Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink.  Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink. Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.

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Now THIS is a hot chocolate to beat all hot chocolates.  Our recipe for Crockpot Hot Chocolate is serious business.  Well, as serious as you can be about chocolate.  Super thick and rich, it could be called “drinking chocolate” or “sipping chocolate,” but we went for the old-fashioned name.  Don’t be fooled.  This is as far from powdered drink mix as you can get.

Personally, I’ve been trying to think how to accurately describe this Crockpot Hot Chocolate — while keeping it clean on our family-friend blog.  So let’s just say if your friend takes a sip of this, you’re going to want to have what she’s having.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink. Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.

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December Degustabox + Strawberry Jalapeno Bacon Grilled Cheese

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Hello Readers,

This time I’m certain that Degustabox has stepped up their delivery timetable. The latest batch of goodies hit our doorstep the last day of November. But I can’t be too mad about them eagerly delivering food to me. Probably the smart thing to do to beat the holiday rush. In any event, here’s a sampling of the tasty treats they included this month – plus a grilled cheese flavor explosion, AND a coupon for your own Degustabox subscription!  (Just going to point out this would be a perfect gift for the foodie in your life…)

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Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies deserve a spot on your Christmas cookie tray.  They’re festive, buttery, and Santa approved!Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies deserve a spot on your Christmas cookie tray. They're festive, buttery, and Santa approved!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas!

…cookie season, that is.  Christmas cookie season is the most wonderful time of the year! Is there anything that makes anyone, man, woman, or child, smile as consistently as a cookie?

Ross grew up in a family that made a million different types of Christmas cookies every year.  I don’t think I’ve even tried all the variations that usually appear on their menu.  Me, my family kept it a little more simple with traditional cut-out sugar cookies and gingerbread men.  But even with all the options between our two families, there’s ALWAYS room for a new cookie.

Like these!  Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies made a very welcome addition to our Christmas cookie tray this year.  And, I mean, they’re probably pretty tasty year-round, but the candy cane just screams festive, dontcha think?

Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies deserve a spot on your Christmas cookie tray. They're festive, buttery, and Santa approved!

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Drizzle

Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Drizzle, full of moist, cinnamon flavor, are a festive addition to your holiday breakfast or dessert table.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Drizzle, full of moist, cinnamon flavor, are a festive addition to your holiday breakfast or dessert table.

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I know the holidays are usually reserves for cookies and pie, but I couldn’t resist adding something else to the dessert table this year…Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

I think apple cider donuts are an east coast thing.  When we lived in New Jersey, we saw them at every roadside stand once cooler weather hit.  Now that we’re in Texas, well, there’s no cool weather, and there’s also no apple cider donuts.  Sad face. Especially because apple cider donuts are about a billion times better than regular donuts.  Possibly a trillion.  Or maybe they just tasted that way because they were freshly baked on some farm and layered with a cinnamon sugar coating that was so addictive I didn’t even care that it got all over my face, hands, and clothes.

Either way, Ross and I have been on the lookout for apple cider donuts ever since moving to Texas.  And since it’s now been three years with nary a donut sighting, it was time to take matters into our own greedy little hands.  And I’m SO glad we did.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Drizzle, full of moist, cinnamon flavor, are a festive addition to your holiday breakfast or dessert table.

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Cherry Lattice Coffee Cake

Cherry Lattice Coffee Cake looks gorgeous, tastes scrumptious, and even freezes beautifully!  Make it ahead of time for a holiday breakfast that’s ready in a snap.Cherry Lattice Coffee Cake looks gorgeous, tastes scrumptious, and even freezes beautifully! Make it ahead of time for a holiday breakfast that's ready in a snap.

 

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Well here we are right in the thick of holiday season, and that means hosting larger than average groups of friends and family.  We just had Thanksgiving at our home, and while we love hosting parties with lots of food, it’s a lot of work.  I even took to scheduling our cooking schedule for the big day in an Excel file to keep track of everything.  Laugh if you want, but we had everything ready at the same time!  Anyway, one thing that certainly helps take some of the stress away is to make food ahead of time, and this recipe for cherry lattice coffee cake is perfect either as an easy weekday breakfast for guests or to complement your fancy brunch gathering.

This Cherry Lattice Coffee Cake looks gorgeous, tastes scrumptious, and even freezes beautifully! Make it ahead of time and have your holiday breakfast ready in a snap.

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