Thursday, November 5, 2009

Winter Has Arrived

Winter has arrived at our house for sure.  All the gardens have been cleaned out, pots and garden accessories have been tucked away, leaves are raked and the fire wood is split and stacked.  I woke up to a hard freeze this morning and the most beautiful blue sky!

Falling  Snow
Author~Unknown

See the pretty snowflakes
Falling from the sky;
On the wall and housetops
Soft and thick they lie.


On the window ledges,
On the branches bare;
Now how fast they gather,
Filling all the air.


Look into the garden,
Where the grass was green;
Covered by the snowflakes,
Not a blade is seen.


Now the bare black bushes
All look soft and white,
Every twig is laden,
What a pretty sight!


As long as I'm on the subject of winter, here is my homemade hot cocoa recipe.  I make a big batch at a time and store it in a gallon ice cream bucket.  Enjoy!

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Ingredients



10 cups dry milk powder
4 3/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups powdered non-dairy creamer


Directions


In a large mixing bowl, combine milk powder, confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, and creamer. Stir till thoroughly combined. Store cocoa mixture in an airtight container like an ice cream bucket. Makes about 15 cups mix, or enough for about 45 servings.


For 1 serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mixture in a coffee cup or mug, and add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Top with dollop of whipped cream or a few marshmallows, if desired.


Hot Cocoa Pictures, Images and Photos

7 comments:

Tracy DeLuca said...

It's 74 degrees here today and there are blossoms on my Butternut Squash plants. I wish winter was here where I am! LOL Your cocoa recipe looks great, I will have to share our recipe for Mexican hot chocolate one of these days...

blueviolet said...

I've never tried to make homemade cocoa but your recipe sounds easy enough for me. :)

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3LittleMonkeys said...

I think hot chocolate is the best part of winter! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Amy said...

Can you make it for those jars to hand out too?

WhisperingWriter said...

Yum, I love hot cocoa.

Nikki said...

What a lovely poem. I'm hoping we get a good snow this year in Bama. We just don't get much down here.

I'll have to try the cocoa recipe. I've never made a dry mix for hot chocolate. Sounds good!

AudreyO said...

We thought winter had arrived and then the sun came out again. We have had our door open almost every day. We do freeze in the morning but then it warms right up.