I am so ready for Christmas that I just don’t know what to do! My family has been through so many trials and tribulations this year that I have made a promise to myself to enjoy this Christmas season as much as possible, no matter how tough things are. This is a time for family togetherness and happiness, and I plan to make that happen for each of my three children. And by saying that I don’t mean I’m going to spend a ton of money on each of them…I am simply making it a point to spend more time with each of them and enjoy that time for all it’s worth! What better way to do that to be in the kitchen with them doing the thing that we love to do the most, baking?
I plan to be spending a lot of time in my kitchen this month (well, actually next month since it’s still November) bringing you lots of yummy holiday gooness here on the blog. I hope that you find these recipes helpful during your holiday planning. Be sure to check out the archives here on the blog for other recipes that I posted last year. I already have a lot of our family favorites on here, so you feel free to make them your family favorites as well!
I’ll start by posting my mom’s recipe for homemade hot chocolate mix. I remember growing up, every single winter my mom would make this and it would seem to last forever. She always made it and packaged it in cute little Christmas packages, and gave them away with a loaf of homemade bread for teacher gifts. This hot chocolate mix is so much more creamy and delicious than the store bought version, but don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself! With these frigid temperatures we are having here in the South today it’s just the thing to warm you right up!
Excuse the horrible pictures…day after day of dreary, cold days don’t make for the best photographs. And truth be told, I didn’t feel like hauling in my big studio light just for a quick photo.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
1 large box dry milk (8 qt. size)
1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
2 lbs. Nestle Quick powdered chocolate drink mix
1 (11 oz) container Cremora (find this by the coffee creamer)
Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly covered container. Add to hot water, according to your taste (it’ll probably take more mix than you think it will so be generous). Serve hot, topped with marshmallows, if desired.