Baby, it’s cold outside…
One of my favorite songs! It’s such a fun song to sing along with, isn’t it? The temps here are on their way down this week, so the weatherman says. Perfect weather for my homemade hot cocoa recipe!
There are so many lovely holiday home tours this time of year (you can see mine HERE). Lots of them are centered around the mantel, the dining room table or the family room. Some of my blogging friends and I thought it would be fun to tour the areas outside of the home…porches and patios and beyond. Please join us…
but bundle up because “Baby It’s Cold Outside!”
There is one place at our house that we know we can catch an awesome sunset, any time of year, and that’s our front porch. We like to sit in our vintage wicker chairs and savor it, since our house faces west. To beat the chill, all I need is a cozy throw and some homemade hot cocoa!
What better beverage to enjoy when you’re sitting outside this time of year than hot cocoa? My favorite is a recipe that my sweet mother made every year. It makes a ton, and she would put it in decorative containers and share with family and neighbors. I miss her, so when I make her cocoa recipe, I feel close to her again.
I have had these glass mugs for years. There are only two of them, so they’re perfect for serving hot cocoa for the two of us while catching the sunset in our wicker chairs!
And I am so happy that I managed to snag a few of these plates to add to my collection of Better Homes and Gardens Heritage holiday plates from WalMart. They’ve been coming out with a new limited edition plate each season, and this year was the ever popular ‘woody’ with Christmas tree! I loved serving the cookies on this little plate.
Now I want to share with you my homemade hot cocoa recipe…
- 10 cups of instant dry milk
- 1¾ cups of coffee creamer (I love to use French Vanilla)
- 1¾ cups of cocoa powder
- 5 cups of powdered sugar
- Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir or whisk gently to mix well. Put in a large airtight container (or several to give away!). Store in a cool, dry place. Will keep 6 to 8 months, or longer i refrigerated. Makes about 50 cup servings.
- To Make 1 cup of Hot Cocoa:
- Combine ⅓ cup of this mix with ¾ cup of boiling/hot water.
- Top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside!”
Be sure to visit each of the other blogs for a look at how they celebrate the season in their outdoor spaces!
Hope you enjoyed my homemade hot cocoa recipe and this fun tour of outdoor spaces for the holidays!
See you soon!