Yes, I am wandering in chocolate this weekend…both the color and the food. While October has its glory days of playful orange and yellow everything, November is more somber and reserved to me. I like brown in November. (Perhaps it is the leftover chocolate Halloween candy that I keep munching that does that to my brain!) So I am looking at rooms with chocolate brown walls – perfect for bringing on the coziness needed for the month. Remember this gorgeous one from Blackberry Farm?
Here is one with brown checks. Don’t you like the contrast of all that white trim with the luscious brown walls?
And how about a child’s room with the chocolate brown walls? This one from an old Serena and Lily sale ad looks great with the red bed.
But I guess I shouldn’t really be thinking about clothing today. The shelf on the left hand side of our master bedroom closet -my husband’s side with all his shirts and the luggage on top – crashed to the floor earlier. That’s a problem, but even more than that, the shelf ran the entire length of the closet and is now blocking the door so that we can’t even open it to get inside to repair it! My husband got it to open just a little, stuck the cellphone in it to take a picture to see if he could figure out what to do, and has yet to come up with a good plan. He wants to cut out the wall. I say break the door down…we’ll see. At least all the laundry hadn’t been put up yet.
So let’s talk chocolate – as in the food – for a second. Have you gotten the November/December issue of Traditional Home magazine yet? Oh. my. gosh. It is their best December issue ever! First there is an article on the wonderful Washington School House – a Park City, Utah hotel that I included in another edition of Weekend Wandering here. Then there is a great article on Chicago’s Hot Chocolate restaurant.
The chef does a study of different ways to use an ingredient for a collection of desserts. The article includes some delicious sounding recipes this month for the restaurant’s hot chocolate master blend. I can’t wait to try them out!
And that is not all there is in this month’s issue. There are several fabulous homes decorated for Christmas. One is this beauty decorated by Laura Langworthy for her daughter featuring this bedroom that I absolutely love! (And look, there are touches of chocolate brown in this room.)
Traditional Home Nov./Dec. 2012
Another is this charming home that has been renovated in Pennsylvania. Traditional Home Nov./Dec. 2012
Isn’t it precious?? I love all the checks (of course!) and the skirts in the kitchen. You really need to get the issue if you do not subscribe just so you can see this entire house.
I kind of got off the subject of food when I went to raving about the magazine, but let’s get back to some real chocolate now. My favorite chocolate cake is the easy Texas sheet cake, and I plan to make one tomorrow. Earlier today I was looking to see if there were other versions of it that I might want to try. (I know, why mess with a good thing?) My roommates and I used to make it all the time in college, and when I started making it for my husband we added ice cream – total knock-your-socks-off richness! When I saw this cake today, it took me back to those days of cake and ice cream.
Here is the recipe I use.
It is from the Cooking Channel. Their headquarters are located in lower Manhattan, and they have been without power and have had limited access to the internet since Hurricane Sandy. I am amazed that they have been able to do all that they have since the storm! Many of their employees have been doing volunteer work with the American Red Cross. If you would like to do something to help out families who have been affected by the deadly storm, donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund can be made by clicking here.
Goodness I have really wandered all over the place in this post! One last thing before I go…remember that there is a giveaway going on for not one – but two! cans of Williams Sonoma pumpkin cupcake mix.
Just leave a comment on the post and you are entered! The drawing will be on 11/10/12. I’ll leave you with a question (or two!):
Have you made the Texas sheet cake before?
And if so, do you eat it hot or cold?
With ice cream or without?
hoping to hear from you,
**Giveaway has closed. Winner announced 11/12/12.