Friday, October 3, 2014

Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix

I used to use Giardelli's Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa mix in my coffee (yes, yes I did) until they stopped selling the nice big containers.  I knew there were recipes for making your own cocoa so I looked at a few, and tried this one and always have a batch at the ready.  It makes a nice gift too.

I think the original calls for a dash of Cayenne Pepper (no, not for me).  They also want you to put it into your food processor to make it all smooth.  I don't do that either.  I just toss everything in a really big bowl and whisk it till nice and smoothly combined. 

I use large Mason Jars for storage.

The mini chips sometimes remain in the bottom of your cup begging to be scooped up with a spoon while they're nice and melted.

2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
1 tsp Kosher Salt
2 tsp cornstarch
3 cups Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk
1 cup Nestle Mini- Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Adapted from a recipe on The Yummy Life (which I would link to but I got some pretty annoying pop ups there, so, just search Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix and The Yummy Life and voila, the original recipe).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

D.O.A.'s Fall TV


There are a few new and returning shows on my schedule.  I would like to have something every night but, meh.  Wednesday looks like an alternate entertainment night.



Sleepy Hollow



Agents of Shield


Person of Interest (record for later)


Alternate entertainment nite








Doctor Who Night  Netflixed David Tennant episode then at 8 Peter Capaldi Who.


Once Upon a Time

Walking Dead

Downton Abbey (January)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

D.O.A. at the Movies: Maze Runner

Maze Runner

I watched all the clips of The Maze Runner movie, and follow the Maze Runner Trilogy and the author James Dashner on Facebook.  I had a few concerns going into the film:

I didn’t like that Teresa and Thomas couldn’t speak telepathically, though in retrospect I can see where that complicates things in a two hour movie.


From the clips, I didn’t think I’d like the actor playing Thomas, he seemed kind of gravelly voiced and flat.  In fact, Dylan O’Brien as Thomas completely nailed Thomas and his confusion as he entered the Glade and it’s world, and he had the honesty and vulnerability of Thomas in the book, so I was really pleased.

I really liked the portrayals of Alby, Newt, Minho, Chuck and Gally.

I didn’t care for the Teresa character, but having read the entire book series, I think I just don’t like her as a character so I was swayed by that.

I would like to have seen more time spent on the really well organized society the boys created.  More time could have been spent in the Maze itself.

The way out of the Maze and the final battle there was way cooler in the book, and I think they should have stuck with that.

Since they were varying from the book in so many places, they could have altered Chuck’s fate, right?  Sometimes the film version can have a happier ending than the book.

Filming is already set for the sequel : The Scorch Trials to come out in late 2015.  That was a great adventure, and I can’t wait to see how they bring it to the screen.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy Wishes to Me

J   Here I am, good to go for another year.  Yay me, I say.   Some people get all weasely about birthdays, but I’m pleased to get another one.  I look at them as an opportunity to start fresh, sort of like New Years.  This last year has been actually very nice, one of the first in a great while I wouldn’t categorize as being “a rough year”.  Nobody likes a rough year.

I’m excited to have an all new year stretching out in front of me.  I had such a structured plan for how I’d do things this last year.  I incorporated many of them into how I actually live my daily life.  I should start this next one with an all new plan, an even better plan.   I’m not certain of what it is, because this is the very first day of my glorious new year, but I’ll be making lists shortly.  I love a good list.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Librarian D.O.A. Booknotes: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I saw this author at Comic Con in 2012 on a panel and he seemed so nice and kids at the library just loved his Maze Runner series, so I finally got around to reading this recently.  Maze Runner is the first in a series.  As soon as I finished the Maze Runner I ordered the next two and just zoomed through them.

As it happens, the film version of this comes out tomorrow.  A few things in the previews I’ve seen make me twitch but the buzz on the movie is good, so I guess I’ll go with the flow and enjoy the movie.

A teenage boy who knows only that his name is Thomas wakes up in a cage like elevator which seems to take forever to travel to the top of its journey.  He is met at the top by a group of teens who call him such odd things: Klunk, shuck-face, Greenie.

They stood in a vast courtyard several times the size of a football field, surrounded by four enormous walls made of gray stone and covered in spots with thick ivy.  The walls had to be hundreds of feet high and formed a perfect square around them, each side split in the exact middle by an opening as tall as the walls themselves that, from what Thomas could see, led to passages and long corridors beyond.

Sixty or so boys are captive in the Maze, with a new one showing up in The Box once a month.  The boys have created a society for themselves with everyone having a job to do, rules of behavior that all are expected to follow. 

The first rule is that only Runners are allowed in the Maze.  These boys literally run through the Maze every single day, creating a map from memory that they duplicate in The Map Room.  The Maze is not static and changes every day.  The kids are determined to solve the Maze which they hope will get them released from their prison.

Thomas is determined to become a Runner and help solve the riddle of the Maze.  He feels he was sent here to do just that, though he has no idea why.

The Maze Runner is a great read, just one of those pulse pounding type books that never lets up on surprises and action.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stereographic Cards

I have all of these cards with dual images on them from mom which I thought for a long time were supposed to be people we were related to or something. It turns out they were an entertainment and could be viewed through a stereoscope, presenting a 3D image.

Sort of a very early View Master.  I have a few which tell an odd little story about two little girls. Apparently the entire set of 12 was available from the Co-Operative View Company of St. Paul.  I may not have these in the right sequence.  There are elaborations of the storyline on the back, I've just noted the captions on the front.

The set was titled "Little Runaways in Brownie Land"

                      The Little Runaways Curlylocks and Sunnyheart looking for Brownies

                  The Sleep of the Innocents--A Dream of the Strange "Kitty"

Disappointed and Lonely the Little Guardian Finds Relief in Tears
Where the Elves Kept Christmas--Hoping for the Brownies Return
The Rescue of the Runaways--Faithful Fido Fetches Father