Boozy Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding

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It seems that for most of us, at some point in life {usually in our high school / college years} our mugs of hot chocolate inevitably get replaced with hot beverages like black coffee, americanos, and latte’s as a direct result of our struggle to stay awake during our adolescent juggling act between school, part-time jobs, studying, and struggling to keep up with friends & family. At least, such was the case for me.

But despite my intense love for glorious, wondrous,  caffeine – No matter how old I get, I never get sick of a good old fashioned mug of warm, rich, homemade hot chocolate. In fact, given the opportunity, nowadays I will gladly choose a mug of hot chocolate over a steaming cup of joe any day. Do you feel the same way?

There is just something so comforting and amazing about cradling a mug of hot chocolate, wouldn’t you agree? I think the reason why hot chocolate holds such a special place in many of our hearts is because drinking hot chocolate is associated with childhood – you know the days long before we were introduced to the many wonders of caffeine.

Whenever I make myself a mug of hot chocolate I can’t help but be reminded of  the days when my mom would head up a big pot of homemade hot chocolate for my brothers and I after a chilly fall afternoon of jumping in leaf piles or after a snowy afternoon spent throwing snowballs and building snowmen. My mom would peel us out of our cold wet clothes, throw everything in the dryer, wrap us up in warm blankets on the couch and we would wait patiently with rosy cheeks and noses while she poured us each a nice big mug of her homemade chocolate.

There really was nothing better than holding those giant warm mugs in our cold hands and gulping down that chocolatey goodness to warm us up from the inside out.  Of course, our hot chocolates were always topped off with either a healthy dollop of whipped cream or a mound of mini marshmallows, because… well what the hell would hot chocolate be without whipped cream or marshmallows???

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Vanilla Layer Cake with Whipped Chocolate Cream Frosting for Dad’s Birthday!

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Hello all! This will be my first post since the name change to my website! I was very sad to change it but it was pointed out to me that the previous website name was the same as another blog and in the interest of remaining unique and distinguishing my website from others out there, I decided it would be best to change my name. This new name really says everything about what I am blogging about on this website so I think it is a good fit. Let me know what you think, but for now, lets move onto more important things like… CAKE!

It was my Dad’s birthday a couple of weekends ago and naturally we celebrated by doing a traditional home cooked meal at my parents house, complete with this very large and very delicious birthday cake. I love birthday’s for one simple reason and that reason is the CAKE! As one of my favourite people of all time, Julia Child, would say “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” Seriously, how could you not love that woman when she coins phrases like this one?

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