Cookies for Spane – May Crowning Day

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Spane's Religious Education Class Picture taken 2011

Spane's class picture, 2011

May 12, 2010 was Spane’s last day in Catechism for the year. It was also the May Crowning at our parish.

Maria had asked me weeks ago if we were going to have anything special for the children, like we did for Christmas. Last week when I saw Sandra, and she mentioned that she was going to BUY cookies for a gathering after class. I told her to not buy cookies, that I would happily make cookies and bring them. Since I knew it would be the May Crowning, I thought that flowers would be appropriate.
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Baked Breakfast with Friends – Dutch Babies and Baked Bacon

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Eric Goeddel

Eric Goeddel chose Mrs. Francisco’s class

This morning, our friends Barney and Charlie came by because we were going to UCLA to see the baseball game against the Oregon Ducks. Spane’s first grade class (Mrs. Francisco) was chosen by number 33 Eric Goeddel to come to the game at UCLA today.

Out friend, Maria, was with us as she is on all Sunday mornings. I love Maria Torres so much! She is so much fun, and when she tells those headline jokes, it’s just too much!

Anyway, you’re here to hear about the food, right? Well, when I had asked Bonnie to come from breakfast, and what she liked, she had said pancakes. Hmmm, I thought to myself last night – that’s a lot of pancakes to stand there and make (and this is right after making Cheddar Cheese Spritz Crackers last night). I vaguely remembered hearing about a baked pancake, so I decided to make Dutch Babies, otherwise known as Baked Pancakes.

I served the pancake with fresh strawberries and sweetened sour cream. Baked bacon was also on the menu. It was truly a hit!

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Hot Chocolate with Foam

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Hot Chocolate from Scratch with Foam

Hot Chocolate

According to the Aztecs, the foam was the best part of the chocolate. Not having a Molinillo on hand does not mean you have to settle for “flat” chocolate. I discovered that an old fashioned egg beater does a great job.

If you get the Mexican chocolate discs, just put one disk for every pint of milk, and use the egg beater to make the foam. The Mexican chocolate already has the cinnamon in it, is rich, and quite delicious.

Recipe: Hot Chocolate

Summary: Make real, flavorful hot cocoa

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 pinch Cayenne (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • Drop or two of pure vanilla
  • Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Put enough cold milk into your cup of choice, and pour that milk into a non reactive pot. Add the sugar, cocoa and cayenne if you are using it. Place on medium heat.
  2. Take your egg beater and start beating the chocolate right away. Continue to beat it until the milk is hot – not boiling.
  3. Pour into the cup, and dust with cinnamon to taste.

Variations

You can also put red hots candies in, which will not completely melt while you’re drinking it, but you’ll have a nice treat at the end.
You can also put marshmallows if desired.

Preparation time:

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: Mexican

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 10 review(s)

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