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December 11 2013 @ 10:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: 2 Great Winter Recipes  
11th Peppermint Hot Chocolate (with variations)
3 cups nonfat dried milk
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1-2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
7 cups water
marshmallows, whipped cream and candy canes for garnish




  1. Combine the dry ingredients into your crockpot and stir with a spoon.

  2. Squeeze in a half-cup of chocolate sauce, and add the peppermint extract.

  3. Add the water, a cup at a time, and stir well.

  4. The chocolatey mixture will be bubbly and look powdery. It’s okay---it will cook together.

  5. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until completely hot. Serve with marshmallows and candy canes.

  6. If serving to guests, keep the pot on low with the lid off, and provide a ladle. (If kept on warm, the hot chocolate will not stay warm enough.)

Additional Ideas
You can leave out the peppermint for plain yummy hot chocolate or try some pumpkin spice instead.
For a Mocha: Pour the cooked hot chocolate over a shot of espresso or a half-cup of very strong coffee
For an Adult Drink: Omit the peppermint extract and pour the hot chocolate over a shot of Peppermint Schnapps.

Winter Vegetable Soup!
4-5 stalks celery, diced
1/2 medium head cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 onion, chopped
4-5 potatoes, pared, diced
4-5 chicken bouillon cubes (or 4-5 teaspoons chicken bouillon)
8 ounce package cream cheese
2 T butter
3-4 cups water (for thicker soup, use less and add more after blending, if desired)
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated cheddar cheese


  1. Saute the celery and onion in butter about 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook until limp. Add water, the chicken bouillon and the potatoes. Simmer covered until vegetable are tender.

  2. Using a slotted spoon, lift out the vegetables (leave some in the broth for texture if desired) and blend in food processor or blender in batches with pieces of the cream cheese. Process until all the vegetables desired and all the cream cheese have been pureed until smooth. Pour back into the broth and season to taste.

  3. Serve in bowls with the cheese sprinkle on top.

  4. Even non-vegetable eaters love this soup!

  5. You can even toss some leftover turkey into the pot.

I would love to here what winter recipes you all love to eat. I'm especially interested in slow cooker recipes and soups. Feel free to share!