Monday, January 21, 2008

Baby it's cold outside...

Hailing from the Midwest, I'm used to brutally cold winters. My freshman year of college - at the University of Wisconsin - temperatures actually dipped to 30 below zero, meaning the wind chill factor made it feel about 60 below. That kind of weather spurred my eventual move to the South. And while I've been less than thrilled with the recent 20 and 30-degree days here in Atlanta, the weather is downright balmy in comparison to what's going on in the Midwest and Northeast.

Needless to say, it's been entertaining watching comrades here freak out over the dusting of snow and the chilly temperatures of late. When I lived in South Florida, 40 degree nights would generate the opening of emergency shelters - as well as howling laughter from friends back home. Last week, I snickered when the threat of snow in Atlanta had people scrambling to grocery stores to stock up on "emergency supplies," as well as vacate their offices hours earlier than usual in an effort to "beat the storm." Then again, I guess it is something new and different to them so I'm trying not to be arrogant when it comes to their weather-related wimpiness. Just kidding, my Atlanta friends. I love ya anyway.

Moving on, nothing beats the winter blues (for me, anyway) than a nice, steaming cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows. For those tired of the same-old Swiss Miss-style recipe, here are a few variations provided by

Hot Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle

Winter White Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Cayenne Pepper and Orange Zest

Raspberry Hot Chocolate

Finally, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, I'm attaching a video clip of the Reverend's famous "I have a Dream" speech from 1963. May his words continue to inspire generations of people worldwide.

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