Alan Pringle

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Holiday fudge recipes: Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cook Book (1959)

The Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cook Book from 1959 features multiple holiday fudge recipes, including Rocky Road and Old-time Fudge.

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The two-minute mug of homemade hot chocolate

Forget about Swiss Miss! With these four ingredients, you can have a mug of homemade hot chocolate in two minutes:

Mug of hot chocolate and Produkt milk frother

Homemade hot chocolate and the IKEA Produkt milk frother

  • 8 ounces of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  1. Pour the milk in a microwave-safe mug.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract, and blend well. I use an IKEA Produkt milk frother.
  3. Heat in the microwave. (My microwave is 1100 watts; I heated my mug for 30 seconds, stirred the hot chocolate, and then heated again for another 45 seconds.)


The mystery of the migrating tab on the Raisinets movie box

Where’s the tab to open these damn things?

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately while fumbling with boxes of Raisinets in dark movie theaters. I couldn’t find the tab you press in on the top of the box, so I just ripped open the top.

Earlier this week, I discovered that the tab is now on the side of the box:

Rasinets box tab: now on the side

The migrating Press Top Here tab

I don’t know when Nestlé made this change, but I think it’s a somewhat recent modification. Next time you’re at the movies, you’ll know how to get to your Raisinets more quickly.

Double-chocolate mini doughnuts

Doughnut-shaped pancakes.

That’s what I got when I followed the recipes that came with the Bella Donut Maker I bought last Black Friday. I did a little research to find a chocolate doughnut recipe, and I found a good recipe. That recipe made more doughnuts than I wanted in one batch, though, and they just weren’t chocolatey enough for me. That’s when I decided to tinker with that recipe to come up with my own version.

Double-chocolate mini doughnuts

After quite a bit of experimentation, I’m happy with the results.

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