IN MY KITCHEN: Hot Chocolate

With all the TERRIBLE weather that is rolling through Texas I am at home snuggled up with a cup of Hot Chocolate! Here are some of my favorite recipes...

With all of the bad weather rolling through Texas I am at home snuggled up in bed with a warm cup of Hot Chocolate! Here are some of my very favorite UNIQUE hot chocolate recipes…

SALTED CARMEL HOT CHOCOLATE

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (makes 2 large servings) Needed: 16 ounces milk or cream (I used a combination of 8 ounces milk and 8 ounces cream),  4 ounces dark chocolate,  4 ounces chocolate caramel (such as Hershey's version), a pinch or two of sea salt. In a sauce pan or small pot heat half (8 ounces) of the milk and 4 ounces chopped dark chocolate and salt until melted. Continue heating and whisk in the remaining milk and 4 ounces chopped chocolate caramel. Continue whisking until the entire mixture is warmed through and smooth in texture. Serve with a little whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt. *from www.abeautifulmess.com

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
(makes 2 large servings)
Needed: 16 ounces milk or cream (I used a combination of 8 ounces milk and 8 ounces cream),
4 ounces dark chocolate,
4 ounces chocolate caramel (such as Hershey’s version),
a pinch or two of sea salt.
In a sauce pan or small pot heat half (8 ounces) of the milk and 4 ounces chopped dark chocolate and salt until melted. Continue heating and whisk in the remaining milk and 4 ounces chopped chocolate caramel. Continue whisking until the entire mixture is warmed through and smooth in texture.
Serve with a little whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt.
*from http://www.abeautifulmess.com

GINGERBREAD HOT COCOA

GINGERBREAD HOT COCOA Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk (or any milk) 2 tsp brown sugar 2 tsp molasses 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground ginger pinch of nutmeg whipped cream and Peeps gingerbread marshmallows, for topping Directions: In a small saucepan over low heat, continually whisk together all of the ingredients except for the whipped cream and marshmallows until hot. Pour into mug and top with whipped cream and marshmallows. *from www.lovintheoven.com

GINGERBREAD HOT COCOA
Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk (or any milk)
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp molasses
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch of nutmeg
whipped cream and Peeps gingerbread marshmallows, for topping
Directions:
In a small saucepan over low heat, continually whisk together all of the ingredients except for the whipped cream and marshmallows until hot.
Pour into mug and top with whipped cream and marshmallows.
*from http://www.lovintheoven.com

NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE

Nutella Hot Chocolate (Serves 2) Ingredients: 2 cups of milk (almond or soy will work, too) 1/4 cup of Nutella 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions: Set a saucepan to medium low heat. Add in 1/2 cup of the milk and the Nutella. Whisk until well combined. Add in the remaining milk and heat until piping hot. Serve with marshmallows or straight up. Note: the ratio is 1 cup of milk to 2 tablespoons of Nutella, so if you’d like to make 3 servings it would be 3 cups of milk and 6 tablespoons of Nutella, and so on. *recipe from www.channelingcontessa.com

NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE
(Serves 2)
Ingredients:
2 cups of milk (almond or soy will work, too)
1/4 cup of Nutella
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
Set a saucepan to medium low heat. Add in 1/2 cup of the milk and the Nutella. Whisk until well combined. Add in the remaining milk and heat until piping hot. Serve with marshmallows or straight up. Note: the ratio is 1 cup of milk to 2 tablespoons of Nutella, so if you’d like to make 3 servings it would be 3 cups of milk and 6 tablespoons of Nutella, and so on. *recipe from http://www.channelingcontessa.com

Enjoy! Stay warm and drive safe!

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ENTERTAINING: Weather The Storm

With the huge storm hitting the east coast this weekend (making it perfect weather to snuggle up and read my blog!) I thought I would dedicate a post to snow days and curling up at home! A perfect weekend to stay warm, light up the ol’ fire place and think up all the ways to redecorate your home!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Here are a few of my favorite winter-y snow day things to do:

YUM. Nothing better than a hot cup of cocoa on a snowy day. Try this crockpot recipe for the easiest recipe around.

YUM. Nothing better than a hot cup of cocoa on a snowy day. Try this crockpot recipe for the easiest recipe around.

My favorite board games! Get a group together... spike you're hot cocoa and have some old fashion fun.

My favorite board games! Get a group together… spike you’re hot cocoa and have some old fashion fun.

Cashmere. Snuggle up in this fantastic J.Crew Cashmere hoodie... how luxe.

Cashmere. Snuggle up in this fantastic J.Crew Cashmere hoodie… how luxe.

Watch your favorite TV show! My ALL TIME favorite show is Friday Night Lights! Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose.

Watch your favorite TV show! My ALL TIME favorite show is Friday Night Lights!
Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.