Monday, December 26, 2011

a castle on a cloud

day 16:
my dream house.

i tend to collect pictures, and i usually don't write down where i get them.
(so for the sake of attributing these... none of them belong to me... but i don't remember where i got them. oops.)

now if anyone else out there is like me - and LOVES hot chocolate... but for the sheer fact that i would sit and drink cupfull after cupfull... (calorie counters cringe at the thought)
i found this to be a good alternative.
and homemade. (gotta love that, huh?!)

homemade sugar free/ fat free hot chocolate
3 cups instant powdered milk
1 cup splenda
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 sm. sugar free/fat free jello vanilla pudding, instant
mix all of the ingredients in a gallon size zip lock bag and close bag - mix. store in air tight container or the zip lock baggie. to make a cup of hot chocolate, use 1/4 cup of mix to 1 cup of hot water.
serves 18

i also have a fetish with mugs. i want this one.

...or for a single serving  (i mean... am i really going to make 18 servings worth of hot chocolate???)
1 cup non-dairy milk (you can also use unsweetened almond milk)
4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 packets stevia
Optional: pinch of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla 

first measure out one cup of milk, and then transfer 2 tbsp of it to a mug. Heat the rest of the milk on the stove top or in the microwave (it took me about one and a half minutes in the microwave) until steaming but not boiling.
while the milk is heating up, add the cocoa, stevia, vanilla and cinnamon to the 2 tbsp milk in the mug. stir it together until it forms a chocolaty paste.
once the milk is heated up, add it to the chocolaty paste and stir till combined. just whirl a whisk between your hands back and forth to froth it up if desired.

i bet there is no better remedy for a stuffy head and sore throat than a hot cup of chocolate and nice warm toes by the fire  errr... space heater? (we'll just pretend for imagination's sake, shall we?)

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