“What’s in a name?”
Have you ever heard someone say that? I certainly have. I remember having my future kiddos names picked out long before I was ever pregnant. First and middle name. I wanted them to have special meaning and reflect the image of my family. I stuck with that theory until my 3rd boy. Hubby and I decided to go “trendy” on the third child. I’m so glad we did.
Here are the top “trendiest” baby names for 2011:
“My kids gave me a hand painted platter one year with all their little handprints on it. I think they were 6,4,1 and baby at the time.”
“My three boys gave me a home-made Christmas present when they were 8 (twins) and 4. Each one of them gave me a card that had been colored and decorated. They all attached a new pencil to it from the pencil machine at school.”
“The look of joy on their faces Christmas morning.”
Curl up on the couch with a snugly blanket, your favorite book and a cup of this delectable hot chocolate. AMAZING!
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch of salt
1/3 cup of boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 t. vanilla extract
1/2 cup half & half cream
Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if you desire. Enjoy!
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.