Time for Hot Cocoa

January 14, 2013 by 29 Comments

Just can’t pass up a good deal –  even if it means going back into the Christmas boxes that have been put up, and adding another item to it. One of my favorite stores in town had their Christmas items marked down 75% off the original price. The table was picked over, hardly anything left but this ornament caught my eye.  I loved the wintery image on it, the ice skaters and snow, most of all I loved the plaid tartan ribbon attached to it. Of course, it came home with me and ended up front and center on a small staged ” Hot Cocoa Station”.

Ornament 1Isn’t it just perfect for this time of year?  Maybe you are familiar with this ornament and you are a collector of ” Juliska” Country Estate Ceramics?  This is my first piece.

Hot Cocoa Station Mugs (Noble Excellence) purchased at Dillard’s on clearance.

Ornament 2Now I’m ready to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on this cold winter day – dreaming of snow and ice-skating.  Too bad I never learned how to skate,  do you skate?

Creamy Hot Cocoa


1/3  cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4  cup white sugar

1 pinch salt

3-1/2  cups milk

3/4  tsp. vanilla extract

1/2  cup half-and-half cream


Combine the cocoa, sugar and a pinch of salt in a saucepan.  Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.  Watch that it doesn’t scorch.  Stir in 3-1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Divide between 4 mugs, add cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.


Linking to:   savvy southern style , between naps on the porch


29 Responses to “Time for Hot Cocoa”
  1. That ornament is very pretty. I like those mugs too!

  2. Jan says:

    A lovely arrangement. You do have a good eye!

  3. Char says:

    Ymmy! Hot Cocoa sounds wonderful on a cold day like today..extra marshmellows, please! 🙂 Ive never ice skated but would have loved to have tried. Great find on the orney. You will enjoy this one for years to come! Have a cozy afternoon!

  4. Carol says:

    I have to say a cup of hot cocoa sounds really good right now.

  5. Tammy says:

    What a great vignette… I could go for a cup of cocoa. The ornament is beatuiful! Thank you for linking up and sharing at One More Time.:)

  6. Sarah says:

    It’s adorable! I purchased some Juliska Christmas candles this season for gifts. They are in adorable ceramic holders with a red wintry scene. I kept one for myself. 😉 Didn’t see these ornaments, or I would have bought some of these too. Will have to be on the watch for them. Great find! Thanks for the hot chocolate. 😉

  7. Zuni says:

    What a lovely vignette. I love the mugs, and your ornament is the perfect touch without shouting Christmas. 🙂 ~Zuni

  8. Daisy Sudduth says:

    I love the ornament, have never seen them, maybe I have quit collecting a little to soon. The plaid ribbon is perfect on it.

  9. Vicki Patton says:

    Moni, this sounds yummy! I haven’t put vanilla in hot chocolate before. I will for sure be trying this. A little vanilla is good in pancakes too. I have a recipe for hot chocolate mix that I put together every winter and give out as gifts. It makes a huge container of it. One box/lb powdered sugar, 16 oz Coffeemate(powder), 8 pkgs of instant/dry milk, one container of hot chocolate mix. Mix together well. Put two or three Tblsp in a cup and pour hot water over it. Love your posts.

  10. Teresa says:

    I love Christmas Decor Sales… so many times, the next year Christmas’ Decor is decided when I buy those items :).
    Great finding! Looking forward to see it again in December 😉
    (I wish I was so ahead in the storage departement – I’m not – I decided to rethink the boxes and reorganiza them in snother way but got a cold the past weekend and have a birthday on the next. I’ll get to it ;))
    The mugs are Happy inducing… add hot cocoa and world is right again ahahah

  11. Love your cocoa station and your new plate is perfect. Great find. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  12. Michele says:

    What a delightful hot cocoa station!

    You should go share that also with Tea Party Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage – that linky party isn’t just for tea! : – )

    I really love that ornament!

  13. That ornament is so cute! And your cocoa recipe looks so yummy! Can I come over for a mug?

  14. Tina says:

    Love your cocoa station…I could use a cup right now.
    The ornament is gorgeous! I’d better get to Dillard’s. 🙂

  15. Linda says:

    Hi Moni, That is an interesting recipe for hot chocolate! Yes, we all skate here in New England. I have lived at various times in Maine and Boston, where skating is part of the DNA of the people! Your ornament is so sweet. I have never heard of that ornament collection although I do like the dishes made by Juliska. Linda

  16. Jennie says:

    One can never go wrong with a little plaid paired with black, white, and red. Lovely vignette!

  17. joni says:

    I love a hot cocoa station in the winter. My youngest daughter loves hot cocoa. I love your new ornament. My children enjoy outdoor skating where hot chocolate is a necessity. Joni

  18. What a wonderful idea. I think I’ll set up a hot cocoa station myself! Love it.

  19. OOOH I love this idea…way to find inspiration from the ornament! I love those mugs. Come link up to centerpiece Wed and share your post.

  20. Linda says:

    DARLING! So cozy. I may have to do a copycat.

  21. Maria says:

    I love your hot cocoa station! And the ornament is BEAUTIFUL!

  22. simplee sue says:

    Beautiful cocoa station and the ornament tops it off. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  23. Bobbie says:

    I love a good 75% off deal and the ornamnet and the cups are beautiful!!

  24. What a lovely grouping. Would make anyone want a cup of hot cocoa!

  25. Tammy says:

    Hi Just stopping by to let you know you have been featured at One More Time. Thank you for sharing and hope to see you tomorrow at the Linky Party http://www.onemoretimeevents.com

  26. Karen says:

    That is so pretty. I adore that ornament. My daoughter takes ice skating lessons every week. She loves it. I used to skate too. It’s fun!

  27. Pamela says:

    Love your winter touches and hot coco is the best even if it was 68 at our house today in the middle of January!:( Thanx for partying at THT.

  28. Hi,
    We found you from the Six Sisters Blog Hop. You have some great ideas and we would like for you to share with our readers too. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.


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