I have to let you in on a little secret… but don’t tell. My grandmother, Nana, has never been on a commercial flight. Now, I can hear the collective gasp from some of you, but it’s the truth. She’s never had a reason to. But she’s always wanted that experience. I remember as a little boy laying on her couch with my head in her lap, she would tell me, “One day when you’re rich, you can take Nana on an airplane.” Well, a quick check of my bank account revealed that the check from Publisher’s Clearinghouse still hasn’t been deposited, so trust me, I’m far from rich. But I’ve been scrounging and saving all year long and this year, she’s going on her plane trip. We head out first thing Sunday morning. The fun part is where we’re going. You see, her favorite thing to do this time of year is to ride and look at Christmas lights. So, I’m taking her to see some lights – about 30,000 of them to start. Yep, I’m taking her to see the lights at Rockefeller Center, namely that big ol’ Christmas tree. So, y’all excuse me for a few days while I’m gone. It’s going to be a whirlwind tour of the city, but I’ll try to post a few pictures. Do you have any inexpensive recommendations for us? I’ve been to New York several times, but always feel I’m missing out on so much!
Speaking of my Nana, this is her recipe for a hot chocolate mix that she makes and gives out to family and friends each year. It’s a great inexpensive gift for neighbors, teachers, etc. It’s easy, too! Just dump everything in a BIG bowl and mix well. Then divide up into sealable, food-safe jars or containers. I’ve even included a printable sheet of gift tags you can print out, punch a hole in, and attach to your gifts.
Merry Christmas, y’all!!
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- 21.8 oz container chocolate beverage mix I used Nesquik
- 16 oz powdered non-dairy coffee creamer
- 25.6 oz instant nonfat dry milk
- 16 oz (1 lb) powdered sugar
- In a very large bowl, combine ingredients well. Divide into individual sealable, food-safe containers.
- To serve, combine 1/2 cup mix with 1 cup boiling water. Stir well.