Hot Chocolate: Let me count the ways

From Google Images Love at first sip

From Google Images
Love at first sip

So many reasons to love hot chocolate:

It has a fun history.

It’s good for you. Young or old, it has tons of healthy properties. Learn to love the deep dark stuff, and you’re golden!

It takes a ridiculous amount to kill you, but with the amount of endorphins running through your system, at that point you probably won’t mind.

It’s very name means, Food of the Gods.

It has some fun memes – even grumpy cat got in on the game.

There are myths on hot chocolate. Myths. You have to love a foodstuff that has it’s own mythology.

Some myth-links I found (have not been checked for veracity):

Reasons I’m drinking Hot Chocolate for Breakfast

Friday: Last day of the week? Check. Only moderately snowy on my way into work? Check. One of my posts as number 3 when searching for ‘hot chocolate’ on Google? Check. Being mistaken for my son’s sister at play practice? Yep, I get to have hot chocolate for breakfast (because I’m vain)!

Thursday: Because my hand is healed. Huzzah! See, proof of the healing benefits of hot cocoa!

Wednesday: Because Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” was queued up and ready to play when I got into my car this morning (which also didn’t need to be scraped of ice – it’s the little things)

Tuesday: Because I forgot to make myself breakfast . . . and lunch. The boy got breakfast but did Mom remember to make one for herself? Nope. Did she remember to grab soup on her way out the door at the ridiculously early hour of 6:30? Nope. Was she kinda hungry all day? Nope. Because: Hot Chocolate!

MondayIt’s Monday. That’s totally allowed as a reason. Plus, I stabbed my hand yesterday while making guacamole. Because I’m a menace with sharp objects! (no worries, nothing vital hit. Plus, the boy gets to wash dishes all week!)

The Marshmallow in your cup
Other News

adventureswithD-final (1)On a non-chocolate-related note, check out our latest D&A Entertainment News post on Green Embers’ Recommends – It’s Timey-Wimey and Wibbly-Wobbly!

Also, Green is still offering up space for the Indie Book Blast, taking place on the Green Embers blog for the first 9 days of December.

Finally, it’s the last call for volunteers in Charles Yallowitz’s Allure of the Gypsies Cover Reveal and Blog Tour!

That’s it – thanks for reading and joining in on my chocolate-fueled insanity. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Hot Chocolate – it’s no laughing matter

A: Wait, no – it is. It is a laughing matter – especially with these:

D: Hey, what am I, chopped liver?

A: I didn’t think you liked internet memes.

D: I don’t, but this one seemed at least faintly acceptable.

A: Pray tell.

D: Allow me to introduce to you, Grumpy Cat!

memehotchocolateD

A: . . .

D: You like?

A: You are impossible, Druid.

D: I’ll take that as a yes!

Reasons I’m Drinking Hot Chocolate for Breakfast

Thursday: Because my hand is healed. Huzzah! See, proof of the healing benefits of hot cocoa!

Wednesday: Because Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” was queued up and ready to play when I got into my car this morning (which also didn’t need to be scraped of ice – it’s the little things)

Tuesday: Because I forgot to make myself breakfast . . . and lunch. The boy got breakfast but did Mom remember to make one for herself? Nope. Did she remember to grab soup on her way out the door at the ridiculously early hour of 6:30? Nope. Was she kinda hungry all day? Nope. Because: Hot Chocolate!

Monday: It’s Monday. That’s totally allowed as a reason. Plus, I stabbed my hand yesterday while making guacamole. Because I’m a menace with sharp objects! (no worries, nothing vital hit. Plus, the boy gets to wash dishes all week!)

 

Death by Chocolate

From: Google Images Love turned lethal? Nah!

From: Google Images
Love turned lethal? Nah!

D: A? A is it wise to drink that much chocolate?

A: Whatever do you mean, D?

D: It might be good for you, but perhaps not in that quantity.

A: I can handle it.

D: Are you certain? Your gait is a bit wobbly, there.

A: Is not.

D: Is.

A: (Walks into a chair) Okay, that’s just because I have a depth-perception problem – not chocolate overdose.

D: Uh huh.

A: I can stop whenever I want to.

D: Step away from the cup, A.

A: But it’s orange and delicious.

D: And lethal.

A: Are you going on about Pope Clement XIV again? Geese, what is your beef? The man was poisoned. It wasn’t the chocolate’s fault.

D: No, that is not what I meant, A.

A: Oh. Oh! You’re talking about Theobromine Poisoning.

D: Very good, A.

A: D, a human has to eat nearly 1000g of the theobromine in chocolate for the nasty side effects to pronounce themselves (although that amount is much smaller for dogs and other small pets – keep them away from the frothy goodness!).

D: Perhaps. But, you must admit that it puts your modern obsession with Valentine’s day and chocolate in a whole new light.

A: Hm… lover’s gift or messy murder weapon? Neat, D.

D: I’m guessing your writer brain just filed that away for future use, correct?

A: (Taps brain) Safe and sound.

D: Nothing in that head is sound, but I catch your meaning. So, are you going to temper your chocolate habit?

A: (Grabs cup and runs away, laughing maniacally). Never!!

D: Watch out for the table—oh. Ouch. That has to hurt. Oh well. Since A is nursing a poor knee, let met tell you something else rather notable. Green Embers is hosting an Indie Book Bash – he is giving away space on his blog for authors participating in Read Tuesday to advertise. Want in? Find out more!

Reasons I’m Drinking Hot Chocolate for Breakfast

Wednesday: Because Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” was queued up and ready to play when I got into my car this morning (which also didn’t need to be scraped of ice – it’s the little things)

Tuesday: Because I forgot to make myself breakfast . . . and lunch. The boy got breakfast but did Mom remember to make one for herself? Nope. Did she remember to grab soup on her way out the door at the ridiculously early hour of 6:30? Nope. Was she kinda hungry all day? Nope. Because: Hot Chocolate!

Monday: It’s Monday. That’s totally allowed as a reason. Plus, I stabbed my hand yesterday while making guacamole. Because I’m a menace with sharp objects! (no worries, nothing vital hit. Plus, the boy gets to wash dishes all week!)

The Marshmallow in Your Cup

Witchcraft by: Frank Sinatra

Theobroma Cacao to the rescue!

A: I told you, D. Hot Chocolate is good for you.

D: Prove it.

A: I don’t have to, a research paper in the August 7  2013 edition of Neurology already stated it.

D: . . . hm, cognitive function . . . bla bla bla . . . cerebral white matter integrity . . . yada yada yada . . . cocoa. Interesting.

A: You should really consider it, D. I mean at your advanced age . . .

D: Watch it, you young whipper-snapper.

From Google Images I don't know - does this orange cup make my hips look big?

From Google Images
Does this orange cup make my hips look big? I know it’s supposed to make me more alluring, but I’m just not sold on it.

A: Uh huh. Here’s another sciencey tidbit – hot chocolate apparently tastes better when drunk out of an orange cup.

D: Do you drink it out of an orange cup?

A: No. Mine is more ecru. Imagine what I’d be like if I did!

D: Let’s not. I’m afraid rabid isn’t a good look for you.

A: Aw, gee, D. Thanks!

D: So what else sciencey – to quote my terribly specific author – can you come up with on hot chocolate and health?

A: Well, this article talks about all the different compounds associated with hot chocolate (as well as everything else, because who doesn’t love The Art of Manliness website?!? It has mustaches, people!)

D: (Snore) Huh, what? Oh, sorry. I mean, you don’t say?

A: D, you have some drool there.

D: Here?

A: No, other side. Just a smidge.

D: Did I get it?

A: Yeah. Nice job.

D: Must have been dreaming about hot chocolate.

A: I don’t even want to know anymore.

Reasons I’m Drinking Hot Chocolate for Breakfast

Tuesday: Because I forgot to make myself breakfast . . . and lunch. The boy got breakfast but did Mom remember to make one for herself? Nope. Did she remember to grab soup on her way out the door at the ridiculously early hour of 6:30? Nope. Was she kinda hungry all day? Nope. Because: Hot Chocolate!

Monday: It’s Monday. That’s totally allowed as a reason. Plus, I stabbed my hand yesterday while making guacamole. Because I’m a menace with sharp objects! (no worries, nothing vital hit. Plus, the boy gets to wash dishes all week!)

The Marshmallow in Your Cup

Plate Tectonics and Hot Chocolate . . . Because science.

Ode to Hot Chocolate

Hail to thee, molten joy!

Dark and seductive or milky sweet

You’re there in need, and never coy.

I breathe you in, your steam and heat,

I love you over any Christmas toy.

***

From: Google Images See what I mean, it's love in a cup!

From: Google Images
See what I mean, it’s love in a cup!

D: Seriously, A?

A: What? I love hot chocolate!

D: . . .

A: I love it so much, I’ve set a challenge for myself on Facebook.

D: Oh, pray tell what productivity this shall engender.

A: Reasons why I get to have hot cocoa for breakfast.

D: Because that is so healthy.

A: It is healthy – you know, because it’s a bean. Therefore . . .

D: Your depravity knows no bounds, does it?

A: Oh, like you didn’t indulge with the Aztecs.

D: I never crossed the sea, A – not until the 21st century and it is often that I second-guess that particular decision.

A: So, you weren’t there when the conquistadors brought it back from the New World?

D: Okay, well – maybe.

A: Right. And you didn’t sample it? Or drink down a whole jug of it and get chocolate all over your face?

D: Who have you been talking too?

A: I can’t tell you that. My informants rely on secrecy, D.

D: . . .

A: Here, D. Have some chocolate. It has tryptophan  in it – it’ll make you feel better.

D: (*grab* mumble grumble mutter slurp . . . sigh).

So, I’ve set myself a challenge: for the next five days, I will have a post on the glories of hot chocolate.

Yes, I do love it that much.

Stop by daily (or follow me on Facebook – yes me, not the D/A Dialogues because there’s nothing on that page that doesn’t end up on my own page. Plus, with Facebook’s new-to-me follow feature, you’re only subjected to that which I mark ‘public.’ Fancy.) to find out more about the season’s best drink, and the crazy reasons I’m more than willing to drink it for breakfast.

Reasons I’m drinking hot chocolate for breakfast:

Monday: It’s Monday. That’s totally allowed as a reason. Plus, I stabbed my hand yesterday while making guacamole. Yep, I’m a menace with sharp objects. (No worries, nothing vital hit. Plus, the boy gets to wash dishes all week!)

The marshmallow in your cup:

The sweetest thing

D: Fresh-picked strawberries, still warm from the sun.

A: Pardon?

D: You were going to ask me what I considered to be the sweetest thing, were you not?

A: Uh, no.

D: Oh.

A: Although, that is lovely, and I do agree that sun-warmed ripe strawberries are pretty sweet, this is just as:Cupcake4

D: Whoa.

A: What?

D: I think my teeth just fell out.

A: Dental concerns from the 1300 year-old?

D: Oi, these are all my own teeth!

A: . . .

D: Okay, that one isn’t, but it was knocked out in a particularly nasty confrontation that I’d rather not discuss right now.

A: Um. . . Can we get back to being super sweet?

D: Certainly.

A: Thank you. Now, to the rules:

  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer the five super sweet questions (below).
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post (above).
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
  5. Notify your nominees on their blog.

First, D and I want to send out a huge thank you to Jess at Waiting on a Word for nominating us for the Super Sweet Blog Award. I have really been enjoying her posts and she has a sense of humor and turn of phrase that really tickles my funny bone.

The Questions

D: Wait, I get to answer, right? This isn’t going to be all about you again, is it?

A: (Eye roll) You get to answer too, D. . . Don’t clap, D; You’re 1300 years old.

D: All the more reason to clap, A.

Cookies or Cake?

A: Cookies if they’re just gluten free, but cake if it’s the whole-paleo-hog and grain free (coconut flour cookies are just not the same).

D: I have none of these restrictions and would like both, but I’ll settle for cake.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

D&A: Chocolate! At least we can agree on something.

Favorite sweet treat?

A: Dark chocolate salted caramel truffles.

D: See strawberries, above. See A, I knew it.

A: Did your druid-spidey senses tell you that?

D: I know you’re mocking me, and ruining the English language, but I don’t care. Yes.

When do you crave sweets the most:

A: All the time. Usually at 4/5 when I get home from work and I’m faced with the onslaught of child, cats and things needing to be done.

D: Actually never. I’m more of a savory fellow. Plus, the early dark-ages weren’t exactly rife with sweet-treats.

Sweet nickname?

A: Sweetie or sweetheart. My mom also calls me Katemagerk (the spelling is phonetic; I’ve never seen it written out) but I think that’s more odd than sweet.

D: Can I go with sweetie? Please?

A: Really? You didn’t have a Pictish pet-name? Certainly your mother or Mairead had a name for you.

D: I don’t want to talk about that.

A: Can I call you sweetie-pie?

D: No.

A: Stud muffin?

D: A.

A: How about my little Jammie Dodger?

D: Now you’re just being ridiculous.

A: I know. But at least now you’re smiling!

Our nominees. . .

A: We’re actually going to wait until the end of the post for that because . . . (Drum roll, please):wonderful-team-membership-award

D: What is that?

A: A Wonderful Team Member Award. You know – a team, working together? Wait, what am I thinking? I am talking to the lone druid, the dark master of time and fate. You work with no one; you stick to the shadows, manipulate men’s lives and above all, are alone.

D: I think you’re mocking me. Again.

A: (Snerk). Sorry . . . mostly. Okay, okay – you are working with me now, and I do recall a few team efforts in your storyline.

D: Gee, A, how kind of you to remember.

A: Oh, D, cheer up. We were nominated. People appreciate us, and they’re part of our team just as they – and you – are part of mine.  Again, the rules are simple:

  1. The Nominee of the Wonderful Team member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.
  2. The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little.
  3. The Nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during 7 days.

The man with some of the most beautiful thoughts I’ve read, Mohamed at Dawn of Thoughts nominated us for this award and we are honored.

D&A: Thank you, Mohamed!

A: Now, this is where I flout the rules—

D: (Surprise, surprise.)

A: As I was saying, thanks to these two awards, I have a total of 27 bloggers to appreciate. I couldn’t decide who should be nominated for each award, so I am nominating all 27 for both/either. Whichever award they want or have yet to receive, they can consider themselves nominated. If they don’t wish to be nominated at all, that’s perfect too, because I really just want the opportunity to list those people who have either made me smile, been utterly charming/honest/raw/beautiful/informative or simply fabulous. Here we go:

  1. Tammy Salyer/Alternative Reality Engineer http://tammysalyer.wordpress.com/about/
  2. Andra/The Accidental Cootchie  http://andrawatkins.com/about-andra-watkins/
  3. Charles/Legends of Windemere http://legendsofwindemere.com/about/
  4. C.N. Faust http://cnfaust.wordpress.com/about-the-author/
  5. Comfortably Numb/Beth http://comfortablynumb7.wordpress.com/about/
  6. Green Embers/Bradley Corbett http://greenembers.wordpress.com/about/
  7. Scott Barr/Human Writes http://coyotero2112.wordpress.com/about-scott-barr/
  8. Ionia/Readful Things Blog http://readfulthingsblog.com/about/
  9. Isabella Stines http://isabellastines.wordpress.com/about/
  10. Jess/Waiting on a Word http://waitingonaword.wordpress.com/about/
  11. John W. Howell/Fiction Favorites http://johnwhowell.com/about/
  12. Julian Froment’s Blog http://julianfroment.wordpress.com/about/
  13. Kira/Wrestling Life http://wrestling-life.com/about/
  14. Jae Dansie/Lit and Scribbles http://litandscribbles.wordpress.com/about/
  15. Liz Blackmore/Little Box of Books – http://littleboxofbooks.wordpress.com/
  16. Michael Bradley – Time Traveler http://mbtimetraveler.com/about/
  17. Mohamed/Dawn of Thoughts http://moossama88.wordpress.com/about/
  18. Mrs Carlie Lee/Diary of a Country Housewife http://mrscarlielee.wordpress.com/about/
  19. Pamela Beckford/Year ‘Round Thanksgiving Project http://pamela984.wordpress.com/about/
  20. Patty/Petite Magique http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/about/
  21. Sreejit Poole/The Seeker’s Dungeon http://theseekersdungeon.com/
  22. Sue Vincent/Daily Echo http://scvincent.com/about/
  23. The Eye-Dancers http://eyedancers.wordpress.com/about/
  24. Charlotte Carrendar/Charlotte’s Web http://charlottecarrendar.com/about/
  25. Chris The Story Reading Ape http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/about/
  26. Tamara/TIPPR Blog http://tipprblog.com/

And last but certainly not least, the Community Storyboard, which I understand has had its first posts!! Yay – congratulations!

I don’t always have the opportunity to visit your blogs and comment – I’m still learning my way around the blogosphere, and the focus thing is sometimes lacking! But know I have learned something, gained a smile, been fascinated by or simply felt moved by something all of you have written. You’re all sweet, wonderful, charming and kind. I can’t imagine blogging without you.

D: And while A uses that “I” word an awful lot, I’d also like to extend my thanks. I would have no outlet, and no voice if no one visited or gave her an excuse not to be “A” all the time. Cheers.

A: Well said, D.

D: I have my moments.