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Italy, Washington and Irish Hot Chocolate

Good morning, dear ones!

Well, I’m supposed to be sound asleep but I can’t because I’m too excited!! I just had my first guest post at Travel Belles and am tickled pink! It’s all about a lovely villa some friends and I discovered in the mountains of southern Italy. If you’re interested in such things, I’d love it if you’d pop over and leave a comment. You can find it here. If not, no worries! Here’s a sample photo of what you’ll see there.

Do you have special plans for this weekend? Somehow it crept up on me and I clean forgot that I have Monday off! HOORAY! What a glorious thing to have a whole extra day off. My mind is whirling with marvy things to do, mostly of the utterly lazy, beautifully cozy variety since it is oh so dark and rainy.

I’ll pop over to my folks for a cheery visit and stroll through my Mum’s wonderfully peaceful garden.

Perhaps I’ll actually finish one of the five books I have going all at once! They’re all so good I can’t stick with just one. 🙂  I’m rather excited at the prospect of sleeping in and have the John Adams DVD’s to watch and dear friends to meet for coffee and lovely toasted beef sandwiches with chevre. Mmmm.

Sunday evening my cooking group is getting together for a jolly time of good eating and hunting down the best fireworks in Bellingham. I can’t wait!

Today is Myscha is hosting Happy Hour Friday over at WEBESHARIN and since it’s oh so cold and dreary today, I’m contributing Irish Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon Cream. It’s so warm and creamy and delectable, it chases dreariness right out the window!

I wish you a beautiful weekend, dear folks! I will see you next week.

Krista’s Irish Hot Chocolate


1 packet hot chocolate mix

1/2 cup hot water

1/4 cup coconut milk

2 Tbsp Irish Cream

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp agave syrup

1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. Combine hot chocolate mix, hot water, coconut milk and Irish Cream.
  2. Whip heavy cream with agave syrup and cinnamon until soft peaks form.
  3. Spoon cream on top of hot chocolate and sprinkle with cinnamon.

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RamblingTart - Thank you so much, Alina. 🙂 I just love my Mum’s garden!!

RamblingTart - I’m so glad you like them, Dennis. 🙂 The sandwich was SO delicious. 🙂

RamblingTart - Oh thanks, Bren! I’m SO glad you came by! I look forward to getting to know you. 🙂

RamblingTart - Ohhh, bless you for saying that, Jen! I’m just learning as I go. I have a tiny point and shoot and try to take photos in good light. You could easily do the same. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thanks so much, Melissa! I’m so glad you like it. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, bunkycooks! I really appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you so much, Mary! 🙂 Yes – you would LOVE that seat and that view. Sigh. Pure bliss. 🙂

RamblingTart - I would happily share another of those chairs with you, Barbara. 🙂 It was SO nice to perch there and watch the sunset. 🙂 Thank you for visiting my guest post!! 🙂

RamblingTart - GREAT idea for the beef, Joanne. Oooo, yes, that would be delicious! 🙂 Five books: an archaeological novel, two WW2 novels, a novel about the Bronte sisters, and a murder mystery about cats. 🙂

RamblingTart - Isn’t coconut milk the BEST, Ksenia?! I go through so many cans. 🙂 Yes! I read waaaay too many books at once. But I actually finished two this weekend. Hooray! 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you very much, Lazaro! And thanks for stopping by and commenting on my guest post. That was lovely of you. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you so much, Velva! I’m delighted that you stopped by and commented. That means a lot to me. 🙂

Alina - Hi
What a lovely picture of your mom’s garden, so quaint and peaceful and your cinnamon hot chocolate, a pure delight!

Chef Dennis - your images are stunning!!! that toasted beef sandwich looks so tasty!! Could certainly use one now…..and how pretty is that white picket fence!
thanks so much for sharing

Bren - the hot chocolate is such a nice break from all the summer dishes being shared, which is great; nonetheless, this is great ultra sexy looking! Nice pictures all around are great! Great to have found you!

Jen Cheung - looks like you had a great day and such lovely meals you have! your photography is driving me nuts! WHY? Because it’s so damn skillful. Looking at mine is shameful. 🙁

Melissa @ For the Love of Health - Amazing blog photography!

bunkycooks - I will have to read your guest post after seeing the view from that chair!

Mary - That chocolate look so good. I can see myself in that chair enjoying that incredible view. Your photos are, as always, lovely.
Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

Barbara - I would love to be sitting in that chair!!

Very unusual adding coconut milk to the hot chocolate. Now why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

Going to check your guest post now.

Joanne - Ooh that beef has me drooling! I bet it would make for a great taco filling.

Have fun on your three day weekend! Enjoy some family, friends, and sunshine. What five books are you reading??

Ksenia - Ahhh, coconut milk 🙂 Just because of that, I’m sure it’s delicious. Someone should invent soy cream that can be whipped (if it doesn’t exist yet….)

Congrats for you guest post 😀 I thought about writting some guest post too, but I haven’t decided yet.

Now I know that I’m not the only one who begins too many books at once, he he.

Lazaro - Hope that you guest post expereince is everything you want it to be. Love the Irish Hot Chocolate. Looks awesome.


Velva - Southern Italy….I am so envious. I will be checking out your guest post. I know that you are excited!

RamblingTart - Thanks, Myscha!! Don’t tell anyone I had it for breakfast this morning. 😉

RamblingTart - Will do, Robyn! Some of the guys said they know of a good park with great views. Can’t wait!! 🙂

Myscha Theriault - Awesome hot chocolate cocktail! Thanks for participating in Happy Hour Friday.

Robyn Lenssen - if you’re going to watch bellingham fireworks…find somewhere to watch the ones over bellingham bay. they’re always great.

RamblingTart - There were two of them so I’d happily pull one up for you too, Val. 🙂

bellini valli - I’d love to be sitting on that deck chair in Italy right now:DHave a fantastic long weekend!

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