Homemade Butterbeer Hot Cocoa

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Ever since our trip to Universal Orlando last August our family has been obsessed with Butterbeer. Not only have we made our own (click here for the recipe), we also upgraded our homemade hot cocoa (recipe here) to Homemade Butterbeer Hot Cocoa! I hear the hot Butterbeer in the park is pretty amazing, we didn’t try it since it was so warm while we were there…I guess we’ll just have to make a winter trip sometime ;)

It’s super easy and quick and the kids will love to snuggle up with a cup and watch Harry Potter!

Homemade Butterbeer Hot Cocoa

1 recipe for Hot Cocoa
Butterscotch ice cream topping
1 recipe Butterscotch Whipped Cream

Make the Hot Cocoa, stir a few teaspoons butterscotch ice cream topping into each mug, top with marshmallows or Butterscotch Whipped Cream.

So grab a mug then geek out with this Harry Potter awesomeness…

Knockoff Frozen Butterbeer

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Last August we went on a vacation of a lifetime. It was one of the best trips we have ever taken and we LOVED every minute of it!

Being a blogger has presented several great opportunities and this trip was one of them! When I lived in Utah I got to know the ladies behind Mom It Forward, a blogger network that brings bloggers and brands together. At the beginning of the year I was at a small local event, chatting with Jyl, when I mentioned that for Christmas we had given our family a jar full of bills and coins to start saving up for a trip to Disneyland. She told me about their blogger retreat for families, Family Forward, and I was SOLD!

I know it’s been months since the retreat but I still want to do several posts about the trip so bear with me- one post will NOT do it justice!!

Today, I’m sharing my knockoff frozen butterbeer recipe. We consumed gallons of the stuff in Orlando and went through withdrawal when we got home. It was sad. When I found myself researching the cost of purchasing a real slurpee machine I gave myself an intervention. You will find the results below…

Knockoff Frozen Butterbeer

I eyeballed all the amounts for this recipe. You many prefer more of less butterscotch flavoring. You can always half this recipe to test it out and adjust it to your preferences! I included amounts but again, I didn’t measure!

Frozen Butterbeer

1 litre cream soda
1/3 c. butterscotch ice cream topping

Gently pour 1 litre cream soda in a large rectangular pan or dish (I used a plastic food storage bin) and squeeze about 1/3 cup butterscotch ice cream topping over the top. DO NOT STIR. Put in the freezer.

For the next 3-4 hours, pull the pan out and scrape the mixture with a fork. After an hour or so the mixture will start to freeze so when you scrape you will be creating a delicious slushy. You want the ice crystals to be fine so scrape well but quickly- it starts to melt fast!

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Butterscotch Whipped Cream

1/2 pint Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 c. Butterscotch Ice Cream Topping

In a mixing bowl stir together 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream with 1/4 cup butterscotch topping. Whisk until soft peaks form.

Pour the frozen butterbeer into a glass, top with butterscotch whipped cream, and enjoy!

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hot honey ginger lemonade

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Got a cold?  Here’s a natural and delicious remedy-

Hot Honey Ginger Lemonade

1 lemon, sliced very thin, seeds removed
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled, sliced thin
honey

Combine lemon and ginger slices in a small glass jar, cover with honey, seal.  Keep this in your fridge and add more of each ingredient as you use it.  It eventually breaks down into a goopy gloppy gel…mine hasn’t after a month in the fridge but I still use it.

To use: Add a few spoonfuls of the gel to a cup of hot water and you have yourself a nice cup of hot honey ginger lemonade!

Tip: Use a mandoline to slice the lemon and ginger quickly and evenly.

Need another tasty hot drink?

cozy fall tea

cozy fall tea

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I’m not a regular tea drinker but when I’m sick, herbal caffeine-free teas really help clear things up for me.  I find that when I start to feel the very first symptoms of the fall/winter crud (chills, aches, sore throat/glands, stuffy nose, etc.) a hot cup of tea before a long night of sleep will knock whatever it is out.

SIDE NOTE: I am not medically trained, this is my own experience.  I also rarely get sick.  Very, very rarely.

Here’s how I like to make my tea in the Fall, children might prefer this recipe, since tea isn’t naturally sweet or super appealing.

In a microwave safe dish, combine 1/2 c. water with 1/2 c. unsweetened 100% apple juice.  Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds.  (You can use 1 cup of apple juice but it was way too sweet for me.)

Pour the hot apple juice and water mixture over a tea bag.  I like Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger.

Give it a good stir and let it steep for a few minutes.  Not too long or it will be bitter!

Discard the tea bag but don’t press the liquid out, it will be bitter.  Give it a stir, snuggle up, and relax!

Cozy Fall Tea

1/2 c. water
1/2 c. unsweetened 100% apple juice
1 herbal, caffeine-free tea bag (like Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger)

In a microwave safe dish, combine 1/2 c. water with 1/2 c. unsweetened apple juice. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds.  Pour the hot apple juice and water mixture over a tea bag.

Let steep about 2 minutes.  Discard tea bag, be careful not to press the liquid out of the bag.

Looking for another tasty hot drink? This one is PERFECT when you’ve got a cold:

hot honey ginger lemonade

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