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Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Dairy Free Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe

Happy Holidays, friends! Can you believe there are only two days until Christmas?  We broke out the advent calendar weeks ago and have been living for our nightly hit of Milky Way minis like it's our job. Between the holiday movies, light peeping drives, and intravenous hot cocoa, we've certainly gotten our share of Christmas spirit. The magic is almost too much for this girl to handle. Almost.

Dairy Free Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe

But in case you're anything like me and you can't say no to justanotherfreakingcup of hot chocolate this holiday season, then this recipe is for you. It's by far the creamiest, richest hot cocoa ever and it's insanely fabulous. I  might just be partial to it because it's my recipe, but really. It's good.  You can also add a bit of Baileys or Kahlua and I totally wouldn't hate it.

Please and thank you.

Dairy Free Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe

Mexican Hot Cocoa
 

Ingredients

1/2 c coconut cream
2 c almond milk
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
pinch sea salt
marshmallows, coconut cream and sprinkles for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the coconut cream, almond milk, cocoa powder, and honey in a small saucepan. Whisk together and bring to a simmer.
  2. Add vanilla, almond extract, salt and spices.
  3. Pour into a mug and top with marshmallows, sprinkles and extra coconut cream if desired.

 

Dairy Free Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe
Dairy Free Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe
Dairy Free Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe

Watercolor Gift Tags

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DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

While I love a beautifully wrapped gift something fierce, I’ve never been one for actually taking the time to do it myself. Gift wrap has always been an afterthought for me. Something I end up slapping on a package (with love, I promise) after I’ve painstakingly mulled over what to buy for weeks and then finally made moves to get it.  By the time I have that sucker in my hot little hands I’m so tired of the whole shebang that I’d be happy to never see it again, much less wrap it (with love).

DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

But as I get older and find myself getting excited over more and more mundane things, I’ve started to see the act of wrapping gifts as a therapeutic, and dare I say it, fun, activity. Especially when disguised as a totallysuperfuncraftproject rather than a pokeyoureyesoutwasteofanafternoon (with love).

DIY Watercolor Gift Tags
DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

So maybe we should all just celebrate in my new found love of gift wrap by making these totallysuperfun watercolor gift tags.

DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

Supplies

White gift tags
Watercolor paints
Paint brush
Gold paint pen
Baker's twine
Scissors
 

Instructions

  1. With a clean brush, dampen the gift tags with water.  This will allow the paints to spread more easily.
  2. While the tag is still wet, slowly add your color being sure to move it around the tag. The color will naturally pool in certain places, which creates that stereotypical watercolor effect.
  3. Add more colors so they bleed together forming a gradient.
  4. If the tag gets too dry, simply add more clean water until the color starts to bleed again.
  5. Allow tags to dry completely.
  6. Use your paint pen to write sayings on the front of tags.
  7. Tie with baker's twine and attach to gifts.
DIY Watercolor Gift Tags