Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Eco-Friendly Gift-Giving (part 4) Drink It!

Are you excited about DIY gift giving?  I'm on a roll here!  Part 1 Grow It! , Part 2 Decorate It! and part 3 Spice It! were so much fun!  
On to the drinks...

I found the simplest recipes from various recipe sites and made my own little "tweaks."  These are great mixes to add to those decorated jars. 

DIY Hot Coco Mix 
2 1/2 cups non-fat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cups cocoa
1/2 cups non-dairy creamer
Mix and store in tightly covered container in a cool-dry place. Makes 5 cups mix.
For one serving, place 1/4 cup dry mix in cup and add six ounces boiling water. Stir well.
*Here's what I "tweaked" 
-1/2 cup white sugar and 1 cup powdered sugar
-3/4 cup non-dairy creamer
The first recipe just wasn't sweet enough or as creamy as I like.  My "tweaks" were perfect!!!

Homemade Capuccino Mix
1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1 cup instant chocolate drink mix
2/3 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground Ground Saigon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients; mix well. Store in an airtight container. To serve, add 3 tablespoons mix to 3/4 cup boiling water; stir. Yield: 16 servings (3 cups mix).

Use a large bowl to mix everything in and store is a fancy Jar!

YUM!  Have fun with the DIY mixes and stay tuned for more.  I'll share my final project as soon as I can.  It's been pretty busy here so I'm working day and night!

This is a series:
*If you have any suggestions please feel free to send me an email.  I would be happy to feature your projects!


Kelly ~ Our Everyday Harvest said...

Your DIY Hot Cocoa and Cappuccino mixes sound yummy!

I really enjoy reading your blog and wanted to let you know that I am featuring you at this week's Harvest of Friends Weekend Blog Hop. Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

I love this. What a clever post and wonderful idea.

Stopping by to say "aloha" from An Aloha Affair and to invite you to join us this week. We are now live and are ready to mingle. I can't wait to see what else you've been up to this week.


Angela Thompson said...

This is a great series of posts! I'm now following--looking forward to reading more!
A Mama's Corner of the World

Mary Smith said...

Thanks for stopping by ladies! I have really enjoyed sharing all of the fun and handmade gift ideas.
Have a great weekend!

Katherines Corner said...

sweeeet!Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Crystelle Boutique said...

That hot cocoa looks and sounds yummy! It is always so nice to recieve a Chritmas gift that is not food...! This is perfect!

hugs x

Unknown said...

Looks so good, what a great gift ; )

Unknown said...

Yum! Great gift idea. Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

This is a fabulous series you have!

Thank you so much for linking up to Raising Imperfection!

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

Haven't seen this one before! DIY Hot Cocoa mix!! Yes!

Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection. Please come back Friday to see if you were featured!
Happy Thanksgiving!


Diana of Diana Rambles said...

GOod ideas

Unknown said...

Great recipes, This will make great teacher gifts. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party. Have a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving. said...

That cappuccino one sounds yummy! I may have to make myself some. I mean someone.. who am I kidding, I will just.drink it myself!
Thanks for linking-up with Raising Imperfection this week!

Unknown said...

Yum! I'll try the cappuccino.

My entry.

Nicole said...

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

Unknown said...

mm, I can smell the ho cocoa! Please share at my handmade gift hop!

Jessica said...

More fab DIY gift ideas! Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Saturday :)

Lmkazmierczak said...

Ordianry Words...I am looking at my jars differently...hopefully I can re-use them in a pleasing way...will try the DIY cocoa mix♫♪

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

Yum, those sound great! And what a great idea to make and store them dry so you always have some around. :-)

Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

Unknown said...

Im gonna try these for Christmas gifts!! thanks very much for sharing :-)

HannahW said...

Great ideas!!! Please considering sharing all your Eco Friendly Gift Givings posts over at our Eco-Kids Tuedsay Link-Up!

Unknown said...

Great gift ideas.

Garrett @ The Growing Patch

Unknown said...

what a great idea for DIY gifts! thanks for sharing.

ChastityRose said...

I came across a DIY Hot Coco Mix last week (very similar to your first recipe) and like you said, it just wasn't sweet or creamy enough. I was thinking of making the same tweaks, but wasn't sure if they would work. Now that I see you have tried it and deem it successful I can't wait to give it a try! Love your blog, super fun and sweet :-)

Unknown said...

I make my own hot cocoa, cappuccino, and chai latte mixes. It's amazing how easy it is to make these mixes and how yummy they are. I'll have to give your recipes a try! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.


Unknown said...

such great holiday gifts ; )

Sarah Leonard said...

Hot chocolate and cappucino? Yum!

Thanks for linking up :)

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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