“I really can’t stay
Baby it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away
Baby it’s cold outside”
Louis Armstrong | Baby, It’s Cold Outside
This is such a classic song and what better way to stay cozy and also stylish this time of the year than with a classic cocktail dress and cozy accessories at very affordable prices.
At this time of the year, I like to give presents that really show people I love how much I care about them. I try to put time and effort into presents that are meaningful as well as useful.
Here is an idea that you can make and give to someone or enjoy with your family after a fun day at a tree farm or while you are out sledding or ice-skating.
Hot Cocoa Gift Box
The hot mugs can be great hand warmers.
Enjoy creating this box and when giving or using don’t forget to include a thermos of milk and homemade cookies for dunking !
These marshmallows make a nice addition-
For more sophisticated drinkers, spice hot chocolate with a teaspoon of raspberry or preferred liqueur.
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 vanilla bean
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 package ( 3.2 ounces) dry milk
1. Put 2 tablespoons sugar and vanilla bean into a coffee grinder or blender. Process to a fine powder.
2. Combine remaining sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and dry milk in a plastic bag; add ground sugar mixture. Shake well. Transfer powdered mix to an airtight container.
3. To make a cup of hot cocoa, stir 1/4 cup of the cinnamon -flavored dry cocoa mix into 8 ounces of hot water.
You might want to gift it in a special container such as this one-
Make your own Chocolate Orange Syrup
You will need:
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon orange extract
1. In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, bring cream to a boil. Add chocolate; whisk constantly until blended and smooth.
2. Add corn syrup, orange juice concentrate and orange extract to the sauce pan.
3. Remove from heat. Cool completely. Pour syrup into jar with a tight fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator. To make a cup of cocoa stir 3 tablespoons of the syrup into 8 ounces of hot milk.
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Stir flour, cocoa, soda, and salt. Beat butter, sugar , brown sugar, and vanilla in large bowl on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
Makes 5 dozen cookies
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Wherever you are, whoever you are with, stay cozy and happy all year long.
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