Sunday, December 8, 2013

Creamy Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

We have so much snow here in Southeastern Missouri. Country snow is different than town snow. Being a newbie country dweller, this is the first time I've truly experienced snowfall in the sticks. In town, the streets are a mess; the snow banked on the sides, grey and brown from dirt and exhaust. Even after two days, the snow out here is still so pure and fresh. 

It was a wonderful sight, the lofty flakes floating down to rest on evergreen branches. Our pond is entirely frozen over thanks to the intense temperature drop over the last week. A big fluffy layer of snow has collected on top. I'd love to try ice skating in the future, but the fear of somehow slicing my fingers off in a tumble might just be enough to keep me from attempting that. For now, I'll just enjoy the beautiful scenery.  

Luna is part husky. I think she's the ONLY one enjoying the freezing temps here at the farm - the little dogs certainly aren't. The Chi-Doxie Gang prefer to be in the warm blanketed lap of luxury, indoors. And I prefer to be that lap, while simultaneously enjoying a mug of toasty hot chocolate. BUT, the chickens need tending to, and neither hell, nor high water (or snow) will keep me from making sure my girls are comfortable in their coop.

Creamy Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

makes 5 cups 

4 C. Milk
1/2 C. Water
1/3 C. Cocoa Powder
1/3 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Mini Marshmallows
3 Cinnamon Sticks
Pinch of Salt

In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, water, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat, stirring continuously. Add marshmallows. Keep over medium heat until marshmallows are melted. Serve in a large mug with extra marshmallows and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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