Grab a beverage, pull up a stool and get comfortable, because there are some good things on the blog today, and a little surprise for you at the end of this post.
Ok, got your beverage? If not...you could be drinking this one. It's called Winter Warm-Up or more commonly know as Hot Chocolate, and I've been making it forever. Chances are you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry. It's so much less expensive to make your own than buying the premium cocoa mixes in the store. I whisk up a big batch in early winter so my girls can grab a cup and go. We needed it this morning; just look at the snow we woke up to.
This is a great addition to a little gift box or you can even plan a theme around it. I 've made baskets or boxes with a couple of cute mugs (find them on sale or from the discount store), a cellophane bag full of Winter Warm-Up with instructions on the tag and a small bag of homemade marshmallows, a sack of cookies or muffins or a small loaf of bread. The possibilites are endless.
Winter Warm-Up (Hot Chocolate Mix)
2 cups of instant non-fat dry milk
¾ cup of Non-Dairy Creamer
¾ cupsof granulated sugar
¼ cup of sifted cocoa
Mix all ingredients together and store in a air-tight container.
To make one serving: Mix 1/3 C. of the mix with 8 oz. of hot water and stir.
Now...for the surprise I promised at the beginning of the post. It involves gift-giving from CSN to you.
CSN stores are giving one of my lucky readers a $45.00 gift certificate to be used in any of their online stores; no strings attached. Isn't that generous? All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog between now and Sunday, December 12th. For more chances to win, become a follower or tell me that you already follow in a separate comment. Advertise this giveaway or link it on your blog for a third chance to win and leave me a separate comment telling me that you did.
I love these gift certificates. So many great things in the 200 online CSN stores that I would love to have for the upcoming holiday season. Good luck!
I knit, garden, bake, and sew. I create something every day, even if it's just a mess in my kitchen.
“I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley