Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Have you ever made hot chocolate with cocoa and milk instead of from a packet? I can't begin to tell you the difference in taste! Homemade hot chocolate is incredible...a real treat. But surprisingly, there isn't that much sugar in it! If you haven't tried making hot chocolate from scratch yet, give it a go, and then take it one step further by adding a little peppermint extract to it. I, for one, may never look back.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
(makes 2 servings)
4 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T. sugar
2 pinches of salt
2 c. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. peppermint extract

Heat 4 T. of the milk in a saucepan on low and stir in the cocoa, sugar and salt. Keep stirring until everything has dissolved and you've basically just got melted chocolate.
Pour in the rest of the milk, then add the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
Turn the heat up to medium. Stir constantly until it's smooth and hot all the way through.
Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reindeer Poop

reindeer poop cookies

Well, if that post title didn't grab your attention, I don't know what will. I'm talking Christmas cookies today, believe it or not. I participated in a cookie recipe swap hosted by the fabulous bloggers listed below, and was partnered up with Jen and Rachel at The Evolution of Mom, who shared their hilarious recipe for Reindeer Poop cookies with me. I must admit, I was hesitant to keep the name but after making them...well, you can see for yourself from the picture that they are aptly named. And when I told our girls about this recipe, they thought it was a swell idea!

Reindeer Poop Cookies
6 T. baking cocoa
1 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
2 T. canola oil
1/3 c. melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
Optional: Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, powdered sugar

**You will need a waffle iron to make these cookies**

In a large bowl, combine cocoa, flour, sugar and nuts. Next, add oil, butter, eggs and vanilla. Mix until fully combined.
Preheat waffle iron. I needed my waffle iron to be on medium-high for these to cook.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto waffle iron sprayed with nonstick spray. Close the lid on the waffle iron and cook for about 1 minute on each side. (Since the power of your waffle iron may be different than mine, check the first batch occasionally to be sure they aren't burning.)
Remove carefully from waffle iron and cool.

At this point, you can drizzle melted chocolate chips on top and dust them with powdered sugar. I must admit, I wish I would have taken the time for this step. You can see how they look with toppings by checking out the original post on The Evolution of Mom.

3rd Annual Cookie Swap
Julie from White Lights on Wednesday

Aubrey from Real Housemoms
Rachel from {i love} my disorganized life
Wendy from Around My Family Table
Laura from Pink Cake Plate
Abbey from The Cards We Drew
Kelley from Miss Information
Carli from Dimple Prints

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Cake Stand for $2

diy cake stand

Hey there! So, awhile back, I posted a handful of DIY cake stands and I just made one of my own for $2. I wanted to give our Christmas cookies more height on the counter, so when I found a simple white plate edged in holly leaves at the dollar store, I knew what I could do. By simply gluing on a glass candlestick, I made my own pedestal cake stand for super-cheap, and in no time at all.

Just in case you love the idea of making your own cake stand, but don't think you'd have use for one, take note! There are lots of uses for cake stands and tiered stands throughout the whole house. Check out how tiered stands can be used to keep things organized in the bathroom, kitchen and office.

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