December 10

A lesson in how to reclaim heat loss in your home.


First you plop $10 down at your local Stuffmart for one of these.

Wait till a Sunday right after church so that Superman your man is properly attired.

In a suit and tie.

Allow your man to remove his suit coat for ease of movement.

Find the largest window in your home and have  your man start with that one.

Put double sided tape around the entire window.

Brush off those pesky comments that ‘you are only having him start with that one because it is closest to your computer’.

Measure your plastic BEFORE cutting.

Press it down onto the tape.    Taking great care that it is neatly done.

Get the wife’s blow dryer and warm up that plastic.

Trim up the excess.

If you don’t, you are in danger of seeing your wife’s head spin in circles like something from the Exorcist, and she will make you do it again.

Neatness counts.

Re-hang curtains, taking great care that the ruffles are evenly spaced apart.

If you don’t, she will make you do it again.

That whole neatness thing… it comes into play a lot around here.

Repeat ad nausium till one of 2 things happen.

  1. You run out of plastic
  2. You run out of windows

When your finished, you receive a well deserved rest.

And maybe lunch.


December 9

This might come as a surprise to some, but I can not stand to make anything that you have to roll out.

I think it has to do with that little lazy thing I’ve got goin’ on.

All that flouring the board, then flouring the rolling pin, then you have to flour the dough.

Then the rolling out.   All that physical exertion.

Not to mention trying to wipe up that flour that ends up being all gummy on your wash cloth….ewwwwwwwww!

It’s just to much for a  Chocolatechic to deal with.

So when I make pie, biscuits, or anything else that involves a rolling pin and flour, it is truly a labor of love.

And when I can find a short cut to the whole rolling out thing…score!

Today’s TWD recipe, Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies, that Ulrike of Küchenlatein chose for us today, provides me with just that, a short cut.

Double happiness.

You just mix the dough.

Roll it into a log.


Then slice and bake.

I added orange zest to my sugar before creaming it with the butter.

Rolled my chilled logs in sparkling sugar.

Then I made an icing with 3/4 c. powdered sugar and 1 tbsp. of freshly squeezed orange juice.

It perfectly topped off these cookies.

These are so quick, so easy, and so very tasty.

Perfect for parties.

Perfect for Christmas gifts.

And perfect for eating after the chips kids are in bed, so you don’t have to share.

Go check out Ulrich’s blog.   He has the recipe.


December 8

Saturday, when the girl and I got home from  shopping,  our Saturday thing that we do so well, there was a box on my porch.

I hadn’t ordered anything, so why in the world would there be a box on my porch?

It was from a friend!!!


Maybe there is a giftie inside.

So I brought it in and opened it up.

I love boxes from friends.

Low and behold, there was hot pink tissue paper inside.

Someone hearts Chocolatechic.

oooOOOOOooooooo  Chocolate and more pink tissue.

Someone really hearts Chocolatechic.

Do you know what happens when you get something wonderful, and you squeal with delight?

Other family members come running because they think you have hurt yourself.

Then the family responds something like…

The girl:  ooOOOOoooo pretty pink tissue

Superman:  What is saffron?  can I have some of your chocolate?

Chefboy:  Way cool!   Saffron!   Can I have it.

Thank you Sheri for such a wonderful giftie.

I heart you.

Bring on the Saffron recipes.

I am all prepared!


December 7

Internet, I am so ashamed.

I have heathen cats.

I have tried so hard to convert them, but they won’t be converted.

Every morning they worship at the feet of Kibble.

And in the afternoon, they worship at the feet of Kerosun.

They are beginning to convert the girl too.

I have failed misserably.


December 5

I heart hot chocolate.


I didn’t think so.

I have had all sorts of hot chocolate, even the really fancy schmancy expensive stuff, and it still doesn’t compare to my hot chocolate.

If you haven’t tried it, Internet, I highly suggest that you do.

The recipe is on the side bar.

Make some.

I dare ya.

Make it and drink it all for yourself.

Make it and give it away as gifties for Christmas.

Just make some and revel in the total goodness of it all.


Yesterday morning, I made myself a cup of my fabulous hot chocolate, and I put mini marshmallows in it, ’cause that is what I had.

I really would love to know  when you drink hot chocolate, do you prefer marshmallows, mini marshmallows, marshmallow fluff, or whipped cream?


December 4

Can you believe that only a week ago, we all were sitting around a table, making gluttons of ourselves on turkey and mashed potatoes?

Some of us had to leave early.

Some of us laid around and ate dodo’s.

Some of us the girl couldn’t find matching socks in her Grandma’s dresser.

All of us missed those that weren’t with us.

I was the one sitting around making a glutton of myself.

How can you not when there is turkey and mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole, and rolls that didn’t raise, and gravy, and sweet potatoes and this fabulous salad that my mom made.


Yes, salad at Thanksgiving.

It was fabulous, but I only ate 3 bites of it, because who wants to eat salad when you are surrounded by turkey, mashed potatoes and 6 different desserts.


I had to have this salad again.

I could eat it every day, and this girl is not a salad eater.

So I called up the mother and asked for the recipe.

Turns out it is a quick throw together salad that you can take all of 5 minutes to make.

First grab yourself a bag of romaine or baby spinach.

A green onion, a handful of pecans (chopped), a handful of craisins, and a handful of feta or blue or gorgonzola cheese.

Throw these all in a bowl together.

Get some red wine.   I got this cute little bottle of Winking Owl Cabernet Sauvingon from Aldi.

Do you know why that cute little owl is winking?

I do.

He is winking because he knows that only suckers purchase $3 bottles of wine and Internet, it tastes like a $3 bottle of wine.

Get a better red wine that this.   Don’t fall for the cute owl.

For the base of your dressing, there is sugar, salt, pepper, soy sauce, red wine, vinegar and curry powder.

I went ewwwwwwwww when ma told me there was curry powder in it, but it makes the dressing.

Don’t leave it out.

Whisk in about 1/3 cup of olive oil, et voila.

Dressing done.

Right before serving, chop up your apple.   I used a Jonnagold, but a Honeysweet or a Gala would be just as good.

Toss the apple in  your salad.

Add the dressing.

Toss again.

Eat for supper.

Internet.   This stuff is so good, that Superman had seconds.

I almost fainted when he… the ‘master of meat and potatoes’… the king of ‘don’t put anything green on my plate’… the ‘I wouldn’t eat broccoli if it were the last thing to eat in this world and I haven’t eaten in 3 days’ man,  put seconds in his bowl.

You must make this, Internet.

Even your meat and potatoes man might like it.


Would y’all like the recipe?

Becky’s Favorite Salad

  • Romaine or baby Spinach
  • Green onion
  • apple
  • cashews or pecans
  • dried cranberries
  • fetta

Toss the above in a bowl.   Right before serving, drizzle dressing over top and toss.   Serve.


  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. red wine
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/3 c. olive oil

Mix first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.   Whisk in olive oil and drizzle over salad.