34 Christmas Sweets + Treats Blog Hop: White Chocolate Gingerbread Mocha Mix in a Jar

34 Christmas Treats & Sweets (2) 


 I still cannot believe it’s December!

When Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia asked me if I would like to take part in this
yummy and festive hop I couldn’t have been more excited!

I love a reason to make something sweet, and these ladies rock! Make sure you visit all of the links at the bottom
to check out so many wonderful baking ideas, recipes and food gifts for the season!!

Here is what I made,  a mix of sweet gingerbread flavor and mocha too, a perfect drink mix to add to add to your
hot cocoa station or coffee station.  And a wonderful homemade gift idea too!


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Hot Cocoa Station Free Chalkboard Printable

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The evenings are getting chilly here in Washington, and the kids keep asking me when we are going to make hot cocoa.
Not just the packet (which tastes really good too!) but the works.

Hot chocolate, whipping cream, caramel syrup, marshmallows, sprinkles, candy canes…oh the possibilities!

And the excitement.

I think that’s one of the reasons that I love this time of year so much.
It’s probably not the rain, and the muddy paws.
The sun we don’t see for a while, or the occasional ice storm.
Those all seem to just go along with winter in our neck of the woods.

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19 Homemade Recipe Mixes + Pantry Staples You Can Make


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One of my all time favorite ways to keep an eye on how healthy we are eating and keep my grocery budget in line
is making my own mixes and staples that I use the most each month.  Some people are far better at this than I,
and have it down to an incredible, organized science.  I am not that organized but I sure do love to make my own
coffee creamer for pennies, and gluten free mixes that keep tummies happy.

And of course, watching that budget never hurts either!

Here are a few of my recipes, and some of my favorite homemade mixes and recipes out there, check them out!!

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Make Your Own Chai Drink Mix

I saw a survey recently asking what one thing that would be very difficult to live without.
Some people answered wine, or chocolate.  
Mind you, these are not about our loved ones, etc…just stuff we like, a lot.
My answer was coffee and internet. 
And my smart phone, ok that’s three things. But they are all important. 

I am going to assume I am probably not alone in my deep love for coffee and tea.

If you and I were out junking or looking for the next great find, we would stop for
what is called a Dirty Chai here in the Pacific Northwest.  We are a couple hours from
Seattle, therefore we have been reared on strong coffee.  
Coffee comes before everything else.  
Coffee understands, and it cares.  It really does.
And a chai around these parts goes hand in hand with all things coffee. 
What makes a dirty chai? 
Oh just a shot of espresso thrown in.
I am giddy just typing it out, I LOVE THEM.

I just whipped up a new batch of this today, the spices and tea make it smell
so holiday-ish and wonderful.  In fact, I think I am going to have a cup right now!

Chai Drink Mix 
recipe makes about 6 cups of dry mix 

1 c. vanilla sugar (mix one cup of sugar and one t. vanilla extract well, spread out on a plate
and allow it to dry for a few hours. Try it on oatmeal!)
2 c. Splenda or sugar
1 c. dry milk
1 c. instant unsweetened tea
1 c. non dairy creamer
1 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. allspice
2 t. ground ginger
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. cardamom (I really suggest using the cardamom, it’s the spice that gives Chai Tea is extra pop and is worth the expense. A little goes a long way)

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Add about 3 to 4 T to a large mug of warm milk for a hot spiced chai.  For an iced chai, prepare
the same but pour over ice when cooled and serve.  I like to add whipped cream and a little
cinnamon or nutmeg to it either iced or hot!

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do, have a wonderful weekend friends!

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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties