Operation: Cozy Winter Tid-Bit Tips to Test, Episode 2 – Oatmeal’s Holiday Spin

Operation: Cozy Winter Tid-Bit Tips to Test, Episode 2 – Oatmeal’s Holiday Spin

Have you ever made a bowl of oatmeal and wanted something different than the usual? Oh, don’t get me wrong, adding fruit, Cinnamon, other frequently used things can dress up the flavor of your bowl of oats, but sometimes you want something different than the norm. 

One day while prepping for my own morning meal, I decided that I wanted different. What I would have settled for while making my bowl of oatmeal, would have been to use milk instead of the water the package called for, but we were out of milk. It wasn’t more than a minute or two before I had a brilliant idea! I could use hot Coco as my liquid base! We had some hot chocolate Keurig cups left over from the Christmas holidays and I could always say ‘yes’ to Chocolate, so I thought “why not?” And I went for it. I was quite pleased with the end result, and it became my new favorite breakfast until the hot chocolate Keurig cups were gone!

I shared the idea with my mother-in-law, who was visiting at the time, and she tried a serving herself. That all happened early this year. Now, with the holidays just around the corner, hot Coco has again made it back into our home, and this yummy breakfast has been reclaimed!

If you are hungry for hot Coco Oatmeal yourself now or just want to try a holiday spin, here are some simple instructions to follow:
1. Hot Coco Oatmeal – Make your cup of hot Coco (strong is best). Using this as your liquid base, follow the instructions on the package for cooking of the oats, starting with the shortest preparation time, and increasing as needed. (Optional additions: marshmallows, peppermint flakes, or other favorite additives to your hot Coco ) Cool to preferred temperature and serve! 

2. Pumpkin Oatmeal – Make your serving(s) of Oatmeal as instructed in package (optional: substitute milk for water.) Add to taste, 1 Tablespoon – 1/2 cup (per serving) of canned pumpkin; add sugar, pumpkin pie spice, Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to taste. 

3. Chocolate pumpkin Oatmeal – if you’ve ever had a chocolate pumpkin pie, you aren’t shocked at all for this suggestion! Make your cup of hot Coco, add preferred amount of pumpkin after cookng the oats; add spices above to taste. No additional sugar required.
I hope you can find one of these holiday spins enjoyable for your own breakfast sometime this winter. I’m willing to bet that even a person who is not an oatmeal fan would enjoy at least one of these, inlet they happen to hate both chocolate and pumpkin – in which case there just isn’t hope for them. 

Though there are probably others who’ve gone before me and figured out actual recipes with real measurements, I’ve still had fun ‘creating’ these in my own mind. And sharing my creations is an added bonus of fun.  Let me know if you are interested strong me share actual recipe creations (set measurements and all). And please share some ideas you have, or holiday spins of your own you’ve already created for that good ol’ bowl of oats! 

Thanks for reading, and until next time, blessings!!

Operation: Cozy Winter, Tid-Bit Tips to Test, Episode 1 – Hot Coco

Operation: Cozy Winter, Tid-Bit Tips to Test, Episode 1 – Hot Coco

Ahh, the smell of hot Coco by the fireplace, while snuggled up under a blanket as Christmas tunes play in the background. The time for all this has not quite come for many of us, but for a few it has! Either way, I don’t know that it is ever to early to start thinking ahead for those special holiday moments we wish to experience. 

When it comes to warm winter beverages, hot Coco is hard to beat (if you are a chocolate lover that is.)

Here are some recipes I have found on Pinterest for different variations of hot chocolate that I’d like to try. Perhaps one of them will help you find your own perfect cup of Coco:

Crock-Pot Thick and Creamy Hot Chocolate from Creating Through Life

Mexican Hot Coco from Premeditated Leftovers

Decadently Thick Italian Hot Chocolate from The Stay at Home Chef

Disney Land’s Hot Chocolate from Six Sisters’ Stuff

The Best DIY Creamy Hot Chocolate Mix from Living a Sunshine Life

Nutella Hot Chocolate from CafĂ© Delites

All of these recipes look fabulous to me and I hope to try each of them this season! If you are now craving hot Coco like me, but currently only have a store bought mix on hand, here are a few simple, cheating tips that might dress up your sweet cup of heaven:

1. Ditch the water entirely from the directions and use milk instead!

2. Consider adding a little extra Coco mix to your cup for an added richness.  

3. If you like it smooth and creamy, try a water and milk combo to achieve the perfect silky sip. 

4. If you are craving a spicy Mexican Hot Coco, no problem! Look in your spice cabinet for Cinnamon and Cayenne pepper! Use to taste with your Coco mix, and you’ll have your own cup of Mexican Hot Coco stand in!

5. Add a teaspoon or so of chocolate chips, or Nutella to perk it up. Or anything else you have on hand that may fit the bill!

6. Try half milk, and half heavy cream or half and half (if you have it on hand) for an even richer taste.

Even if you don’t have all the ingredients to make one of the recipes above, or a favorite of your own, a mix can still be saved with any number of tricks. Not all options are for everyone, but I hope one of these can work for you when you need more than just a store bought mix can offer – but it’s still all you have. 

Good luck, friends! Check back for more holiday postings! 

Blessings!