Today’s a busy day for me, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.  NEWS FLASH: DIY girl has come out of the cave.  It finally hit me that I didn’t have to buy all of my Christmas presents, I could make some!  So I put together this “keep warm kit,” that is simple, sweet, and has the ability to be personalized through selecting a unique mug for every recipient.  Enjoy!

Are you doing any DIY gifts this year?

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Homemade Mexican Hot Cocoa Mix
From Yours Is The Earth
Makes one 16 oz. mason jar (equivalent to 4 cups/servings of cocoa)
INGREDIENTS:
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup of sugar (mixed with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract)
½ tsp of salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
A dash of cayenne
1/2 cup chopped semisweet chocolate chips
Approximately 1 cup large marshmallows
DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, vanilla sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne and chopped semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. Pour into your 16 oz mason jar.
  3. Top with the marshmallows (used to fill the space at the top of the jar).

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How to enjoy the cocoa (one serving):

  • Set marshmallows aside.
  • Scoop ¼ of the mix into a mug.
  • Warm up 1 cup of milk (cows, almond, coconut – your choice).
  • Pour over the mix and stir.
  • Top with a marshmallow (or two) and enjoy!

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Materials

  • 16 oz mason jar
  • Cute coffee mug (I got a variety from Anthropologie)
  • For the labels: kraft paper, black ink pad and rubber letter stamps (I got my set from Michael’s for $1.50).
  • For the instructions: Scrapbooking paper (in kraft paper color) and printer.
  • For the accessories: baker’s twine and paper straws from Michael’s.

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