We've been sipping on cups of hot cocoa before bed. There's nothing that compares to a mug of homemade hot cocoa on a cold winter night! I substitute coconut sugar over refined, and this is this cocoa makes the best hot chocolate. There's a recipe on the back of the jar. It's high fat cocoa which creates a rich full flavored cocoa. We add a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and I sprinkle with cinnamon, and all is well with the world. Remember in the olden days while watching old movies how they'd serve a cup of warm milk before bedtime? I do believe there's something to the notion of inducing sleep with a cup of warm milk. I do believe...
If you wish to use cocoa on hand, that's okay too. Here's a recipe. Although I never measure, so you might need to adjust to your liking.
Two cups of milk
Two to Three Tablespoons of cocoa
One Teaspoon of Vanilla
A dash of Cinnamon
Three Tablespoons of Coconut Sugar (Use less if it's refined) It will be way to sweet.
Warm over stove, and until cocoa emulsifies serve with marshmallows or whipped cream.
I'm getting super excited about Christmas Eve! My family comes to our home and we celebrate Christmas. It's a tradition. Don't you love traditions? They really do stand out, and help you to appreciate and distinguish material objects over the things that really matter, people!
Kind of getting off the baking subject, because I wanted to share a couple more holiday recipes with you.
A few years back I made toffee and gave it to my neighbors for Christmas. Toffee is easy to make, and offers up a great holiday treat. The only tool you'll need is a candy thermometer. One should never be intimidated by a candy thermometer. You can whip up all sorts of Christmas candy, if you have the handy gadget. Pralines are one of my favorites too!
This is a great Toffee recipe... Most of the recipes are similar, minus the extra toppings.
Another old fashioned, but tried and true treat is gingerbread...
I prefer cake over cookies, but the recipe can easily be adapted to accommodate either or.
Like the toffee, Gingerbread recipes are almost always the same. If you add freshly grated ginger to the batter however, you'll notice a difference in taste. I always break off a smaller piece of ginger at the market. I'm not sure if you're suppose to do that, but typically the ginger stalks are huge! What would one do with all that ginger? It would go to waste in our household.
Top that Gingerbread Cake with homemade whipped cream and if you serve it warm it's mighty good!
I'm winding down this week at the shop. Four more days, and I'm headed for a three week winter break!
This year, as most, it's not a break that I'm laying around eating bonbons. It's a break from the hustle and bustle of shop atmosphere.
I have some big changes coming at the shop, and I'll be implementing the ideas that have been floating in my head among the sugar plums.
It's interesting, how as a shop proprietor, I learn hands on, from my customers. Those teachings are going to be brought to life and introduced in the New Year ahead.
I'm excited about the changes, and believe they'll be appealing and attractive to those who enter.
Inspiration directed by you!
The holidays can be stressful and down right brutal for some folks. If you've suffered the loss of a loved one, or maybe you don't see eye to eye with family members, remember to keep the faith.
Your reflection shines bright, just like that special star...