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Autumn Morning

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Woke up to a chilly morning and I am loving it.  The kids are excited to wear their Fall clothes to school and I'm excited to do some much needed gardening.  The kids are also excited to have me make some hot cocoa.  Yummmm!

About two years ago I stopped buying the hot chocolate packets that we use to love so much because of all the preservatives that they contain, since then I have been on the hunt for a good hot cocoa recipe.  I've been using the one on the side of the Hershey's Cocoa box, but wanted something tastier. In my quest, I found a really good recipe at (my favorite website BTW).

When made as is, it's really yummy, but a bit unhealthy, so I only make it this way on Sundays & Holidays. During the week I cut back on the sugar and on the half and half .  Here is the recipe courtesy of Jeanie Bean at


Creamy Hot Cocoa


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream


  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.


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