Sweet Frothy Hot Chocolate and Hiking Adventures

Possibly the best thing about Fall is the hiking. Recently I visited Sleepy Hallow New York, and explored some parks and trails in the areas. My first stop was the Kingsland Point County Park to visit the quaint lighthouse pictured below.



Then it was off to Philipsburg Manor.

Followed by a hike along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail and into the Rockefeller  State Park Preserve.



My final stop (and reason for traveling to NY in the first place) was at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. I went on a guided tour of the farm, learned all about their sustainable growing methods, and stopped at the Blue Hill Cafe for a late afternoon snack. Sadly there was no Dan Barber sighting.

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Back in NJ I ventured to Hacklebarney State Park in Chester for some more Fall fun.



Got my little sister to come with me on this hike. 🙂

And now for a drink to warm you up after your hike.


Date Hot Chocolate

This tastes just like the real thing, only without all the added sugar. Here the dates provide all the sweetness you’ll need, plus the added bonus of some fiber. No sugar crash here!


  • 2 dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbl cocoa powder


  • Place ingredients in a high-power blender (I use a Vita-mix).
  • Blend on high until smooth.
  • Pour liquid into a mug and heat in the microwave, or pour into a pan and heat on the stove until warm.


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