Hot-Cha-Cha Cocoa


Ever  since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to live in one of the houses that are beautifully outlined in colorful bulbs at Christmas time. Growing up, Grandma and Grandpa always had lights up on their house during the Holiday season. I can remember many cold winter moments spent out on the huge front porch with my cousins picking out our favorite colors. It seemed there was always someone who tried to talk me into picking something besides pink…nothin’ doin’, they were always my favorite ones.  Since growing up and having my own children, many winter evenings have been spent in the car driving around different neighborhoods picking out our favorite decorated houses.

Through the years, I’d try and talk someone or another into putting up some Christmas lights, but it never seemed to work out the way I hoped it would.  It never failed that our annual trip to see the lights on Temple Square was left responsible for filling my Christmas light “void”. So, having tackled (and won) the fight with the lawn mower, it should go without saying that come hell or high water, I was gonna have Christmas lights on MY house this year.

As a result, I spent the majority of  Saturday  putting up Christmas Lights.  Ugh.  Why didn’t someone tell me how much sitting near the edge of a very tall roof truly, truly SUCKS??  After Saturday’s events, I have a clear understanding as to why people leave their lights up all year long, tacky or not, they don’t have to get on the roof a second time!!  🙂

Because Saturday was *so* cold and  because  the wind *never* let up, by the time we got in the house that evening we were all pretty much frozen to the core. Well, when you’re frozen through and through there is only one thing to do. Make Hot Cocoa! So we got out the ingredients, put on some music and started shakin’ our boo-tay’s (mostly to get the blood flowing through our veins again…because we were pretty sure it had frozen in it’s tracks).We started out making hot cocoa but because we were all just-a-jammin’ we ended up changing it’s name to Hot-Cha-Cha Cocoa (yeah, we are total dorks but we are totally okay with it!:))


Hot-Cha-Cha Cocoa

  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla (I used  Mexican  vanilla)
Combine and set aside
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 6 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground  cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
Combine these ingredients in a large saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, making  sure to stir constantly. Reduce the heat to medium-low, stir in milk and vanilla. Cook for 10 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently, making sure not to boil. Makes 4 servings of yumminess. 🙂

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