Hot Cocoa Recipe and 13 Free Digital Books to Enjoy in the Cold

My mantra for the day?  Let it snow…Let it snow…Let it snow!

We woke to frigid temperatures and snow.  My hope is that if it is going to be this cold and wet that we will get enough accumulation for the kids to play in.  Right now according to the weather channel there isn’t suppose to be any precipitation in our area.  The sky is unaware of this and is instead snowing.

In case you are trapped inside too, I thought I would share my favorite hot cocoa recipe.  This recipe from the back of the Hershey cocoa can is just delightful.  It is like drinking melted chocolate and will ruin you from ever enjoying the packets of cocoa again.

After you make a cup, make sure and check out the free books listed below.  I have created a list for both children and adults to snuggle up next to the fire and enjoy this winter day.


Hershey’s Hot Cocoa Recipe

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cups of sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half&half cream

Combine cocoa, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan.  Whisk in water and bring to a low boil while you stir.  Allow to simmer/low boil for 2 minutes.  Do not burn.  Continue stirring as you add milk.  Allow to get very hot, but not boil.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Divide cream into four mugs.  Pour hot cocoa over cream and top with whipping cream.

*Please note – I do not know how long these books will be free.  Make sure and check the price before you purchase.

Free Digital Books to Enjoy with Your Hot Cocoa

Books by Beth Moore to download:

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 9.39.50 AMThe Beloved Disciple: Following John to the Heart of Jesus – John the apostle must have thought he had seen everything. Having been with Jesus all the years of his ministry, John witnessed more miracles than he could count, saw more displays of power than he could comprehend, and experienced more love than he could fathom. And one unforgettable morning young John outran Peter to his Savior’s empty tomb. Just as Christ took John on a lifelong journey into the depths of His love, He will do the same for you. The bridegroom’s love is unmatched and inexhaustible, and He is waiting to lavish it on you, His beloved. You will not be the same.


Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 9.38.34 AMPraying God’s Word Day by Day – A landmark book among women and men, it continues to serve readers in “tearing down strongholds by captivating our minds with the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).Now, the perennial favorite is available in a convenient day-by-day reading format as Beth encourages readers to seek the mind of Christ through fervent daily prayer directly from Scripture.




Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 9.41.44 AMA Heart Like His

We all go through times when we feel insignificant or times when we feel certain that we have experienced a degree of failure from which there is no return. This is not a reality we experience alone, but is one that a man after God’s heart experienced as well. From shepherd, to refugee, to king of Israel, David exhibited the purest virtues and the most heinous sinfulness, but through it all his relationship with the Lord continued to grow.  A Heart Like His looks at this bond of mutual love and admiration between a man who was not unlike any of us and the one true God who is all good and all powerful. Beth Moore walks us through an exploration of David’s incredible life, drawing spiritual insights from a man who boldly fulfilled his divine destiny not merely by what he did, but who he loved and served. Bringing lessons from David’s life to bear on your own, this picture of a man who loved and followed God will help you to serve with a heart focused on Him no matter the circumstance.

More Beth Moore Titles:

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 9.50.26 AMNatural Cleaning Recipes – Natural cleaning recipes are a great way to save money and protect the health of your family at the same time! Don’t fall victim to the marketing trap of the high-priced “green cleaning” products at the health food store, because there are simple alternatives that can be used with non-toxic ingredients!

Learn how to:

  • Clean every room in your home without harsh chemical-based products
  • Enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils while cleaning
  • Zap tough stains and problem areas with ease
  • Save money on cleaning products
  • All recipes are tested and proven to work
  • Simplify your cleaning with a handful of basic ingredients
  • Protect the environment, and keep your home safe from toxic ingredients
  • Get access to recipes for dishwashing, laundry, bathroom, kitchen, carpets, and more!

In this book you will find non-toxic options for everyday cleaning tasks, so that you can eliminate the harmful chemical products that are so common in the modern household.

Other natural cleaning books list hundreds of recipes to choose from. Instead of overwhelming you with too much information, this book cuts out the fluff and instead focuses on the core cleaning solutions that are easy and effective to use.

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 9.53.03 AMKiller Whales – 

IP Factly presents… “Killer Whales – The World’s Most Powerful Predators!”

Amazing facts, photos and video links to one of the world’s most effective killers.

Aimed mainly at the 8-13 age range, it’s a fun and fascinating way for newly and not so newly independent readers to find out more about the beautiful but deadly orca.

Books by IP Factly have been #1 kindle bestsellers because they present animals in a fun and entertaining way – mixing facts, photos and video clips.

IP Factly’s Amazing Animal series has been designed to encourage and bolster independent reading.

Accompanying webpage
This book provides fact after fact for information hungry children to tell family and friends, and even has an accompanying webpage with 35 videos of the killer whale in action. The videos are split into groups reflecting orca behavior to further encourage independent reading and learning.

It makes learning fun and gives a real reason for children to want to read by themselves. Kids will love discovering animal facts to share and enjoy.

The Amazing Animals range and the Killer Whale books encourage children along the path to truly independent reading and learning.

See for yourself by clicking on the front cover to look inside the book.

This book is great for newly independent readers and not-so-newly independent readers alike. Difficult words are explained and fascinating facts are explored.

What to Call a Killer Whale?
Mammals, Blowholes, and Snot
Distinctive Member of the Dolphin Family
Different Types of Orca Whales
Resident, Transient and Offshore Killer Whales
How Big is a Killer Whale?
Killer Whale Society
Vocal Skills
Food Sources
Natural Born Killer
Highly Intelligent
Hunting Methods
Disable the Prey
Wolves of the Sea
Tonic Immobility
Carousel Feeding
Human Interaction
Ancient Humans
Modern Human Activity
The Amazing Killer Whale

Video Links
The animals are accompanied by pictures and facts plus video links so children can see the animals and how they behave.

The video links mean children come back again and again, naturally developing their reading and learning skills (early kindle models don’t support video but safe website links are given).

The accompanying website page has 35 video clips seperated into handy categories showing the behaviour of the killer whales free and wild in the oceans.

Scroll up and Buy this book now – your child will love going back to it again and again.

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 9.56.13 AMWhat is Stem: Making Science,Technology, Engineering & Math Fun and Easy!

First-Ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-Specific Early Reader Book Series
Amazon #1 Bestseller

STEM Robots Teach STEM In A Fun and Colorful Way At An Early Age
“What Is STEM?” introduces the world’s first STEM robots, also known as STEMBots: Emmy and Ott. They teach STEM to 3 – 8 year olds in fun rhymes, making the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math easy to understand and enjoy. A full Glossary of terms is shared for a child’s learning pleasure.”What is STEM?”

Infuses STEM vocabulary and concepts early in a child’s reading experience – rather then sticking to sight word drills and classical literature
Is taught in rhyming sequences, a proven mnemonic to improve a child’s understanding of concepts being taught
Offers unique, cute, futurist characters (Emmy and Ott, The STEMBots) to make the story more enjoyable and fun
Presents detailed colorful illustrations deeply tied to all the concepts taught in the book for the visual learner
Concludes with a detailed Glossary of definitions and examples to further a child’s learning experience
Sample Words in the Glossary:
– SCIENCE: Curious, explore & investigate
– TECHNOLOGY: Development, hackers & computers
– ENGINEERING: Construct, transform & concrete solutions
– MATH: Understanding 2D, 3D & 4D images

FREE Bonus Gifts Included With Your Purchase of “What Is STEM?”
You can download a FREE MP3 audio recording of “What Is STEM?”, Coloring Pages, and more with your purchase of this Kindle ebook.

* NOTE: This book does NOT list hands-on activities or projects to learn STEM. However, it links to resources that do, such as our popular *

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 9.59.02 AM30 Delicious Muffin Recipes – Quick and Easy Recipes To Try Today – 

Are you looking for Recipes For Muffins?

Whether you are looking for healthy muffin recipes, breakfast muffins or just some new recipes to try, this is the book for you! When people are looking for good recipes for breakfast, they often go to the standbys like oatmeal, waffles, eggs and pancakes. Of course there is nothing wrong with any of that food, but often times they completely forget about the muffin.

Muffins are quick and easy to prepare and they are delicious. You can choose to make healthy ones or ones that are more on the indulgent side. The choice is yours.

The type of quick easy recipes you will find inside 30 Delicious Muffin Recipes – Quick and Easy Recipes To Try Today include traditional muffins, muffins with fruit, chocolate and more! We hope you enjoy them all!

What Type of Quick Breakfast Recipes Will You Find In This Book?

There are a total of 30 different muffin recipes inside this book. Of course these could also be considered brunch recipes or baking recipes, muffins can be enjoyed anytime!

Some Examples of the recipes include:

Blueberry Coconut Muffins

Honey Lavender Muffins

Chai Spiced Muffins

Chocolate Raspberry Date Night Muffins

Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

Healthy Bran Apple Muffins

& Many More….

For a full list of what you can see inside, scroll up and click on the look inside feature and check out the Table of Contents!

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 10.01.45 AMGo to College Without Going Broke: 33 Ways to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity – 

Today’s college students face many challenges such as overabundant credit card offers, sky-high tuition, obscenely expensive textbooks, etc. Unlike most books in this genre, “Go to college without going broke” was written by an actual college student that used those tips to get through college. Instead of generic, old-fashioned, one-size-fits-all advice, Grigory Lukin offers a unique perspective on saving one’s time, money and sanity while in pursuit of a college degree.

The 33 tips contained in this New York Times-featured book are guaranteed to help current college students, as well as those who plan to go to college in the near future. That makes this book a perfect present to every young person, as well as required reading for everyone interested in going back to school.

Do you have children?  Are you stuck inside during the cold weather?  Here is a link to 19 Fun Indoor Learning Activities.

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