It's been about three weeks since Mila started "hockey" and I definitely need to use those quotes there because there's nothing hockey about a bunch of three and four-year olds chasing a ball up and down a gym floor. The sticks, maybe? If they weren't holding sticks, I'm not sure that anybody could figure out what sport they're playing. I'm not even sure that it's a sport. It's about as organized as a group of three and four-year olds thrown into a gym and handed some sticks and balls.

They run a lot. There's that.

Which is to say, Mila is loving it. She struggled the first week because she was thrown for a loop with how the class started (long story ... and not one worth writing), but since then has had MUCH! ENTHUSIASM! FOR! HOCKEY! It's good. She needs more ways to wear herself out while practicing listening.

And while it is definitely all good, I have some observations:

1. Wow is Mila tiny. I know she's "Tiny Human," but I'm not sure why she thinks she needs to take the title so seriously. She's the smallest of 25 kids, which is pretty much her life story so far. Other kids her age, or even younger, tower over her. SO TINY.

2. Miss Mila thinks it's cute that y'all run all over the place chasing that ball. She runs in the correct general direction about four steps, stops, and then waits for all y'all fools to hit the ball back towards her. She knows you will. She just has to stand still and wait for it. By the way, she sometimes tells the other kids to go get the ball and give it to her. LEADERSHIP SKILLS. BOOM.

3. It sure is special how engaged some parents are. It's a community program for three and four-year olds that happens to cost like $5 per week, so my expectations are right around "run back and forth and sort of chase something." Other people's expectations are somewhere around, "My kid is the next Sidney Crosby and I expect you to figure that out." I mean, they go out there! On the floor! And correct their kids' stance or shot or whatever! And they yell, "Shoot the puck!" even though there is no puck! It's a ball. And Iceburgh is nowhere to be seen, so I don't think it's a Penguins game. I thought we only shout that at Penguins games? No? My point is there are some parents who are ALL IN and I adore it. It makes me feel much more sane while giving something hilarious to watch. TOTAL WIN.

All of that is to say, hockey is a win. I'm really super glad Mila wanted to try it for a while. It's giving me a fun little show each week.

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Hot Chocolate Kiss Cookies

I've had a lot of good ideas, but this has to rank REAL high up there. Hot chocolate + cookies + marshmallows + chocolate chips = YES, PLEASE.

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Just ask Mila. I believe she's had about 20 of them.

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The idea was born from a quick run through Target. There are Hot Cocoa M&Ms and Hot Cocoa Hershey Kisses and they're both really good ideas. They are worthy all on their own, but they are even better when incorporated into something.

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Let's go ahead and talk about the Kisses first, mmkay? These look just like the Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies we all know and love, but they taste like a good cup of hot cocoa. Which, more really good drinks need to figure out how to become food. Because YES.

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Hot Chocolate Kiss Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 packages hot chocolate mix
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup dehydrated marshmallows (like the ones in hot chocolate mix)
1 package Hershey Hot Cocoa Kisses

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a few cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugars at low/medium speed until creamy. Add teh eggs and vanilla and mix some more.

3. In a medium mixing bowl,  combine the dry ingredients - flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and hot chocolate mix.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the stuff in Step 2 and mix at low speed until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and marshmallows.

5. Break off a small piece of cookie dough and roll it into a ball. The ball should be about 3/4" across. Roll the happy little ball in some granulated sugar then place on the parchment paper. By the way, 4-year old kids are AWESOME at coating little cookie balls in sugar.

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6. Once you have a cookie sheet filled with little balls, bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

7. As soon as you remove the cookies from the oven, top with a Hershey Kiss. You could use any Hershey Kiss, but I'm team Hot Cocoa over here because they have a little marshmallow center. It's the best.

8. Wait about a minute and then move the hot cookies to a cooling rack. The Hot Cocoa Kisses are a little more melty than the originals, so it may be worth moving them to a fridge or freezer to help set the Kiss quickly. (I didn't bother. Mine are a little flat. I DON'T CARE. The other way to avoid it would be to freeze the Kisses ahead of time, but who has time for that?)




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