Classic Hot Chocolate ~ in black & white

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Change… a wonderful thing. Delightful. Fascinating. Albeit a bit scary.

There has been change. A great deal of it, as of late.

School commenced August 20, 2013. I received a camera, August 20, 2013. A Canon EOS Rebel, T3i – to be precise. My intention is to shoot with it, solely, from this point forward. We shall see how I improve… My sophomore elective is Digital Photography, you see. Though memorizing camera terms is quite a tedious task, I am eager to learn, to discover, to develop the eye of a true artist. It will take a great deal of time. I am most certainly prepared to invest a great deal of time.

Ah, but let us set matters of photography aside.

Summer is very nearly over. Prior to school’s beginning, I dreaded the end of such a free, peaceful season. Lately, however, I have fully embraced my tenth-grade routine and simply cannot wait for autumn to get underway. Autumn is pumpkin spice candles, apple cider, maple and brown sugar oatmeal, thick, wool tights, and cozy, fleece blankets. Autumn is amazing. Autumn is my absolute favorite.

Despite the burden of homework, despite having to rise early each morn, despite the return to incessant studying… Autumn is so worth it.

This hot chocolate, however – Perhaps a bit untimely. I tend to associate this thick, rich, delicious beverage with winter. Every so often though, a steaming mug is utterly necessary. Serve with pecans, and the sweet, little snack serves as the perfect autumnal welcome.

Nothing could greet Fall more appropriately.


Now, it is difficult for me to fathom that, as of tomorrow, September shall officially be upon us.

Time really does fly.

This is not necessarily a negative observation, it is merely a plain fact. At the moment I am enjoying the start of Labor Day weekend, but within forty-eight hours will be packing a lunch and laying out clothing for yet another typical school day.

There is always something to look forward to, however, whether it be as basic as a weekend cookie photoshoot or as exciting as a ~big ~ trip over the course of Thanksgiving Break – months away, yes, I am aware.

So, sip hot chocolate on the final day of August. With marshmallows. And golden brown sugar. And pecans. Minutes are fleeting, minutes are precious. Enjoy them all.

Oh, and Autumn – your arrival is much anticipated.

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Classic Hot Chocolate

Yield: 2-4 Servings

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 3 Minutes

Total Time: 13 Minutes

{ ingredients }

2 Cups Milk

5 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate, Finely Chopped

Optional: 2 Tablespoons Golden Brown Sugar

{ directions }

1) Heat the 2 cups of milk in a medium saucepan.

2) When the milk is warm, whisk in the chopped chocolate. Stir until it has melted and the mixture is steaming hot. For a thick hot chocolate, cook at a very low boil for 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Watch the mixture carefully, as it may boil up a bit during the first moments.

3) Add brown sugar, if desired.


Recipe From: David Lebovitz 

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{ 13 Responses to “ }Classic Hot Chocolate ~ in black & white”

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — August 31, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Mmmmm hot chocolate.

    Girl your photography skills are already FIERCE! you’re amazing!

    • Abby — September 2nd, 2013 @ 11:27 am

      Thanks so much, Kayle!! 🙂

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — August 31, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Uhmmm that’s freaking awesome!! Your photos are already so GORGEOUS, I can only imagine what levels you will achieve with that tool. I’d love to sit in in your photography class lol!
    PS: I have been stalking that camera on Amazon for a while now. I’d be interested to know your reviews on it 🙂

    • Abby — September 2nd, 2013 @ 11:29 am

      Thanks so much, Zainab!! 🙂 So far I love, love this camera! I’m obviously no professional, so my opinion isn’t really worth much… but I totally recommend it!!

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    Irene @ a swoonful of sugar — September 2, 2013 at 12:08 am

    This was a lovely sweet post. I’m happy for your new camera and with your determined attitude, you’re sure to go far girl! Enjoy school while it lasts!! X

    • Abby — September 2nd, 2013 @ 11:29 am

      Thank you, Irene!!! 🙂

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    bec {daisy and the fox} — September 3, 2013 at 2:31 am

    this is such a great post! 🙂
    ahh back to school – hope it goes all good!
    and yess – lucky you in autumn! truly one of the best times of the year 🙂
    this hot choccy looks simply sublime and love the idea to serve with pecans!

    • Abby — September 4th, 2013 @ 8:13 am

      Thank you, Bec!! 🙂

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    Laura@baking in pyjamas — September 17, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I tend to associate hot chocolate with winter too, buy my mind has been wandering towards it as the Autumn begins. Beautiful blog Abby, I’m now a follower.

    • Abby — September 17th, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment, Laura! I really appreciate it – and thanks for following!! 🙂

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — October 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I follow you on pinterest and love your taste in pictures. SO had to drop by to check out your blog and what pretty pictures you ave here.
    Hot chocolate is a sure thing come fall and cold weather, love it.

    • Abby — October 2nd, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Ash! I just visited your blog…. gorgeous, gorgeous photography! I’ll be following your work for sure. 🙂

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    Amber — October 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

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