van houten's cocoa

anonymous asked:

You know your 'Summer Traveling Essentials' post? What would you suggest for traveling during the other seasons?

anon, i love you so much for this ask. so, so much. just picture that one happy tennant gif and know that’s the face i made upon reading this.

spring travel essentials:

  • hardcover copy of The Secret Garden
  • vanilla or lilac perfume
  • long silk scarf
  • several pairs of sandals (to be kicked off for barefoot adventures)
  • earl grey tea sachets
  • rose lip balm
  • picnic basket, just in case
  • bottle of St. Germaine

fall travel essentials:

  • snuggly blanket scarf 
  • tin of Van Houten cocoa powder
  • knee high boots
  • jar of cinnamon sticks
  • ceramic travel mug (for cocoa & handwarming)
  • bonfire-scented candle
  • dark plum lipstick
  • bottle of honeyed whiskey

winter travel essentials:

  • cashmere gloves
  • box of small ornaments
  • at least 10 sweaters
  • assorted candy canes
  • smartly tailored coat
  • 2 bottles champagne & coupe glasses (1 reserved for New Years)
  • jewel-tone flannel pajamas
  • honey scented hand cream
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With TFiOS opening in theaters this weekend, we’re all gonna need some tissues, happy thoughts and baked goods to survive. What better way to eat away the pain than with these Van Houten Cocoa Fudge Brownies? A little bit bitter like our favorite misanthropic recluse of an author, but plenty of sweetness to compliment whatever stars you’re drinking in a desperate attempt to forget the emotional pain.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4th cup Van Houten cocoa powder (add 2 tablespoons if using Hershey’s powder)
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Melt butter in microwave and add sugars, cocoa and salt, mixing until batter looks as gritty as Counterinsurgence 2: The Price of Dawn. Add the vanilla and beat in the eggs one by one, whipping until well-mixed and somewhat fluffy before gradually adding the flour and stirring until fully combined.

Line 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing for excess over sides of the pan to enable easy removal. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the Literal Heart of the brownies comes back clean. Once fully baked, remove brownies from the pan and cool in a fridge or freezer until firm enough to cut into squares.

Or, y'know, grab a spoon, curl up on the couch and continue sobbing into your chocolate salvation. Whichever’s okay.