Today’s babymoon guest post is by Moira from Hearth and Homefront.
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is my childhood traditions with my own children. I grew up in Massachusetts, so while we didn’t always have a white Christmas, we usually had our first snow sometime between November and December.
By the time I was in elementary school snow days were a big deal. We would watch the weather report the night before and cross our fingers for a day off. The next morning we would all hold our breath at 6 am to listen for the town fire station to sound the alarm if schools were cancelled. Snow days meant sledding, snowball fights and always a big mug of hot chocolate to warm up.
Being a military family has sent us far from home and to mostly warm locales, so my children haven’t grown up with the snow. We had our first early dismissal from school recently and (as I write this) we’re in the midst of a perfect little snowstorm. It’s light and fluffy and not too deep. We spent the morning playing in the backyard, and when we were all frozen solid it was time to head inside for our hot chocolate.
My oldest is 5 and a fabulous sous chef in the kitchen. He enjoys it much more than my youngest does, so it is one of my favorite ways to get some one-on-one time with him. This Mint Hot Chocolate recipe is great because he can participate in every part of the recipe. It mixes together in less than 10 minutes and then you can keep the jar in the pantry for a quick mug anytime you’d like.
I like to add mint chocolate chips to this, but if you aren’t a mint lover, you could easily switch it out for semisweet or white chocolate. The result is creamy and not overly sweet or rich. It’s just right for warming you up from the cold or relaxing by the fire. (A grownups only version with a shot of Bailey’s is delicious, too!)
Mint Hot Chocolate Mix
- 1 1/2 cups powdered milk
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp mint chocolate chips
- pinch of salt
Whisk together all the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Once combined place the cocoa mixture and the chips in a food processor and pulse until the chips are ground up and throughly mixed in. Store in an airtight container. Makes 6-7 servings.
To make Mint Hot Chocolate:
Place 1/3 cup of the mix in a mug and fill with hot water. If you’d like you can add a splash of milk to cool it down (especially for those kiddos!) and make it a little creamier.
Moira blogs at Hearth and Homefront, sharing her love of great food and great books. When she’s not cooking or reading, you’ll find her running (very slowly), chasing her two rambunctious boys, and attempting to be craftier than she really is! For now home is Oklahoma, but as an Air Force spouse, she’s always looking forward to the next adventure!