Mexican Hot Chocolate

Every winter when it gets chilly outside (and I admit, sometimes in Texas when it’s winter but nowhere near chilly), Eric and I have one of our favorite things – Mexican hot chocolate.  And every winter, I have friends asking for the recipe, so I thought I’d finally share it here on the blog.

This tradition for us actually started years ago when Eric’s mom and sister went to Mexico on vacation and brought me back some hot chocolate mix.  They knew I loved my hot chocolate (and at the time I was a staunch non-coffee drinker).  The first mug of that hot chocolate I had was heavenly.  It wasn’t just regular hot chocolate…it was better.  It had a bit of cinnamon in it and also a hint of heat too.  Sooooo good.

So, as I worked my way through the box I began to panic that I would be super sad once it was all gone.  So Eric started researching recipes and found the one that we still use today (it’s an Alton Brown recipe).


  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly.  (Note: we usually double the recipe and keep our mix in a container we can easily scoop out of when we want a mug of the good stuff!)

To prepare: fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water.  Stir to combine.  This can also be made with milk instead of hot water for a richer flavor.

We seriously love this mixture and it’s pretty easy to put together and have on hand.  I hope you give it a try and let me know if you do!


January 2018 in Photos

Finally finally finally got around to keywording and editing my photos from January and I thought it was about time I share!

★ Eric and I went to see the Trains at Northpark, our annual holiday tradition.  It’s fun to look for the little changes each year.

★ I received the most amazing Christimas gift from my friend Robert.  He stitched a Long Dog Designs sampler years ago and gave it to me.  It’s stunning!  I can’t wait to figure out where to hang it.

★ I was thrilled with how our Christmas decorations on the porch turned out this year.  And seeing the greenery with the white lights against our red front door is about my favorite thing ever.

★ Eric and I were so thrilled to be able to attend a special screening of the film Adele and Everything After, a documentary about my high school friend Marty and her service dog Adele (look for a separate post on this soon!)

★ A readalong with a friend of Sarah J. Maas’s new book A Court of Wings and Ruin.  Soooooooo gooooooood!  (A more detailed review coming soon!)

★ Mexican hot chocolate and snuggling on the couch with my Thut

★ Winter nails – Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic and OPI’s Galapa-ghost

★ Playing mad scientist/kitchen witch and making some kick ass DIYs with essential oils (details and recipes here on my Cozylife blog!)

★ I stumbled across this magazine at the store…looks intriguing and I loved the artwork on the cover.

How was your January?


Snowy Days

Last week I think most of the country was hit by “winter weather”, and even in Texas we saw more than our fair share.  The icy roads, which were then covered by a layer of snow, forced many to stay at home…including me.  I am always thankful that I have a job that allows me to work from home when I need to (or want to, really).  I prefer going into the office, but when the roads are icy, my ass is staying in the house.  So, I worked from home four days last week.  Eric was sick with a stomach bug, so I spent some time making hot tea for him and trying to get him to eat a little once he was able to keep something down.  He was better later in the week, thankfully. 

But, between working and tending the sick, I did venture out briefly to take some photos.  I’m still amazed at how much snow we got.

And although it was the perfect weather for curling up with a good book, I’m struggling with the current book selection for book club.  We’re reading Parrot & Olivier in America.  It’s ok so far.  I’m only about 36 pages in so far, but I’m just not inspired to pick it up.  Hopefully it will begin to grab my interest soon.  I’m too tempted to pick up the last book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series instead, but when I read one of those I can’t seem to remember to sleep or eat or talk to my husband.  I just walk around with my nose buried between the pages.  So, perhaps I shouldn’t put off Parrot & Olivier quite yet. 

 We did finally make it out of the house on Saturday though, and we took a roadtrip to Austin for a photowalk.  I took a ton of photos, so I’ll have to spend some time editing them before I can share.  Maybe during the next snow day?

In the meantime, I think I’ll enjoy some Mexican hot chocolate (God, I’m addicted to the Instagram app).