A dark chocolate vessel holds this luscious chocolate mousse spiked with your favorite liqueur. If there’s a prerequisite to ring in the new year, this should be it! 

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I took a break. A break from food blogging, a break from social media. A break from reading amazing food blogs. A break.

I spent 10 days without looking at my stats, without climbing on a single chair to get the perfect shot, a break from turning on my oven for anything other than making food for the family. None of it was photographed. Food blogging, social media, and I – A threesome, if you will, were on a break. I was preparing for and celebrating Christmas and it felt mighty, mighty fine.

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I loved having family and friends over; to eat, to drink, to laugh, to speak in too loud voices. None of it was photographed for social media. It was awesome. Take my word for it.

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Following Christmas I binge watched season after season of The Wire. Have you watched that show? Totally underrated show. And Idris Elba? Mmmm. I done knocked a few guys off my “list” to make room for that man.

None of this was shared. It was mine.

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This was the longest break I’ve taken from blogging since May. I found I missed it. I missed creating content. I missed photographing, sharing. I missed it all. Ideas would invade my head, subliminal messages of “make me, bake me, create me”! were all up in there. I ignored them for a bit. But now I’m back. And I truly hope you missed me.

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2014 is coming to an end. I have made no resolutions. I don’t vow to be harder, faster, better, stronger. I will not join a gym or sign up for a Spartan race. I won’t grow out my hair for a “new look”. I will not vow to eat healthily. There will be no “New Me”. It will be the old, but wiser me.

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This year was a hard year. Hard. Hard. It was eye opening in many aspects. I sustained what I felt at the time were heavy losses and those losses made me reevaluate my life situation. I realized I was holding myself back. I was a stagnant pond, a pond whose edges were sludgy, slimy. 2014 was the year I came out the other side. Thankfully I didn’t do it alone.

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2014 was also a year of gains. I found my passion for creating content in this space. Every time I hit the “Publish” button, I was filled with happiness, even when 2 people were reading my words. I connected more, with both family and friends. I joined groups, “met” people, shared content. I went waaaay outside my comfort zone and did this.

I found peace in my brains; a brain I thought broken. I found peace in myself; a self I felt, I believed was well beyond repair.

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And I really cannot express what that means to me. There are no words; the outpouring of feelings cannot be articulated. The value is immeasurable. The only thing I can say is this: For a long, long time I felt I didn’t have a place and now I do.

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Yeah, 2014 was a year of heavy losses and terrific gains. I am glad to see it come to an end, yet I am also excited for what’s to come. What I plan to build, who I will connect with, people I have yet to meet, what sort of content will be planting its flag in my brains and invading the shit out of it. The ebb and flow of it all.

I can’t wait.

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Let’s close out this year on a happy, endorphin releasing note. Let’s make a batch of chocolate cups and fill them with a boozy chocolate mousse. I love making chocolate mousse. It’s fairly easy to put together and the presentation is always “POW!”. I dig it. Everyone I serve this to digs it. You’re going to dig it.

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I love the idea of edible vessels, and so I melted some chocolate, swirled it inside some silicone cups, then chilled it. The effort is minimal, and the effect is both tasty and beautiful.

Seriously…. Look at this situation.

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The mousse is very light, light enough to eat 2 of these if you wanted to and this batch makes a generous 6. Plus it’s spiked with booze and who can object to that? I added some colorful sprinkles on top ’cause we’re celebrating and I for one love to throw confetti. For real. I’m considering walking with a pocketful of the stuff.

Let’s bring 2014 to its fabulous end. Let go of what doesn’t work, what doesn’t bring your life fulfillment or value. Let go of what doesn’t bring you love, of what makes you sad, of what didn’t bring you personal or professional growth.

Just let it go.

2015 is whatever you want it to be. I for one will be rolling with chocolate mousse and sprinkles, a positive disposition, a swing in my step, a bold Latina attitude, a love of who I am and what I do.

I’m going to be me.

Happy New Year!!!

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