Hot cocoa, also known as hot chocolate is an international drink. It isn’t a beverage for just winter season or cold climates, since this delicious drink made with coco powder, and hot whole milk, and sugar to sweeten it, is very soothing and fun to drink for little ones and grown ups.
I grew up drinking hot coco with my breakfast, and never ever dreamt of adding anything else to my chocolaty milk, till now. More chocolate with added flavors.
Marshmallows, salted caramel, mint chocolate, even for fun jelly beans. It is super easy to make with your entire family, and a step by step video will give you some more ideas on how to make these flavor boosters for hot drinks, and even for dressing up vanilla ice cream for a jaw dropping presentation. I hope you enjoy making them, and if you come up with more ideas please share it with me.👍😋
This mess free DIY fall center piece is easy, fun and inquires a walk outdoors among the pine and oak trees.
If you ever look for an excuse to enjoy the early fall, take a leisurely walk to collect your supplies to create a very beautiful useful natural center piece. It would be a great reason to spend time outside with your family and get everyone’s creative suggestions to put together several centerpieces for any room in your home.
Supplies: sharpie, metallic paint, brushes, acorn, pine cones, cinnamon broom, essential oils ( citrus, sandalwood, vanilla..)
Please watch my video for step by step instructions, and ideas for each center piece.🍁
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Who doesn’t like to snack? When taking a refuge at home from the summer heat, it is easy to wonder around the kitchen looking for snacks. I am fan of snacking, and I can spend hours creating cheese trays or snack trays. I mix the chips with the healthy nuts and berries, and balance the bland with salty and spicy. Healthy snacks is what I am all about. Being a vegetarian most of my life my family gets bored with my healthy collection of berries, and nuts, so I give them a break by making smoothies on hot summer afternoons.
With smoothies everything goes. What you add for sweetness is a major part of keeping it healthy. To make smoothies sweet I often add honey, maple syrup, nutella and peanut butter. To make the mix smooth for drinking I add vanilla or chocolate soy, orange juice, or milk. Some cinnamon, vanilla extract with few drops of lemon juice for extra flavor.
Stay cool, and fill the gaps with yummy snacks.😘
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tsp Nutella
1Tsp of Honey for sweetness add as needed
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It is not easy to keep our high traffic rooms at our home clean, and organized. Our kitchen, living room, bathrooms can look rundown and dull, even if they are cleaned and put together at the end of each day. Our home sometimes needs a fresh look, or a touch of color.
Adding a tray or a platter with colorful rocks, and sea shells can help you put together an interesting accent piece for color and a fresh look. If it is the play room and your kids can help you create an accent piece or a tray with candles, to help you relax in a cozy corner with a good book.
You can put together :
1- A deep platter or a tray
2- Cut flowers
3- dry flowers
5- sea shells
7- botanical oils
Please watch my video on how to create these accent pieces, just click on the link below:
we decided on what we are cooking for dinner, and for dessert, maybe a cookie, or ice cream, but you can add so much creativity to bunch of everything when you pour, yes pour chocolate sauce on the top.
We can leave our picky eaters to pull their own dessert together but mixing fresh fruits, and nuts or crumbled graham crackers.
Here is a list of our yummy delicious favorites, but this is a chance to get creative:
1- Bananas, peaches, berries..
2- coffee cakes, sponge cake..
3- waffles, pancakes..
4- favorite cereals: graham cereal, mini wheats..
5- walnuts, almonds, raisins…
6- ice cream, whipped cream…
Chocolate sauce recipe:
In a sauce pan
- Mix 1/2 cup of unsweetened coco with 1 cup sugar until you don’t see any lumps
- Add 1/8 tsp salt
- Add 1/2 cup of cold water
- Bring to boil over medium high, reduce heat let it simmer constantly stir for 40 seconds. Remove, let it cool add 11/2 tsp of vanilla.
If these days you find yourself with some extra time on your hand, check out these amazing books, to read or give as a gift.
I am always looking for art books with great photos, and I found several on this list. I came across these books on architectural digest. Hope you find one you like to own👍
I am sure we all have heard it, “everything in moderation” . There should be a balance with everything we do. Eat, exercise, social media, travel, and many other things we think of when treating ourselves. Too much of one thing, we are off balance.
Considering what our world is going through some activities are difficult to plan, when we are aware of the hardship, people around us are going through.
Call it guilt, but to feel happy and satisfied just doesn’t feel right. I believe we need balance in our world in order to enjoy a good movie, a good hardy laugh, or a great hug.
If there is one important lesson in this difficult time to learn, and later teach our children is to be happy with every small thing around us. Turning our home to our sanctuary, cooking a great meal with our family, plant some herbs, go for walks.
Face time, zoom, sharing photos is fine for now, they allow us to share our time at home with our friends, and family. We are staying in touch with our grandparents, help with home work, take flowers or herbs from our garden to neighbors & send thoughtful messages to our friends via email. It is our way to make others happy, and make our days special and productive.
We all must Stay positive, stay at home and healthy, until things are back to normal.
I know every entertainment idea is not a good idea for all of us, but a few can make us all busy and happy at the same time.
Here are a few fun ones :
Cooking & Baking🥖🍳🍝
Gardening ( cleaning the yard )🌷
Time on social media🤪
By now we are all aware of the fact that being cut off from all social interactions is necessary in order to stay healthy. The fact that Corona virus can seriously harm people with health issues and the elderly, is a very frightening fact. Every time I hear the number of corona virus victims I am deeply sad for all involved.
Helping others to keep their positive attitude helps us too. Checking on our elderly relatives, and neighbors, and reminding ourselves this is not forever.
With unique ingredients and organic recipes, the Santa Fe farmers market is one of the most famous markets in the Southwest.
We start by strolling through the beautiful market’s pastry and bread vendors, enjoying the natural colors of hand died yarns. The fragrance of lavender hand made soaps and moisturizers is very present.
Take a large shopping bag with you because you won’t go home empty handed.