Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Football Season Wintery Hot Dark Chocolate & $300 Amazon Gift card Giveaway

When the leaves start to change and the temps cool off, that’s when I remember sitting out on the hill watching my son practice during his freshman year of football. I used to scan the field and wait to see him playing with his teammates. I grew up in Texas, the land of football, where I knew that ONE of my sons would play football. My oldest son knew he would play football in high school; there was no doubt our mind.

Now that he is in his second year of college I find myself nostalgic as I drive by the high school watching his old team practice. I remember the football parties, the jumping and screaming as they went through the playoffs and I still can’t think about his gesture toward the stands his last game without crying.

So, in memory of my son, this amazing football weather that Colorado is having and still being part of the football world by raising a cheerleader now, I am making the one thing that got me through those seasons.


Football weekends call for late nights freezing in the stands. So when you finally get home, peel off the wet, icy clothing and defrost your toes, a crockpot full of peppermint hot cocoa and “spirits” always ends the night off with ease.

 Photo courtesy of Freeimages.com

Before you leave for the game start a small crockpot of:

Wintery Hot Dark Chocolate (crockpot version)

1 cup of whipping cream (heavy)
3 cups of milk (Don’t skimp, use whole milk)
7 oz condensed milk
1 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips (or shave, chop up a dark chocolate bar to have it melt evenly)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For cinnamon flavor- add a cinnamon stick

For peppermint flavor – add some crushed up peppermint sticks


Whisk all the ingredients together.
Let simmer in the crockpot for at least 2 hours. The longer you allow the ingredients to mix, the better

Adult Hot cocoa:      Get a lovely bottle of Fireball Whiskey – use at your leisure.

If you are looking for more ideas on cocktails to make for a Fantasy Football/Super Bowl or simply a Friday night. Check out my Pinterest board:

Follow Suzanne's board Colorado Lush on Pinterest.

I belong to a group of the most incredible women bloggers on the internet, the Alpha Blogga Blogga Sisters.  Some of us pooled together our resources to create the ultimate fall giveaway, with a prize of a $300 Amazon gift card.  (Hint:  The holidays will be here before you know it, and this is perfect to help with holiday shopping!)

Comment Question: Who is your favorite football team?? (Even if it's your high school team, give me a name of one you love!)

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The bloggers involved in this giveaway are:
Desiree Miller from Stress-Free Baby, Lara Dipaola from Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom, Barb Likos from Mom Off Track,  Amy Barseghian from OC Mentor,  Jill Mansfield from Cap City Moms, Meagan Shamy from Mommy Travels, Jennifer Close from Two Kids and A Map, Karin Sheets from Special Needs Travel Mom, Mary Heston with Mary Heston.com, Laura Neiman from Housewife Hellraiser,  Sarah Vickers from Moose and Tater, Laura Kelly from Laura Kelly Designs, and Julie Cohn with A Little Bite of Life!   (We have several other members of ABB Sisters who are not part of the giveaway.)  Be sure to click on their links below to see the great football food, cocktails, crafts, and other ideas they have for you!  
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Laura said...

I don't even care about football, but I'm a Denver native, so I will always cheer for our Broncos!

Charlotte said...

I grew up a Washington Redskins fan but thru marriage I am obligated to be a Ravens fan!