Delicious Homemade Cocoa Mix

As the weather turns snowy and the holidays approach, hot cocoa becomes a favorite beverage at my house. We like to have a warm cup of chocolatey goodness while we watch movies or recover from shoveling snow. I used to buy the boxes of individual servings packaged in envelopes. Then I discovered this recipe, and now we make our own. It’s nice controlling the ingredients that go into the hot cocoa. This recipe makes a great gift from your kitchen, too. When you package it up in glass jars with a pretty ribbon around it, people will love it! Make sure to include a tag with mixing instructions with the powder. This is a really good project for elementary school students to assemble for their teachers. It’s also a nice office exchange item. Add a holiday themed cup and you’re ready to go!   Peppermint Cocoa Mix Recipe Ingredients 1 cup Cocoa Powder 1 cup French Vanilla Creamer powdered 1 cup Sugar 2 cups Powdered Milk 1 cup Candy Canes  Directions Mix powders in large bowl. Place candy canes in a large zip top bag. Place on a solid surface and pound with a hammer until candy is in small bits. … Continue reading →

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Three Ingredient Banana Bread

Banana bread is a perennial favorite snack at our house. We eat our share of bananas, but like most people, we don’t always eat the entire bunch quickly enough. When the bananas turn brown, we make banana bread. Imagine my excitement when my daughter showed up the other day with a new recipe to try. “Mom, it’s banana bread with only three ingredients!” That sounded almost too good to be true. But, the proof is in the pudding, as they say. And this bread really only had three ingredients and it tasted delicious. In fact, its grandmother approved! I made an icing of powdered sugar and butter to drizzle over the top, but you can eat this bread without that topping. It’s probably healthier if you do. I now have one more excellent banana bread recipe to add to my collection. Here it is for your collection too: PrintThree Ingredient Banana Bread Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 50 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour Yield: 10 servingsServing Size: 1 sliceCalories per serving: 257Fat per serving: 4g Ingredients2 Eggs 3 Bananas 1 (16.5 oz) Yellow Cake Mix InstructionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat the eggs. Smash the bananas. Mix all ingredients in … Continue reading →

Banana & Peanut Butter Stuffed Pancakes

Some dishes have a way of taking us back to our childhood. Other foods easily transport us to a special time or place. We all have foods that we associate with good memories. Pancakes are one of those foods for me. Peanut butter and bananas are another pair of foods that I relate to growing up. In my family, we combine all three of those ingredients into one hearty breakfast. While it’s a dish that has become a family tradition, apparently it’s unknown to most people. Banana & Peanut Butter stuffed pancakes are a weekend staple at my parent’s house. When I was a girl, we ate a lot of peanut butter and a lot of pancakes. I imagine part of the reason was the budget friendly cost of those two items. When you’re trying to feed five children, you have to be budget conscious! I know part of the reason was because all five of us children loved this combination. It’s a favorite meal for all of us to this day. And we’ve passed that appreciation on to our children. The grandkids love going to the Farm for pancakes. In fact, the older ones (able to drive themselves) have … Continue reading →

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