The Best Hot Cocoa

I remember learning to make this on a wood stove when I was young. We had to be really careful not to let it get too hot and scorch or the whole thing would ruin… I miss those days! Well, some parts of them. We usually only had hot cocoa or hot tea on really cold days. We would get a cup before we left the house to walk to the bus stop which really was at least 1/2 mile uphill! The warmth in our bellies would help us get up the hill but we were always happy to see the old bus come clanking down the dirt road.

This is probably my favorite hot cocoa recipe although it does take a little bit of time and patience to make it… that just seems to make it better though. It’s really good to enjoy on a cold day or after coming in from playing in the snow which is something we don’t get to do here in Florida.  Continue reading “The Best Hot Cocoa”

Mississippi Mud Cake

If you like chocolate and coconut then you will probably enjoy this cake… I am an undeniable chocaholic and I love coconut so this is an all-around winner for me.

My little brothers and sisters about died the very first time I made this. It was such an ugly cake the first time I tried it but the taste was pure heaven!

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Just Like Grandma’s Chocolate Pudding

I don’t know if this is actually the recipe that my Mom-mom used but it is close. If you don’t like the ‘skin’ that cooked pudding has then simply place a piece of plastic wrap over the warm pudding so that the wrap touches the top of the pudding. When cool you remove the wrap and the ‘skin’.

Just Like Grandma’s Chocolate Pudding

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 4 T. cornstarch
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2-1/4 cups milk
  • 2 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium size saucepan whisk together the first four ingredients. Slowly stir in the milk.

Cook this mixture over medium heat until it boils. Stir constantly and boil for about 1 minute.

Remove your pan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.

Pour into a serving bowl and chill for about 2-3 hours.

For Pie:

I usually only use 2 cups of milk and then pour this into a baked pie shell or a graham cracker crust. Chill for 2-3 hours. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

 

Chocolate Day

If you are like me you don’t need a special day to celebrate chocolate. Click here to learn more about this holiday. Chocolate Day is celebrated on July 7th.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Chocolate – Theme and activities – Educatall

Chocolate Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids | ChildFun

Teaching with TLC: FUN Learning Activities with Chocolate

Kid Activities | All posts tagged ‘chocolate theme’

Kid Activities | Themes for a Day

The chocolate game and 9 more edible party games for kids – Kidspot

35 Chocolate Activities from Becky Settlemoir and Friends!

Also check out:

Homeschool: July on Pinterest

how chocolate is made for kids on YouTube

Icings

I was getting so many recipes on the ‘Cakes’ page I decided to make a separate page for the icings and such! Continue reading “Icings”

S’mores

Who doesn’t love a campfire with and roasting marshmallows? We try to have a ‘Weenie Roast‘ every few months and let the kids roast their hot dogs and marshmallows on a stick. They love it!

We also do this at least one night when we go camping. I am so ready to go right now! S’mores are the best when you take a freshly roasted marshmallow from the campfire but you can also make them in the microwave if you don’t happen to have a campfire handy.

Have you tried S’mores Dip yet? Continue reading “S’mores”

Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies

This is a super simple cookie to make that is usually a hit everywhere! The kids can help with this as well. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies”

Peanut Butter Bites

I don’t remember where this recipe came from but peanut butter and chocolate are almost always winners here. The kids have fun rolling the balls and dipping them in the chocolate. Eating them is lots of fun too 🙂 Continue reading “Peanut Butter Bites”

Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters aka Reindeer Poop

I know the holidays are when we make the most candies here at our house. These little candies are so super easy to make and so yummy to eat. Continue reading “Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters aka Reindeer Poop”

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (original recipe from Cookies & Cups) Continue reading “White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting”

December 6, 2016

What you did see…

Today was St. Nicholas Day and it was the first time we have celebrated this at our home. My kids were so excited as I had let them put their stockings out last night. They have also been anxiously waiting to put up the Christmas tree which was something I had promised we would do today. I posted some pictures of our St. Nicholas day so everyone could see how much fun we had. We did have fun and we made some memories that are sure to last.

What you didn’t see though was the chaos behind the scene.

You didn’t see me trying to stay calm while dealing with several issues  like a bad case of vertigo for the second or third day in a row.

You didn’t see how I spent several minutes trying to calm down a temperamental child who was upset because I had not come into the kitchen by 7:00.

You didn’t see how I dripped cool whip all over the floor while making the special Santa Pancakes for breakfast.

You didn’t see the drain that overflowed all over the carpeted bathroom floor.

You didn’t see when I spilled tea all over the freshly mopped floor and all over the fridge I had just wiped out.

You didn’t see when I dropped my lunch in the floor as well.

You didn’t see when my second attempt at lunch was a chocolate Santa.

You didn’t see when the chicken scraps got dumped before I even reached the chicken pen because the handle came off the pail I was carrying.

You didn’t see how close I came to just calling it a day, giving up, and going back to bed.

You didn’t see how DD17 and I worked hard to set up the train set under the tree only to find that the train was missing. (The kids didn’t mind as toy trucks work well on train tracks too.)

You didn’t see how frustrated and aggravated I got because of the slow internet when I had an important matter to take care of.

You didn’t see how I confided in one of my friends about how frustrated and aggravated I was feeling.

You didn’t see how I had to rush to finish dinner because I had an emergency errand to run.

You didn’t see me rush to the hardware store for some plumbing supplies 5 minutes before they closed only to find that they didn’t have what I needed.

You didn’t see me have to drive 30 minutes in the opposite direction to the next nearest hardware store.

You didn’t see how my dinner consisted of a leftover cookie and a Coca-Cola. (I hadn’t had a soda in over a month.)

You didn’t see how long it took to clean up the mess from the backed up drain, the piles of dirty towels I had from cleaning up the mess, or the overflowing sink of dirty dishes because we couldn’t wash anything until the drain was fixed.

What’s important is that my kids didn’t see me frustrated, aggravated, or upset either. They didn’t see me lose my temper over things that happened.

They did see me keep promises even though unexpected disruptions kept occurring. They did see me staying calm and taking care of said disruptions as they came along.

I am human, I make mistakes, I get upset, and things happen that I have no control over. I can’t always control what happens to me but I can control how I react to them. I am not perfect and I don’t ever want anyone to think that I am or that I try to portray my life as being perfect.

When you look at the pictures on social media and you think about how perfect things look just remind yourself that you aren’t seeing the whole picture. You are just seeing one small moment of time. Don’t compare yourself, your family, your house or anything else with what you think you see in someone else’s picture.

Enjoy each moment and make the best of every situation good or bad. Life is so much easier if you do.

Candies

Everybody has a sweet tooth every now and then. Here are a few posts you might find useful if you are looking to cut back on sugar:

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