for my niece and nephews. I'm always working on favorite aunt status. I think this might be the clincher!
Delicious, warm milk and creamy, rich Nutella.  It's really that simple!


Nutella Hot Chocolate Serves 3
1/4 cup Nutella 2 1/4 cups 2% milk
Place the Nutella and the milk in a saucepan on low. Gently heat until the Nutella melts into the milk, storing constantly.  Divide into three cups.  Top with marshmallows. 

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Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Syrup

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Yesterday marked our 19th day of Christmas vacation: seventeen scheduled ones and two extra ones thrown in for extreme cold.  This is why my pantry tends to be in a constant state of overstock.  You never know when you're going to be stuck inside with a house full of kids!

Since yesterday was sure to be the last, lazy day of our extended, delicious slugfest, I decided to pull out one of my overstocked pantry times:  Red Velvet.  Apparently, I was a bit overzealous  when I came up with these delicious Red Velvet Cookies. Or maybe I just purchased it twice. I can't quite remember. It's all become a bit of a blur. Nevertheless, I discovered several extra boxes of Red Velvet cake mix and decided to transform them into - PANCAKES! I mean, who doesn't love a little dessert for breakfast?


Cream Cheese Syrup and some fresh raspberries top off a stack.

I'm feeling a repeat of this on Valentine's Day!


Red Velvet Pancakes
by Rachel @ Simple Girl

1 Box Red Velvet Pancake Mi…

Butter Bean Soup

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Happy New Year!  We are off to a cold start! It's so cold that the Governor cancelled school for the entire state! That never happens. Up here in Minnesota, when it gets cold, we just pull up our snow pants and pull down our hats.  In the South, they say it's not the heat, it's the humidity.  Up North, we say it's not the cold, it's the wind.  Windchill temperatures (what it actually feels like), are said to be -40 to -50 degrees Fahrenheit. That's the coldest it's been since 1996 - just shortly before we moved to Atlanta.  Hmmmm…… it's all coming back to me now.  Nevertheless, my 16-year old says it's a great way to start second semester!

When it's cold outside, there is nothing I love more than making soup. Soup is the perfect excuse to stand over a hot stove on a cold day. You can hold soup in a coffee mug and let it warm your hands. You can sip soup in the same mug and let it warm you from the inside out. There's a reason for all those …