A Weeknight Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Raise your hand if the very first thing you do when you get home from work is change into your pajamas?  Winter gets a bad rap because of that whole sunset at 4 PM thing but, controversial opinion: I kind of love it because it feels 100% right to go into “cozy mode” as soon as you get home.

And the only thing that can make “cozy mode” feel even cozier is sipping on a nighttime peppermint hot chocolate.  But because we’re trying to maximize couch/TV/hiding under a blanket time, it’s gotta be fast and easy and this recipe right here is it!

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Super Simple Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup milk of choice (I use soy because I think it’s creamier than almond and creamy is really what we’re going for here)
  • 2 pieces good dark chocolate (I use two squares of Chocolove Strong Dark Chocolate)
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  1. Place chocolate pieces and peppermint extract in a mug.
  2. Heat milk over high until hot but not boiling.
  3. Pour milk over chocolate/peppermint mixture and stir until melted and creamy.

Guys, I was hesitant because I didn’t use a sweetener and was worried it might be bitter but this was SO GOOD!  I made one for Joey and he concurred.  Highly recommended to sip one as you watch While You Were Sleeping with just the lights of the Christmas tree on.

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Let’s make this our new winter weeknight routine, okay?!

Weekend Things

How do you pick a favorite moment in a weekend filled with good moments?  Easy.  You meet your best friends’ baby ♥♥♥

The little guy was born Saturday night and I am so in love!  You forget how teensy newborns are until you see one and he is so teensy.  Plus, to the shock of us all, he looks more like Hannah than Josh.  If there’s one thing we had all banked on, it was that he would be born with a head full of dark hair, but the joke’s on us.  I’m so proud (and in awe) of Hannah and Josh for bringing this beautiful babe into the world.  My best friends are parents, whoa!

In other news, even if that hadn’t happened, this weekend would have been a good one.  Mostly because of Friday tacos, The Santa Clause, breakfast with my family, the Studio C CD release, Christmas tree buying/decorating, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, ricotta pancakes and that feeling of having fit it all in without feeling frantic.

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Guys, I actually can’t stop making these fried broccoli tacos with “chorizo” dip and avocado cream from The Savvy Cook but I also don’t want to stop, so there’s that.  It’s a bit of work what with the dip and the cream and the actual breading of the broccoli but if you split it up between two people, it’s not such a big deal plus you can freeze the extra dip and make it easier on yourself for next time.

P.S. You all know my love for The Santa Clause, but is that part where Charlie says Neil won’t come in because “you’ll just end up saying something snotty” and Tim Allen responds with “not necessarily, could be rude or sarcastic, whatever it takes” not the best thing ever??

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A Saturday of miracles: I convinced my mom to go to Snooze before KBCO and my mom convinced my sister to get up before 7 AM to join us.  A win for everyone!  But being up early on a Saturday isn’t so bad when the sky looks like that and breakfast is this good.  We got over to the CD line just after 8 AM so things were already moving but they had us winding all through Whole Foods and I’ve never seen them do that before!  Soundtrack for the rest of Saturday’s errands was definitely this CD.  I’m not super into X Ambassadors but their song might be my favorite.

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We hit the mall, where I proceeded to buy a new phone case and screen protector (nothing like buying stuff for yourself at Christmas…), then decided to go pick out a tree.  I saw someone post a picture where they had set their tree inside a galvanized bucket and I thought it looked so nice and clean and immediately needed one too.  I love it!  I think this is our prettiest tree yet!  Though those branches aren’t the strongest.

P.S. Do you LOVE those ornaments from my mother-in-law or what?!  I can’t get over how perfectly personalized they are!

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Aside from meeting Baby Mason, Sunday involved ricotta pancakes, an outdoor run, salad-in-a-jar prep and dinner.  So food, apparently 🙂  I’d been wanting to make that hasselback butternut squash for so long and I finally did it.  I sort of wish I had cooked it for another ten minutes but I was hungry and sort of over it.  Still turned out really good though and those Swedish meatballs are AMAZING!

How was your weekend?!