A Recipe for Romance Authors of Love Inspired

A Recipe for Romance: Mexican Hot Chocolate

Recipes for Romance
Recipes for Romance

A fabulous group of authors invited me to add a short romance story and  recipe to their collection: A Recipe for Romance. I was honored. First thought? What would make a perfect recipe to write a sweet romantic story around. Well, it had to have chocolate. So I went with Mexican Hot Chocolate!

Yes, I drink hot chocolate year round.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

  • 4 CUPS of MILK
  • 4-6 Pieces of chocolate baking bar
  • 1/4 Cup Cornmeal
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1-2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • ¾ tsp Vanilla

Combine milk, sugar, chocolate baking bars and cinnamon sticks in pan over low heat until chocolate pieces melt completely. In a separate container, mix cornmeal and water and dissolve any lumps. Add cornmeal mixture to milk. Stir or whisk over very low heat for about 10-15 minutes. You will notice the milk will begin to thicken. Add pure vanilla extract after removing from heat. The more cornmeal thickens the milk, if you prefer it thicker add more cornmeal. Whisk it before serving to get a frothy topping. Grab a book and share a story while wrapped up in fuzzy socks, comfy blankets and a mug of the best hot chocolate ever.

A Recipe for Romance Authors of Love Inspired
A Recipe for Romance Authors of Love Inspired

E for Eating Habits – Good, Bad & Ugly

We use to know our food – we grew it, we gathered it or we stalked it. I remember my parent’s huge garden. We would eat corn and green beans right off the plant. It was so good.
Now-a-days it seems my family has become separated from the source of our life.

But eating is also the heart of our culture – we use it to celebrate, socialize and grieve. Joy, comfort and grief are wrapped up in our food.
When we are not sure what to do we will reach out with food. It’s no wonder we can develop an unhealthy relationship with the source of our health.
My goal is to become a more conscious eater.

One of my family’s favorites.

Ready to Roast Fresh Brussel Sprouts & Carrots
Open grilled burgers are a favorite at home or festivals

St. Raymond Catholic Church
Open grill at Leakey’s July Jubilee

What is a festival without funnel cake. If you only eat it once a year – that’s not bad is it?

Funnel Cake!
Funnel Cake!
When I was little I couldn't eat asparagus, now it is one of my favorites
When I was little I couldn’t eat asparagus, now it is one of my favorites
How can you go wrong with beacon, cream cheese and a pepper.
How can you go wrong with beacon, cream cheese and a pepper.

Fast food and eating in the car is just about as ugly as it gets. I would put a picture, but I don’t want any evidence that I have ever done that.
Do you have foods you love that are not good for you or do you love the foods that are good for you?

Family Favorite Food – Pigs in a Blanket

Can I have just one? No
Can I have just one Pig In A Blanket? No.

My kids have one recipe they expect at every family gathering. It’s not the healthiest or fanciest snack: Pigs in a blanket.

So simple, but they act like it is so hard to make.  I’m posting the step by step so next time they want them they can look it up and make them without any help from me. Go family!



Step one – Gather the supplies.

Pillsbury Crescents and Lil'Smokies Sausage
Pillsbury Crescents and Lil’Smokies Sausage
I use:

Lil’smokies – beef, turkey or pork work (I like beef)

Pillsbury Crescents

If you want to make them fancy add grated cheese


First I brown the mini sausages in a skillet. While they are cooking I roll out the Crescents.

Rolling 4 triangles together to make one rectangle. With one can of eight you will end up with 2 sheets.

Roll out the Pillsbury Crescent
Roll out the Pillsbury Crescent

Cut three slices horizontal (across) and five vertical (down) Making 20 pieces.

Roll a sausage in each square.[/caption]Roll a cooked sausage into each square and tuck the seam together. Set seam down on the stone or cookie sheet.

Roll a sausage in each square.
Roll a sausage in each square.
Ready to cook
Ready to cook

I usually use at least two cans making 80 rolls. For a large family event I use four cans. They are always the first to go on the buffet table.

Ready to Eat
Ready to Eat