Sunday Favorites...No. 82

Welcome to the 82nd "Sunday Favorites"

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Hello my friends!!!

Welcome to the 82nd run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!

I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend! I'm off to the big city today to do a little Christmas shopping! We live way out in the sticks and it's about a two hour drive to get to any major shopping! I'm also still trying to finish up the Christmas decorating...ohhh my...so much to do! Hehe!

Today for Sunday Favorites I thought I would revisit a post from the winter of 2008. I share a great recipe for hot cocoa. I don't know about you...but it's cold at my place and hot cocoa is a nice way to warm the old bones!

Have a super Sunday, my friends!


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Sunday Favorites

My favorite post from: December 12, 2008

It's Snow Much Fun.....Hot Cocoa Anyone?

Hello and Happy Friday!!! We're not only counting down the days till the weekend but we're counting down the days till Christmas! There is always so much "hustle and bustle" this time of the year....but I'm ready....as ready as I'll ever be! Christmas shopping is finished....Christmas decor is finished....it's time to just sit back and relax and enjoy!!! Sooooo....how about grabbing a snowman cup full of hot steaming cocoa and take a little tour of my "Winter Wonderland"!!!

Aren't these just the cutest little snowmen cups....I just have a "thing" for snowmen!!! I found this cute little ceramic snowman set at the Dollar General. The big snowman in the center is a canister.....just right for holding my homemade hot cocoa mix! It was only $3....the snowmen cups were only $2 ea. One of the reasons they caught my attention is that they are really 3 dimensional....I just love em'!!!

This is a corner in my kitchen! I just love this little table...it's old...naturally distressed...hehe! I love the big chunky table legs (as you can see the paint is peeling...I love it!) The table top is metal. Our home was built in the 1920's....when my honey bought it, it hadn't been lived in since the 50's....this little table was left in the house and my honey had it outside on the back patio when I came to live here....I quickly rescued it and brought it into my kitchen...hehe!!! My snowmen seem to be very happy here...see their smiles? Oh yes....as you can probably see....I just love green plants....this one is monster sized and has just about taken over the corner but I don't have the nerve to cut it! It sits in one of those old copper pots....I know they have a name, I bet my friend Gloria could tell you what they were used for!
"Welcome to our Winter Wonderland"
This photo was taken from our back door. The lamp post is pretty old....I don't know how old exactly, it was already here when my honey bought the house! I know that it's very, very heavy cast iron! Our back yard looks out into a large field....we live way out in the sticks....for you city folk....that means country...hehe!!! Our yard is surrounded by big old pine trees! Isn't the snow pretty? Okay, I must confess....these photos were taken last winter. We've had 3 or 4 snows this winter but I really haven't taken any pictures!
Another view from our back door....
Just beyond the pine trees.....lies this big ol' field....it's always so pretty in snow!!!

This photo was taken of the west side of our house.....
This is really one of my favorite winter photos....doesn't the tree all dressed in it's winter finery look pretty? The photo just doesn't capture the beauty....I remember the day I took the photo, the tree just sparkled....it was like millions of little cyrstal jewels hung from the branches....and against that blue sky.....Oooooh!!!
Our little black furbabies....hehe!!! They don't seem to mind the cold snow at all....hehe!!!
Well....after all of that trampling through the snow....I know that you're ready for a cup of hot cocoa!!! Let me fix you a cup!!!
I know that there are many hot cocoa recipes....this is the one that I like to make! I just prefer homemade hot cocoa....it tastes so much better than that ol' boxed mix stuff. I make a big batch of it every winter at Christmas time....then I put it pretty Christmas canisters and give it as gifts!

Hot Cocoa Mix
1 - 8 qt. box of Carnation's dry powdered milk mix (25.6 oz. box)
2 lb. box of Nestle's Quick
6 oz. Coffee Mate coffee creamer
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

It's really so easy! I like to use about 1/3 cup of cocoa mix to a mug of boiling water. This recipe makes 28 cups of hot cocoa. Sometimes I get adventurous and I add different flavored coffee creamers to the mix....like Amaretto or Irish Cream....it's really good!!!
Well my friends....thank you for stopping by today....I've had snow much fun!!! Hehe!!! I sure enjoyed taking you on my Winter Wonderland tour....and warming up with a little hot cocoa!!!
Love ya'll....


alittlefrenchloven said...

Hi Chari, Thanks for hosting Sunday Favorites. Its been a year since I stopped blogging and your blog is one that I remember most. =)

Lynn said...

I'll be back to Sunday Faves next week! Thank you for doing this!
Also, Thanks for the hot coco recipe!

Sarah said...

Chari, thanks for sharing the winter wonderland. It was near 80 here today. ;-)
~ Sarah

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Hi Chari..
I think I did it right this time..

We love cocoa , so I am keeping this recipe for sure. We got snow yesterday. Watching the flakes fall was fun..
Thank you for hosting this party for us.. Its fun looking back..

Holiday hugs

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Chari!
Your photos are spectacular. Mother Nature really is the most amazing decorator, isn't she?

And we have SNOWMEN in common -- I love them, and love your little mugs. I remember my Mom had little Santa mugs very similar, but I don't know what happened to them. :-(

Yummy cocoa recipe. Would be great for serving a crowd!

Love, Cass

Natasha said...

Hello Chari! Thanks for sharing those great pictures and post from a while ago. I enjoyed looking at your white Christmas memories.

Thanks for having me and best wishes for a happy Sunday,

Cindy said...

What a wonderful post, I love your Snowmen mugs, they are just so cute! Your snow photos are so lovely, I love the look of snow, it matches my love for white on white, I think, it's perfect just the way that it is. I used to make that recipe for Hot Cocoa, my hubby and I have it often, sometimes that is our desert after supper.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at happytodesign.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


podso said...

Thanks for hosting again. Your post fits right in with our suddenly very cold weather here in the southeast. Except we don't have that beautiful snow! Have a wonderful week, my friend!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I always love looking at your vignettes. They are always so pretty and I would love some cocoa. The snow is beautiful to look at, just glad I'm not out in it. Hugs, Marty