Happy New Year everyone~! I hope you all had a blast taking the first step into round 2018. As always, with the first couple of days of every year, quite a number of well-deserved hangovers and well-intentioned new years’ resolutions have probably gone out of the window for a lot of people already – which reminds me… time to get working on my “treat yourself with a breakfast worth getting out of bed for more often” resolution~!
Oh dear… my time-perception seems to have taken a serious hit this year! It seems like I’ve just finished my Summer Chocolate Box and all of a sudden I’m covered in chocolate yet again! The Christmas markets around town have opened their gates last weekend and the wonderful aromas of roasting nuts, spiced wine and freshly baked goods wafting through the festively decorated streets are making me wonder where the last couple of months have gone.
Ah, a good old Gamer’s weekend… Locked doors, PC-desk appropriate and keyboard-friendly healthy foodstuffs and lots of coffee stocked up, comfy clothes – a picture of sophisticated Gamers, no? As rare as these slightly absurd scenarios might occur during the summer months – what with two PCs and two people heating up a room and all that jazz… – during the winter months, hubby and I get on GW2 binge sprees together more frequently. Last weekend’s trip was cut short by a garbled white noise in my head when a late-night sweets-crave suddenly hit me square across the face however.
For some reason, November is one of the busiest months in the birthday-section of my calendar. Of course that also means November is one of the busiest months in the I-hate-my-ovenless-kitchen-department. Or, more accurately, it used to be a particularly frustrating month in that area. A couple of years back however, I decided to stop growing grey hairs over that matter and embrace the situation as the perfect opportunity to bang and clang around my kitchen on a quest to discover exiting and new workarounds for the problem that didn’t involve gelatine or cream cheese.
All right! As the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are going down, I decided this would be a good time to share this year’s summer-chocolate-box crown-grabber with you guys to bring back some rolled-up sunshine to the approaching winter months whenever you might need a lift! I have to say, I was somewhat surprised at the major ruckus these simple bites caused amongst my test-sub… ahem. Customers.
Oh, the joy of revisiting long-forgotten nooks and crannies on the Tyrian map~! There’s always something delicious to be found where you least expect it! As I was whirling around, trying to catch up on some quests and treasure hunts stowed away on the back burners for the summer, I came across a couple of Ogres tending to and very enthusiastically defending their little vineyard. Of course, my little Asura snuck a couple of grapes and went her merry way, while my less-digital self in front of the screen started thinking about grapes and the kitchen-related possibilities having a bunch of grapes in the house would open up…
You know that kind of overdimensional lightbulb, that pops above your head without introductions, zapping a long forgotten memory back to life in your headspace? Well, I’ve recently had one of those lightbulb-moments, a particularly irritating one, that is. You see, I’ve been making these little sweets for many years now, tucking a load of them into almost every batch of my summer chocolate boxes and, as the years went by, I had forgotten all about the reason why I had experimented them up in the first place…
There’s no way to talk about summery foods without giving some extra attention to ice creams~! So, as a finishing touch to my Beat the Heat Special, I simply have to share one of the most refreshing and, sticking to the quick-fix requirement for the occasion, speediest frozen yummies in my summery collection with you guys today~!
Yes, yes, I know, it’s way too hot for chocolate. Or so the occasional not-so-chocoholics like me might say. Especially since last week’s Raspberry-Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie had enough chocolatey oomph to shut my inner chocolate-craving sweets-demons up for the next couple of months…
Very recently, on a seriously uncomfy hot and humid day of all inconvenient times, one of those off-the-rails cravings decided to settle in the tummy-area of my head. Much like the bewildering urge to have a bowl of ice cream in the dead of winter, my once-or-twice-a-year “Cake! Now!” hellspawn waltzed in and demanded immediate attention when I least expected it.