As a brief catch-up, here are a few other of the gifts that I've given this week: for Thanksgiving, we had our "traditional" meal and my gift was homemade macaroni and cheese for Bruiser. Perhaps this doesn't seem like a good gift, but he is the kid who hates all foods Thanksgiving. As a result, every year finding him something he likes to eat for dinner that night (outside of deviled eggs) is a struggle. So this year I made homemade macaroni and cheese for him.
Friday was spent in family time walking about Williamsburg, and today was more family time before my wonderful guy leaves town again. I tell you, this move to Virginia has had it's mostly-ups, but it has definitely challenged us by taking him away again and again. I'm grateful though in a way, because when he goes away, it means we still have an income coming in and we're given more opportunities for growth in our separation.
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1/3 c. dark chocolate cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. butter
1 c. milk
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
dash cayenne pepper (if you like a bit of a bite)
Mix all of the ingredients except for the vanilla in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly so the milk doesn't burn. Boil at medium heat for about 5 minutes until it thickens up a bit. As the mixture cools, it will thicken up even more.
This mix is also good to give in little gift bottles, as a syrup for chocolate milk, and for a poor man's mocha. See what uses you can come up with and come back to share!