Hot Cocoa and Autumn Family Game Nights

October 20, 2011

photo by JenniDo you cheap jerseys do Game Night in your house?

When I was growing up in the 70s & 80s, we had a sort of irregular Night of Games. They were some of the best times I remember. Uno, Sorry! and Monopoly were standards. My brother always managed to talk me into some kind of “deal” in Monopoly that net him big profits and left me broke and in jail. Part of the fun was taking a chance that one of those sweet deals would pay off for me. I’m pretty sure I still owe him money on a hotel.

We play games with our kids now, but website I’m thinking it’s time we institute an Official Family Game compte Night. Maybe it’s because the leaves are turning and the chilly autumn air make sit feel all cozy inside. Sitting around the table with a mug of steaming cocoa (drinking chocolate for the Brits) sounds perfect.

Jenni makes the best cocoa I’ve ever Julien had. I had it last night, in fact, and it prompted me to write this post. Sweet, creamy, super hot and deeply chocolatey. It’s wicked. I’m not sure it’s 100% legal. Or shouldn’t be, anyway.

Somehow I persuaded her to share her recipe with Sesto the world. I’m posting this quick, before she changes Happiness her mind.

A Wicked Cup of Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Rice/Almond/Soy milk*
  • pinch of salt
  • vanilla
Add dry ingredients to a small pot. cheap MLB jerseys Boil 2 cups of water and mix in with dry ingredients. Stir in your постоянным milk of choice* and add a splash of vanilla. Voîla!
*we don’t do dairy, but you can use regular milk if you want. You can even use plain water, but you might want to add an extra splash of vanilla.

We’ve been known to add cayenne powder and cinnamon for a spicy Mexican chocolate. Mint would probably rock, too. A splash of whiskey is also nice, just add it to your own mug.
So what about Game Night? Do you have a tradition? Let us know wholesale MLB jerseys in the comments!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tshombe  |  October 21, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Hey Sparky,

    When you referenced “Sweet, creamy, super hot and deeply chocolatey,” at first I thought you were talking about me.

    Alas! no.

    (PS I miss you. Hope to reconnect soon 🙂

    Reply
    • 2. sparkyfirepants  |  November 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Tshombe! You made me spit out my cocoa. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  • 3. Denise Tedeschi  |  October 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    As a child, my family played cards together whenever we could. We’d play mostly Canasta and when we were a little older we played Pinocle.
    Now we play Rummikub http://tinyurl.com/3m4rcqh which is great fun, and easy to learn. My son started playing at about 7 yrs/old and we play with my mother who is 88, when we visit her. It is really good for older folks because their memory for words may not be great, but the numbers seem to continue well. It keeps them focused and concentrating.
    When my husband, son & I have family game time, it’s always Rummikub.
    If we go visiting with other family and there are more of us, we’ll play UNO. My brother bought a Simpson’s (TV show) UNO set, and the game never ends because they added additional cards that drive you crazy!
    I think the face to face time of game playing is important for families.

    Reply
    • 4. sparkyfirepants  |  November 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Rummikub is a classic! I think the best games are simple, yet challenging. The ancient game of Go is a good example. The rules and setup are fairly simple, but it can take years to master.

      Reply

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