Old Fashioned Cocoa from Scratch

My family just loves the rich flavor of old fashioned cocoa made from scratch.  Scratch means you start with basic ingredients and go from there.  I love it because I always have the ingredients on hand.  My kids will have the memory of Momma over the stove stirring the cocoa.  They come running when they hear the sound the whisk makes in the pan. 

 Here’s how I make mine.  All you need is Hershey’s cocoa, sugar, milk and a bit of water.

Old Fashioned Cocoa from Scratch

Combine 1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa and 1 cup of white sugar in a three quart saucepan using a wire whisk.  I do this while the cocoa and sugar are still dry so that the cocoa will mix in nice and smooth without a bunch of lumps. 

Add about 1/3 cup of cold water and mix until smooth.  Bring to a boil and continue to boil it for about a minute, stirring constantly.  Don’t worry if it sticks to the sides, it’ll melt back into the cocoa as it heats up. 

Fill the pan with milk, It”ll be a little more than a half a gallon of milk.  Stir and heat using  medium heat.  If you need to walk away from it, just turn it on the lowest heat.   I check to see if it’s hot enough by dropping in a miniature marshmallow.  It’s ready when the marshmallow just starts to melt.  I offer extra milk to my little ones to cool it if they want it. 

This is so easy, we can make it any time we want it.  Read aloud time is one of our favorite times to enjoy Old Fashioned Cocoa.

Sewing for Fun and Profit….

 Hi I’ve Been Sewing for Fun and Profit…. 

New items coming soon in The Shop!

SALE Hen Pecked Tote or Bag
$15.00
SALE Dish Cloth, Hand Crocheted Cotton Dish Cloth
$3.00
Yo Yo Country Coaster, Hand Sewn
$2.00
Sunday Best Lacy Blue Girls' Socks
$4.95
Country Yo Yo Quilt Coasters- Set of six
$8.50
SALE  Shades of Denim Blue Crocheted Dishcloth
$3.00
SALE Facial Scrubbies Wash Cloths
$2.00
Blue and Silver Beaded Bracelet
$5.95

My Little Butter Fingers!

My Amy and I made butter today!

I just had to share a few photos.  She was just so cute!  I don’t know when she’s had so much fun!

First, we put the heavy cream that I’d skimmed from real live cow’s milk into the Bosch mixer.  We mixed it until Amy practically squealed that it was butter.  The mixing caused the butter and the buttermilk to separate.  I poured off about a pint of buttermilk through a small strainer into a pint jar.  My Matthew, 17, immediately suggested I make biscuits…maybe tomorrow.  Here’s Little Amy putting the butter into my Grandma Bern’s old mixing bowl. 

Making Butter with Momma 

Next she washed the butter.  She absolutely loved getting her hands into it.

Washing the Butter

Finally, all the buttermilk was rinsed out. 

It was time to squeeze out the last of the water.  I drained it and put it in the refrigerator for a bit to firm up.  Then I pulled it out and worked in the salt.  Last of all, I packed it into Tupperware to keep it safe.

It was great fun!

Oh, I added a set of cards to my shop.  I have more items to come including some cute little socks with crocheted lace trim. 

SCRAPBOOK STYLE FLORAL CALENDAR CARDS
$3.00
Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth - Yellow with Blue and Pink Speckles
$4.00
Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth - Blue Speckled
$4.00
Crocheted Dishcloth or Wash cloth, for Kitchen or Baby
$4.00
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
harvestlanecottage.etsy.com

Have a great day!

Laura

Happy at Home

New in the Shop…More Dishcloths

Hand Crocheted Cotton Dishcloths, Set of 3
$12.00
Dish Cloth, Hand Crocheted Cotton Dish Cloth
$4.00
Fanciful Hearts Greeting Cards
$5.00
Spring Time Bright Handcrafted Greeting Cards
$5.00
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
harvestlanecottage.etsy.com

 

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.  I’ve kept my hands busy making new things for my Etsy shop, Harvest Lane Cottage.  I’ll be listing more over the next few days.  My husband showed me how to load the photos.  Life is so full of learning experiences, isn’t it?  We laugh about me being technologically impaired! ~smile~  I do love creating with my hands, though.  Handmade things just give such a cozy feel to things.

Blessings!

Laura

Busy at Home

Harvest Lane Cottage Etsy….

Harvest Lane Cottage Etsy….

I’m excited to say I’ve made my first Etsy sale! 

I’ve sold the dish cloth.  The cards are still available.  Free shipping for my readers extends until April 15th.  Please e-mail me if you wish to purchase so that I can give you free shipping.  Scroll down for link.

I’ve taken some items to my friend to be photographed.  I’ll list them as soon as I can.  I have made crocheted cotton dishclothes, little girls’ socks with crocheted lace edging, and  more cards.  More to come.  Let me know if you’re interested in any of these items. 

Have a wonderful Thursday and beyond!

God bless!

Laura

Happy at Home

Something to Think About… Etsy Shop

Hello Blog Friends!

I’m so glad you dropped by today.  I’ve been busy with many things lately.  Today I have to sick children; so, I won’t be spending much time with you. 

Here’s my something to think about for today.  I’m thinking about opening an Etsy shop.  I’ve been making dish clothes, coasters, and some other items.  I’m wondering how well Etsy works.

If you have experience with Etsy, either buying or selling, please comment.  I’m wondering if it is worth my time to do it.

Do you currently sell?

How do you determine a price for your handmade things?

Is it worth your time?

Do you make items as a cottage business, or just sell a little handwork here and there?

Anything you can tell me would be very appreciated.

God bless you all!

Laura of Harvest Lane

Happy at Home