I don't buy appliances. I don't buy clothes. I use things I don't really like because I've already got them and they're good enough.
And then there's coffee mugs. Coffee mugs bring out the fussy old lady that lives in all of us. I love coffee mugs. You know that aunt with all the ridiculous ceramic figurines?
That's me and my mugs.
|This isn't all of them. Sigh.|
I strong armed my family into buying me a holiday mug every year for Christmas. For a while they would just drop into Starbuck's and get the mug-of-the-year, but nuh-uh. It's got to be a mug that other people don't have. You need to work a little harder (or not really; these things form the backbone of most resale shops).Of course, when you get a mug every year for 25 years (or more, as other people started learning about this weakness of mine), you accumulate too many mugs.
So a few years ago I decided to start switching them out, not just for Christmas, but seasonally. I now have garden season mugs, autumn mugs, summer mugs. My daughter threatened to disown me if I started up a collection of Valentine's mugs.
After Thanksgiving every year, out come the Christmas mugs. Make yourself some snickerdoodles and hot chocolate and enjoy!
Cocoa, the real way
2 T cocoa powder
1 T sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
Combine in a saucepan and heat to boiling until a smooth consistency, stirring constantly. I mean it. CONSTANTLY. Reduce heat, add milk, bring to a scald (just short of boiling--don't boil it).
Serve it in your silly mug, and no snickering.