Hot Cocoa, Plain or Peppermint

Who doesn’t love a warm cup of cocoa?  Making your own is one more way to cut down on sugar and be sure your ingredients are only the best for your sweethearts.  Warm, delicious cocoa, made at home.  Enjoy!


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened organic cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup organic sugar (1/4 cup would be good, too)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • pinch sea salt
  • 4 cups milk – we are using farm fresh milk
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tiny drop of peppermint oil for Peppermint Cocoa


  1. Instructions
  2. Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, vanilla and salt in a medium saucepan.
  3. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Lower heat.
  4. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the milk with heat set to medium, but do not boil.  
  6. Remove from the heat Serve immediately.  We like to whisk ours so the milk is frothy on top!
  7. If you do boil, the cocoa will form a harmless but yucky film across the top when you serve it.
  8. adapted from:

How do you make your hot cocoa?


Pronounced Com Boo Cha. . .such a fun drink!  We discovered Kombucha a few years back.  You can make your own.  Or, you can buy a variety of brands at your local health store.

If you are in a YHS Co-op, you can order via the dry good list.

An easy way to drink Kombucha is to take an existing store brand (or make your own. .. see previous post!) and add just a little of any organic juice to flavor it.  Take GT’s brand for example:  Gingeraide is great with 1 or 2 oz. of Knudsen Organic Apple Juice.  If you love limes. . .try a squeeze of lime with a Strawberry Kombucha.

People drink kombucha because it is reported to help with a variety of things, but mainly because it’s cultured and full of good probiotics and enzymes to enhance your health.

We find Kombucha to be energizing and delicious. . .how about you?

Green Drink – Barley Max Mint


1 tsp to 8 oz of water, mix thoroughly

We make family size portions by using our blender.  Make two or three quarts worth and enjoy it like mint tea, all day long.

Barley Max Mint comes from and is the best tasting green drink!  The powder mixes all the way and is a smooth, delicious drink and easy way to get more greens into your daily routine.

Fresh from the Farm Goat Milk

Fresh goat milk has many benefits and is known to be easier to digest than cows milk.  If you haven’t tried fresh goat milk, you might like it best with something added like this recipe, below.  Cold and satisfying.

Fresh from the Farm Goat Milk


  • 3/4 glass of goat milk (raw and fresh)
  • add vanilla meal replacement from Garden of Life
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 TBL 100% pure maple syrup
  • Blend with ice – enjoy!


  1. Blend with ice – enjoy!

Apple Cider

Make and share this apple cider recipe.  You’ll be glad you did!!  Apple cider is a fall and winter staple in our home.  Lovely, fragrant and full of spices.

Apple Cider – Just in Time for Fall!


  • 6 cups organic apple juice (Knudsen is our favorite brand)
  • 2 organic orange slices
  • 1 organic lemon slice
  • 1 slice fresh ginger, mashed (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves


  1. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cider has reduced to 4 cups, about 25 minutes. Remove fruit and spices with a slotted spoon.
  2. This recipe was submitted by my long time friend, Becky Dale.