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Vegan Hot Cocoa Coffee

Many moons ago, I was searching on Pinterest for a hot cocoa recipe for my son, who looooves hot cocoa, but I was less than thrilled about giving him the pre-packed stuff with the foreign ingredient list.  So I came across a really simple recipe that taste great.

But fast forward a couple of years, my son is now asking to drink coffee with mom and dad too.  So, my solution was to give him half steamed almond milk with the cocoa mixture and half decaf coffee.  He loved it!

So then, I started to pour my cup of daily coffee with a little room left for some steamed milk and a little cocoa mixture.  And I call it….. *insert drum roll* Vegan Hot Cocoa Coffee!  It’s just enough sweetness to satisfy my sweet tooth, but not overly sweet like some of the coffee creamers are.  And most importantly, it’s void of any artificial ingredients.

Almost every day during “cocoa season” my son will ask for special coffee lol.  It’s definitely a crowd pleaser.

The cocoa mix is very simple.  Combine the following ingredients in a blender or bullet and blend well:

  • 1 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Vegan Hot Cocoa

If you are making just hot cocoa, bring one cup of milk to a near boil, then combine milk and 2 tbsp of cocoa mix in your favorite mug.

Vegan Hot Cocoa Coffee

If you are making the Vegan Hot Cocoa Coffee, then first brew your coffee.  I personally love French Pressed coffee :-).  Warm up 1/4-1/2 cup of non dairy milk (I prefer Almond Milk).  Now, the amount of milk will depend on your desired coffee to milk ratio.  Some days I feel a little more cocoa-ish than coffee-ish and some days I just want a splash of cocoa to add a little sweetness.

If you make a 1:1 ratio of coffee and cocoa then add 1 tbsp of cocoa mix and stir well.  If you plan to use less milk, adjust your cocoa mix accordingly.

Let me know how your drink turns out!

Sliceable Sandwich Bread

Have you ever found what looked like a great bread recipe, then tried it out only to end up disappointed?  Well, I’ve been there and done that.  Most of the bread recipes that I’ve tried look great, smell great and even taste great, but they don’t slice great.

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Blueberry Popsicles

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Nose Bleed Prevention

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Why I Stopped Buying Grocery Store Bread

A few years back, I realized some very noticeable differences between the grocery store bread and the bread I was buying from the Farmer’s Market.  I did a little research and I am done with the grocery store bread.  Here’s what I observed

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Stay At Home Mom Mistakes

I’m what you might call a newby to being a stay at home mom.  I was laid off of my business job a few months ago and decided that maybe finding another job was not the right next move for me.  So here I am, feeling my way through being a stay at home mom while trying to maintain my sanity.

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Lunch for a Family of 4 on Less Than $7

I’m always looking for ways to save money or do things a little cheaper without sacrificing quality.  So, I just had to share how I fed my family of four lunch today for $6.50!

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