Saturday, February 23, 2013

S'mores Galore


I'm often asked if I actually made all the recipes I mentioned in my Love By Chocolate series. The truth is, I'm not a from scratch baker. When I bake I use boxed mixes and very often ready made cookie dough. Baking is much too precise for me. One ingredient off and the taste can be ruined. And when I bake a large cake or batch of cookies I find myself eating it all.

That's why I love s'mores. You can make one or dozens. They're compact and I can be as creative as I want with all the ready made ingredients. My personal favorite is made with 2 ginger cookies smeared with Nutella. I recently discovered a new Kraft product- marshmallow stackers. They fit perfectly between the thin ginger snaps.


Another non-traditional s'more that's easy to make - I adapted a little. I use a frozen chocolate chip cookie baked with micro-mini marshmallows and additional mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top.
http://www.hugsandcookiesxoxo.com/2011/10/smookies-make-you-smile.html


And how about a s'more for Passover?


http://www.ingredientsinc.net/2012/04/passover-smores/#.USFnyWH3B8E

Do you have a favorite s'more recipe?

Thanks for stopping by and remember to eat chocolate everyday.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Heartbreaker Blog Hop - Music, Movies, and Books




 I write sweet romance that always ends with a Happily Ever After. http://tinyurl.com/aq49gwa 
However, my favorite romance with my all time favorite heartbreaker does not end that way. 


If you can watch this youtube video for the Way We Were without your eyes tearing than you're  a better person than I am. Just listening to the song as I write this blog makes me teary eyed. 


www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNEcQS4tXgQ
In the movie, Robert Redford's character, Hubbell is my perfect heartbreaker. He is smart, sexy, an all American officer and a gentleman with a hint of bad boy. And he breaks Katie's heart as well as mine. The heart wrenching  story only adds to the attraction. My favorite scene is in the middle of the movie when  Hubbell and JJ are sailing. JJ asks Hubbell to list his best years. Hubbell replies, 1941, 42, 43.... all the years he knew Katie. 

Any time I hear the theme song I immediately picture the end of the movie. Hubbell sees Katie across the street from the Plaza Hotel. I reach for a tissue. By the time he crosses the street my sobbing is out of control. I can quote verbatim the dialogue in that scene. For me it is the most memorable heartbreaking scene  in any book or movie.

Who is the  heartbreaker from a book or movie who has that affect on you? 


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