Remember that sewn paper garland I made for Evelyn's birthday? The one that is super long, and wonderful and I completely forgot to use for her birthday. Well I made another one for Christmas, only this one SPARKLES. I like shiny things. OH yea and I used it too.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I don't drink coffee. Black Juice from Hell as my father would call it. I don't drink Tea. The smell of it is nauseating to me. But I DO LOVE Hot Chocolate! I made some for Christmas Gifts along with those Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows. Its Simple, relatively inexpensive and personable.
I combined 2 different recipes that were ok and made 1 really good recipe and here it is:
5 3/4 C Dry Powdered Milk
2oz Coffee Creamer (whitener)
2 1/5 C Confectioners Sugar (Icing Sugar)
4oz Chocolate Drink Mix - think powdered chocolate milk mix
1 1/2 C Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 C Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
You need to process the chocolate chips into fine grain, like chocolate dust..... ummmmmm....... *wipes up drool*. You can do this in a food processor or magic bullet. I only had the bullet so I ground it up fine but putting only the chips in can go bad, the heat of the blade melts the chocolate and then forms a block. My trick, add some confectioners Sugar to the chips for processing, dries out the chocolate and prevents clumping. Also pulse it.
To MAKE the hot chocolate - you know so you can test it. I put instructions of adding 1/3 C mix to 1 C hot milk. But I found half and half milk water works OR as I prefer, use hot water and then top it off with cold milk to bring down the temperature and make it drinkable.
Mix all your ingredients into a large bowl you borrowed from someone else because really who own a bowl this big other than my mother. this is gonna make you about 10C of mix, which is like 30 servings. Having a cute helper/stirer is not necessary but recommended. Having a messy dining room is totally optional and not recommended
This simple gift wrap idea takes minimal time and looks great! using basic white or craft paper gift bags from the dollar store, some stamps and basic acrylic craft paint. Generally I prefer to wrap gifts in paper as it is funner to wrap and I like the look better, BUT sometimes you need a bag to gather together the 5 little gifts you got a person an need to keep track of, thus a bag does have its place.
I used some foam stamps i have had forever and some of my millions of craft paints (which you can also get from dollar store) plus some glitter and glue and BAM, awesomeness besides buying the bags themselves I had no additional cost to doing this as I have had the supplies on hand for a very very long time.
This Rudolph I used a foam stamp, green acrylic paint, waited for it to dry (5 min) the took a fine tip Martha Stewart glue pen and coloured in the nose and glittered it red. very simple but so cute looking.