Oh MOTHER! Written by Lindsey on October 26th, 2010

Where I grew up in Alaska, we called it termination dust.

You know, the dusting of white that starts creeping down the mountain in early September signaling the termination of summer sun.

Here in the states however, October snow is something worth singing about. Not a funeral dirge. I’m talkin’ about “Joy to the World” or “Go tell it on the Mountain it’s time to ski and board!”

Seeing the snowy alpine report makes the rain around my house in Oregon’s Willamette Valley a bit more bare-able. In fact, my family laughed in the face of the thunder and lightening as we set out shopping for my oldest daughter’s ski jacket. We’ll be in our rain jackets for a couple months yet. Still, when powder covers Mt. Bachelor and hits the valley floor, we’ll be ready.

After exploring an ample amount of puddles on our walk, p.j.’s and hot cocoa by the fire seemed like just the right topper to our rainy afternoon with a promise of snow.


Having good hot cocoa on hand is a must have when the weather turns. However, if you are all out of Swiss Miss or just want to try something a little richer, try my easy peasy recipe for The Mother of all Hot Cocoa.


2 mugs of milk (about a 2 cups)

1 tbsp cocoa powder (the unsweetened stuff from the baking isle)

2 tbsp sugar

Directions – Heat milk (don’t boil), stir in cocoa and sugar, top with marshmallows, drink, and head back outside! If it’s too rich for you, just add more milk.

Serves 2

5 Responses

  1. Trudie says:

    Sounds Great, Linds! My kids are dying for the cocoa but alas we have been out! So, yea for the home made kind. 🙂 You always have great ideas.

  2. Brittany @ Pretty Fit, Pretty Healthy, Pretty Happy says:

    I love this recipe! So simple, and it’s so much better for you than pre-packaged mixes. Can’t wait to try this… it’s already getting chilly in L.A. 🙂

  3. Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen says:

    Really??!?? That’s It????? I’ve been getting my proportions wrong this whole time- my daughters will thank you!! It’s still awhile before it’s cocoa weather here.

  4. Maren says:

    When I saw the title of this post on Foodbuzz I HAD to check it out. I’m making this cocoa the next time it rains, we don’t get snow in central California. Hope you’re enjoying the beginning of Fall!

  5. Lindsey says:

    Thanks everyone! I’ve been downing this stuff like nobody’s business lately and I haven’t even been in the snow yet! I agree Maren, rain is a good enough reason to cocoa it up!

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