2011 was a whirlwind of a year. It’s almost as if Jesus was TiVo-ing through my life to get the newest episode of Real Housewives of whatever city might have dramatic middle-aged women.
I would probably do the same thing.
So much happened this year. Soo So much. Let’s have a quick review:
After much talk, there were dinner parties to be had amongst a great group of friends that involved food and cocktails for days. Awesome late night BBQ’s, fanciness that included tipsy Scatergories, summer river picnics, and small gatherings involving a lot of venting about school and life and plans for the real world. It looked something like this:
Along with all that excitement, I also got to spend an entire year, start to finish, with this hot mess:
There was a zoo, some hiking, Florence + the Machine, front row at Two Door Cinema Club & GROUPLOVE, Mexican flea markets, road trips, and of course the introduction to cotija cheese. He makes me a happy man, even when he decides to show off his tamale making skills to the facebook world.
|Mine is the prettier one on the right.|
On top of all that there was the re-birthing of this blog, that continues in the inconsistent posting, I started a new job, and much more that I know I’m forgetting.
And for 2012 I know for sure:
-I’m moving into a new house in a couple of months.
-Friends be gettin’ married!
-Fingers crossed Mexico trip this summer so my fragile skin can explode.
-My sister’s graduating High School.
-Aaaaaand I’ll finally be starting up my final year of college, ohmygosh you don’t even know.
So far 2012’s been pretty good. I had turkey burger sliders last night with Sriracha Lime Mayo (recipe to come) for my first dinner and I made you all some hot fudge sauce, because it’s easy and versatile and if you go out and make eclairs or a cake, you can use it as a ganache. We’ll call it ninja sauce.
Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012.
You’re lookin’ pretty good.
and just in case you can’t read that recipe, there’s a less dapper version after the jump.
6 oz good chocolate, roughly one cup chopped
good quality chocolate chips are perfect if you’re in a pinch
1/4 c heavy cream
1 T butter
Splash of vanilla, about 1/4 tsp.
Optional add-ins: splash of peppermint extract,
1/2 tsp espresso powder or 1/2 tsp orange zest
Combine everything in a heavy glass measuring cup.
Zap in the microwave for 30 sec. Stir, then for 15 more.
Let sit for about a min. And let the residual heat finish
Melting the chocolate. Pour over ice cream,
or use to top eclairs or cakes.