Good Morning Everyone!

With school rapidly approaching, I'm remembering the days of when school was about to start as a child. The week of ( usually being after labor day ) we'd plan an entire week of adventurous events and had a rather large agenda of things to do. As being an adult living two hours away from my family and school starting the week before Labor Day, I've made a 5 step guide for you guys that is somewhat reminiscent of my childhood. With a few modern touches here and there but I'm going to stick pretty close to my memories for this one. Always keep it simple and pack light :

: Agenda :

1. Go on an adventure up north or to a new/different city: My Grandma Boyd used to travel all time, and we'd travel around the entire state of Michigan when I was little. We'd pack up a cooler of food, I'd bring a toy camera, and my brother and I would all bunch into their small Buick and just go on road trips together. Then we would always make our way up to Mackinaw City and or Houghton Lake to stay the night at our cabin.

2. Try new Restaurants: With new cities comes new restaurants. Always check out the Ma and Pa restaurants because they usually have the best food. The hole in the wall places are usually where you'll also find great food. When we traveled we'd always stay away from the larger corporations and find the cute little side road greasy spoons or diners that we would find when my Grandma would get lost.

3. Find your local farmer's market : Meeting your local farmers and local makers is always a nice way to start out your day. Especially if they have delicious honey. 

4. Go for a bike ride or a walk: Exercise keeps the mind and body going. Leave your computers and tv's at home and just head out for a hike, a bike ride, even walking around the city, you might find new aspiring things to do. 

5. Grabbing a cup of coffee or an ice cream cone: Treat yourself to something delicious! 



The Boyd Decoction

This morning, a thunderstorm erupted in Grand Rapids and it woke me out of a deep sleep. I sat myself up in my bed, and just listened to the thunder and the plinking noise of the rain hitting my window. I instantly thought back to the days of Fall of when I was at my Grandma Boyd's house and she always made homemade hot chocolate. I always thought that this elixir was god's nectar but found out that it was only a recipe on the back of the Hershey's cocoa powder container. Regardless, to this day when the season is right, I will go to Grandma's and make us some hot chocolate. But today, I wanted to spice up this simple recipe to make it with less sugar and no cocoa powder. So, I headed out to a couple shops to grab a few ingredients. The lovely ladies of Queen Farina were amazing enough to send me a bottle of their honey, and I've been pondering what kind of recipe that I could make utilizing the jar of honey. When I think of honey, I think about Jerry from across the street, who was and still is my Grandma Boyd's neighbor. For some odd reason he decided to have bee's and always brought over honey comb and jars of honey for us to eat. So the entirety of this recipe is fully stemming itself from the Boyd side of my brain. So in further ado, here's what I call "The Boyd Decoction" a spiced up version of the simple hot chocolate:

: Ingredients and Kitchenware :

You can substitute these ingredients for others, these are just my preferences-

1 1/2 cups of whole milk

2 heaping tablespoons of honey 

1/2 cups of chocolate shavings ( or substitute for 1/4 cup cocoa powder)- Today I'm using the Ritual Chocolate's Blueberry, Honeycomb, and Coffee 60 % Cacao chocolate bar. Their chocolate is delicious and always made in small batches. 

1 tsp vanilla 

1 Tbs- Strong Water Drinking Vinegar (Persimmon and Lavender) - This is optional, I just wanted to add a flavor that would cut the sweetness of the honey and the chocolate.

Wooden spoon

A small saucepan 

Your favorite cup!

How to make it:

Step 1: Turn your stove on to medium to low heat. 

Step 2: Add your milk, honey, chocolate and stir until combined.

Step 3: When warmed through, take off of the stove and add your drinking vinegar and vanilla. 

Step 4: Serve it up! 

I want to say thank you again to the lovely ladies at Queen Farina for sending me a bottle of honey. If you want the best honey that you've ever tasted, go give them a follow. Their feed is gorgeous and any bee lover wont be able to shy away :

Queen Farina

Also go give Ritual Chocolate and Strongwater a follow as well! 

I hope you guys have a lovely rest of your week!