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Dreamy Creamy Hot Chocolate

Dreamy Creamy Hot Chocolate

It’s just something about a cup of hot chocolate that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Especially on a cold winter’s day. And here in the state of Florida we have very few of those. More like none existent but when we do the Porter’s like to make the must of it. And take full advantage. So put an extra log on the fireplace and get the mugs ready. It’s time to celebrate the moments of your life.

Ingredients

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated milk)
  • 6 1/2 cups hot water
  • Mini Marshmallows (optional), for garnish
  • chocolate curls (optional), for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt; mix well. Over medium heat, slowly stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally. DO NOT BOIL.
  2. Serve it up hot & top with marshmallows and chocolate curls, if desired.

*Chef’s Note: Chocolate can be store in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Mix well and reheat before serving.

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Porter House Party Punch

Slush Punch

My family loves punch. Punch for bar-b-ques. Punch for birthdays. Punch for the holidays. Anyday,  Anytime PUNCH, PUNCH, PUNCH! Yes! we love it that much. So today I have for you a Porter house original that is a sure crowd pleaser. So go ahead and get that punch bowl ready. It’s Party Time!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages cherry flavored Jell-O mix
  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored Jell-O mix
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans frozen orange juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen pink lemonade juice
  • 2 (2 liter) bottles of ginger-ale, chilled
  • slice fruits (optional), for garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring the sugar, water, cherry and strawberry flavored gelatin to a boil in a large saucepan; boil for 3 minutes. Stir in the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and orange juice. Let the juices cool.
  2. Divide mixture into 2 or 3 (gallon size) ziploc freezer bags. Freeze the mixture overnight. 3 to 4 hours before the party remove from freezer and allow mixture to thaw partially.
  3. When ready to serve combine the contents of the punch mixture with the bottles of chilled ginger-ale in a large enough container; stir until slushy. Fill punch bowl with combined mixture and refill as needed. Recipe makes enough for 2 punch bowls.

Porter House Russian Tea

Russian Tea

I love myself some tea. Tea in the morning. Tea in the noontime. Tea at night. So today my friends I thought that I would share a recipe with you that takes me back to my childhood. As I type I can vividly see momma in the kitchen whipping up a pot of this tea on a cold winter’s morning. Little did I know back then it was so easy to make. But that didn’t matter to me. All I knew was Meca like and that it was my absolute FAVORITE.   So get that kettle a brewing; It’s time for high-tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Tang or powdered orange-flavored drink mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered lemonade (such as Country Time)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened instant tea
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together and keep in tightly covered jar. Use approximately two heaping teaspoons for one 10 oz. cup of tea.

*CHEF’S NOTE – If the final product doesn’t taste sweet enough for you, simply add up to another 1/4 cup of sugar to the mix.

“The Green Monster”


Since February my husband and I have been on this lifestyle change to be healthier and I must say that I have been enjoying every minute of it. From the walking to swimming laps, to eating healthier, well majority of the times … You know a sister have to indulge every now and then … LOL … Anywho back to what I was saying, Every aspect of this journey has been great and I am loving the results. So much so that I amp’ d up my journey with a drink that I notoriously call the “Green Monster” A.K.A. Green Smoothie. After researching so many reviews and looking at thousands of recipes and youtube videos I was finally ready to try this drink that everyone is so crazed about. So off to the store we went and let me just add that Whole Foods is the BOMB.COM. In the store I was off the chain buying everything imaginable that could go in a green smoothie. With everything in tow I was set to make my concoction the next morning. Daybreak finally came and the time had finally come to be in smoothie bliss. After one sip I knew that I was in love but I knew there was just one more test this drink had to pass, my husband. He’s not a picky eater but some things are just a plain flat out NO! I slowly handed him his cup and waited for “THE LOOK” and to my surprise he loved it. It was at that moment I knew we had discovered a sure winner.


Green Smoothie

Ingredients

2-3 handfuls of Organic Baby Spinach
1 Apple, Diced
1  Banana, Sliced
1 Mango, Diced
1 20 oz. Can of Pineapple Chunks, Drained
1 6 oz Greek Yogurt (Any Flavor)
1 cup of Organic Coconut Milk
2 Tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil

Directions
Throw all ingredients into a blender and whirl away. Blend until everything is well combined. Drink & Enjoy!

*TIP –  (1) In the warmer months freeze the fruit the night before for a cold refreshing drink!
(2) BYOC – Be Your Own Chef and use whatever fruit you like. If the green color scares you, start off with a little and work your way up  over time. If mangos and pineapples are not in season use strawberries or whatever tickles your fancy. Play around with the ingredients until you come up with a FAVE of your own.
(3) The smoothie is best drunk fresh but leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 24 hrs.