Snowy Day Hot Cocoa & Hygge

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I love drinking my snowy day hot cocoa all curled up on the couch with my little dog Roxie after a brisk walk. It is so perfectly hygge.

Hygge is a Danish word that I’ve read is hard to translate into American English. I think that is because, frankly, we are generally not great at hygge. Drinking a venti latte in the car on the way to work without thinking, that’s not hygge. Eating a cold bagel at your desk in front of your computer while you multitask is not hygge. Throwing frozen nuggets into the oven before sprinting the family off to soccer practice, not so hygge. And, of course, drive-thru anything really just ain’t hygge either. That’s why hygge is all the rage these days here in the US – with books, websites, magazine articles pouring out at us Americans left and right. We always want what we do not have. Reading books about hygge is so American, but it is so not hygge.

OK, we get it, April. But what IS hygge? Well, according to Alex Beauchamp of hyggehouse.com, “Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it then lingering over a cup to a cozy evening in with friends to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special.”

Now that I’ve discovered hygge, I think about it all the time as I go about my day. Because, well, don’t we all want this life for ourselves and our families – “meaningful, beautiful, special”? Would we even need all those diet books and detox plans if we just made our lives about hygge? I mean, which would you rather buy, a book on detoxing or a book on hygge? (Confession: I just bought this one. I already had this one. Talk about confession. Oh my!) It’s laughable. At least I’m laughing (to keep from crying?)

Anyway, cocoa. It is super easy to make from scratch. And of course, better for you too, because you can pick your ingredients with care. I’m just guessing here, but I doubt you’d pick corn syrup and Dipotassium Phosphate as your first choices for you and your kids, and that’s what is in yer packet of Swiss Miss from the superstore shelf.

It takes 2 minutes to make, and it is easy for kids 7 or 8 and up to do. Here is my recipe:

Snowy Day Hot Cocoa

1 Serving

2 T cocoa powder
2 T sweetener of choice  (I use local honey myself)
dash salt
8 oz. milk (dairy, almond, coconut – coconut is REALLY yummy!)

Put the first three ingredients into a sauce pan. Pour in a little bit of the milk and whisk it together with the dry ingredients to combine. Now pour in the rest of the milk and slowly heat to a simmer. That’s it.

Oh, and add a shake of cinnamon if you have a cinnamon addiction. I totally do.

Enjoy!

This cocoa could be pretty darn yummy with my 5-spice zucchini muffin recipe. Just a suggestion…

Now take that cocoa, curl up on a comfy chair or couch under a blanket with your favorite kids and pets, light a candle and maybe listen to an April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast or two. Have you heard the Snowflakes one yet?

Look at you, getting all hygge.

Of course, when I do this, I have my little sweet snuggly Roxie on my lap. Because… hygge. Well, really because there is no way she’d allow me to sit without setting up her k9 camp on my lap. Who’s the boss? Don’t answer that!

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