Day 23 of NaBloPoMo

Hello!  :D


<3  Feeling overflowingly happy today, so I just wanted to share the joy.  ^-^

http://www.rdio.com/artist/Paris_Hilton/album/Paris/track/Nothing_In_This_World/  Click this link.  ^_~  Press play.

Make some hot cocoa!

(Original recipe makes 4 servings)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1/3 cup boiling water

  • 3 1/2 cups milk

  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.  Enjoy!
Get a blanket and a good book.  :)  (Or the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who)
Be happy~~~


Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice on March 4th, 1678.  He began work with the Ospedale della Pietà right after his ordination in 1703; he taught violin there.  During this period he wrote many five-finger-exercise pieces.  “Spring” (the first part of Four Seasons) was a firm favorite of French King Louis XV, who would order it to be performed at the most unexpected moments.   Vivaldi received various commissions for further compositions from the court of Versailles.  Vivaldi died on July 28th, 1741 of “internal fire” (probably the asthmatic bronchitis from which he suffered all his life).  In his life, he composed many beautiful pieces such as  Opus 3 and Four Seasons.

Specific Movements start at…

  • Spring.  0:00
  • Summer. 10:31
  • Fall. 20:59
  • Winter. 32:48

Vivaldi composed Four Seasons in 1723.   He wrote it to show the seasons musically.  In Spring the flutes are similar to little birds, twittering in the trees.  Autumn starts with strings simulating falling leaves.   Around 21:45 there are yet more violins that take a beautiful turn as it sounds like the first frost settling on fallen leaves and grass.  Winter has violins, violas, and cellos that sound like snow.  Around 36:45 in Winter, there is a viola that sounds like an eagle soaring high above or a wolf howling far away.

I picked this piece because I liked the way Vivaldi put together the instruments to sound like animals and events. When I listen to it I can hear the hard work that went into it.  It feels like a walk outside.  My favorite movement is Summer because it has deep and rich notes and is not annoying as Spring is.


Hot Chocolate!

That is what this post is dedicated to.

8 oz. 2% low-fat milk
8 oz. water
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. sugar
1 dash cinnamon (optional)
1 Heat up water and milk in a ceramic cup very hot in microwave or on stove.
2 Add both cocoa and sugar.
3 Stir well and serve.  Serves 1.





3/5 cup milk (divided)
1/6 cup white chocolate chips
whipped topping
sugar (crystals)
candy sprinkles
1 In a small sauce pan combine 1/4 cup milk and chips.
2 Heat over medium heat, whisking until chocolate melts.
3 Stir in remaining milk and heat to warm.
4 Pour into 2 or 3 glasses.
5 Garnish with whipped topping and sugar crystals and sprinkles.  Serves 1.







I <3 Hot Chocolate…




~ Mousepaw




Summer’s Over

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White top
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Genetic Denim faded jeans

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Meadowlark chain jewelry
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