I've made it my mission this year to start getting ready for Christmas before December 24th. The past few years were so hectic and busy for me that I felt like I was holding on by a thread, cramming for Christmas, and inevitably forgetting someone special in our world. This year will be different because I've got a plan.
First_ deep breath, exhale....ahhh.
Second, I'm doing the bulk of my holiday shopping online and have had so much fun and made so many discoveries, that I even created my own gift guides for you to use as a resource. I can't wait to share with you everything I've found for both him and her, do stay tuned as I'll be releasing my holiday guide over the next two Wednesdays.
One of my most important gift lists I have are for Kenya and Chloe's teachers. We feel so blessed that both of our kids are in the care of such remarkable, loving, wise adults who teach and guide then everyday and words usually fail to convey the depths of our gratitude for them.
This DIY Double Chocolatey Hot Cocoa is a fun and affordable gift, and you can start making it now in re-usable mason jars. I like to create my own cute personalized tags which feature the recipe, a special note, and even add a gift card to their favorite store. It's also a great project for your kids to help you out with. We're making more of these than I think I need because without fail I will remember someone at the last minute and I'll be relieved to know I've got something sweet, special and homemade on hand to give!
DIY: Double Chocolatey Hot Cocoa in a Jar ( makes 8 mugs of hot cocoa )
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cinnamon Stick
- one 16 ounce mason jar with lid
1. In a small mason jar, layer the cocoa powder, sugar, chocolate chips, and top with the cinnamon stick.
2. Place the contents of the jar in a medium saucepan with 8 cups of milk. Simmer until the chocolate is melted and the hot cocoa is warm and smooth.
a bag of miniature marshmallows