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Ready or Not #92: Cinnamon Toast

When I am cold and tired, all I want to do is to curl up and drink some hot cocoa and eat some cinnamon toast, maybe even take a nap before going to bed. Let me share with you my hot chocolate recipe again – it is worth repeating. All of these ingredients should be in your food storage.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder ¾ cup sugar ½ cup Cocoa ½ cup powdered non-dairy creamer Dash of salt

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Blend well. Store in a tightly covered container. 3 ¾ cups of mix will make approximately 15 cups of delicious hot cocoa. To serve use ¼ cup cocoa mix and add to ¾ cup hot water. Serve.

Now for the cinnamon toast.

When I was a little girl, my mom made the absolute best cinnamon toast ever. She would slather butter, or margarine (but butter tastes better), on a slice of white bread. She would take a large dinner spoon and liberally sprinkle sugar right out to the very edges of the bread. She would then shake generous amounts of cinnamon, topping it completely – then the magic started. While she was assembling the toast, about 10 or 12 pieces on a cookie sheet, she would have the broiler in the stove heating up. I loved standing in front of it because it was so warm and when my mom would put the toast in the broiler the smell was heavenly. I loved watching the sugar and cinnamon start to melt into the butter and settle into the bread.

You could tell when the bread was done in one of two ways: 1) Either my patience would run out or 2) the butter and the sugar would bubble on the bread and start to caramelize just a little bit. My mom always waited for the second reason to gauge the doneness of the toast. It was agonizing, but worth the wait. Of course, it then had to cool down, but oh how wonderful it was when it was just right, and I could sit there eating my toast and sipping my creamy hot chocolate.

I’m much lazier these days and my standards have dropped when it comes to fixing cinnamon toast, but it is still tasty. Now I stick some bread in the toaster, butter it, and shake cinnamon and sugar on it and call it good. I think that I’ll go find an overstuffed chair and eat my toast and drink my cocoa. I need to invite my mom over to make me some real cinnamon toast.

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