Impromptu Building Blocks
Serendipity is a fortuitous thing. It brings people into your life at the right time. It reveals things you didn’t know you were looking for. It saves you money. Ok, well, maybe not all the time. I could see myself blowing lots of money on a serendipitously discovered right-priced world vacation package, but that’s not something likely to be found anyways. 😉 I’m thinking more of how I had been considering getting some building blocks like these for DD, either by purchase or by subterfuge (like squirreling them away from the postal service or a shoe store).
I had been to Costco earlier in the week and bought a large case of tissue paper for the guest bathroom. Being swamped with planning for the book club meeting and loads of laundry (three of which came about because DD spilled her teething drops all over the bed), I never put them away. The case just sat there in the hallway.
During playtime this morning, DD walked over to the case and started banging on it. And that’s when it occurred to me…
Why not use the filled boxes of Kleenex as building blocks? They’re still filled, so they’d be relatively sturdy. I have to store them anyways; might as well throw them into a big unused laundry basket. And by the time we need them, DD will probably be bored with them. Waaaaay better than a bunch of empty shoe boxes.
And what good is a post about serendipity if I don’t include a recipe for Serendipity 3’s famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate (love!!!)?
Serendipity 3’s Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
- 6 pieces (1/2-ounce) chocolate, any variety
- 2 teaspoons store-bought hot chocolate mix
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 3 cups ice
- whipped cream (preferably homemade)
- chocolate shaving
Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted.
Alternatively, you can put the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl (not plastic, though!) and heat at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted and has a glossy sheen. Be careful not to overheat.
Add the hot chocolate mix and sugar. Stir until completely melted.
Remove from heat and slowly add ½ cup of milk, stirring constantly until smooth.
Cool to room temperature.
Place the remaining cup of milk, the room-temperature chocolate mixture and the ice into a blender.
Blend on high speed until smooth and the consistency of a frozen margarita.
Pour into a giant goblet and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!