Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Homemaking Blog Hop Wednesday ~ January 1st | Hot Chocolate Cups

Happy New Year!

We have had a lovely Christmas, and hope yours was the same. We are feeling very ready for a new year! So many plans already. :) We are currently very busy with getting the winter issue of Seasons at Home out though... can hardly wait for everyone to get their issue in the mail!

Homemaking Blog Hop Wednesday was put on Christmas break last week, but this week I was so happy to post January 1st's Blog Hop Wednesday, I decided to post it a day early. Along with a little treat... 

Hot Cocoa Cups  
I had never really wondered before if there was a difference between "hot cocoa" and "hot chocolate", until I did these hot "chocolate" cups. There is indeed a difference - and if you do a little Google search like I did, you will find that hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder mixed with hot water or milk and sugar. Hot chocolate is melted chocolate mixed with warmed milk. So, here is my easy recipe for a fun and quick hot "chocolate" treat you can make up and save for later, make immediately, or give as a New Year's gift!

~ Recipe makes about 1 1/2 dozen hot chocolate cups ~

You will need: 
2 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy (optional)
paper muffin liners

1. Melt 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet, milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat, or in the microwave. Don't burn, just heat until the chocolate is warm enough to stir smooth.  

2. Line a muffin pan with pretty muffin liners. 

3. Spoon about 2-3 tbsp. of melted chocolate into each cup (create a little swirl with the spoon to make it pretty!)

4. Sprinkle each with mini marshmallows and crushed peppermint candy if desired. You could also use crushed toffee pieces for a little bit more of a grown-up treat... 

Chill in the refrigerator until firm. Put a few in some pretty winter treat bags for a gift (perhaps with some extra marshmallows!) Keep extras stored in an air-tight container. 

To Make Hot Chocolate: 

Single Serving ~ Pop one hot chocolate cup into a mug. Pour 1 1/4 cups of very hot milk into mug. Stir until chocolate is melted. Top with extra marshmallows or whipped cream!

Enjoy! ~ Jessica

Homemaking Blog Hop Wednesday

The Featured Hopper!

Each week, we are going to be picking our favorite link or links of the previous week's link-up and featuring them as the Featured Hopper!! Share your best blog posts with us and you might get featured!! :)

This Week's Featured Hoppers

JES at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth has posted a wonderful recipe for a homemade orange sugar scrub! And I saw a lemon sugar scrub on her blog as well. :) We are so glad that she has started sharing here on the blog hop, we have really been enjoying her blog! 

Make an Orange Scrub - Citrus Series

And Angela from Gallimaufry Grove shared a sweet post on hospitality and entertaining that I enjoyed reading. Thank you Angela for sharing!

Entertaining vs. Hospitality

Thank you for sharing, ladies!
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Have fun sharing in this week's blog hop, and have a blessed week, Ladies! 
~ Jessica ~   

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JES said...

Those hot chocolate cups look amazing! Very much up my alley! And thank you also for the fun feature! Happy homemaking, JES :)

Theresa Powers said...

You're welcome, JES! I've been enjoying your posts, you have a lovely blog. :)

Many blessings, Jessica

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