Thursday, November 17, 2016

Holiday Traditions and Homemade Hot Chocolate


Anyone that's followed this blog for awhile knows how completely important I feel traditions are for families. In fact, you could probably say I'm slightly obsessed with traditions. My parents made my childhood SO fun! In fact, many times I feel guilty that my childhood was such a pleasant experience. I know it's not that way for everyone, but I know one way to make home life more enjoyable is by adding a few simple traditions your children can look forward to. It's funny how you can do the simplest thing but if you do it every year, it becomes a fond memory for your kids. This season, I hope to share some of our favorite traditions with each of you. Our traditions are nothing fancy. In fact, they are things any of you can do with a little prep work, and maybe some yummy food ;)

I would also LOVE to hear your traditions too. We are always looking to add another fun activity, so feel free to send them my way! The first holiday tradition of the season for our family is the second Sunday of November we always put up our Christmas tree (okay, trees--yes, my husband puts up 10--yikes!). When we put up our big tree in the family room we always watch Polar Express and have hot chocolate. It's the perfect show to watch while putting up the tree because there isn't much of a story line, so if you get side tracked, that's okay. Ha! Nothing fancy right, but you can't believe how excited the kids get to do this every year. Simple, yet fun. Let the holidays begin!



Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

2 cup powdered sugar 
1 cup cocoa powder

1 1/4 cup dry powdered milk 
1 tsp. salt

1 Tbs. cornstarch 
1 tsp. vanilla (if making right away)
6 cup hot water (or milk)

1/2-1 cup milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips

In a large pan whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, dry powdered milk, salt and cornstarch. Keep cocoa mix in an airtight container if you're not using the whole thing at one time. When making cocoa, add 3 T. cocoa mix to 1 cup of hot water. If you like your cocoa more chocolatey, add more cocoa mix or the chocolate chips (optional). For a really creamy hot chocolate, add warmed milk instead of water. Serve with marshmallows or whipping cream. For a fun holiday twist, add crushed peppermints on top of hot chocolate and a drop of peppermint extract to the cocoa.

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