{blogging slumber}

I’m a pathetic blogger, okay, maybe I’m just a busy, tired mom that wants to blog, but because I am a slower than molasses writer it takes me AGES to pull a blog post together so they rarely happen. BUT, I’m trying because writing for my blog, whatever the topic, has always been therapeutic for me and to be totally honest, I could use a little writing therapy so I’m going to do my best to get some blogging accomplished.

Because winter has come to our beautiful state in full force and I loathe winter I’m going to slowly write about my hiking and camping adventures this past summer.  Everybody can benefit from a little sunshine during these dreary months, so hopefully some pics of the beautiful places I have been can provide some sunshine.  I’m just sorry I can’t provide the vitamin D to go along with it.

I hope your holidays have been merry and if you love winter you are out enjoying it and if you don’t, I hope you are like me holing up inside trying to stay warm and not drink too much hot chocolate with coffee flavored tequila.  Yes, this is a real thing and it is addictive, you have been warned!

You know what? I was going to add this to an upcoming backpacking post, but that post is already pretty long so I thought I would add a little something-something special to this post and share this tequila spiked deliciousness with my readers.  While backpacking this fall, my packing partner found this great recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate.  I supplied my dad’s homemade hot chocolate mix and he provided two shots of Patron XO Cafe Dark Cafe tequila.  To make this little tale even better he brought each of our shots in an empty Five-Hour Energy bottle which actually holds 1 1/4 shots each!!! 😉  He found this recipe here on a great blog called Dirty Gourmet.

As recommended on the site you will need a small pot, spoon, stove, two insulated mugs, and…

  • 2 packets of your favorite instant hot cocoa mix
  • 2 cups of water or milk
  • 3 ounces cocoa cafe tequila (we used Patron) or other alcohol of your choice (I like one ounce/serving)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Simply make your hot chocolate, add the tequila, stir and enjoy.  We didn’t have cayenne in the mountains, but we did have a cinnamon stick.  My friend made it at home and said the 1/2 t. of cayenne for two servings was quite aggressive.  I always just leave it out. This was amazing by the campfire in the cold at the end of a long day of hiking.  I’ve also found it is almost as amazing at home in my kitchen. 🙂 Enjoy!

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