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Advent Day Twenty-Two 2016: Guest Post from Shanley Belle

Thursday, December 22, 2016

This is Shanley Belle, RJ's daughter. I'm doing a guest post because:

a) Mom is sick.
b) I make the best hot chocolate ever, and Mom wants me to post about it.

So basically, I'm here to write about the hot chocolate recipe everyone in our house has become so fond of. Here's what you do:

Pour two cups of whole milk, 1/4 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, and 1/2 tablespoon dark corn syrup into a small saucepan. Put on medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the hot chocolate is warm, and chocolate chips melted. If they don't completely dissolve on their own, use a whisk at the very end. It'll make the mixture smooth and a little frothy at the top! This recipe is easily doubled, and two healthy-sized servings as I've written it.

I like to add both marshmallows and whipped cream because it's Christmas and you're *already* drinking hot chocolate, so why not add a little more?

Merry Christmas everyone, and happy yule from yesterday! Yay for days getting longer.


Luke 2: 15 - 20

2:15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."

2:16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

2:17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;

2:18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

2:19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.


  1. So nice to "meet" you, Shanley! Your mom is one of my favorites, and it is too bad she is sick. I hope she will be better very soon, and this hot chocolate just might help. It looks delicious! I agree with you -- too much is wonderful (i.e. whipped cream PLUS marshmallows)!

  2. Shanley, your recipes sounds delicious. Take of your Mom. I hope you all or y'all have a Merry Christmas.


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