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Hygge Hot Cocoa

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Makes: 1 Mug | Total Time: 5 Minutes

hyg·ge

/ˈh(y)o͞oɡə/

(noun)

A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture): “Why not follow the Danish example and bring more hygge into your daily life?”

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Hygge is a lifestyle that I have embraced as far back as I can remember, and that was way (waaaaaaay) before it became a ‘thing’ here in America.

I grew up in a house filled with hygge; both my parents were fond of cozy fireplaces, kerosine lanterns (even if the power wasn’t out), incense, potpourri, warm quilts and the perfect hot chocolate. Hot chocolate with milk was a favorite, especially after a day spent outside playing in the snow. (And yes, I’ve had frostbite – twice!)

I guess you can say that hygge is in my blood. I am of Danish descent (half of me is, anyway, the other half is German). My father’s ancestors came from Copenhagen – one was, in fact, a head chef for the king in the early part of the 20th century.

I guess you can see where I get the culinary gene from!

Back to the hygge thing…

We have been living in our new (old) place in the country for 4 months now, so the only season we have experienced here so far is winter. I must admit that winter is a very pretty time of year, you just gotta look for the beauty!

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With that said, the high here tomorrow won’t get above zero (without the wind chill). To get an idea of the kind of winds we get around here (thank you, Lake Michigan), check out the snow blowing wildly off the trees in the video I had so much fun making for you – (Pssst! All of you southerners can live vicariously through it!)

Doing any kind of work outside when the temps drop this far down can be dangerous, so you gotta move real fast – it is the only way to keep a body’s temperature up. (Those drifts in the driveway need to be cleared every few hours when we have 40 mph gusts, you know.)

When I am out there in that blustery tundra, I can’t help but notice the colors of the sky, trees, and snow. White has many shades, as does gray. At the risk of getting hypothermia, I still do stop for a moment or two to take it all in. Being outside is part of the hygge – because it makes the inside seem so much warmer!

The best part about these long, cold Wisconsin winters? Coming in out of the cold and having a mug of Hygge Hot Cocoa. You can make your own hot chocolate recipe at home. (Why drive to the store to buy hot cocoa when the roads are covered with ice?) In fact, you probably already have the ingredients for homemade hot chocolate in your pantry. Make your hot chocolate from scratch with my Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix recipe – it’s easy and only takes 5 minutes. Then all you have to do is add hot milk (or water), brandy, the warm brightness of orange and the soothing floral of lavender. 

Now that you’ve made the perfect hot chocolate, you can go on to create your own hygge experience; warm blankets, scented candles, rich colors, incense, taxidermy… 

However you hygge, you’ll be glad to have this Hygge Hot Cocoa recipe in your arsenal.


Hygge Hot Cocoa

Total Time: 5 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4-5 tablespoons hot cocoa mix
  • 1 cup hot milk, hot water, or a combination of both (I prefer whole milk)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • whipped cream, for topping (optional)
  • chai tea latte mix, for garnish (optional)

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. Add 4-5 tablespoons homemade hot cocoa mix to a heat-proof mug.

2. Add 1 cup of steaming water, milk, or a combination of water and milk. (I only use hot whole milk at night as it makes me drowsy!) Whisk until all of the powder is dissolved.

Make Hot Chocolate From Scratch

3. Add the brandy and whisk, then add the essential oils and whisk again. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chai tea latte powder.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

4. Bring your Hygge Hot Cocoa to the bubble bath and relax!

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Hygge Hot Cocoa With Essential Oils

Hygge Hot Cocoa

Need some hot cocoa ideas? Here is the perfect hot chocolate recipe that I guarantee you've never had before!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Mug

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 tbsp hot cocoa mix
  • 1 cup hot milk hot water, or a combination of both (I prefer whole milk)
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • whipped cream for topping, optional
  • chai tea latte mix for garnish, optional

Instructions
 

  • Add 4-5 tablespoons homemade hot cocoa mix to a heat-proof mug.
  • dd 1 cup of steaming water, milk, or a combination of water and milk. (I only use hot whole milk at night as it makes me drowsy!) Whisk until all of the powder is dissolved.
  • Add the brandy and whisk, then add the essential oils and whisk again. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chai tea latte powder.
  • ring your Hygge Hot Cocoa to the bubble bath and relax!
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Sweet and Spicy Shrimp

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Serves: 4 | Total Time: 2 Hours 25 Minutes

I love sweet and spicy shrimp recipes! Especially when they come as easy to make freezer meals. 

This glazed shrimp is very similar to many of the sweet and spicy shrimp appetizers that you’ll find at popular restaurants. It can be enjoyed as an appetizer (think bang bang shrimp), or as an entree (I’ve had bang bang shrimp that way, too!)

This hot shrimp appetizer can be served with ranch for dipping, but I choose not to use it. There isn’t too much spiciness with this easy shrimp appetizer recipe, however, you can turn that up if you like by adding more chili paste to the sauce.

Using essential oils in the sauce isn’t necessary, but if you do decide to use the zest of the fruits, keep in mind that your glaze may not be as smooth.

Make it, freeze it, and forget it… until the night comes when you are just too busy to cook. You won’t need to go out and spend money when you can just grab this easy shrimp meal out of your freezer. 

Dinner will be ready in 15 minutes, folks!


Sweet and Spicy Shrimp

Total Time: 2 Hours 25 Minutes

Prep: 10 Minutes / Cook: 15 Minutes / Freeze: 2 Hours

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lbs. large shrimp; rinsed, shelled, and deveined
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup good quality sweet and sour sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • canola oil, for frying
  • fresh mixed lettuces, for serving
  • chopped fresh chives, for garnish

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the shrimp and boil until pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Drain, rinse with cool water, and set aside.

2. In one large bowl, whisk the egg with 1-2 tablespoons water. In a second large bowl, combine the flour, Chinese five spice, salt and pepper. In a third large bowl, whisk together the sweet and sour sauce, chili paste, brown sugar, mirin, and essential oils. Transfer the sauce from the third bowl to an airtight jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make Ahead Freezable Sweet and Spicy Shrimp

3. Add the cooled shrimp to the bowl with the egg mixture. Gently stir the shrimp into the egg mixture until each one is fully coated. Using a large slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp – a few at a time – to the bowl with the flour mixture, tapping the spoon on the side of the bowl to shake off any excess egg mixture. Use another spoon to gently toss the shrimp around in the flour to coat them. Repeat this process until all of the shrimp are coated in the flour mixture.

4. Place the shrimp in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours, then transfer the shrimp to a large ziplock bag. Return them to the freezer until ready to use.

Bang Bang Shrimp Appetizer Recipe

5. To prepare the shrimp, pour enough canola oil into a dutch oven until it is 2 inches deep. Heat the oil until it reaches 325 degrees F. Carefully add the frozen shrimp to the hot oil and fry for 3 minutes, or until golden brown. To be certain that the shrimp are evenly heated through, do not crowd them into the pot. You may have to do this step in batches. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the shrimp from the hot oil to a plate lined with paper towels. 

6. Once all of the shrimp are fried, immediately transfer them to a bowl. Pour the spicy sweet and sour sauce from step 2 over the shrimp and gently toss to coat. Serve over mixed greens and sprinkle with chopped, fresh chives.


Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Appetizer Idea
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp

Save time and money when you make this favorite restaurant appetizer at home. It's easy! Freeze these sweet and spicy shrimp ahead of time and you'll have them on the table in 15 minutes when you need them.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Freeze 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 310 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds large raw shrimp; rinsed, shelled, and deveined
  • 1 egg
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cup good quality sweet and sour sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon mirin
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • canola oil for frying
  • fresh mixed lettuces for serving
  • chopped fresh chives for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the shrimp and boil until pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Drain, rinse with cool water, and set aside.
  • In one large bowl, whisk the egg with 1-2 tablespoons water. In a second large bowl, combine the flour, Chinese five spice, salt and pepper. In a third large bowl, whisk together the sweet and sour sauce, chili paste, brown sugar, mirin, and essential oils. Transfer the sauce from the third bowl to an airtight jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Add the cooled shrimp to the bowl with the egg mixture. Gently stir the shrimp into the egg mixture until each one is fully coated. Using a large slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp – a few at a time – to the bowl with the flour mixture, tapping the spoon on the side of the bowl to shake off any excess egg mixture. Use another spoon to gently toss the shrimp around in the flour to coat them. Repeat this process until all of the shrimp are coated in the flour mixture.
  • Place the shrimp in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours, then transfer the shrimp to a large ziplock bag. Return them to the freezer until ready to use.
  • To prepare the shrimp, pour enough canola oil into a dutch oven until it is 2 inches deep. Heat the oil until it reaches 325 degrees F. Carefully add the frozen shrimp to the hot oil and fry for 3 minutes, or until golden brown. To be certain that the shrimp are evenly heated through, do not crowd them into the pot. You may have to do this step in batches. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the shrimp from the hot oil to a plate lined with paper towels. 
  • Once all of the shrimp are fried, immediately transfer them to a bowl. Pour the spicy sweet and sour sauce from step 2 over the shrimp and gently toss to coat. Serve over mixed greens and sprinkle with chopped, fresh chives.
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