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Thursday, October 27, 2011

So what do you do when it DOES snow?

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 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,
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)

Fireside Coffee
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'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....



  1. Thanks for the recipes. I forgot all about the one from Lori. I'll be mixing these up soon.

  2. WoooHooo Thank you!
    I just love hot drinks. And recipes.
    Sorry but LET IT SNOW!! Send some down to me.
    It's getting real chilly here now. Time for a fire.
    Trace :)

  3. yumm!!think I will make this along with the other goodies I give out at christmas time..thanks for sharing..I have my snowflake night shirt on..and I feel all cozy and snow here though..and no rain..just a gorgeous fall day to work outside its time to fix spaghetti for dinner..yumm..comfort food.;)

  4. Great gifting ideas....Thanks so much Traci my dear!! Snuggle in, hunker down, and stay warm! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  5. After reading some blogs ~ it looks like theres a lot of snowing going on out there. Your recipes are going to come in handy!!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stay warm!!!
    Prim Blessings

  6. Yummy!!!! I just made hot chocolate last night!!!! I am with ya theres nothu\ing better then a nice warm drink and a hot shower torelax a girl!!!! Big Prim Hugs Casey


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