December's making me very homesick. Like very. I can't really put my finger on it, but I think it's a combination of not having my family around, no Christmas tree up and perhaps my impending birthday.
Last year, by this time, my Christmas party was just about to begin. I'd planned for weeks. Baked for days and then finally made so much mulled wine that by the time I was ready for people, I needed that one drink. But that's the best part isn't it of a party?
I miss all that. I miss having friends over. I miss my life back home.
Don't get me wrong. I'm NOT miserable in Isloo. I'm busy here. I'm happy here. I've made friends. Our evenings are filled with social events. And we've got tons of things to do. And home is finally looking like home as well.
So what is it that I miss exactly? I miss sharing that bottle of wine with my friends. I miss having my sister over. I miss having to cook for someone (other than the husband). I miss just driving to my mother's house and collapsing.
But I have hope. I'll be back home in 40 days. That's what I'm going to do when I get back home. So yay!
So how do I cheer myself till then? With some hot chocolate ofcourse. I wish I'd got my Cointreau with me, It just makes the world a better place.
This week, I've made a lot of mixes - cookie and cocoa, to sell at the Winter Food Bazaar and this was one of them. With plenty of cocoa, chocolate and marshmallows, it's the closest I can feel to home. My friend Iman with an "E" did these labels, so pretty no?
This concoction makes a lovely rich thick dark hot chocolate. You can add more sugar if you like, but for me it's just perfect. Just remember to take out the marshmallows before you add in the milk, because that way you can throw them back into a steaming mug of dark deliciousness.
Hot Cocoa Mix
Makes 6 Servings
6 tablespoons Milk Powder
4 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
4 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
6 tablespoons Chocolate Chips / Chunks
15 mini marshamallows
Start with a clean jar. Layer the milk powder, then the cocoa, granulated sugar and then the chocolate chunks. Finally add the marshmallows.
When you're ready to drink the deliciousness, just add water or milk. :)