1. The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe. Hot Chocolate embodies autumn to me… Warm, cozy, nostalgic.
2. Fabulous winter coats. Now’s the time to get one if yours didn’t survive last winter.
4. Shoes. I really can’t get enough of ankle boots and red Mary Janes. Both are relatively impractical for rainy weather. Forgive me, readers.
5. Scarves. They’re just about the only thing I can knit. I’ve posted two favorites.
3. Gloves. I love gloves. They can add a punch of color to any outfit and they’re just so goshdarn adorable. (When did I become a grandmother? Mine says “goshdarn.”)
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Recipe by David Guas via NPR
2/3 cup milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/8 of a vanilla bean
2/3 of a cinnamon stick
1/3 tsp. almond extract
Combine milk, cream, cinnamon sticks and vanilla in a 1 quart stainless steel pot and bring mixture to a boil. Have prepared chocolate in a mixing bowl. Allow the heated liquid to steep (rest off the heat) for 5 minutes, then pour over the top of the chopped chocolate. Stir the chocolate mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
Pour the warm mixture through a strainer and it is ready to serve. Serve immediately or refrigerate. To reheat, place chocolate mixture in a 2 quart stainless steel pot on low heat — do not let sit, or it will burn. Stir mixture until warm. Immediately serve and place in 4 oz. portions with a dollop of slightly sweetened, softly whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon.