Jan 05, 2016

Can you believe I have been appearing on Twin Cities Live for a year now?  Craziness, I tell you!


I reprised my role as a “lifestyle expert” today as I mixed up some delicious chocolatey goodness.  And for you non-chocolate lovers, a flavorful vanilla drink.  And if you can’t be pleased with “hot” or vanilla, I made a super amazing Pretzel and Salted Caramel Frozen Hot Chocolate.  YES.  (There happens to be a secret announcement in this appearance, so watch it or be out of the loop!)

Mint Cookies and Cream Cocoa
makes 2 servings

recipe inspiration via www.therecipecritic.com

2 cups of milk, scalded

5 fresh mint leaves

3.5 oz of milk chocolate, chopped

5 Oreo cookies (filing removed), crushed

whipped cream, optional
Add milk to saucepan and heat over medium low heat.  You do not want to let the milk boil, you want it warmed to just below boiling, or “scald” it.  Take milk off heat, add the mint leaves and let sit for 10 minutes.  Strain the leaves out of the milk.  Return milk to saucepan and place over heat, adding the chocolate.  Whisk until chocolate is dissolved.  Pour milk into mugs and add some crushed Oreo cookies to the milk.  Garnish with whipped cream and crushed Oreo.  Serve immediately.

Hot Vanilla

makes 4 servings

recipe inspiration via www.recipesthatcrock.com

4 cups of milk

1 cinnamon stick

1 1/2 tbsp sugar (add another 1 1/2 tbsp of sugar if you like sweeter milk)

1 tbsp vanilla, or 1 inch of vanilla bean, sliced and scraped

pinch of salt
pinch of nutmeg
whipped cream, optional


Add all ingredients to a crock pot.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Set crock pot to “low” and heat for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Serve in mugs and garnish with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.

Pretzel & Salted Caramel Frozen Hot Chocolate
makes 2 servings
3 cups chocolate ice cream
1 cup milk
1/4 cup salted chocolate caramel sauce
1 packet salted caramel hot cocoa powder
1/4 cup crushed pretzels
whipped cream, optional

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into glasses and garnish with whipped cream, crushed pretzels, salted caramel sauce and serve immediately.

Also!  I made a slight hair change to ring in the new year.  Say hello to Granny hair, silver hair, gray hair, whatever you wanna call it, I’m loving it!
It’s a color from Wella called Cooling Violet.  I’m feeling so “on trend” right now, it’s crazy!!