In the Kitchen with Lumber in my Minivan: Classic Hot Chocolate

My kids love hot chocolate but with coronavirus on the rise again and with two small children, we are staying home. Did you know you can make delicious hot chocolate from things you already have in your cabinet?

All you need is Hershey’s cocoa, salt, sugar, hot water, milk and vanilla extract.

To make the cocoa, simply bring four cups of your choice of milk to a boil. I am dairy free, so I opt for almond milk. Stir in 1/4 cup of Hershey’s cocoa and add a small amount of salt. Then, add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir. Next, add 1/3 cup of hot water and 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Bring it all to a boil.

My girls love to add whipped cream and sprinkles to their hot chocolate to fancy it up.

E approves of this hot chocolate.
And little A loves it, too!

Now that the weather is colder, make yourself some hot chocolate.

Recipe: Easy Southwestern Chicken Salad

I am late in posting this week, as it has been an extraordinarily busy week! I appreciate your patience as we try to slow our pace a bit and get everything handled.

Have you ever been in a dinner rut? We have so many things going on during the week that we sometimes are unable to cook a big meal. For those moments, you need something quick and easy. Cheap is good, too.

You will need the following items:

*cherry tomatoes

*bell pepper

*a head of lettuce

*a can of corn

*a can of black beans

*crispy chicken tenders

*shredded cheese (mozzarella and cheddar)

First, wash and shred up your lettuce.

Next, shred your cheese. You can use bagged cheese but fresh tastes better.

Next, slice your bell pepper and tomatoes. Combine your peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and bacon bits in a bowl.

Then, add your chicken, corn and beans.

Now you have a salad that is just as pretty as it is delicious.

What are your “dinner rut” dinners?