Homemade Hot Cocoa

In 10 minutes make a thrill & beat the chill

To take the chill away, we whip up this homemade hot chocolate in 10 minutes or less. It’s only a few moments more than the prepackaged brown chalk drink we’ve all known and drank.  Here’s a recipe we think is pretty darn good. It's a super rich and chocolatey way to steam up your goggles.


1/3   cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4  cup of white sugar

1 pinch of salt

1/3  cup boiling water 

3 1/2  cups whole milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup half and half cream


Combine the cocoa, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil, while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in the milk and heat until very hot, but don’t boil! Remove from heat before adding vanilla.  Ladle the hot cocoa into 4 mugs.  Then stir in the half and half cream into the mugs to cool it to drinking temperature.   

Winter in the Mountains

It’s that time of year again here in the Appalachians!

Time for donning your favorite sweater, glowing fireplaces, a little music, and laughter inside and outside the old farmhouse.

Sledding the hilly pastures has already begun here. Jen and the hounds have already made the most of the new fallen snow blanketing the pastures by zipping around the fence lines, brambles, trees and the occasional calf.