I need a time machine. I need a time machine to take me back to the first of December. I need a time machine to go back and give myself a swift kick in the rear. Here we are on the verge of the most chaotic and hectic day of the year and my only preparations consist of buying wrapping paper and staring longingly at the heap of gifts that desperately need it.
My Christmas shopping is not done. I have yet to make a Christmas cookie. And don’t even ask about the non-existent horse-drawn carriage ride through the park. But this morning, my head shot off its feathered pillow with the motivation of a marathon runner. I will be prepared!
I. Will. Be. Productive.
First order of business…gift wrapping. And the secret to gift wrapping? Don’t let the boyfriend come remotely close to it. Instead…preoccupy boyfriend with the hopes of being the knight in shining armor as he fixes the broken dryer.
Second order of business….pour an immense amount of deliriously good wine into a glass, distract yourself from the potential for paper cuts, and dive right on in. Wrap. Wrap until your fingers can’t wrap any more. And then pour yourself some more wine when the thought of not being done with Christmas shopping and having to buy and wrap more presents crosses your mind. Sip sip.
Third order of business….make hot chocolate for your family’s feast of non-Christmas Christmas dinner. Tonight we dine on all things holy. All things absent during the many dinners we will share with relatives for the holiday. Not to mention it is ultimate productivity with minimal effort.
Combine it all in the crockpot, turn it on, and go forth on your quest for Christmas preparedness.
Crock-pot Hot Chocolate:
- 8 oz Baker’s unsweetened chocolate bar, chopped
- 1 quart half and half
- 1 quart whole milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 can evaporated milk (combined with 3/4 cup sugar)
- 1/4-1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- On the stove combine evaporated milk with 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar depending on how sweet you like your hot chocolate. Heat until sugar is dissolved and it becomes frothy.
- Pour the milk-sugar mixture over the chopped chocolate in the crock-pot.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and set the crock-pot on low
- Let slow simmer for two hours.
- Top with whip cream, chocolate syrup, candy canes, etc.
TIP: Vary the amount of unsweetened cocoa powder and sugar for desired amount of sweetness. Use milk chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder for more rich taste.