Old Fashioned Hot Cocoa

Snowflakes spill from heaven's hand
Lovely and chaste like smooth white sand
A veil of wonder laced in light
Falling gently on a winters night.
Graceful beauty raining down
Giving magic to the lifeless ground
Each snowflake like a falling star
Smiling beauty that's spun afar.
Till earth is dressed in a robe of white
Unspoken poem the hush of night


Mix the milk, sugar, water, cocoa, and salt in a sauce pan over a low-heat and bring to gentle boil. Add the vanilla extract and optional booze. Serve with marshmallows, cookies, candy, a warm blanket, and a good book.

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder4 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Godiva, Kahlua, or Bailey's liqueur to taste (optional)