Advice from Mom: Mom's Hot Chocolate Mix

by Rae Osenbaugh

Cold weather has set in. That means it's time to make the hot chocolate mix. The kids started asking for it the day we returned from Rapid City. They drink it for breakfast before school, and then they have some when they come home from school, too! I put off making it until the weather got cold, and now I have to make one tub every week....One batch makes a full 5 qt. ice cream tub, but I mix it in a separate large bowl to make sure it's mixed good enough.

  • 11 cups dry milk (one 8 qt box is just about right)
  • 16 oz chocolate mix (Quick, etc.)
  • 6 oz coffee creamer (Coffeemate)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients, store in clean 5-qt ice cream tub. Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup of mix in a mug; fill with hot water.

And, if you want something extra special to serve on these cold fall evenings try this:

Elephant Stew

  • 1 elephan
  • diced carrots
  • 2 rabbits
  • diced potatoes

Cut Elephant into bite-sized pieces. It is best to start this one day in advance. Cook at 425 degrees for 4 weeks. Salt and pepper to taste. Add diced potatoes and carrots. This recipe serves 3,798 people. If more are expected, add 1 or 2 rabbits. Add these only if necessary, as some people don't care for hare in their stew.

Have a good day!

Rae is the mother of nine (and grandmother of two) in central Nebraska. She says her house runs smoothly due to "organized chaos, and lots of lists! Anyone wishing to drop her a line is welcome to at

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