As you probably know by now, I have a huuuge sweet tooth, and hot chocolate has been my favorite hot drink since I had my first sip around age 5. I will fully admit I look forward to winter mainly because it’s the one time of year when it’s socially appropriate for adults to drink hot chocolate on a regular basis. There’s nothing quite like curling up on the couch under a fluffy blanket with a great book and a big, steamy hot mug of cocoa.
Now there are some people who are totally satisfied with a packet of Swiss Miss and some hot milk or water. I am not one of them. There are also people who have their one hot chocolate recipe they swear by and refuse to deviate from. I am not one of those people either. In fact, every winter I spend hours scrolling through Pinterest finding new hot chocolate recipes to try. While I still love traditional cocoa, there are a few non-traditional renditions I’ve tried that are truly out of this world, so I thought I’d share them with you!
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A little over a year ago, on my 35th birthday, my wonderful mom bought me a pair of Tieks by Gavrieli. If you haven’t heard of Tieks (which you probably have unless you live under a rock), they’re the Italian leather foldable ballet flats with bright blue soles, and they’re supposedly the most versatile ballet flats in the world. After a year of wearing Tieks, I feel like I can finally give my honest opinion of the famous blue-bottomed flats.
I started seeing Tieks pop up on my social media a couple years ago, but whenever I thought about buying them I would convince myself I didn’t need another pair of ballet flats to add to my almost outrageously large collection. Yes, I have a little bit of a shoe addiction, and that’s especially true when it comes to flats. I’ve tried so many different designer brands I’ve lost count, always in search for something both comfortable and chic. My mom will be the first person to call me out and remind me that I do NOT need more shoes. So when she presented me with box that contained my Matte Black pair, I was both excited and shocked! Apparently after years of hearing me complain about flats that killed my feet she went on a mission to find me the perfect pair, and Tieks were her answer.
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This is a big year for me, because it’s the first year I’ll be hosting my family at my house for Thanksgiving. We’ve always done it at my parents’ place, but I decided we should shake things up a bit, and surprisingly my family agreed!
We have a tradition in my family of doing super decadent hot drinks on Thanksgiving. Whether it’s rich hot cocoa or cinnamon-packed hot apple cider, we always top them off with a mountain of whipped cream. As a kid this was my favorite part of Thanksgiving, other than my mom’s homemade pumpkin pie of course. Now my favorite part of Thanksgiving is just getting to spend time with my family, but we’ve managed to keep the tradition going all these years!
Since I’m hosting, I feel like I need to do something extra special, so I’ve been playing around with making frozen chocolate garnishes for our drinks. I’ve tried this a few times now, and my most recent attempt wasn’t a total fail, so I thought I’d share.Read More »