Monday, December 7, 2009

25 Days of Christmas: Day 7

As we enjoyed sitting in the dark looking at the outside lights through the window, and the lights on the tree inside our warm house this weekend, it actually snowed on Friday! Not too often do we see snow, but it was beautiful, and especially more beautiful enjoying it from the inside.

It was a perfect day for some good ol fashioned Christmas TV! Speaking of, have you enjoyed any of the traditional shows yet?

Here is a list of what you can expect to come on!

And of course, you know you have to enjoy something warm and comforting on one of those cold nights, while enjoying one of your family's holiday favorites, so I have to oblige and give you a tasty recipe (or two) to enjoy! (And of course ones you can share too!)

Best Hot Cocoa Mix

The secret ingredient in this mix is the mini chocolate chips, which melt when combined with the boiling water and give the cocoa an extra-rich flavor. The recipe makes enough for four gift-size portions, each of which can be measured into a small plastic bag and tucked into a cup or mug filled with mini marshmallows, candy stick stirrers, and a spoon. Wrap each filled gift cup in cellophane and don't forget to include a tag with the following instructions: "Spoon 3 or 4 generous tablespoons of cocoa mix into your cup (depending on the size), add boiling water, and stir well."

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1/8 teaspoon salt
Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them until they are evenly blended.Store the mix in a tightly covered container at room temperature until you're ready to package it. Makes about 4 cups of mix.

Reindeer Treats

6 cups crisp chocolate rice cereal
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup Peanut Butter
40 miniature pretzels, halved
80 miniature peanut butter candies
40 red-hot candies

Place cereal in a large bowl; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter until smooth. Pour over cereal and stir until coated. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Let stand until set. Place two pretzel halves in each ball for antlers. Position two peanut butter candies on each for eyes and one red-hot for nose. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Tomorrow a guest poster will be sharing one of her fondest Christmas traditions that her family has taken part of every year since she can remember! So, be sure to stop back by!


1 comment:

  1. Oooh, I have to make treats for school on Friday - will make these Reindeer treats - have to adjust for no peanut butter (nut free school), hoping melted marshmallows, maybe some honey will work. Golden syrup might do the trick. And find some alternatives to "Red Hots" as I don't think I could find them here. CUTE!


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