Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Drinks

A couple of years ago my aunt gave me a Christmas book. ( It is Jeanne Bice's Quacker Factory Christmas book. ) I love it!  It's a simple book filled with family stories and loaded with great recipes and decorating tips for the holidays. Right up my alley, so to speak.

I thought I'd share with you, two of her drink recipes.

Donna's Hot Chocolate---- this is a slow cooker recipe. I love to make it and have the family and I  dip into the pot through out the day. Nothing is better than a mug of hot chocolate on a cold wintry day!  Also great to take to a Christmas party, or to have available after a day of sledding, or an evening of Christmas caroling in the neighborhood.

1 box instant powdered milk (8 quart size)

1 pound box Nestle's Quik

One 6 oz. jar non-dairy creamer

1/2 cup powdered sugar

(the ingredients might cost a little extra money up front...but it makes a lot of mix so you will get many, many cups of hot chocolate out of this in the long run.)

Mix the dry ingredients and put in a container until you need it. ( I use a large tupperware container--the one that is used to keep cereal in.)

To use:  add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of dry mix per cup of water in your slow cooker and mix it well. Turn the slow cooker to low, and let it simmer.  ( I give it an hour or two....but just taste test it to see if it is hot enough for you:)  You might wish to top with some whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Cider in a Slow Cooker---makes about 8 cups, but is easily doubled or tripled.

2 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon whole clove

1 teaspoon allspice

8 cups apple cider

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 sliced orange

Put cinnamon, cloves and allspice in a piece of cheesecloth and tie it to form a bag.

Warm the brown sugar  and cider in the slow cooker until the sugar dissolves. Add the spice bag and place the oranges on top. Turn the slow cooker on low and simmer at least 2 hours....Just remove the spice bag before serving.  Enjoy!

By the way, both these drinks are yummy to consume....but also make your house smell absolutely delicious while they are simmering in the crock pot!

I found some more stuff to share for the Christmas Experiment.....guess you'll have to check it out tomorrow!!!

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