Friday, December 17, 2010

In a World of White...

...I notice colors.  The blue of Tobin's hat, coat, and snow pants.  The orange of our sled.
Most of all, the pink of his lips and his sweet, kissable rosy cheeks.  In the past two days, since the snow started falling, I've had the privilege of thrice being Tobin's companion out of doors.  We've shoveled snow, eaten it, tromped around in it, eaten more of it, gone sledding in it, made a snow angel in it, and eaten even more of it.  Can you tell what Tobin's favorite thing about the snow is?

Ah, here's another color I love these days:  the brown of the delicious hot chocolate we make every time we return to the house from our adventures outside. What better way to warm up than with this liquid love?
I grew up drinking my mom's homemade hot chocolate, so of course, no other kind tastes quite as good to me.  Here is the recipe we've always used:

Hot Chocolate Mix

1 box (8 qts.) dry milk
1 bag (1 lb.) powdered sugar
1 and 1/2 c. (6 oz.) nondairy coffee creamer
16 oz. Nestle's Quik

Mix well.  Makes 1 gallon dry mix.  To serve, mix 1/3 c. of mixture with 1 c. hot water.  Top with marshmallows, of course!

My boys sometimes choose colored marshmallows.  For me?  Always white.  After all, they match the snow that way.  Well, until they get dunked in the hot chocolate.  ;-)


Misty said...

mmmm...looks yummy (except I like my hot chocolate with whipped cream instead of marshmallows!)

Elizabeth said...

The snow sounds wonderful!

And this recipe too!!!

Marie said...

Ooh sounds delightful. Love picturing you all out and about playing in such loveliness!

And I will have to give your mom's hot chocolate recipe a try!
Thanks for sharing!

~ Marie

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Hot chocolate and snow sounds wonderful.

Sarah-Anne said...

Wow, I'll have to file that recipe in the back of my head for our next snow day... :)

Stacey said...

I always run water through my coffee pot just like I am making a pot of coffee only with out adding the coffee and filter, I put it on right before the kids go out to play in the snow. then when they come in all chilled to the bone I already have hot water and we just pour it into the cups with the cocoa, stir and it is ready in a flash! I am definitely going to mix up some of your mom's cocoa recipe to have on hand, THANKS for sharing! Enjoy your snow!!!