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Pre-made mixes – there is no doubt that they make your life easier, but they are often filled with additives and preservatives that you might not want your family consuming. But, do you have to condemn yourself to a life of making everything from scratch, every time you want it? Can you enjoy the bliss that comes with pre-made mixes too?
Yes, you can. It just takes a little bit of prep work.
Below are three premade mixes that I always keep in my home. It takes me a few minutes once a month to mix them up. Then my family can enjoy a quick trea, or a wholesome breakfast in mere minutes. Without any questionable ingredients.
Hot cocoa is family favorite during cool Colorado evenings, and since we get down into the 50’s and low 60’s even in July, we tend to enjoy its soothing comfort year round. Because of this, I keep a box of hot cocoa mix in my kitchen. I love the extra kick of flavor that the cinnamon and cayenne provide.
Currently, I’m anxious for Fall to get here when we can enjoy our drinks by a fire outside.
Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
Makes a little over 12 cups of mix, or 97 1-cup servings of hot cocoa.
7 Cups Sugar
2 1/4 Cups Cocoa Powder
2 1/4 Cups Chocolate Chips (sometimes I use dark chocolate, other times I use milk chocolate)
2 Tbsp Salt
2 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tsp Cayenne (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients and place in an airtight container for storage.
To make a single cup of hot cocoa, heat up one cup of milk and stir in two tablespoons of the mixture. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream, if you like.
An Extra Tip: You can also add a 1/4 tsp of vanilla per cup of hot cocoa to provide an extra dash of flavor.
Sunday’s are our lazy day. I try not to work on Sunday to give myself time to spend with my family, catch up on housework, and generally be lazy. Sunday is also the day that we eat pancakes in this house. We do not have to be to church until 9:30, and I tend to wake up at 5:00.
So, I let the kids sleep in (or play around, in the case of Austen who wakes up at 5:00 with me) and I make us a big breakfast. It’s a nice turn from weekdays when we usually have eggs or oatmeal each day. Plus there’s something about pancakes that just makes the day start off right.
For the Mix:
8 Cups All-Purpose Flour
6 Tbsp Baking Powder
2 Tsp Baking Soda
2 Tsp Salt
6 Tbsp Sugar
On Cooking Day:
2 Cups Milk
2 Tbsp Melted Butter Or Coconut Oil
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and then place into an airtight container for storage.
On cooking day, combine two cups of mix with the wet ingredients, mix thoroughly.
Melt extra butter or oil in a pan over medium heat and pour 1/3 of batter onto the pan. Turn after 3-4 minutes, or when the bubbles that form on the top of the pancake have started to pop. Cook another 1-2 minutes until the bottom side is a golden brown.
This recipe will make roughly 10 pancakes on cooking day.
Extra Tip: Preheat your oven to 200º F and place a baking sheet in before you start cooking. You can place the pancakes onto the baking sheet once they are done cooking to keep them warm before serving.
Oatmeal is a fast, healthy, and wholesome way to start your day. My dad used to make it for me every morning as a kid because, in his words, “it will coat your stomach and keep you full”. I enjoy giving it to my kids because it’s a very versatile breakfast. One kid can add peanut butter and chocolate chips to theirs, another can add berries and honey. Everyone can get what they want, and mama can be happy that they’re starting the day off healthy.
Instant Oatmeal Mix
12 Cups Rolled Oats
3/4 Cups Brown Sugar
4 Tsp Tsp Salt
2 Tsp Cinnamon
Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl thoroughly, then transfer to an airtight container for storage.
To make the oatmeal place 1/2 cup of oatmeal mixture into a microwave safe bowl, then add 1 cup of water and stir. Cook on high for one minute, stir, then cook on high for another minute. You can continue to cook longer for thicker oatmeal if desired.
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