Celebrating a special day with chocolate mousse!

This past Tuesday my husband & I celebrated our 14 year wedding anniversary! For me 14 years is easy to believe because we’ve been together longer than that…MUCH longer. My hubby & I have quite the tale to tell about how we met. You see, 21 years ago I was given some very good advice for me at the time by a very dear friend. I was 19, inching my way through community college….1 class at a time, while waitressing full-time. It appeared that a college degree was going to take eons to obtain. Add in a broken heart, and I was MORE than ready to run out and join the United States Navy!! Isn’t that what everyone does??

Put it this way…by the time my plane landed in Orlando, Florida in the middle of the night for boot camp just 3 months later (December 1989), the enormity of what I’d done started to hit me. And when I finally laid my head down to sleep that first night around 2am in a compartment full of 59 other female strangers, I wept silently for the life I had left behind….and all the unknown that laid in wait. You probably can guess what happened next…my 8 weeks and 2 days in boot camp was a life altering experience, and I graduated out feeling I could conquer the world. A bit brainwashed perhaps (ask my cousin!!), but that wore off eventually 🙂

Next stop (after 2 glorious weeks of leave back home….not glorious…it felt strange to be without those 59 other female strangers). It’s amazing how attached you get in 2 short months when going through that type of regimen. Anyway….next stop was Great Lakes, Illinois….Waukegan to exact….Naval Training Command. And this is where I met my future husband. It was February…and being stationed right off Lake Michigan…cold would be the understatement of the year. Let’s just say…arctic tundra would adequately describe it. So on February 21, 1990…I met my future husband in “galley indoc” when he tapped me on the shoulder and asked to borrow a pen! My thought as I turned around? Who goes to an orientation without a pen?? Oh the signs of things to come…..LOL!!

So we worked in the galley side by side for several weeks while waiting for our respective trainings to have a spot. We were actually assigned to different tasks, but somehow always stole away to hang out together. We found someone in charge to help out & I have memories of running here or there together. Or walking in for breakfast at 4am, so we could eat before helping to cook the day’s breakfast. It was dark, it was cold (frigid!!), and we’d slip and slide all over the place. My hubby is a native Floridian, so you can imagine how this type of weather impacted him!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We became inseparable….not boyfriend/girlfriend….but BEST friends! As we hung out day after day, we got to know each other. We talked, gallivanted around base, and laughed and laughed. And I was NOT there to find a boyfriend. I was there to forget about men. So he was safe, and it was fun…and then I fell…and I fell hard! I certainly fought those feelings. What else could I do? We were both destined to get separate orders to probably 2 separate parts of the world…so the outcome could not be good, could it? Stay tuned for part 2…..and while you ponder our dilemma, try this easy chocolate mousse!

dessert, chocolate

5.0 from 2 reviews
Very Simple Chocolate Mousse
Recipe type: Dessert, Chocolate
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Serves: 4
A decadant and romantic dessert...easy to make, but will impress others like you slaved all day!! My girls felt so special when I served it to them.
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp butter (room temperature)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  1. In a thick bottomed saucepan, melt chocolate and butter on very low heat...keeping a constant eye and stirring frequently.
  2. Beat egg yolks for a few minutes (I did this in my Kitchen Aid Mixer).
  3. Transfer eggs to separate bowl.
  4. Use Mixer to beat egg whites and salt till stiff. Much easier with Kitchen Aid mixer but hand mixer will do.
  5. While egg whites are mixing, add egg yolks to chocolate and stir till smooth.
  6. Fold egg whites gently into chocolate mousse.
  7. Put into separate serving dishes and refrigerate till cold (at least 3 hours).
*This dish utilizes RAW eggs. If you are nervous, then when you pull chocolate off the heat, pour a bit of it into the egg yolks to warm the yolks up. Then pour egg/chocolate mixture into the pan with chocolate. Mix well & then warm up over low heat stirring constantly. A few minutes should be sufficient to "cook" your eggs. **The original recipe called for fine chocolate chopped and ½ cup sugar. Since I used chocolate chips which contained sugar, I omitted the sugar so it wouldn't be overly sweet. Dark chocolate is my preference...and the finest quality will really make a difference since chocolate is the focus and there are so few ingredients.

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This recipe is linked up with Sundays at One, Monday Mania, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Mouthwatering Mondays, My Meatless Mondays, Homemaker Monday, Just Another Meatless Monday, Mangia Mondays, Tuesdays at the Table, Delectable Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Hearth and Soul Hop, Real Food Wednesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday, What’s on the Menu Wednesday, Waltz on by Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, It’s a Keeper Thursday, Recipe Swap Thursday, Thrilling Thursday, Friday Potluck, Friday Favorites, Finer Things Friday, Foodie Friday, Fun with Food Friday, Fresh, Clean & Pure Friday & Food Trip Friday.

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54 Responses to Celebrating a special day with chocolate mousse!

  1. Joan Nova says:

    I love this story! Can’t wait for the next chapter.

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. Awww, happy anniversary to you! And many more years to come 🙂

    I’ve never made chocolate mousse, but this looks great!
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  3. Happy Anniversary!! Now I want some chocolate mousse! Yum!!

  4. What a fun story! Can’t wait for the to-be-continued!! 🙂
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  5. Aubrey says:

    Cute story!! Happy Anniversary 🙂

  6. Happy anniversary! I’m new here and I came from foodbuzz. Your chocolate mousse looks delicious – my kids would looooove to eat that for sure. 🙂 I look forward to following you via facebook! Nice to meet you~.

    • Denise says:

      So nice to “meet” you Nami! Glad you made it over from Foodbuzz. After a year and a half at Foodbuzz, I’ve just started to figure out how it all works. LOL!! It’s been nice meeting other foodies there.

  7. What a wonderful story of falling in love with each other. Congratulations on 14 years of marriage!

  8. Carolyn says:

    Lovely story and lovely recipe too. Thanks for sharing!
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  9. I am a sucker for a good love story 🙂 This mousse looks simply decadent!
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  10. Peg4Jesus7 says:

    Happy Anniversary, Denise! Thanks for sharing ~ both the story and the recipe 🙂 You know I’m going to make this one!

  11. Angie says:

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your recipe with us. This gave me the opportunity to find your blog! Yeay! Ok, I am obsessed with all kind of chocolate forms, mousse included and you said the magic words: easy, mousse, chocolate. I am bookmarking this recipe for later. Thanks again, and I hope you join us next week!
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  12. Julie M. says:

    Happy anniversary! He sounds like your soul-mate. I can’t wait to read part two!
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    • Denise says:

      Thanks Julie! I’m so glad you stopped by. He & I have been in each other’s lives now longer than not….strange how long it’s really been! 🙂

  13. Denise, stop on by to pick up your Versatile Blogger Award at http://kimberliskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/05/i-won-versatile-blogger-award.html
    Happy Sunday!

  14. roz says:

    What a neat story and now you leave us with a cliff-hanger! You tease! Anyhow, just stopping by to say hello, since your blog is one of my weekly reads on my Google reader. How’s the ‘clean’ nutrition going? I’d love to know. If you’ve got something new to add to this wonderful lifestyle change, don’t forget to stop by and share on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday. I think this focus of yours is SO important! Have a happy day!
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    • Denise says:


      Thanks!! I love all my readers, but it’s especially great when they comment! 🙂 I LOVE your blog as well. So fresh & inspiring! And I love that you are a fellow North Carolinian. I live in Florida now, but have family, grew up in and visit NC regularly.

  15. SO WHAT HAPPENED?!? I can’t wait to hear.
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  16. Aw! I love love stories! <3
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  18. angie says:

    loved your story and the mouse sounds delicious come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com
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  19. What a great story and yummy recipe! Today is my husband’s and my 14th anniversary…isn’t it amazing how those years go by? I can’t quite believe it. Thanks for sharing this recipe on Mangia Mondays and wishing you and your hubby many happy times ahead!

  20. Liberty says:

    I JUST made choc mousse for the first this morning for church tonight!
    It’s DIVINE! \My recipe was done in the blender with same number off egg yolks and white being used…

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  22. ashley says:

    how cute:) now i want some!!!!
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  23. I couldn’t possibly spend a weekend without mousse! But I buy it from the store, too lazy to make them! 🙂
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    Much ♥,
    Sassy Chef Recipes and Reviews

  24. Deanna says:

    Wow! This recipe is wonderful and SO rich! My word, I couldn’t eat 1/2 my serving but saved it for another decadent desert. Thank you for sharing!
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  25. What a nice tribute for your anniversary! So sweet!! Heading over to read part 2!!
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  26. Jennifer says:

    What a great story. I want the next chapter! Oh, and the chocolate mousse looks good too.

  27. Thanks for bringing this great post to Friday Potluck! A very happy anniversary too — what a lovely way to celebrate… 🙂

  28. Alisa says:

    Couldn’t stop reading your blog. What a wonderful love story 🙂 The love letters, the photos…reminds me of the movie serendipity. I wish you both more wonderful years together!
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    • Denise says:

      Thanks Alisa! I loved that movie…so cute. Yeah, it felt like a movie. And now looking back even more so. 🙂 So glad you commented so I can meet you!!

  29. Oh Denise, I love to hear stories of how people met and fell in love! I just told my kids our story AGAIN the other day and it never gets old, in fact it brings it all back with all those great feelings and sometimes not a little tear of gratefulness to the universe! As for your chocolate mousse, well, you had me at chocolate my dear! Thanks so much for sharing with us on the hearth and soul hop and here’s to many many more wonderful years with your forgetful husband! I am going on 25 years married this October and it’s still a wonderful adventure! Hugs! Alex
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  30. Jane says:

    Hi Denise,
    Happy Anniversary! What a great story! I felt like a jack rabbit jumping from part 1, to part 2, to part 3! LOL I couldn’t wait to see how it ended! I think a movie should be made of your love story! 🙂

    Thanks for adding your Chocolate Mousse recipe to Melt in Your Mouth Monday! It looks delicious!

  31. Megan Gordon says:

    Denise! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog…even better because it led me to yours. Lovely story. Reassuring that you guys are going strong (and this recipe looks pretty great, too). Happy weekend! ~Megan

  32. What a fun story and an lovely mousse. I have to go find part 2 now…

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  38. Ann says:

    What a great story! I can’t wait for part 2!
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  40. Jeanie Watson says:

    Can’t wait for the next chapter. It looks delicious! Happy Anniversary, Denise! Happy anniversary!
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