Hot Chocolate Recipe with Whipped Cream Cutouts

hot chocolate recipe

By Renee Kohley, contributing writer

It’s a fact:

December = hot chocolate.

We make it a tradition the weekend after Thanksgiving to decorate the house for Christmas and enjoy the first night of Christmas lights with mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream.

A few years ago when my oldest was getting at that age where she wanted to try *everything* that we were having, I decided I really needed to figure out a way for all of us to enjoy the simple pleasures of the holidays and keep the food real at the same time.

I love freezing a simple sheet pan of easy whipped cream and cutting out shapes to make the girls’ hot chocolate mugs special.

Our local health food store carries naturally dyed candy canes that I crush up on top and it really turns out super pretty in their mugs! You also can adorn them with these naturally-sweetened homemade marshmallows.

Cozy Hot Cocoa With Whipped Cream Shapes

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe



Put the milk, butter, vanilla, and sugar in a sauce pan and heat until the sugar dissolves.

Pour out about half the milk into a blender with the cacao powder and blend until smooth.

Return the blended cacao mixture to the pan with the rest of the milk mixture. Stir and heat to desired temperature.

This hot chocolate recipe makes 2 big mugs of hot cocoa – my 5 and 3 year old split one mug, just for reference!

whipped cream cutouts

For the whipped cream cutouts:

Freeze a batch of homemade whipped cream for at least 30 minutes before serving.… [Continue Reading]

Whipped Body Butter Recipe

whipped body butter recipe using simple, natural ingredients!

Don’t eat this…

I just wanted to get that out in the open right now because it’s very, verrrry tempting.

OK, well technically you *could* eat this whipped body butter recipe, because the ingredients are perfectly safe, but it’ll taste kinda gross.

The Prairie Kids were circling me like sharks when I made this last week, and were utterly confused when I told them to rub it on their hands instead of licking the beaters… It’s hard having a DIY-crazed mother sometimes…

That being said, your skin will absolutely adore this simple whipped body butter made with natural, nourishing ingredients. It’s decadently moisturizing (without being greasy) and it smells like chocolate–need I say more??

It also makes a completely awesome homemade gift and everyone will think you are a DIY-genius–especially if you package it in a cute lil’ mason jar with a bow. (Just remind them not to eat it!)

whipped body butter recipe using simple, natural ingredients!

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Whipped Body Butter Recipe

White Chocolate Body Butter Recipe:

Regular Body Butter Recipe:

(this version doesn’t smell like chocolate)

Instructions for both versions:

Combine all ingredients, except the essential oils, in a small pot or double boiler.

Gently melt and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is liquid.

Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to partially set up. I’m horribly impatient, so I put mine in the freezer to speed the process. (And then promptly forgot and left it in there way to long… *a-hem*).[Continue Reading]

The 2014 Homesteader’s Gift Guide!

gift ideas for homesteaders, farmers, hobby farmers, or anyone who loves a simpler way of life!

Say goodbye to the fruitcakes and ugly sweaters…

The 2014 Homestead Gift Guide is here and ready to roll!

You know,personally, I think us homestead-types are pretty darn easy to buy for. I mean, we’re pretty much interested in everything, and easily amused too, for the most part. (Canning jars? YAY! A new egg basket? YAY! Knitting needles? YAY! New muckboots? YAY!)

BUT if you need a jumpstart to your gift-buying efforts, I know you’re gonna LOVE this 2014 edition of the Homesteader’s Gift Guide! There something for both hardcore homesteaders and wannabe homesteaders alike, you’ll be supporting small businesses in the process, and many of the companies have provided exclusive coupon codes just for Praire Homestead readers! Win, win, WIN!

And of course, if you’re a homesteader yourself, you can always send the link to this post to those people who are asking what to buy you for Christmas… *hint hint*

The 2014 Homestead Gift Guide


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Jill’s Pick: I’ve been drooling over this 13-quart stainless steel milk pail. It’s looks to be more solid than the bucket I’ve been using, and I could use another one anyway. And this basic cheese kit is the perfect start for the person who is looking to add cheese-making to their list of skills in 2015!


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Homestead Barn Hop #186 – End of an Era


“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

I never thought this day would come, but here it is. I’ve been debating it for a while, and have felt torn for sometime, but the time has come.

Today will be the last day I co-host the Homestead Barn Hop.

This Hop has been my baby for almost four years. I started it way back at the beginning of my blogging journey, and it has grown with me. I’ve enjoyed seeing the hundreds of submissions each week as folks share their best stories, recipes, and tips.

However. It’s not going away entirely, as the fabulous Shaye and Kendra will still be running it on their blogs. So, you can still absolutely participate and share over there.

I feel really driven right now to create more of the really meaty homesteading content that ya’ll are asking for: the animal tutorials, the hardcore DIY stuff, the from-scratch recipes, and everything in between. Stepping out of the Barn Hop commitment  will free the space up on the blog and my calendar to pursue these new posts & topics.

I hope you’re ready for 2015, but I have so many ideas and projects swimming around in my head, I can hardly sleep at night. I’m so darn excited and can’t wait to share it all with you. It’s gonna be good. :)

So a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have faithfully participated in and read the Barn Hop for all these years. You made it a fabulous success, and I hope you’ve gained as much from it as I have. <3

Now, on to the Barn Hop!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a Homestead and The Elliott Homestead.

Did you share any homesteading related posts on your blog this week? If so, we’d love to have you link up below!… [Continue Reading]