Hot chocolate mixology

I couldn’t wait for the Sweet As Hutt Chocolate Challenge to start, so I concocted my own sickeningly sweet hot chocolate last night. Here is my not-so-secret recipe…


Magic Mike’s Chocolate Pony




1 tbsp Trade Aid Organic Drinking Chocolate

1 cup whole milk

¼ cup condensed milk

1 Cadbury Flake for garnishing

¼ cup Puhoi Valley Caramel & White chocolate milk

1 Whittaker’s Creamy Milk Sante bar

1 block of Cadbury Caramilk



  1. Spend way too much money on ingredients.
  2. Put a small to medium sized pot on a stovetop at medium heat to warm up the milk and condensed milk. Keep stirring. Once hot you can add the Drinking Chocolate. Stir until dissolved. Or y’know, you can do the lazy and zap it in the microwave.
  3. Once at your desired temperature pour carefully (like not all over the bench) into a mug, leaving about an inch of room at the top.
  4. Whisk ¼ cup of the chocolate milk until frothy. Throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  5. Pour the frothy chocolate milk on top. Hopefully it floats and doesn’t just combine with the molten lava hot chocolate.
  6. Crush the Flake in the packet or you’re gonna get it everywhere. Sprinkle on top and hope it doesn’t just dissolve straight away.
  7. Unwrap the Santé bar and drop it in. You’re gonna want a teaspoon to stir it in once it gets all melty.
  8. Serve with a block of Caramilk & eat two pieces before you realise you can’t eat anymore.

In hindsight I might’ve only needed regular milk. The santé bar provides plenty of sweetness on its own!

I feel fantastic and I’m still alive

Yeah, yeah I know, it’s been a while. Don’t look at me like that.

Time to check in:

I started a new job in January. It’s been relief to get somewhere new and not be a “permanent” temp. This one’s only a six monthly so things are still up in the air. I don’t know yet if the contract will be renewed. Time will tell, but here’s hoping they can find somewhere for me within the organisation.


Hasta Liebster, baby!

A special thank you to Jay for my Liebster award nomination. That was very kind of you.

From what I gather the Liebster award promotes blogs amongst your blogging pals. It’s like a chain letter, but one that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling instead of that ‘oh god, my loved ones are all going to die if I don’t pass this onto fifty people’ feeling.

Now my answers to Jay’s questions:

1. Do you like piña coladas? And getting caught in the rain?

Cocktails? Now you’re speaking my language. This recipe is my go to:


Dear Grandma

It’s me Michael. I didn’t have the words when you passed, maybe I have them now.

Dementia is cruel. Some days you were lucid, other days you were saying things that didn’t make sense to me. But you would always have that wide smile when you saw me, and that warm laugh when you found something funny. You weren’t all gone.

But that was only a few years of your life. I want to remember the Grandmother that has been just around the corner my whole life.

The grandmother who knitted us jerseys. You made me woollen jerseys with characters I could get behind, like Mickey Mouse, Frosty the Snowman, and a retro robot. I mean what kid doesn’t like robots?


How you doin’?

Hi folks, it has been far too long. Thought I would post something up here to let you all know I’m still alive and kicking. No need to call the lost & found to find a dishevelled  Michael sitting in the back of a cage carving tally numbers into the walls with his finger nails. Yes, I made it out.

Thanks to a few kiwi bloggers I’ve been inspired to blog again. If you’re not already following these writers, get on it:
BoganetteMama Said, a blog on life and parenting.
Sarah WilsonWritehanded, a blog on mental health and life with disability.

I would lie and say I’ve just been busy. I’ve technically been doing other things yes. I’m still keeping up with Writer’s Plot, Toastmasters, and Aikido. And new things too like helping start up a board game meet-up. Oh yeah and I entered a new relationship back in January. I don’t mean to brag, but she is frickin’ awesome.