Hot cocoa is such a fun staple to have in your home during these cold winter months. My kids will spend hours playing outside in the snow and the first thing they ask for when they come inside is some hot chocolate!
Back in my “spender” days I use to buy hot chocolate mix at the store like it was nobody’s business! Once I started learning how to save and live a frugal life I learned how to make hot chocolate mix from scratch and I have never looked back!
Not only does making your own hot cocoa save you money, it is also so quick and easy to do. It also tastes much better than what you will buy from the store!
Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup powdered creamer
1/8 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a tightly covered container.
To make hot chocolate: Stir 1/4 cup mix with 3/4 cup boiling water. Enjoy!
We usually make this mix for our family to enjoy all winter, but it would also be a really frugal christmas gift for friends and neighbors. Whip up a large batch, portion it into cute jars and tie a bow around it. Done!
Making a batch of play dough with my kids is one of my favorite things. It is a quick, and easy activity and the kids love getting to help make it. Sometimes we will make this more “traditional” play dough recipe, and other times we make Peanut Butter Play Dough (another fun fave!).
I have tried a lot of play dough recipes over the years, and I mean A LOT! My friend shared a recipe with me a few years ago and it instantly became my favorite. I haven’t looked back since. This recipe is so easy! You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand and will be able to whip it together in 15 minutes.
First, mix 1 cup water, 2 TBSP oil and a few drops of food coloring together in a pot over medium heat. My preschooler always gets to choose the color and today he chose green. Picking the color is probably his favorite part! 🙂
Next, add 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt and 1 tsp cream of tartar. Stir this continually while heating.
Keep stirring until the play dough begins to form a ball.
It doesn’t look pretty right now, but I promise, it will! Take it out of the pan and begin kneading with your hands. It might be hot right at first, it cools down fairly fast.
It only takes a few minutes of kneading until it is ready for your kids to cut into!
All that’s left to do is pull out all your cookie cutters and silverware and enjoy a fun frugal afternoon playing with your sweet kids!
I usually store this in my fridge for a few weeks and it keeps great!