Curly Crafty Mom: 12 Months of Drinks: White Hot Chocolate with Heart Marshmallows and Meal Plan Week 47

Thursday, February 5, 2015

12 Months of Drinks: White Hot Chocolate with Heart Marshmallows and Meal Plan Week 47

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Last year I did a different freezer meal each month and it was A LOT of fun (see the last post HERE). I didn't want to do another 12 months of freezer meals, but I did want to do another themed series around food for 12 more months... so, I decided upon 12 Months of Drinks! I'll be sharing a new drink with you each month and this lovely White Hot Chocolate with Heart Marshmallows is the first drink to kick off the series! Most months I'll do a drink that goes with a holiday that falls on that month or that is popular that season... I hope you enjoy this series as much as I do!


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You can make really easy homemade marshmallows with just a tub of whipped cream. It is SO easy and delicious. I topped the white hot chocolate off with canned whipped cream, some nutmeg and then added the little heart marshmallow on top. Isn't it cute?


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Isn't this mug cute? I got it at Target, of course! I also got the taller mug behind it with the striped sweater cuff... I'll mainly use it for hot tea on the go, though! I wish Target didn't have so many cute things... but, the hubby told me to go ahead and put it in the cart, so I did! ha!


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So, are you wondering how to make this easy cup of deliciousness? Read on!


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Buy one of the bigger tubs of whipped cream and thaw it out in the fridge overnight. Once it has thawed, put about 6 drops of red food coloring in it and mix it up to get a nice pink color. Then, line the bottom of a casserole dish with parchment paper and then layer the cool whip on top of that. Let it freeze overnight. 


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Pull the whipped cream layer out of the casserole dish (with the parchment paper still attached) and lay it flat on the table. Take a heart cookie cutter and press it into the hardened cool whip and you'll have a heart shaped 'marshmallow'.


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I lined up the marshmallows on more parchment paper and put them back in the freezer to harden... later you can pull them out again once they reharden and put them all in a freezer bag to pull out whenever you make hot cocoa.


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Here is a close up of one of the marshmallow hearts. You can use any kind of cookie cutter, such as a pumpkin for Halloween or what have you... and you could add sprinkles instead of nutmeg to the top whipped cream instead of nutmeg for some variety.



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Now, are you ready to hear how to make the white hot chocolate? It is even easier...


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The ingredients are pretty simple:

2 cups of Half and Half
2 cups of Whole Milk
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
8 oz. of White Chocolate, Broken into Squares
Toppings: Marshmallows, Sprinkles, Nutmeg, Whipped Cream

Stir together half and half, whole milk, vanilla and white chocolate over medium-low heat. Don't let it reach a boil, just simmer it for a good 10 minutes to let the chocolate melt down gradually.

Remove from heat and add toppings. That's IT! And, oh is it good!

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I made this for a day my son was sick from school this last week. It was just what a sleep deprived momma needed and my son really enjoyed it, too!

Stay tuned until March, when I share another drink during 12 Months of Drinks!

Now... are you ready for this weeks meal plan?
Meal Plan Week 47

Sunday - Order In

We will probably order in our favorite easy meal from 54th Street - salad & soup with a cherry limeade!

Monday - Red Velvet Pancakes with Strawberries

So, I finally made these and even enlisted my husbands help. TOTAL fail. I will NOT make these again. I didn't like the taste or how they looked... they definitely weren't as pretty as PW's and my husband is THE best pancake maker ever... so, oh well! I do love all of her other recipes I have tried and who knows... maybe I messed something up, I am sleep deprived from having both kids home sick this week from school at different times.

Tuesday - BLT's and Chips
This was on our menu from last week, too... and, I am sure I'll have some bread and bacon leftover... SO, since Autumn has a field trip this day and I'll probably be up until midnight on Monday putting in girl scout cookie orders, we're going to do a VERY simple dinner of BLT's!

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza
Autumn has dance, so it is frozen pizza night!

Thursday -  Picnic Dinner

My favorite kinda dinner... I call it the 'picnic' dinner. All kinds of different cheeses, bagel chips and crackers and a red wine sausage... The wine is a Camelot mead honey wine from a local winery, so refreshing! Just what I needed tonight with the hub
I'll pick up some nice cheeses, sausage, crackers and fruit and this will make up an easy and fulfilling dinner.

Friday - Spaghetti with Meatballs with Garlic Bread
I have some meatballs in the freezer that I plan to thaw out for this delicious and simple meal.


Saturday - Pizza or Panera
We'll probably order pizza or get panera. Autumn has a girl scout event during the late afternoon, so it'll just be easier to pick something up.

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