Sunday, February 6, 2011

Winter Treat

I feel the same way every year.  It's February.  Gray, wet, windy and cold.  Spring feels too far away, and twinkly, festive lights are a faint memory.  We are way past Birthday Season and Christmas and have experienced more than our fair share of Southern Snow Days.  Those are the ones where entire towns shut down because it snows and inch and a half.  Banks close early, and if you live off the paved road, chances are there is no mail coming your way.  

In my quest to be grateful for even in the least exciting doldrums of winter, I've chosen something simple.  Something that guarantees smiles and "I'll helps" whenever the announcement is made.  Something seemingly small and easily overlooked as a cause for thankfulness.  

::Homemade Hot Chocolate::
makes about 4 cups
8 t organic cocoa
4 t xylitol or sugar or honey
dash of sea salt
1 t cinnamon
1/3 c water
3 c (or so) milk
marshmallows/whipped cream - optional topping 
Add milk once cocoa and sweetner are dissolved in water
Mix together dry ingredients and add water.  Whisk together til well combined.  Over med heat add milk - since we like a darker hot chocolate wee add a bit less milk. you might like your more milk chocolate-y, in that case just add more milk.  It's up to you and very versatile.  Continue whisking until it's all steamy.  Pour it up and enjoy a round of smiles...

I heartily recommend an ounce or two of this added to your morning coffee for a nice flavor boost - you know, to even out the parent /child gratitude ratio. 

Sometimes the easiest, smallest treats are the ones that can transform an entire day...
Jen, Rachel, Kristin, Laura, Ann, Alli and Kelly, 


Couscous & Consciousness said...

Oh yum, this looks delicious and perfect for a cold wintery afternoon or evening. Right now, here in the southern hemisphere, we're still trying find things cooling and refreshing to drink, but days for hot chocolate won't be far away.
Sue :-)

Mommy, Esquire said...

I love this! I make a similar homemade hot chocolate that my little ones beg for on cold dreary days....along with homemade popcorn!

Lisa@The Nourishing Homemaker said...

I could go for a cup of this right about now! I love hot chocolate.

Cindy Bultema said...

Oh, that sounds DELICIOUS! I'm going to have to give it a try!
Thanks for sharing!!
Cindy :)

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Oh yum! What the perfect thing to help keep warm on such a blustery day :)

It was so nice to meet you yesterday! Sooooo nice to meet another local blogger!

Bren Herrera said...

this is soo yummy! nothing like a great cup of fresh choco with steamed milk!! :) THanks for stopping by my blog today and entering the giveaway!

Flanboyant Eats

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

I love that this has a hint of cinnamon. I love chocolate and cinnamon together.

I'm hosting a weekly link up called Sweet Tooth Friday. I'd love to have you share your recipe.

JessieLeigh said...

Oh, I love a good cup of cocoa! I've never used xylitol before, but I've been curious about it...


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