Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In Good Company & *purr*fect hot cocoa

To receive a surprise gift is a marvellous thing, 
especially when it's as delightful as this goodie bag 
I won in a giveaway from the fantastically quirky 

No, I'm defo not being asked to do this.
The gift is just too cute not to share,
and the company is so novel
that it deserves mention.

If you have ever covetously drooled over the pages 
of the UK Magazine Country Homes & Interiors,
then you'll thoroughly appreciate what
good shopping this online shop holds!

And so, I was gifted this oh-so-sweet matching
Gisela Graham Limited bag, purse and mug.
Très chic! :-)

Also from In Good Company are the recently purchased
ceramic Easter Bunny you see in my blog header above,
as well as the following plant pot mug with coaster
(which any gardener is going to love).
The coaster serves not only the regular
under-the-mug function,
but also keeps your beverage warm
if you place it snugly ontop of the mug.
Cool and clever, me thinks!

Now I realise that everyone probably has their favourite
homemade cocoa recipe,
perfect for the nippy Spring/Autumn weather,
but I thought I'd share my version nevertheless.

  • 1 tin of evaporated milk
  • 1 tin of filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • sugar
  • cinnamon stick or block of dark chocolate (optional)
  1. Heat the evaporated milk with the same amount of filtered water on medium heat until it just begins to simmer, being careful not to scald the milk.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder.
  3. Add enough sugar to soothe your personal sweetness preference.
  4. For extra-chocolatey cocoa, put a block of dark choccie in the bottom of your mug before pouring the hot cocoa over it.
  5. For "spicy" cocoa, pour cocoa into a mug and then add a cinnamon stick.
  6. Makes two generous mugs of cocoa.