Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Christmas is just a couple of days away and I wanted to share with you an idea for a last minute gift that is very much a gift to the bank too.

A couple of weeks ago I saw this post on Makes and Takes about hot chocolate on a stick and although I’ve seen it in a few parties before, I never done it myself. So I decided to give it a try and make them this year. I wanted to give something extra to the whole idea so when I saw this monogrammed mugs at my local Anthropologie I just knew that the hot chocolate sticks and the mugs were made for  each other.

The recipe given by Jane from Makes and Takes is very easy to follow, so easy I made a batch right before making breakfast.

Here is the recipe as written on Makes and Takes

Hot Chocolate Blocks

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • One 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped or in chips (Jane note: I actually used 1 cup 60% cacao chips, 1 cup semi-sweet chips, and 1 cup milk chocolate chips)
  • One 4-oz bar unsweetened chocolate (broken or chopped into smaller pieces)
  • Wooden or cookie/lollipop sticks
  • 8″x8″ pan, lined with parchment paper

Heat the cream and sweetened condensed milk over medium-low heat until it starts steaming, stirring periodically. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes, then put back on medium-low heat and stir with a whisk until chocolate is completely melted and shiny. (At this point you could add some flavoring…vanilla, hazelnut, peppermint, whatever fits your fancy!)

Pour chocolate into prepared pan and spread chocolate as level as you possibly can. Let sit overnight (12 hours or so).

Adding a note here, I used Nestle Toll house Morsels – a bag of the dark and a bag of the chocolate milk  (it was a bit over 3 cups); and also used the same brand for chocolate chunks- dark instead of the unsweetened bar.

Jane also used homemade marshmallows  and I just went with the store bought ones. 🙂

I followed the recipe and waited 12 hours before I cut the chocolate fudge into squares.

Here is how they looked:

Once they were bagged and tied with a fabric ( I wanted them to have a rustic feel to it so I used  fabric I had from the Sock Monkey baby shower  instead of ribbon) I placed 2 of them inside the mugs and created a card with directions for the chocolate – used the text from Make and Takes (click here to download the cards with directions) but added a bit of Clemens to it 🙂

The result was one sweet gift.

I have to say I loved making it, and the best thing is that I was able to give a little something to  the people we care without going over budget.

Gotta love that!!

Here is the result:

So what do you think?

And in case you still have people on your list you can put this together in less than 24 hrs.

I used mugs from Anthro because it was convenient but your local Dollar Tree can be just as good. What matters here is the thought and the effort you put into it.

A sweet idea, just my way of wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

For the full post on how to make the Hot Chocolate on a stick visit Jane’s blog Makes and Takes

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Who knew that I would finally get to meet this famous reindeer.

Rudolph, the reindeer with the red nose…

As I was minding my own business something just flew by me and before I knew it there he was…

The cutest Santa’s helper of all…

He came to help my Joshua deliver some goodies to his friends

and oh was I thrilled…

Just thought I would show you what I created for Joshua to give to his friends.

Once again very budget friendly, stickers and candy, what a kid doesn’t love that?!!

And the fact that Rudolph is bringing it makes it way special.

Have yourself a sweet and Merry Christmas!!

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So here we are , 12 days before Christmas and I’m just loving it all! The decorations, lighting and smells ( my house in particular smells like cinnamon, thanks to these pinecones from Michael’s). I finally got our decorations out, even the big Santa Elmo – even though I can’t seem to remember where did I put our tree skirt….Joshua is loving the Christmas tree and all the ornaments, I actually think he loves taking out the ornaments more than the tree itself 🙂 I will post pictures of it and I promise will be before New year’s Eve 🙂

In the meantime I want to share with you a great Christmas Tree idea that I got from my dear friend Cami from Canada. She has a toddler herself and what she came up with is just so toddler friendly. She decided to forgo the real tree because of the throwing away after Christmas day factor and not being a  fan of the fake ones, she went with cardstock instead and look how beautiful it turned out. She even had left overs to do gift tags and place cards

And look what she did with Origami

Don’t you love this? And I just think is just a great way to add some holiday decor into a house and all she used was paper, glue and ribbons. Gotta love that!!!

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Countdown for Christmas

I’m sorry for being so bad, I really am. We were away for Thanksgiving and it seems that a very annoying flu decided to ride back home with us and we’re all sharing the same sore throat, cough and bodyache.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were reminded of what really matters in life, because sometimes we get cought up on things and forget the real deal.

On another note, November is gone and can I just say that Christmas is right around the corner…Oh my!! I haven’t even put up our decorations yet, have you?

I haven’t checked any website or blog since we left for Thanksgiving and I’m so overhelmed by all the post that are out there. There are so many things going on that I’m afraid I won’t be able to catch up, but to start things right and put you and myself in the holiday spirit I have a few things to share with you today.

First of all, I did my first Christmas wreath and let me tell you that i got fooled by the whole project, it seemed to much easier than what it was, but at the end it came out ok. Not perfect, but ok for being the first one

I used the wreath wire that I got at Michaels for less than $4, Christmas balls from the Dollar tree ( some of them I covered with yarn – found that less expensive than using styrofoam balls) and a few sweater flowers that i did myself. The inspiration came from Kristi from Life through the lens and I’m aware that mine is far away from hers but it was my first …. 🙂

We even used it as a prop

what do you think?

Also, starting today, I’m going to be doing an inspiration board to get you (and myself) inspired. I’m planning a Christmas party for the church and I’m loving all the ideas that are out there.

I just love this one from The White Library and I love how the red, white and silver are displayed

And how about a red and aqua dessert table from Green Apple Paperie

What color palette are you using for your party? I would love to know

Stay tuned for our next inspirations and don’t forget to LIKE US on Facebook.

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