It shatters my heart when my little boy puts my hand on the door knob to signal that he wants to head outside on a wet day. I’m stumped because there is only so long that T.V. and toys will keep him occupied inside before he longs for the fresh air on his face and a few laps around the front yard. I say “Sorry sweetie, you can’t go outside today, it’s raining and it’s super cold out.”
Now mind you, he’s only two years old, and doesn’t see my reasoning clearly. I think to myself ”I’ll whip up a nice batch of hot chocolate for us to enjoy while we play with another puzzle or read a book, just like my Mom use to do with me.” Not only will it make up for the fact that he can’t have his day in the sun, but it’s a positive experience for me and my boy. Rain gifts us another opportunity to bond on many levels. Milk makes our delicious hot chocolate the best thing to drink on a cold day. For these two things….. I am a thankful Momma.
The Master Of The Glass Half Full will surely love this rainy day custom I have passed down to my son. I think I’ll share it with him over on his facebook page or tweet him a message so he could know all the wonderful memories milk is bringing me and my family.
All photos taken by: Nicole Presley and Mando Lopez
Ingredients for Mexican hot chocolate:
3 – cups water
1 – stick of cinnamon
2 – disks of mexican chocolate ( I use Ibarra)
2 – cups milk
1/4 – cup mini marshmallows (optional)
In a sauce pan add water and cinnamon over a medium flame.
Bring to a boil. Then add chocolate disks and allow to melt in water.
Stir to assure all chocolate dissolves. This will take a few minutes. Once chocolate is completely dissolved, remove cinnamon stick from water chocolate mixture.
Lastly add in milk and give a good stir.
Serve hot in a cup and top with marshmallows. Enjoy the cold day with your delicious hot chocolate!