Homemade Spiced Hot Cocoa

So, word on the street is that it’s going to be in the forties around here this weekend.

The forties!?  Well, hello, Fall!  I see you have made your arrival!

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I can’t say that I’m too upset about the drastic drop in temperature because I’m excited about the chance to cuddle up with a warm hoodie, some comfy leggings, snuggly Uggs, and a cup of hot chocolate.  I’m also pretty excited because I wore a sweater to work today.  You know when you reach that point toward the end of a season when you are totally over every piece of clothing you own?  I’m there.  I’m tired of my shorts and my tank tops are awful.  That is, they are awful until next year, when I am totally fed up with all of my sweaters!

Right now?  I’m in sweater mode.

And striped leggings with Uggs mode.

And hot cocoa mode.

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Homemade Spiced Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

6 teaspoons NuStevia powder (1/2 cup white sugar if you don’t want to use Stevia)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

pinch of salt

pinch of cayenne pepper

1/3 cup boiling water

3-1/2 cups skim or low-fat milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a saucepan, combine cocoa, Stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cayenne pepper.  Blend in the boiling water and bring this mixture to an easy boil while stirring constantly.  Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes, making sure that it doesn’t scorch.

Stir in the milk and heat until very hot, but NOT boiling.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Whisk until slightly foamy.

Pour into 4 mugs and serve.

Yield:  4 servings

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Oh, and those striped leggings and Uggs?
I have worn them to take Jet outside.
Just one more reason why my neighbors have to think I am certifiably insane.

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Which do you prefer…cold weather or warm weather?  I like both and am glad that I experience all four seasons!

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