Even though it's been unseasonably warm here,
after living in Texas for 5 years my body seems to be having a tough time adjusting to the cold!
Christmas tree lights are magical,
and one of my favorite things is to curl up next to the Christmas tree,
wrapped in a fluffy blanket after the kids are in bed,
and read something while sipping hot chocolate.
I love hot chocolate so much we even had a hot chocolate bar at our wedding reception,
which was two days after Christmas!
Sam teases me a little about how he loves seeing me with my hot chocolate,
but it's a sure way to warm me up from the inside out.
This is my favorite recipe for hot chocolate.
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/8 t. salt
5-6 1/2 c. hot water (start with 5 and add according to taste)
In a large saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Over medium heat, slowly stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally. Do not boil. Hot chocolate can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Mix well and reheat before serving.
This also keeps well in the crock pot if you want to keep it handy throughout a snowy day!