Sunday, November 25, 2012

Farm "Flowers" and a Cocoa Mix Recipe

After an amazing Thanksgiving holiday, it's time to get back in the saddle.

If I had a saddle anyway.

Of course, then I'd need a horse too. Maybe I should just say, "It's time to get back into the routine of normal life."

But then, I'd have to define normal.

Monday may be harder than I expected.

Thanksgiving for me is an excuse to overeat. Because apparently, a person is only allowed to have roasted turkey, cranberries, stuffing, and pumpkin pie once a year. I think it's a law or something. So I indulge. Which leads to guilty days spent lying on the sofa, wearing dirty yoga pants, and watching Christmas movies on Lifetime. It's only on Sunday when I awaken from my turkey-induced stupor and begin to function again.

Since I had worked so hard on our Thanksgiving dinner, my Mister decided to bring me home the farmer's equivalent of a bouquet of flowers.

Meet Flower. He's a rooster. As in, a boy chicken. And yes, that is my kitchen table and I am inserting a little sarcasm here. (Because we now have 6 boy chickens.) Flower was living a life of luxury in town when his owners discovered his incredible singing talent. Since town-dwellers are only allowed 3 hens inside the city limits, Flower had to go.

Somehow, he ended up here. As my gift. My Mister is either a softie at heart, or he just gets me. Chickens, cows, and chocolate...that's all I need.

Speaking of chocolate...

I love it. Especially hot. What I don't love is all of the ingredients on the can of mix. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why partially hydrogenated anything should be in cocoa mix. It makes about as much sense as the anti-caking chemicals they also add. Seriously? Is caking cocoa really a problem? Could it be because there is hydrogenated fats in it?

Hmmm....something to ponder.

Before you go and buy another can of chemically-laden hot chocolate mix, give homemade a try. And because there are only 5 ingredients in this version, I'm calling this a health food.☺

  ~Hot Chocolate Mix~
The Players
1 (26 oz.) bag of Bob's Redmill Non-fat Dry Milk Powder
5-1/2 cups dry milk powder of your choice
1-1/2 cups organic sugar
1 cup unsweetened organic, fair-trade cocoa powder
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I get organic in bulk at Whole Foods.)
1/4 t. sea salt
Into a large bowl, mix all the ingredients. Put 1/3 of the mixture at a time into a food processor and pulse until chocolate chips are powdery. (They will cease to make that obnoxious racket that chocolate chips in a food processor does!) Pour mixture into another bowl. Continue to process 2 more batches until all of the mix is done.
Pour into a lidded canister or jar.
To make cocoa: Add 3 tablespoons of cocoa mix to a cup of hot milk or water. Stir well.
Don't forget the whipped cream!

This post is linked to The Homestead Barn Hop.


Simply Scaife Family said...

Monday will definetly rough after all this food and fun...the cocoa looks so yummy..maybe a consolation!

Candy C. said...

Only a true Farmgirl would appreciate your Flower, he's a handsome fella! :)
Love the cocoa mix recipe! Whenever I can make something from scratch instead of buying a "gourmet mix" full of all those questionable ingredients, I'm a happy girl! Thanks!!

Jocelyn said...

When my husband brings me home a chicken, I know I will have really changed his life. That'll be a good day.

Maybe one day....

Susan said...

Has Flower adjusted to life on a farm? Are all the other boy chickens making fun of his name? I love your hot chocolate mix recipe. I am going to put it with my other favorite Kim recipe - GF Cornbread!

Kim said...

Flower is adjusting very fact, he has a BFF roo named The Lone Ranger who I guess is not so alone anymore! :)

Susan~I'm glad you are liking the GF cornbread! We have it several times a week~yum!