Gratitude and A Bit of Chocolate

June 2, 2009

Last week, my oldest son was sitting at a table in my studio watching me work, and he turned to me and said “Thank you mom for all that you do for us”. Even though it was probably just an instant, it felt like I was staring at him in wonder for hours. I was just finishing fabric painting some shirts for the boys when he said that, and it just made me feel that all the time that I have spent creating for them was really worth it. To know that they had genuine gratitude, and that they appreciate the work it takes to hand make the things that they have, that was just a really special moment.

I certainly have been bitten by the fabric painting bug. I first saw the idea for fabric painting in Amanda Soule’s book “The Creative Family”. I have since seen it on many blogs, and photographs, and it has been something that I have been meaning to try for quite a while.

It was way more fun then I thought that it would be, and it is something that I am able to do with the kiddos (although I have to admit that the first two shirts that I experimented with, I did on my own). For Elwood’s shirt, I used a stencil template from . For Jake’s hot air balloon shirt, I drew the stencil by hand directly onto the freezer paper. Painting onto fabric was way easier then I thought, and I put the shirts outside in the warm sun to let them dry.

I have a feeling that with as happy as the boys were with these shirts, that we will be spending a great deal of time painting as many shirts as we can find in our drawers.

A few weeks back I was browsing through The Food Network website for some yummy recipes, when I found a recipe for chocolate orange rice pudding from Giada DeLaurentis. The recipe sounded so amazing, but my oldest son can’t eat citrus fruit, so I decided to modify the recipe and make a chocolate almond rice pudding. The recipe is so creamy and indulgent, and I have to eat it in small amounts because it is so rich. So here is my modified version of this wonderful recipe.

Chocolate Almond Rice Pudding

5 cups whole milk
2/3 cup Arborio rice
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 Tbsp almond extract
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In a heavy, medium saucepan, combine the milk, rice, sugar and almond extract. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean and add the bean to the saucepan. Bring the milk to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, until the rice is tender and the mixture thickens, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and discard the vanilla bean. Stir the cocoa powder and amaretto liqueur into the mixture. Add the chocolate chips and stir until melted. Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Spoon the rice pudding into serving bowls. Cover and refrigerate for 2 1/2 to 3 hours and up to 1 day ahead.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

kendall*micayla June 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm

oh i love giada, her recipes are always the best!!
the shirts are wonderful, and it sounds like you all had fun with them!

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Sarah June 3, 2009 at 1:37 am

I love those shirts, they look like so much fun. That recipe looks so yummy, and very chocolaty.

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SugarMama June 3, 2009 at 3:15 am

I can always count on you for some good chocolate. :) So yummy. I found a book the other night about fabric printing and immediately thought of you – how coincidental! I'll send the link to you.

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kyndale June 3, 2009 at 10:22 am

I love Giada, we cook from her cookbooks a lot. I should try out this pudding. It sounds delicious.

Love the shirts too. I am planning on making some this summer too! So sweet what your son said :)

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Anonymous June 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Chocolate rice pudding, Yummy!

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Allegra June 16, 2009 at 5:06 am

omg that chocolate almond rice pudding sounds amazing!

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