Funny February & Our Mocha Secret

February is a peculiar month. The thrill of the holiday season is long forgotten. The anticipation that comes with the start of a new year is now fading. Spring is several weeks away. For all of that, February is a lovely month for staying put and enjoying our homes.

I packed away my small collection of snowmen today. I love putting them out every year as the Christmas decorations are packed away. It helps ease the transition between a heavily decorated home back to something a bit more normal. With the snowmen packed away, the living room mantle, the chest in the entry way and our big kitchen table were completely bare.It’s always fun to start with a clean slate. I looked around to see what I had on hand. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, and with my new red couches also in mind, I decided to go with some red accents. I didn’t work hard, or long, I just kind of moseyed about, polishing wood surfaces while they were emptied, and cleaning items before setting them out.

Truth be told, we’ve all been fighting a virus or two for the last couple of weeks. No one has really been sick, but we’ve all had a day or two or three where we haven’t felt our best. Taking it easy has been our best defense against getting sick, I think.

 Will & Spats Reading

The boys are in that funny February time of school, school and more school. Christmas vacation is long past, and Easter break is still weeks away. Don’t feel too sorry for them, though. We’re having an unseasonably dry winter this year and Will heads outside most every day with a stack of school work. He’s usually joined by one four-footed family member or another.

Tammy asked about a “recipe” for our homemade Peppermint Mochas. Tammy, we cheat! I buy a big can of Caffé D’Vita Mocha Mixat Costco, and we use that as the base for our mochas and frappes. One can lasts us several months. It’s quick, easy and only dirties the cup you’ll drink from and a couple of spoons. We don’t follow the directions on the can exactly, though.

 Homemade Peppermint Mocha

We, usually, substitute milk for about half of the water called for. That one small change, makes a smoother, richer, better tasting product. We tweak the amount of mix added, too, usually really heaping, rather than rounding our measurements; and I use a full Tablespoon of Torani Peppermint Syrupper 8 ounces of liquid in my drinks, too. Canned whipped cream and sprinkles make it  special. I love the Peppermint, Raspberry and Coconut syrups. Dani likes Irish Cream. It’s not Starbuck’s, of course, but it’s a good, fairly inexpensive substitute, and it’s non-caffeinated so we can enjoy it in the evenings, too.

 Life is Sweet

Funny February is upon us, but it’s sure off to a nice start!



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10 comments to Funny February & Our Mocha Secret

  • Oh, oh, oh! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I have some of the cafe stuff in my cupboard, can’t wait to try this tomorrow!

    I, too, just took down all my snowmen decorations today and am hoping to put out some Valentine decorations tomorrow. Valentine stuff stays up until the end of the month here, then the spring stuff comes out. Pinterest has been so much fun for finding new decorating ideas… :o)

  • Love the plate…did you make it?

    • Heather, my husband bought the plate for me in the gift shop of the huge pumpkin farm we visit every fall. I loved it, and it’s been displayed in several places around my home since October. Oh, and it’s wood, too, which I kind of like.

  • yummmm. minus the peppermint. jAne doesn’t do mint unless it’s a breath mint. or toothpaste. but not mocha mint. but. sprinkles? oh YES. :o)

  • Carla C.

    I still check in with you almost every week for encouragement. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your time.

  • tammy

    Hey Cheryl, Thank you so much for posting this recipe!! Sounds yum and warm and cozy right now. Cold down here in the south….today ;-)!! I am sorry it took me so long to check back in. I long for a Costco closer to us, the closest is 1hour away in a VERY busy part of Georgia. I think it is worth the trip, now to convince my hubby!!! Maybe the thought of Mochas regularly might do it :-)!! Thanks again for sharing.

    • Hi, Tammy! It’s good to hear from you again. Our Costco is a good 30 minutes from us, and right at the cross roads of two cities, so I understand a bit about how hard it is to get there. We do all of our shopping just once, every two weeks, so that helps.