Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cozy Beverages - Note Card Party



One thing I look forward to in autumn is drinking more hot beverages. I love to wrap my hands around a mug of hot tea - it warms me from the inside and the outside. Here I'm drinking lemon verbena tea.


 Mint tea is a favourite year round, although it's more of a sunny day tea to me.



Tea with honey and lemon is perfect for a scratchy throat, as I had back in 2010 when this photo first appeared on the blog.


Evening or morning, a cup of hot chocolate is a treat. Filling, too, to take me through the day. I make my own mix, without any preservatives or chemical ingredients. 

A friend gave me this recipe a long time ago and I try to keep it on hand. It's not too sweet. And without further ado...

Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

4 cups powdered milk (I like to whirl it in the blender for a finer texture)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (like what you use for baking)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar for those of you in the US)
1/2 tsp salt

That's it. Mix it all up, put it into a pretty container and use about 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons per cup of boiling water.  


Linking to Vee's Note Card Party. Thanks, Vee! It's always fun!

30 comments:

Vee said...

Oh that's a wonderful tip about the blender and that is the exact reason why I've not appreciated that recipe. I think I could now. I'm going to give it a try!

Beautiful, photography...

Beth said...

Nice pics! My favorite is the last one - so pretty!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love all of your pics, especially fond of the ones with the knitting needles! G-Mom-B always made hot cocoa, nothing but milk, cocoa powder and a bit of sugar-good stuff, nice memory:@)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the way you've taken some of these from up above...very beautiful photos! I don't drink hot tea and now I feel like I am missing out on something good! These are all perfect for notecards!

Lavender Cottage said...

From a fellow tea lover, I enjoyed all of your note cards. I always use honey in my tea for the health benefits.

Debbie said...

I sift my powdered milk for the same reason. I love hot chocolate! I also love your picture choices. They make me feel very warm and comfortable. I really do think they would make great note cards.

My favorite is the last one.

Happy@Home said...

Lovely note cards as the weather turns cooler. A warm cup of tea is always comforting and your photos look so cozy. Thank you for sharing your hot chocolate recipe. I like that it doesn't have the powdered creamer in it. (So many of them do). I will look forward to trying it.

Pamela Gordon said...

I am a big tea drinker especially in the colder months of the year here in Canada. Sweet note cards. I love your photo of the tea tray. Pamela

podso said...

Lorrie I think that top card is one of my favorite pictures from your blog. I love it!

Barbara F. said...

Lorrie, your photos are so professional, just gorgeous. And what a unique theme. I love coffee, tea and hot cocoa. Visiting from Vee's Note Card Party. xo

Kati said...

I love tea. In the cooler weather especially I drink many cups a day. These pictures are so inviting. I would love to have a set of these as note cards.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

All lovely Lorrie, some beautiful fibres too!
I'm sipping lemon and honey right now as I'm a little under theweather with a flu bug!
I loved the rose in your previous post - nice to have some that are Autumn flowers too.
Shane ♥

bj said...

love love love these photos...perfect for an autumn note card collection.
Now, I am thrilled to know how to do the powdered milk....thanks.

cucki said...

i love this photo so much..so sweetttttttttttttt
i love tea too..
hugs cucki

Beth Edwards said...

wow, i love this post. thanks for the recipe. i need to write that down. i'm loving the colors within the last shot. so cozy & warm. i need that this AM... it is 41 degrees here in VA. so chilly!! enjoy your fall. (:

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Snap said...

I love this post! I love tea and knitting. Perfect selections for Vee's party. Thanks for the recipe!

Cheryl said...

What lovely note cards, Lorrie...a perfect warm-you-up-autumn-cozy collection! I am especially drawn to the second selection with the pear and the votive and the cup of tea resting on that gorgeous quilt. Dreamy.

Sally said...

Wow, I love these! The last one is my favorite -- a beautiful display!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love these...it's that time of year when a cup of something warm really is welcome and comforting! I will be trying out the recipe...thanks!
Have a wonderful fall day!

Becky K. said...

Thanks for that recipe. I might use it very soon.
Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love these beautiful photos! Tea is a favorite thing of mine year round!

Thanks too for the recipe - I had a similar one, but the tip about the blending seems like it would help a lot!

Deanna

Sparks said...

currently sipping chai tea with lots of milk and a bit of honey.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Perfect notecard pic's for October...warm and inviting!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Very creative and each is just a great note card...pretty!

Kathryn Ross said...

Hi Lorrie! What a marvelous idea for Note Cards - cozy indeed! I love the top down perspective - true to life and inviting!

Joy!
Kathy

Sheila said...

Good suggestions and attractive presentation Lorrie. A cup of tea and some knitting on a fall evening would suit me just fine

Donna Heber said...

Hi Lorrie,

Tea is just fantastic in the autumn! I could go for a cup of lemon verbena right now. A beautiful set of notecards for Vee's party.

Karen Harvey Cox said...

These are all beautiful vignettes and would speak to anyone's heart as a note card. Any knitter would love these cards.

Beautiful photographs.

Karen

thistlewoodfarm said...

Thank you so much for inspiring me today! I have never looked at tea like that before! I am a hot tea drinker and I love mint tea :)

blessings,
kariane

Donna said...

How sweet! Pretty photos AND a recipe! I missed the note card party this time since we were out of town and it was too difficult to do the link up. Miz Vee sure did start a good thing!