by Tammy Matby
Publisher: Howard Books, 2009
Our library had a display of various holiday books. That is what inspired me to start on The Spirit of Christmas Reading Challenge. I found this little book in their display. The cheerful cover called to me and I hoped to pick up a new idea or two.
Inside this holiday treasure I found:
- Ideas for preparing the kitchen’s pantry for the holidays
- A cook-ahead party plan for preparing holiday dishes in advance
- Gift ideas from the kitchen, including 21 gift basket ideas
- Kid-friendly activities, including a snack mix gift idea for teachers
- Suggestions on how to celebrate each of the 12 days of Christmas with an emphasis on helping others
There is much more. For example, I found several recipes that I’m going to make this year such as a seafood cheeseball, chocolate covered pretzel rods, and one I want to share with you.
In the past I’ve made my own Hot Chocolate Mix but this book took it up to a much higher level. This is–
Gourmet Hot Chocolate Mix
- 4 cups instant nonfat dry milk powder
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 2 cups French vanilla powdered nondairy coffee creamer
- 2 cups chocolate milk mix (store brand is okay)
- One 5-ounce (6 serving) package cook-and-serve (not instant) chocolate pudding mix
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups mini marshmallows and/or mini chocolate chips (optional but yummy)
- Combine all ingedients in a bowl and stir well. For a smoother blend, mix the dry ingredients in a blender or food processor before adding the mini marshmallows and/or mini chocolate chips.
- Store mix in an air-tight container.
- Makes 12 1/2 cups. This is enough for 50 servings.
- To serve, measure 1/4 cup of mix into a mug or cup and add 3/4 cup of boiling water or milk. Stir well.
As you can tell by the ingredient list, this is very rich. It’s just right for special occasions. It does make a very nice gift from your kitchen. Put it into decorated jar or container and you are set to go.
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