... till the Feast of St. Nicholas!
For the past year I have had a screensaver on my computer, counting down the days, hours, and minutes till this favorite feast day of ours! I can't believe that it is almost here again... It seems as though I just posted Happy Feast of St. Nicholas And What a Feast it Was!
Are you ready?? I'm not... But thankfully we have a couple more days to prepare! :)
We will definitley be making our Candy Cane Coffee Cake once again for breakfast, and I am hoping to make our Saint Nicholas Cocoa Mix as well!
A few years back the children and I made our Saint Nicholas Cocoa Mix to give as gifts to some of our friends. We packaged the mix in Mason jars with decorated lids. With red and white ribbon, we attached the directions, along with candy canes to be used to stir the cocoa mix. It was so much fun to make, delicious, and a perfect treat for the feast of St. Nicholas and/or for Christmas morning!
I think it would be adorable to make gift baskets with the Cocoa Mix. We could package up a jar of the mix, possibly a couple mugs, and a bunch of candy canes, and then...
...For a Christmas Gift Basket we could add a copy of The Legend of the Candy Cane or maybe the DVD instead, and then throw in some Candy Cane Kisses.
...OR, for a Saint Nicholas Gift Basket we could include one of the great picture books about St. Nicholas, or maybe the movie Nicholas, The Boy who became Santa, and then finish it off with a bunch of chocolate gold coins!
Anyhow, here is the recipe in case you'd like to try it out as well:
Saint Nicholas Cocoa MixINGREDIENTS:
8 cups powdered milk
1 (16-ounce) package instant cocoa
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
10-ounces powdered non-dairy creamer
8-ounces miniature marshmallows
6-ounces finely crushed peppermint candy
Combine powdered milk, cocoa, powdered sugar, creamer, marshmallows and peppermint candy; mix well. Store in an airtight container.
For each serving, mix 1/2 cup of mix with 1 cup boiling water; mix well with candy cane. ENJOY!!
Oh, and before I go... You can find tons of other ideas including fun crafts, recipes, and much more, over at The St. Nicholas Center. We have enjoyed many of their coloring pages and have made a few of their crafts in the past. In fact, we made one of the crafts during our Christmas in July!