Cold Weather Days
I have spent time in cold places. Several years, in fact. Growing up in Kansas, we would see snow a few times each year. Grad school in Buffalo, NY felt like winter would never end. Living in Colorado still brought plenty of snow but it would melt pretty quickly. San Antonio? We rarely get snow here. But here I am, texting snow pictures to family and friends and quickly going through all of our hot chocolate mix. The South isn’t built to handle the cold and snow. It broke down the power infrastructure to the point that much of the state (not just the city, but the entire state) has had power outages for three days. Even as I sit here writing this, I’m expecting the power to go out again at any moment. This is not something I ever expected to deal with in South Texas.
Coping With The Cold
Admittedly, my family has had it better than most. We have a gas fireplace which normally doesn’t get much use but has thankfully still been functional without power. We also have a gas stovetop so I’ve been able to light that up with a lighter and still cook for the family. Did you know you can cook chicken nuggets on your stovetop? Turns out, they are delicious that way! We managed to save most of our food from spoiling by putting it outside in the freezing cold temperatures. We also have ample supply of hot chocolate mix. Truthfully, when I initially made this mix, I wasn’t sure how quickly we might go through it. A week ago, we were hitting nearly 80℉ – who drinks hot chocolate when its that warm out? But here we are, warming ourselves from the inside out with lots of hot chocolate as we sit near the fireplace. As I look out the window, I see that snow has started coming down at a pretty good pace again. Honestly, I’m over it. But at least I know we can snuggle up together with mugs of hot chocolate in our hands.
Hot Chocolate Mix
- 1½ cups dry milk powder
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1½ cups cocoa powder
- ¼ cup powdered vanilla creamer
- Optional toppings: marshmallows; whipped cream
- In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until well combined.
- Mix ¼ hot chocolate mix with 8oz hot water or milk. Stir until mix is fully dissolved. Add toppings as desired.
- Store mix in an air-tight container.