Today is the third snow day in my academic career. Three days in 15 years.

When I was a kid, a big storm was exciting – it meant fresh snow to make snowmen and it made for terrific toboggan runs down the hills. It’s funny to think that my first snow day was in first grade and my next was in my senior year; the beginning and end. I feel like when you grow up, as with many things, a big storm becomes more of a nuisance, all you’re thinking is about if you’ll have to drive in the snow and dreading shoveling the driveway. But here’s the thing, for me, a big storm still brings on that rush of excitement. I love going to bed knowing that when I wake up, there will be a blanket of fresh, white snow.

Have you ever stood outside during a snow storm? Having lived in downtown Toronto for my entire life, I’m always shocked by how quiet and calm it is when it’s snowing. The quiet is one of my favourite things about the winter; for a few moments, it feels like the whole world stops. Even though I never have classes on a Friday, I decided to take the day off and have my own snow day. I was so inspired by the snow, I knew I had to make a rich and decadent Hot Cocoa.

I put on a snow day playlist I found on Songza and spent the day sipping Hot Cocoa on the couch and was able to finish off the book I have been reading (Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld you can see my review on Goodreads). It was so nice to spend the day doing things I love, no to-do list, just beautiful music, delicious Hot Cocoa, a good book with the gorgeous snowfall as a backdrop. This is why I love winter.

(My beautiful sister, adorable pup and sweet mother enjoying Hot Cocoa)

Snow Day Hot Cocoa (serves 4)

Ingredients

2 cups milk
1  1/4 cup water
1/3 cup whipping cream
3 oz bittersweet chocolate
2 oz semisweet chocolate
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey

Directions

Heat milk, water and cream in a pot over medium-high heat. Add chocolates, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Whisk until chocolate is melted and whisk in honey. Serve and top with marshmallows or whipped cream.

Enjoy the snow and warm up with this Hot Cocoa.

- Lou

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