Well, first you take a long HOT shower...put on your comfy clothes
ie sweatshirt, pants & fuzzy socks
you dig out your favorite
Hot Beverage Recipes and make some!
This first recipe is my favorite, found it last winter on
http://www.allrecipes.com/ it was submitted by "Jo"
Thank You Jo, it's wonderful!
Chai Tea Mix
(love coffeehouse Chai Tea but it's a little hard to come by in my neck of the woods & it's pricey)
1 Cup nonfat dry milk powder (I don't use this, I double up the regular non-dairy creamer)
1 Cup powdered non-diary creamer
1 Cup French Vanilla flavored powdered creamer
2 1/2 Cups White Sugar
1 1/2 Cups unsweetened instant tea mix (no lemon)
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cardamom
(cardamom is an expensive spice, I got my at www.puritan.com,
they often have a B1G1 free sale, plus free shipping)
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. I use my handy dandy little food processor for grinding to a fine powder, you can use a coffee grinder or blender too.
Add 2 heaping tablespoons to a cup of hot water...Enjoy!
Store in airtight container. My container of choice is an old Blue Ball Mason Jar ;)
This next recipe is a close second Favorite
Lori from The Black Crow shared this on her blog last year (she said it came from one of the Christmas Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks)
2 Cups powdered hot cocoa mix
2 Cups powdered non diary creamer
1 Cup instant coffee
1 1/2 Cups sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Mix all ingredients in large bowl, store in an airtight container. (I grind this fine in my lil' food processor too)
Add 2-3 heaping tablespoons to a cup of hot water.
I often substitute Pumpkin Pie Spice for the cinnamon and nutmeg...it's soooo good!
Both of these have a long shelf life (well no, not really, they don't last too long around here)
and the mixes make a quick and easy Christmas Gift for just about anyone. Put some mix in a nice little jar, add a pretty new coffee mug, directions and the recipe.......viola a great gift!
Hope you enjoy these....