Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Little Snow = Hot Cocoa (Served in Transferware Steins)


 Hot chocolate is your comforting friend when it's 14 degrees outside!

Creamy Cocoa for when it's so Cocoacold~


Makes four servings


1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half cream


Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. 
Blend in the boiling water. 
Bring this mixture to a slow boil and stir constantly.
Simmer, while stirring, for about 2 minutes.
Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot. 
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla. 
Stir in1/2 and 1/2. 
Top with whipping cream and a dash of cinnamon sugar.  Crushed peppermint makes a yummy topping too! Mmmmmmm


These vintage transferware steins have been our fave hot chocolate mugs for years.  There are six colors: green, blue, purple, brown, black and red, one for each of my kids. ;-) 
Each of the Royal Staffordshire stein features an English castle depiction. 


O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.
~William Cowper~







52 comments:

  1. Love it Nancy! The cocoa sounds fantastic and the pics are beautiful:@)

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  2. What a FABULOUS post - thanks for the recipe...the transferware is STUNNING! Happy White Wednesday - Tanya

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  3. The hot chocolate sounds so good...and I love
    your beautiful steins...never saw them before.

    Jane
    Flora Doora

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  4. Yum! Your hot chocolate looks divine in those steins! What gorgeous receptacles for a hot beverage! LOVE toile anything! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  5. The steins look fabulous! The recipe does, too!
    Yum. I'll take one!

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  6. Those steins are beautiful! I'm sure anything would taste better served in them! Stay warm! ♥

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  7. I love the mugs! Thanks for the recipe. I'm off to make some right now!

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  8. It looks delicious and I love the poem... this is my first winter now in a long time that I can be home... I closed my shop last fall and I am enjoying being tucked inside while it snows
    Blessings
    Rebecca

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  9. They look so great in all the beautiful mugs. Love your photos.

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  10. Nancy, what pretty steins and that hot cocoa looks so good on these cold snowy days.

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  11. Oh I love cocoa. This looks soooooooo good. Your mugs are just gorgeous. I will have to try your recipe. Sounds great. Love your vignette in the snow. Too cute. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Well, of course I would see my first transferware steins on your site. I love the outdoor vignette with them -- I imagine they would hold a lot of your yummy hot chocolate. It didn't break 22 today here and little sun. Joni

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  13. Nancy~
    Not sure which one I like better the Steins or the recipe for the yummy cocoa. Tough decision, so I guess I will take both!! Lovin' your vignette in the wintery snow scene.....you always amaze me!!!

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  14. Great recipe, fabulous steins Nancy! Your lovely photos make it all the more inviting and inspiring.
    Thank you for your lovely comments and of course joining as a follower. I hope you do make it over to Staffordshire someday soon, I KNOW you'd love it, especially the potteries museums with all that lovely transferware - and maybe we'd get to meet up too?

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  15. Nancy,

    Love the steins and how could that recipe for cocoa be anything but wonderful. Now that I have all the glassware, I am starting on transferware. Just can't make up my mind. I am drawn to the black.....

    Love the chair in the snow. have a wonderful week.

    Carol

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  16. I'll be right over, but can we drink ours Inside? Thanks Terry

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  17. I've never seen a transferware stein! They look perfect for hot cocoa. I love how everyone has their own color~so sweet!

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  18. Nancy, oh how I'd love a stein of hot chocolate at this very moment. Beautiful, tempting vignette, my friend. I've not seen transferware steins before. But then you would have them if they were ever made. You have the most fantastic collection. These are super! Great fun that each is a different color. Seems to go with hot chocolate!
    Stay warm and cozy. ~ Sarah

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  19. Yum, yum!!! It is so cold here that I could use some of that brew!!!

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  20. Love your transferware..esp. the one on your header!
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    (¸.*´ (¸.*´* Lori Lynn *

    PS: I'm having a 400th post giveaway!!

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  21. Love the photos. Gorgeous transferware and yummy chocolate - what more could a person ask for :)

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  22. Yum! Nothing better - well besides hot apple cider, to warm you on a cold wintry day!
    Beautiful mugs and love your setting!
    Kathy

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  23. Beautiful!! Everything is gorgeous from the pictures to the mugs, the cocoa and the poem.

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  24. I love those steins and all the wonderful colors! The cocoa sounds delicious!

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  25. I've never seen a transferware stein before. The hot chocolate looks yummy.

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  26. Love your steins.. they are fabulous. our outside photo looks like it could be in a magazine. Your cocoa recipe sounds really great.

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  27. Hot cocoa sounds even more lovely served in transferware steins! Love those!

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  28. The recipe sounds very good. I sure could use a hot cup now. It is very cold here tonight.

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  29. I have never heard of transferware, but not I m going to have to research. The steins are beautiful, and thanks so much for the recipe. We will have to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  30. Your stones are beautiful and how you photographed them very artistic! Have a blessed day, Debbie

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  31. Beautiful!!! ESPECIALLY in this kind of weather that challenges our patience!

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  32. Too cute, love those great mugs piled high with whipped cream. I feel like I could be outside bundled up with your warm blanket and cocoa and be a toasty puppy. Great post.

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  33. Looks so very yummy and cozy. Love those steins!

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  34. Nancy, those steins are just wonderful! Love them, and they are in the perfect setting.

    Hope you will come by and enter my china drawing. If you win, you'll be able to pick out something in transferware if that's your wish. I forgot to mention it in the linky, but I thought it would be fun for the tablescape girls.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  35. Nancy,

    I received one of those blog awards that you have to "pay forward" to people that have inspired you. You were an obvious choice for me as someone who shares a love of transferware and shows how to so beautifully incorporate it into your everyday life. I know you have tons of followers and receive a million emails a day so this little award may be like a pesky gnat, but I just wanted to share with you how much I enjoy your work. If you find some time tomorrow and want the award, stop by my blog and pick up the button.

    toileinthefamily.blogspot.com

    Thanks!
    Molly

    PS I'm going to slip your etsy site into hubby's hands when my b-day rolls around, I saw some might cute red transferware there the other day!

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  36. I adore the mugs! Thank you for sharing your cocoa recipe. Cherry Kay

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  37. I am your newest follower! I found you through Toile in the Family. I can't believe I've never come across your blog before, I love transfer ware, though I only have 3 pieces that were my great grandmothers. She used to have an entire set I'm told, but it was pieced out among the family when she died. I have a coffee set I think, it is a large pitcher with lid, a small creamer, and a sugar pot. They all have a stamp on the bottom that says Charlotte, Royal Staffordshire, Bursam, England, Clarice Cliff. I have been looking for cups and saucers for about 5 years now, but the only one I found was on ebay and they wanted $75 for it, and it had a small chip! I will be checking your etsy store often to see if I can pick up more of the pieces I want.

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  38. Looks delicious! Love those steins -- what a great way to use them!

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  39. What a neat outside vignette. Very creative and Looks so wintery,
    and the hot cocoa looks divine. Also love the steins, they are very unusual and a great way to drink hot cocoa.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  40. Nancy...your transferware collection NEVER fails to amaze me! Those steins are wonderful and what a mug of cocoa that is :)

    Keep warm!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  41. Weren't you a sport, to brave the elements to give us the true warmth of those mugs!!! Great idea, great styling, great post.

    - The Tablescaper

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  42. That cocoa looks wonderful! I love those big steins for cocoa...very nice!

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  43. That much creamy steamy hot cocoa would put you right to sleep! What beautiful huge mugs. I love the variety of colors. The hot chocolate sounds fabulous too, so soothing, just even to get to hold those mugs to warm up my hands would be a treat.

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  44. Hi Nancy, That cocoa sounds great - much better than the powdered mixes. Love your transferware mugs, too, Nancy! You always make things look so pretty.
    Blessings, Beth

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  45. This is cetainly an impressive collection! Wonderful!

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  46. Mmmmmm,Nancy you sure got my attention. We are sitting here with 5 degrees outside and a ton of snow. I love your transfer ware cups. Hot chocolate is delightful and I want some now. I have never used a hot chocolate recipe before. I will now. Smile.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  47. Love it Nancy...looks cold and warm at the same time ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  48. Well you sure made winter look inviting with this beautiful setting. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  49. Delicious! They really are perfect for snowy day, or any cold day! :)

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  50. Hi Nancy- These are darling mugs and the hot cocoa sounds just wonderful! So neat that you have a mug for each of the kids-and your vignette outside looks so charming! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  51. Wow! Transferware steins? Nancy, you keep me educated on the possibilities for adding to my own collection. I've never seen transferware steins. How cool is that! ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party. I'm always excited to see what unique pieces of transferware you have to share.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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