sweet childhood memories

As all my childhood friends know, Cindy’s house was the place to be.  And besides being the nicest people on the planet, there were two other reasons: the best junk food and the most makeup.  With four girls in the house, the plethora of makeup is no surprise, though Cindy (the youngest and wildest) somehow acquired the bulk of the supplies.  But the food choices were astounding.  Everything my mother wouldn’t buy, the Linns had in vast supply.  Soda, cheese puffs, every kind of Dorito and masses of cookies.  As we would open the pantry doors, it was almost as if there was a chorus of salty and sweet voices beckoning to us.  At Cindy’s birthday party one year, we made our own individual pizzas.  And this was pre-Boboli.  Mrs. Linn was a party master.  There was also a pond in the backyard for winter frolicking and skating.  Like I said, it was the place to  be.  So when Cindy sent me her mother’s special hot cocoa recipe, the foodies and I whipped up a batch in hopes of making some new memories.  It worked; my kids love the cocoa and are so pleased that they have a (not so) secret recipe from my childhood, which, in their words, was “a long time ago.”  Whatever.

So here’s to Mrs. Linn!  Thank you for opening your home to bunches of giggling girls.  And if we didn’t say it enough then, thank you for all the memories of a house full of laughter and love.

Mrs. Linn surrounded by her adorable grandchildren!

Hot Cocoa

from Mrs. Linn

Note:  This makes a LOT of cocoa, which is great for a large family.  Halve the recipe if you don’t need as much.

[print recipe]

  • 1 8-quart box dry milk
  • 1 6-ounce jar powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 pound sifted powered sugar (4 3/4 cups)
  • 1 16-ounce jar pre-sweetened cocoa powder (such as Swiss Miss)
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.
  2. To prepare, mix 1/4 cup mix with 3/4 boiling water and stir.

We  created some cocoa faces while waiting for the water to boil.  What can I say—we were bored.


3 thoughts on “sweet childhood memories

  1. Hi, Lee,
    Thank you for writing about the memories you have of being at our house in your youth. I don’t believe I deserve all the great comments, but I want to thank you for being “one of our girls”. Kurt and I loved having all the young life in our home and you made great memories for us. Love, “Mom” Linn

  2. This is the absolute best hot chocolate especially when it was accompanied by the huge tin of homemade cookies in the kitchen with the woodstove and Holly by our feet! Sandy sent me the recipe a few years ago. Thanks Lee for bringing back the childhood memory and Mrs. Linn for making the memory!

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