Monday, November 17, 2014

Truisms (for my almost-45th birthday)

This week is going to be mad, by which I mean CRAY-ZEE. It's my birthday on Wednesday (woop??) but my glorious 45th anniversaire is likely to be overshadowed/swallowed up in the last-minute party prep for Dash's 12th birthday Hunger Games party on Saturday.

And since I JUST KNOW I'm going to have NO TIME to write myself a reflective, soul-searching, what-have-I-done-with-my-life happy birthday post, I thought I'd steal a few moments today to share with you the sayings I (try to) live by.

These are the truisms of my heart. You'll notice kindness features rather a lot - Kindness is VERY important to me. I don't always manage to live up to my ideals (who DOES, right?) but I AIM to live by them.  Because... if you aim at nothing you'll hit it every time (yet another true saying I just didn't have time to make a pretty picture for).

So Happy Middle-of-my-life Halfway-to-ninety Birthday to me. Forty Five??!! Who knew I could be so old and yet still feel like I'm just starting out?

Here are my favourite sayings to live by...




Which saying is your favourite from this bunch? Do you have sayings that you live by?
Friday, November 14, 2014

How to Make Your Own Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk

 Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk has been a bit of a sensation here in NZ hasn't it? Supermarkets can't keep up with the demand; as soon as they get stock in, it sells out. People have queued for hours to get a bottle of the stuff!

Why all the fuss? Well, it IS yummy (I know cos I've tried it. I spotted it in the drinks fridge at Petite Kitchen's cafe). Yep, it's good. Mostly I think it's gotten famous because there's almost nothing to it. No preservatives, no nasties. Just whole organic milk and the best chocolate in the world - Whittakers.

Anyhoo, the other day Dash was home from school and we were out getting stuff at the supermarket and he said, "Hey mum can I get some of that famous chocolate milk to try?"

Of course they were sold out. Of course they were.
But they did have plenty of the plain white stuff in stock.
Which gave me an idea - the famous chocolate milk is meant to be just Whittakers Chocolate in Lewis Road Creamery Milk, so why not make my own?

I did, and here's how you can make your own too. Queueing be damned!

Make your Own Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk

  • 1 x 750ml bottle of Lewis Road Creamery whole milk*
  • 1 x block (or share pack) of Whittakers Milk Chocolate
*(or some other whole/organic/unpasteurised milk if you can't get Lewis Road Creamery Milk where you are)

  • Pour the milk into a small saucepan and place on the stove, on a medium heat; stir (or find an assistant stirrer).
  • Break up the chocolate into smallish chunks and add to the milk; keep stirring. (You can vary the amount of chocolate according to taste; half a block will give a pleasant chocolaty flavour, a whole block is like drinking liquid gold)
  • The chocolate will begin to melt into the milk; keep on stirring.
  • When all the chocolate is melted into the milk remove saucepan from the heat. **Do not allow to come to the boil**
Now you have two options:
  1. Drink it warm (it will slip down like silken liquid chocolate, warming the cockles of your heart) OR
  2. Pour it into a suitable container, chill in the fridge and sip it cold on a hot day.
Either way it's GOOD.

[We poured our homemade brew back into the milk bottle and chilled it in the fridge]