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Homemade Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 in Drinks, Happy Endings, Holidays, Kid Friendly

Good friends, avert your eyes. Possible Christmas spoilers lie ahead.

Warm, cozy, chocolatey, minty spoilers.

This scrumptious homemade candy cane hot cocoa mix makes the perfect gift for everyone on your “nice” list. Dark chocolate adds depth, crushed candy canes give it a minty twist and the white chocolate rounds it all out. It comes together incredibly quickly with the help of a food processor. Then just fill a few plain pint-size mason jars, dress ‘em up with a label, screw a circle of festive fabric onto the lid, and make friends and family happy and cozy.

Gift a jar with a big bundle of candy canes and maybe even a bottle of peppermint schnapps or Bailey’s Irish cream. ‘Tis the season!

A few people have asked about the labels I used. I sort of cobbled them together. I started with the top left image from this great blank cards template from the wonderful joyeverafter.com. I then created my own custom label using that border in Photoshop, along with the Outlaw font,  then printed them on plain Avery 2” H x 4” W labels and cut them out with scissors.Voila!

Honestly, if I’d been thinking farther ahead, I probably would have bought a batch of these from Paper Source and printed on them – much easier.

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Fourth of July Sangria

Fourth of July Sangria

Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Drinks, Entertaining, Food, Fruit, Holidays

I’m kind of into the dorky over-the-top holiday themed stuff.

I know I’m a dork. I own it, for the most part. Sometimes I think it would be cooler to be, well, cool – but then I look in the mirror or hear the words coming out of my mouth and I laugh at myself. I am what I am. May as well embrace it.

But enough about me. How about America, and freedom, and liberty, and justice for all? And how about celebrating the day of independence with a tasty, dorkily themed beverage like Fourth of July Sangria?

That’s right, my friends. We’ve got a nice refreshing white sangria with star fruit. And strawberries and blueberries and wine and deliciousness and good times. So how about getting dorky with me for your very own Fourth of July celebration? Jump on in to the uncool pool with me. The water is, actually, pretty fine.

Fourth of July Sangria

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle dry white wine (I use pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc would probably work nicely as well)
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 medium star fruit, sliced
  • 15 maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate schnapps
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Club soda

Directions:

  1. Add the strawberries, blueberries, star fruit, and cherries to a pitcher.
  2. Pour in the wine and the pomegranate schnapps.
  3. Gently stir in the sugar.
  4. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours – or, preferably, overnight.
  5. To serve, fill a glass about 2/3 of the way full with ice cubes. Pour the sangria in about 2/3 full, and add a few pieces of the fruit. Top off with club soda.

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