We visited an old fashioned Christmas tree farm over the weekend and brought home a beautiful tree that is making our whole house smell heavenly!
We drove “up the mountain” as the locals say here in North Carolina, to a wonderful Christmas tree farm. We went on a hayride, chose and cut a tree and ate Christmas cookies served by our wonderful hosts. It was dreamy!
My angel baby, who will turn 3 months this week, slept through it all, even the chainsaw! Sweet boy.
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Hot chocolate is the perfect accompaniment to Christmas tree shopping and this handmade version is divine but ever-so simple. It is perfect topped with fresh homemade whipped cream. As an added bonus, both the hot chocolate and the whipped cream are fun to make with young children. It is a post-afternoon nap ritual at our house during the winter months.
Favorite Hot Chocolate
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
4 cups milk
dash of salt
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
Mix cocoa, sugar, water & salt in saucepan.
Stir constantly until mixture boils over medium heat; cook and stir 2 minutes.
Stir in milk and heat but do not boil. Remove from heat, add vanilla, and serve immediately.
We had dinner guests this evening and I served this hot chocolate for dessert in pretty cups and saucers.
To make fresh whipped cream, simply pour a carton of heavy whipping cream into a mixer bowl and whip on medium-high speed until cream becomes soft, billowy whipped cream. You may add confectioners sugar if you like, but I prefer to not add any sugar when topping something sweet like hot chocolate.
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!