Sunday, December 20, 2009

Blizzard Sunday for Mosaic Monday!

Here on Long Island, Sunday morning, we woke up to a Winter Wonderland! Joining Mary from the Little Red House for another fun Mosaic Monday! Check out the Little Red House for more mosaics!



These pictures were taken during the evening and what we woke up to on Long Island! A forecast of two inches on Long Island causes panic and the grocery stores to be empty of all essentials. Imagine a blizzard?

We all have our own essentials during a snow emergency. Mine just happens to be Hot Chocolate and cookies! To each his own. My friend was in a store before a hurricane one time and stocking up, her cart was filled with wine, cheese and crackers and someone said, "hey lady, aren't you getting emergency supplies?" and she said "these are my emergency supplies!"

My husband and my son have a long morning of clearing us out. I would help, of course, but someone has to make breakfast! Waiting for them will be a big plate of scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon and hot chocolate!





                                                 Lots of fun in a foot or two of snow...



                                      Not so much fun in a foot or two of snow...


                                       

                                                 and he's had enough for one day...




and in the end, a steaming cup of hot chocolate for those who brave the snow and clear a path...





Hot Chocolate
Source: Martha Stewart Living
Printable Recipe

4 cups milk (1 quart)
10 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate, cut into small pieces
Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Chocolate shavings (optional)

Optional: You can also add a cinnamon stick, 6 sprigs fresh mint, or 2 split vanilla bean. Or use a candy cane in the cup as a stirrer!
   
Heat the milk to scalding in a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon, mint, or vanilla, if using. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; strain, and return to saucepan. Reheat milk; using a whisk, stir in chocolate until melted and milk is frothy. Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream garnished with chocolate shavings.

Steamy Hot Chocolate
Source: Every Food (Martha Stewart)
Printable Recipe

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 quart (4 cups) milk
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Place cocoa powder in a medium saucepan. Stir in milk, a bit at a time until cocoa mixes in with the milk and isn't clumping; add remainder. Stir. Add chocolate chips; melt over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt. Ladle into mugs with whipped cream, if desired.




34 comments:

  1. Cute post and photos. I love the emergency supplies of Wine, Cheese and crackers. But then the cookies and hot chocolate sound good too. We had 18 inches of snow , it started Friday night lasted until last night.

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  2. Wow!!!!! The snow is beautiful. A great day to enjoy warm meals and hot chocolate.

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  3. How wonderful...well, to me! All we got was rain! Isn't it so cozy inside when it's snowing? And your hot chocolate looks so yummy! Have a wonderful weekend!...hugs...Debbie

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  4. Now that's an unusual site for you, isn't it! I love the picture in your first mosaic where the snow looks like waves. Dogs just love snow for some reason. I'm with the wine, cheese and crackers lady! Good luck with the cleanup, Carol.

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  5. I'm another who's shopping cart would be like that wine lady's cart! Love your pics of the snow and the puppies - we got 12 inches in Jersey - Ken measured - hard to find a place without drifts to measure.

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  6. Isn't it neat how snow can make anything a work of art! Thanks for the pics! Poor little Max, lol.

    I'd love a cup of your hot chocolate! Have never made the real thing.

    I can vouch for the critical need of plenty of wine during hurricanes!

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  7. Well sweetie - glad it is you and not me!! LOL

    I'll confess, the snow does look pretty BEFORE humans decide to trample all over it...

    The pups look like they arf (lol) having a wonderful time, but Max looks like he would rather enjoy the warmth of the inside!

    To each her own as far as emergency supplies..I go for the wine and crakers lady!!

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  8. It's been awhile since we had this much snow. In fact, last time, we were living in the back pasture at the farm and no one could get in or out for four days! Luckily we had plenty of wine and cheese!;-)

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  9. Oh my gosh, that's a lotta snow! I'm a CA girl and can't even imagine! I'd definitely want some hot chocolate in that situation :)

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  10. WOW! Your dogs seem happy to have the snow...you sure got dumped on! I talked to my sister in Vermont and they didn't get any, which is pretty unusual for that area. I want to have a foot for Christmas but doesn't seem likely this year.

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  11. Carol, the snow is gorgeous ... looks like the dogs are really enjoying it. ... but not little Max. It's probably too cold for his little tummy since he's lower to the ground than the other two.

    Crackers, cheese, wine, good summer sausage, and bread and butter pickles are my husband's idea of survival food. I go for Coke and cookies.

    Fixing breakfast was a better deal than clearing the snow. You're a smart one. :)

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  12. I so do not have snow envy. I'm with your husband on food stuffs. Carbonated anything comes out as carbonated air... :(

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  13. Oh it looks beautiful. We have been expecting snow for two nights. None yet. Just rain and sleep. That I hate. Rather have the snow. Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones.
    QMM

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  14. Wow, you guys got a LOT! Have a wonderful holiday, Carol! :)

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  15. I guess it's the East coast turn. Last christmas we were in 4 feet of snow and no one went anywhere! I thought it was beautiful for awhile but three weeks was more than enough. I hope you have a Merry holiday and that you never run out of hot chocolate. Sharon

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  16. Great shots! We missed this one in Western Massachusetts. That Hot Chocolate does look like the perfect thing when the weather outside is so frightful. ~Jeanne

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  17. Ooooooooooooh snow, never ever had the experiance :). That cup of hot chocolate looks very inviting. Send some snow :D

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  18. You and I had a similar weekend. Sure would have been nice to share a cup of Hot chocolate with you!

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  19. Burr! My relatives live in Nassau Cty and they said it was pretty to look at but now they have to shovel it. Thankfully it arrived on a weekend when less people had to drive. Happy holidays.
    Joyce

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  20. What a white winter wonderland for sure! It's so pretty when it's clean & fresh ;~)
    I remember our Husky used to get balls of snow stuck in the pads of her feet. But she loved romping all over in it.

    I must confess...I even miss the shoveling, yeh, I'm sick!
    *hugs*deb

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  21. Ok, so scrambled eggs etc take 10 min..they were out there for hours! You got the best end of it!!
    Enjoy the snow, queenie, it is what you wanted..
    Thanks to you my gkids will be crying cause Santa couldn't buy them any presents..LOL!

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  22. Wow....snow every where. A lot of snow mosaics today. :) No snow ones from out here in West Texas, tho.
    The hot chocolate sounds so so good..
    MERRY CHRISTMAS...

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  23. Loving all the snow scenes. Our snow was rain, but more is predicted for Christmas. Looks like you will for sure have a white Christmas!

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  24. Carol we got 14 inches in Brooklyn! It was melting fast with the sun out today but I think it will last and give us all a white Christmas ;-)

    Loved your photos and mosaic ..happy Mosaic Monday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Hugs, Pat

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  25. OH my goodness! You really did get dumped on!!! Do you have a snow blower? Merry White Christmas to you!

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  26. Yikes! My daughter in NYC is holed in for the duration! I hope she can get out on the 23rd to come here.
    When we lived in Michigan years ago, we had a Yorkie years who bounded outside after a storm like this one. Imagine his surprise when he disappeared into a drift.
    Merry snowy Christmas to you!

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  27. Carol, you finally got your snow! I remember all last winter you wishing for some :) I know it is a major hassle to scoop out from under but your photos are beautiful. I love the snow caps on the shrubs and especially the pattern the snow made on the patio furniture. Poor little Max is first snowfall.

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  28. Snow and hot chocolate what a great combination. I love your pictures and the ones that they are waiting by the door are so cute.
    Merry Christmas

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  29. Wow! Now that's what I call a winter wonderland. Looks like you'll definitely have a white Christmas. Snow, wine, cheese, hot chocolate, cookies and doggies too ... who could ask for more??? Happy Mosaic Monday and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for visiting my mosaics at Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations. If you need a 'break' from the cold weather, you'll find warm sunset reflections along with a hilarious holiday video clip at Happily Retired Gal this week.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  30. Wow, that is a lot of snow. Wonderful pictures!

    Barb ♥

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  31. We had about 20". Great pictures! Happy Holidays!

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  32. Cute shots of the dogs. Poor Max! Hot chocolate sounds good right about now.

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