Tonight was one of those nights where dinner had to be thrown together.  I was ready to throw a few chicken breasts on the grill, only to discover the propane tank was empty.  Where is Hank Hill when you need him?

 

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Last night for dinner we tried something new…  Honey Glazed Salmon.  It was wonderful and really easy to cook.  You can find the recipe here.

One of my favorite things about winter and falling temperatures is hot cocoa.  Sipping it by a fire with a warm blanket makes it even better.  Homemade hot cocoa is easy (and cheap) to mix up and makes a perfect holiday treat.  Package it in an empty Mason jar with a cute ribbon and you have a perfect gift for friends and family, the kid’s teachers or neighbors. 

Here are a few recipes that I found:

Classic Hot Cocoa Mix

Ingredients
     1 cup instant nonfat powdered milk
     1/3 cup cocoa powder
     1/3 cup chocolate chips, preferable semi-sweet
     1/4 cup sugar
     1 cup mini marshmallows
Directions
Combine the powdered milk, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and sugar.
Heat 3 cups of water in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the water is steaming, whisk in the cocoa mixture from Step 1. Whisk until smooth and heated through, about 5 minutes. Divide the cocoa between 4 mugs and top each serving with some marshmallows

Nutritional Information per 1/4 of mix: Calories: 240, Fat: 5g, Carbs: 45g, Sugar: 36g, Protein: 8g

Best Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix – Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user 4GIVN1

Ingredients
     1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
     1 cup Splenda (or more if you like really sweet cocoa)
     1 cup sugar-free French Vanilla powdered creamer
     1 cup Coffeemate powdered creamer (for even less calories, use fat-free)
     2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
Directions
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Store in a container or Ziploc bag.
Put 2 Tbl. of hot cocoa mix in a mug and add hot water. This recipe makes 48 servings of 2 Tbl. each.

Nutritional Information per 2 Tbl.: Calories: 29.5, Fat: 1.2g, Carbs: 4.4g, Sugar: 0.6g, Protein: 0.7g