Comfort and Joy in the Making

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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the kitchen I can…

…make hot chocolate in a crockpot.

Got marshmallows?

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How to Make Hot Chocolate in a Slow Cooker

For a recipe, I went to Betty’s.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate by Betty Crocker Kitchens

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips 1 (6-oz.) pkg.

  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) milk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Cooking Instructions

  • Combine unsweetened chocolate, chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a 4-quart slow cooker; mix well.

  • Cover with lid and cook on high for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so until chocolate is melted.

  • Stir in 2 cups of milk with a wire whisk until smooth.

  • Gradually stir in remaining 6 cups milk and vanilla.

  • Cover; cook on high setting an additional 2 hours or until hot.

  • Stir mixture just before serving.

  • Reduce heat setting to low.

  • Ladle hot chocolate into cups and top as desired.

Toppings

  • Whipped cream

  • Miniature marshmallows

  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips

  • Toffee bits

  • Cinnamon sticks

  • Peppermint candy sticks

  • Assorted liqueurs and flavored syrups

  • Chocolate cookie crumbs

  • Crushed peppermints

When it snows, ain’t it thrilling
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way
Walking in a winter wonderland
 It’s cold outside. Snow is on the ground. I’m not in the meadow, but I am making a snowman.

It’s cold outside. Snow is on the ground. I’m not in the meadow, but I am making a snowman.

In my sketchbook I can…

…make lists, doodle, and color.

I can plot out and play with snowman-y ideas.

I see flirty faces, holly-brimmed hats, and curlicue carrots.

I see color palettes with fabric swatches.

I see mug rugs in the making.

What’s in your sketchbook?

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Let the merry making begin!

In the kitchen, my hot chocolate is heating up.

In the studio, my craft table is filling up:

In the studio I am building a snowman…

…mug rug! There is comfort and joy in the making today.

Later on, we’ll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we’ve made
Walking in a winter wonderland

In my notebook…

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Here’s a peek at some of the items listed in my notebook and on my craft table.

Fill your notebook with inspiration. Make lists. Doodle. Tap into your childhood memories of frosty snowmen and winter songs. Browse this virtual catalogue for ideas.