I've been using the same hot chocolate mix recipe for about 10 years now but honestly, I was never super impressed with it. I just kept using it because I thought that was how they all tasted. Then Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom posted her recipe last Christmas and I noticed one ingredient that I had never tried before--chocolate pudding mix. What a difference! So I dumped my recipe and now use an adapted version of hers. And the best part--homemade hot chocolate mix makes a great teacher gift, especially since it's easy enough for kids to make. Here's what you need: Ingredients 1 large box instant chocolate pudding mix 4 c. Nesquik powder 10 c. powdered milk 2/3 c. powdered sugar mini marshmallows Directions Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in an air tight container. Use 1/4 c. mix to 1 c. hot water.
Cherry Limeade is a great drink for the spring and summer months. It's the perfect mixture of sweet, tart and bubbly, it's refreshing, and best of all, it is super easy to make. And just in time for Derby, Mother's Day and graduation parties! I definitely recommend making a simple syrup instead of just throwing a cup of sugar in the pitcher. This way the sugar is dissolved and blends into the Cherry Limeade instead of just sinking to the bottom. To make it, just bring water to a boil and pour it over the sugar in a measuring cup. Stir it until it dissolves and then add it to the pitcher. Ingredients 2 liter bottle of Sprite 10 oz. jar of Maraschino cherries 3/4 c. lime juice 1 c. heavy simple syrup (3/4 c. sugar dissolved in 1/4 c. water)
Pour the lime juice, simple syrup, and jar of cherries, including the juice, in the bottom of a pitcher.
Fill the rest of the pitcher up with Sprite.
Serve over ice.
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The mint julep is the cocktail of the Kentucky Derby and is traditionally made with 4 ingredients: mint, bourbon, water and powdered sugar. There are probably a million variations of this recipe in Kentucky alone. Mine is just a simple, classic recipe that I make every year. Being pregnant, I can't partake this year, but I am happy to show you how to make one!
4 mint sprigs
5 Tbsp. bourbon (I use Maker's Mark)
1 Tbsp. simple syrup (equal parts water and powdered sugar)
Place the leaves of 3 mint sprigs on the bottom of the glass.
Pour simple syrup over the mint leaves. Lightly muddle the mint on the bottom. Add bourbon.
Cover with crushed ice and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig.
St. Patrick's Day is the perfect opportunity to sneak some healthy greens into kids' diets. One of the ways I do it is with a Leprechaun Smoothie. The secret green ingredient--avocado.
Avocados are packed full of nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, potassium, protein and fiber to name a few, so I love adding them to the menu any chance I get. And Sophie loves her new green treat!
So you're probably wondering---can you taste the avocado? Hardly at all. You'll notice some added texture, but that's about it. If it's too much texture for you, try using a jar of green baby food vegetables. Here's what you need:
1 c. orange juice
1/4 c. vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
2 c. ice
Now that the nights are getting chilly and the holidays are just around the corner, I decided it was time to make the first spiced apple cider batch of the season. Yum. It was just as good as I remembered. There is absolutely nothing fancy about this recipe, which is one of the things that I love about it. All you need is a Crock Pot and a few basic ingredients and you'll be in business!
1 gallon apple cider
1/2 c. brown sugar
6 cinnamon sticks
1/4 c. whole cloves
1. Poke holes in oranges with a toothpick.
2. Place cloves in holes, until both oranges are covered. If you want to go lighter on the cloves, just spread them out a little further.
3. Pour cider and brown sugar into Crock Pot and stir. Add cinnamon sticks and oranges.
4. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Remove oranges and cinnamon sticks and serve hot.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of summer is sweet tea. Go anywhere in the South and you'll find it. What makes "sweet tea" different from "sweetened tea" is when the sugar is added. Added while it's brewing, and you've got yourself some sweet tea. Added after the tea is brewed and cold and you've got iced tea with some sugar in it.
There are lots of ways to make it. As long as the sugar is added while the tea is hot, you're good to go. I like my sugar completely dissolved so I make a simple syrup with sugar and water.
Ingredients 2 family size bags of Luzianne tea
1 cup sugar (more or less as desired)
2 c. water (for tea)
1-2 c. water (for syrup)
Directions1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Turn off heat. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
2. Fill measuring cup with 1 cup of sugar and set aside.
3. Heat water in tea kettle until kettle whistles. Pour over sugar. Stir until dissolved.
4. Add tea and simple syrup to pitcher. Fill with cold water, stir and chill.