The weather was extremely chilly in D.C. today as winter gave us a little preview in the form of snow. That's right, it snowed in my neighborhood today and the sight was absolutely beautiful. Due to the chilly temps, I decided to hibernate in the comforts of my kitchen today as I baked and cooked dishes to keep us warm and cozy.
As soon as I saw the snow, the first thought that came to mind my mind, "What are the little kids going to do when it comes to Halloween?" The thoughts of them running around the neighborhood on Monday night with sidewalks covered in snow had me worried. Growing up in Michigan, our Halloween escapades always involved pillowcases (I lived by four different subdivisions that were all connected...let's just say we were eating Halloween candy for months), friends, and costumes that resembled the little kid from A Christmas Story. We either had to have costumes big enough to go over our winter jackets or hide our costumes under our jackets and unzip our jackets at each house to show the homeowners our costumes.
When I moved to D.C., I thought that the kids here had it easy. The past three Halloween evenings here have been the perfect fall days, especially for trick-or-treating. Little kids crowd our neighborhood, running from house to house proudly sporting their costumes for all to see. This year, however, I have a feeling that things might be a little different around here due to Old Man Winter.
Will I finally be the homeowner who asks to see each and every costume, even if it's hidden under a winter jacket? I highly doubt it, especially since I'm so scarred from having to do that as a kid. Regardless, I'm looking forward to Halloween night since it's one of my favorite days of the year. I get to listen to Halloween music, pass out candy, dress the dogs in their costumes, and hand out candy to our cute neighborhood kids...all with my husband, finally. We actually get to spend Halloween together and I could not be more excited.
For now, I'll grab a slice of this Milk Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake, cuddle with my dogs as we try to stay nice and cozy during this chilly evening, and look forward to celebrating Halloween.
Milk Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 ounces milk chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan by rubbing it with butter and sprinkling it with flour.
- Whisk together the eggs, sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix the flour mixture in the egg mixture until just combined. Transfer 1/3 of the batter into a small bowl.
- Melt the chocolate chips. Mix the chocolate and the small portion of the batter together.
- Drop 1/4 cup of the plain batter into the prepared pan and top with 2 tablespoons of the chocolate batter. Repeat until all of the batter is in the loaf pan.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool in the loaf pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan, return to the wire rack, and cool for at least 40 minutes before slicing.
*Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens November 2011 issue.
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