THE OPEN BOOK

13
Feb

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix and Book Updates!

If you’ve been concerned about my lengthy absence, worry not! I’m not dead. I’m just in graduate school (which some days makes leaves me feeling pretty close to dead). Nay, dear reader, I’m alive and very well.

The past few weeks have brought about a new semester, but also some exciting news! First, my book has been chosen for my regional library’s teen Battle of the Books competition!!! The library system bought 80 copies of Seven Stones to give to teens who participate in the event! 80 teens are going to read my book!!! AND my library system has asked me to be present on the actual day to sign books and meet my readers.

Hopefully not at the book signing

If that wasn’t exciting enough for you, the Waseca County Historical Society has invited me to speak about Seven Stones in March! It feels so good know how many people are reading the story I wrote and really connecting with it. That’s amazing.

How shall we toast all this amazing? With hot chocolate, of course! I don’t know what the climes have been like in your area, but in Minnesota we’ve had two blizzards in two weeks. With another on the way tonight. Three blizzards in three weeks. The hot chocolate has become mandatory.

Good advice!

But as you know, I am not a fan of store bought packages of anything that contain hard to pronounce (and harder to stomach) ingredients. During the first blizzard (yup, that’s an accurate way to keep track of time up here), Shane and I decided to play around with our very own hot cocoa mix, and I am prod to say that it is fabulous! Real ingredients, real good hot cocoa. All we did was pour the goods into a mason jar and shook it like polaroid picture. Done. Sip. Mmmmm.

Hot Cocoa Mix of Love

Makes 1 large mason jar of mix

Or 2 of these little guys to give as gifts!

2 cups organic nonfat milk powder

2 cups organic cocoa powder

1 cup stevia (I like the baking mix)

1/4 cup Sucanat or other granulated sweetener

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tablespoon cinnamon (optional)

Easiest Directions Ever

Pour all ingredients into a mason jar. Give it a few vigorous shakes. Done.

I like my hot cocoa really chocolatey, so I do at least 4 Tablespoons in a mug of hot water or milk. Snuggle up with a mug and your favorite book. Seven Stones, perhaps…