Friday, January 8, 2010

Calling Nurse Honey

Jani says, "Send a jar of honey in the mail to his office to soothe his sore throat. It's pretty chilly out now and he's bound to come up red in the throat."

Well, thanks Jani. Why didn't you mention that on January 1st? Now that hubby is all over his case of the flu, he is not likely to get sick for another year. That is just how he is. However, they are calling for snow tonight so I could give him a jar of honey with promise of some honey sweetened hot cocoa after he shovels the driveway. (If you have not tried honey to sweeten your cocoa it is the best, and you are really missing out. The lovely flavor of honey adds so much to the bitter chocolate.)

Now, if honey is not your thing, how about slipping a care package into his briefcase or lunch sack. You could include a pocket pack of Kleenex, cough drops and Advil.

And speaking of sick... I am not over my case of the flu and it is majorly interfering with meeting my daily goals. I will be back to report on previous days, when I have the strength to initiate that pillow fight!

Here is my cocoa recipe in case you would like to give it a whirl. I only adapted the one from the Hershey's Cocoa tin.

In saucepan, mix 1/2 cup honey (or sugar), 1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa and a dash of salt. Stir in 1/3 cup hot water. (I measure it out in the Pyrex cup and microwave for half a minute.) Stir and cook over medium heat until it comes to a full boil. Boil and stir for two full minutes. Stir in 4 cups milk. Stir until heated through, being careful to not boil. Remove from heat and add 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Four servings. We always double this. Almond extract is a nice change. Candy canes to stir with adds a delightful flavor as it melts into the cocoa. Of course the options of fresh whipped cream or marshmallows should never be overlooked.



  1. This is wild! What timing -- The Husband is home sick today with a sore throat!!! I don't have any cocoa, but I'm going to make him some hot tea -- with a TON of honey, because that's the only way he'll touch the stuff!! :-)

  2. Hello Kat,

    We all love homemade hot cocoa, but have never tried it with honey, I am going to make this, but not until tomorrow evening, for a fun start to our weekend. Bill does not drink anything like this on a regular evening; after a hard day at work, he just wants his hot tea...straight with no sweetener.

    He just finished his morning coffee. ☺


  3. Hi Kat!

    I am so excited! I did not even realize, as you may have guessed if you have read my comment above, that it is Friday!!!
    I have been a day behind for the last several days and did not even realize it, this morning I woke up and thought it was Friday and reminded myself that it was only Thursday…I almost remarked to Bill about what a long week this seems to have been but decided against it because I did not want to add heaviness to his day with mentioning how much longer he still has to work this week.


    Yes! Hot Honey Cocoa, Tonight!

  4. Mommy,

    How great is God's timing on that! I love a ton of hot tea with honey when I have a sore throat, too. My hubby hates tea in any shape or size. The kids drink tea almost daily around here. I read once to mix crushed garlic with honey to fight off sickness. Now I have given it to my kids for chest stuff. It really does seem to work. The problem is the odor is horrific! It lasts for several days as it comes out through the pores even. My hubby asked me not to use the remedy too often.

    Hope hubby is soon well and up enjoying the weekend.

    And speaking of weekends...


    Ha! I guess it would have been a long week with six days of work. I was wondering when I read your comment about you saying tomorrow to start the weekend. Sometimes you read my posts the night before being three time zones away so I just chalked it up to that. What a wonderful surprise for you! That must meant that your first week back to school went well, too. Praise God, indeed! Thanks for stopping by this morning, my friend.



  5. Good evening, Ladies.

    Well, we did have snow, but not enough to require shoveling. The temperatures continue to be quite cold so when Allen left to run an errand, I put on a pot of cocoa. Just as he came in it was finished with a bowl of fresh whipped cream. I handed it to him and walked away. A few minutes later he commented on how good my cocoa was and how he needed it because it was so cold out. Then he went on to say what a good wife I am.

    Such little effort, to illicit such joy, for both of us.

    Hope you and your honey are keeping warm.

    Happy Weekend!
    Chili Pepper

  6. Hi, Kat~

    This is turning out to be so much fun! Skippy is just LOVIN' IT! :> ) That's what it's all about! :> )



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