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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Valentine’s Day Special – the video personal that led to my wife Kendra

Today I’m dipping back into the personal electronic archives to share a little Hank Huckle Valentine’s Day history – it’s the exact video personal I posted that brought me to my now wife Kendra! Well, actually it was also due to a little intervention from some folks in our mutual church group, but this video is the first time Kendra saw me and it made her go full team ahead across the romance ocean. But, that’s just Kendra’s way.

Now, as to the slightly embarrassing video, I’m just going to take a deep breath, and get right to it…

Honestly, it’s a little funny to look back at. I was so young, serious, and naive back then. I was trying so hard to appear business-like, I almost don’t recognize myself! I’m such a different person with my wife Kendra in my life, even though we spend so much time apart — she’s frequently visiting her family back in her homeland and bringing them suitcases of canned goods. This is a little bit of an aside, but Kendra’s family loves Jiffy Mix cornbread and canned SPAM so much, and they just have a hard time getting it fresh in their home country. Have you tried fresh SPAM? Anyhow, Kendra frequently heads out there for a visit, food drop, and a traditional multi-day canned food banquet. That’s just the way they do things.

So, on this Valentine’s Day, I not only want to salute my special lady, but I also want single out all you who might still be looking for your romantical connection. As my video proves, your Valentine will find you no matter how serious and cheese filled your video profile might be. So keep fighting the good fight and may cupid’s arrow find its mark through your tangled life forest!

In the meantime, treat yourself to some quality Valentine’s chocolates. You deserve them.

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Nutella Recipe for Realz (aka – chocolate hazelnut spread)

There are few guilty pleasures I enjoy more than a flaky piece of baguette lacquered with a thick layer of hazelnut chocolate spread. While the commercial Nutella recipe is certainly delectable, when you try this home crafted version you’ll get a whole new appreciation for this treat! For one, you actually taste the rich hazelnuts (my favorite nut!) and if you use a quality cocoa powder, you’ll get a whole different chocolate profile that with the commercial versions.

The basic recipe I came across on the sugoodsweets blog was simple and delicious. And I even found a short, cute litte video that showed how to do it all in a food processor:

The chocolate hazelnut spread ingredients:

    2 cups whole, warm roasted hazelnuts
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    up to 1/4 cup vegetable or nut oil
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract

You really don’t need to add that much oil, if any, and I reduced the amount of sugar on my second batch a little bit, just to get more of the nut flavor I love. But you can experiment to your heart’s delight. Sugoodsweets has a second more elaborate recipe, but I opted for the simple version. I can’t make enough of this stuff to keep Kendra happy, and the guys down at the book shop have been eating it up during our afternoon snack break. Once you make this yourself, you likely won’t want to go back to that famous commercial spread!

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