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Today, I’m here with a follow-up blog post in connection with my Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug recipe. Milk has been a family staple for as long as I can recall. I shared last week! If you haven’t had a chance to try it yet, I obviously suggest it! Even better if it’s your first time making dessert in a mug – it’s the way to go if you’re trying to watch what you eat but still crave something in moderation! The recipe I made was also, very convenient. I tried to keep all the ingredients easy to measure, with one tablespoon. The fact that it’s ready after only being in the microwave for a minute, or so, makes it possible to satisfy your craving! It got me thinking though, what if I could make this recipe even easier?
I thought, how much easier could the process be if I could skip a couple of measurements? Think box cake mix, where you are just adding the liquid ingredients. Just dump the dry ingredients into a mug, add the wet ingredients, and tah-da! I know, it’s not a genius, or new idea, but it’s the small things in life, and I thought this was pretty clever at the time! Then, I thought, how cute would it be to make this into a gift idea? Sort of like those cookie-in-a-jar gifts, you may have seen – especially around the holidays! With packaging it all cute like, and throwing it into a themed gift collection, it basically became the best gift idea for the sweet eater in your life!
Suggestions to include in this gift idea:
- A coffee mug – try to go for a generous sized one, not your typical sized one! That way it ensures the batter won’t overflow into a mess!
- A small mason jar to hold the dry ingredients
- A pair of warm socks (Fall is here, Winter is coming…)
- A good book you recommend.
- A self written recipe book of other ideas on how to mix up a cookie in a mug with different mix-ins (i.e. white chocolate chips, baking cocoa, nuts, etc.)
- A set of cute measuring spoons, because while the recipe I made up is mostly one tablespoon measurements, there is 1/4 teaspoon needed. What better way than to give a new set? I for one always end up losing my measuring spoons, so the more the merrier!
- A little single serving milk carton of milk, because it’s a necessary item to include!
Making sure milk is included or suggested in your gift is ideal because of all the added benefits you can get per 8-ounce serving! If you missed my last post where I shared some information about why milk is a family staple for us, I am here to reminder you. Milk is and has always been a simple way to get natural, high-quality protein plus other nutrients that kids and adults need to help power through their day with a taste they love. Did you know dairy milk protein is a complete protein? Most plant proteins are incomplete.
Milk contains a NINE essential nutrients that include potassium, vitamin D, calcium and high-quality protein. Dairy milk is the top food source for three of the four nutrients most likely missing from American’s –including children – diets.
Knowing this about milk, I feel good about picking up a couple gallons during my grocery trip to Pick ‘n’ Save! I know it’s a wholesome beverage with vitamin A and vitamin D.
Beyond just drinking it straight from a glass, I enjoy using milk in recipes. Milklife.com is full of inspiration when it comes to recipes and they also share plenty throughout their social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,and Pinterest. Do you have a favorite recipe you make often that contains milk? If so, please share!