Fun Stuff to Do for January 2017: No-Sew Fleece Scarf Project, Hot Cocoa Tasting Party

Have your friends over or gather your family together to make scarves and have a hot cocoa tasting party!

To make No-Sew Fleece Scarves: 

  • This is a craft that requires only the fleece fabric and a good pair of scissors! 
  • Make warm scarves by buying lengths of micro-fleece from your favorite craft or fabric store (available in many different colors and prints) and simply cutting them into strips approximately 8-10 inches wide and 3-5 feet in length, depending on how long you want your scarf. The ends are then cut into fringe. The fleece does not unravel so it does not need any sewing. 
  • If desired, slide beads onto the fringe and tie knots, for added embellishment. 

Hot Cocoa recipes

Do a taste test to see which is your favorite, or set up a hot chocolate bar with special add-ons!

1/4 cup cocoa, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, dash of salt. 1 quart milk (4 cups), divided 1/4 cup half-and-half, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl, combine cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Heat 1 cup of milk in a saucepan until bubbling. Stir in cocoa mixture and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. 

6 cups of milk, 6 packets of powdered hot chocolate OR 1/2 lb. of dark chocolate bits,  1 1/2 tbsp, pumpkin pie spice, whipped cream, cinnamon
Heat milk to almost boiling. Place hot chocolate mix into mugs and thoroughly mix in 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in each cup. Pour in hot milk and stir well. Load on the whip cream. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. 

1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup hot water, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 cups milk, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.  Mix cocoa, sugar, water and salt in a saucepan.
Over medium heat, stir constantly until mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla; blend well. Serve immediately.

1 Tablespoon of Nutella for 'each cup' of milk (whole milk tastes best), whipped cream or marshmallows, optional: sprinkle of cinnamon
Heat milk in sauce pan or microwave. When hot, stir/whisk in the Nutella until all is combined. Pour into cups and top with mini-marshmallows or whipped cream.  Optional: Sprinkle with a little cinnamon

Other goodies to add to your hot chocolate bar (best with the standard hot cocoa):

Garnish your cocoa with a candy cane which can double as a stirrer.
Top hot cocoa with whipped cream and:
       colored sprinkles
       cherry and chocolate sauce.
Make a "Milky Way" drink by adding caramel topping.
Place chocolate chips in the bottom of a clear glass mug. Add steaming hot milk and stir the melted chocolate.
Drop a scoop of peppermint ice cream into a mug of hot chocolate.
Put two large marshmallows in the bottom of an empty cup and pour hot chocolate on top so that the marshmallows melt. Serve with graham crackers to make s'mores in a cup.