Peppermint Hot Cocoa

This homemade peppermint hot cocoa mix recipe is so delicious and made with real ingredients!! With just a hint of YL Peppermint EO it is rich, indulgent, and healthy! I love making a cup of this hot cocoa and snuggling up with a blanket and book! 


Ingredients:   Makes 12 servings

• 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

• 1 cup organic sugar

• 1/2 tsp sea salt

• 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

• 6 drops Peppermint

• 1 cup marshmallows

Instructions:

1. Layer cocoa powder, sugar, sea salt, and Peppermint Vitality into a pintsized mason jar

2. Add chocolate chips and marshmallows on the top

3. Top with a lid and add a cute gift tag with these directions: Mix entire contents in a bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup of cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk (cow, almond or coconut milk). Store remaining mix in Mason jar.

#Winter time screen savers!

Like y’all know, I love changing my screensavers as the seasons change, and I think that it is so fun to share them with all of you! I hope you enjoy these, and remember to think on Jesus during this hectic month of presents, Santa, and Christmas trees! Just copy and save these pics or drag and save to your photos! 

Fall DIY no. 3. Thankful Tree

A couple years ago, we started a tradition, where every Thanksgiving, we go out on a walk, find a nice branch and put it in a small pot with rocks on the bottom. We either cut out small leaves from paper,  or  buy fake fabric leaves. We write what we are thankful for on them, and hang them on the tree with string. Then we put it somewhere where everyone can see it and remember how thankful they are. This is a great family project, and going on a walk during the Fall time, is always nice because of the cool weather!

What you’ll need:
1. A small to medium sized branch with smaller branches coming off of it.

2.  A small pot { you can get these at Hobby Lobby}

3. Small rocks { click HERE to easily see what kind of rocks are great for this project}

4.  Small fabric leaves, or wooden leaves

5. Markers or sharpies { click HERE to easily view Shaprie markers}

Directions:

Have someone hold the branch in place in the pot while another person pours rocks into the pot until it’s full. You can even paint the pot if you want! Hole punch little holes into the ends of the leaves. Pull string or thread through the hole and tie and knot. Write what you are thankful for on the leaf and hang it on the tree.

Please comment and share how you made this thankful tree and how you like it!

 

Fall DIY no. 2. Hand lettered pumpkins

I was painting pumpkins last year, and I just got kind of bored of painting them.  Then, an idea popped into my head, and I ran and got my calligraphy pens. I started writing on the pumpkins, and absolutely loved how it looked! I learned that it is very hard to write on painted pumpkins though! You don’t have to do calligraphy of course, because it takes a while to learn, but fun hand lettering  that you know how to do, or stencils work just as well! I hope you enjoy this and try it at home!

What you’ll need:

  1. Pumpkins { I learned that pumpkins that are naturally white, are easier to write on because there are smoother and not as bumpy, but orange pumpkins work too!}
  2. Stencils, calligraphy pens, or hand lettering skills! ( make sure that the pen or marker is permanent)

Directions:

Before you start using your artist skills on the pumpkin, take a wet paper towel or regular cloth towel and wipe off any dirt on the pumpkin space where you will be writing.

While writing, take your time and be patient! When you rush with it, it doesn’t look very pretty!  I wrote things like ,”welcome” on one pumpkin, and then “fall” on another and put them side by side so it said “Welcome Fall” when together! You can also write other Fall inspired quotes, or words you’ve thought of or looked up!

When you are finished put it up somewhere to dry if the ink from your pen or marker is still wet. When it is dried, you can decorate your house with beautiful, hand- lettered pumpkins!

Please comment and share how you made your pumpkins!

 

Fall DIY no.1.  Festive Burlap Leaf Banner

I am re-posting these fall DIYs again because I feel like they are the perfect decors for this year too!!

It is getting close to Thanksgiving again, and I thought this fall decoration would make your home feel more festive, and warm for fall! My mom and I were searching for good fall decor to make, so we went to hobby lobby, got inspiration and supplies, and made a super cute and easy fall banner at home!

What you’ll need:

  1. 1/2 yard of burlap

2. Fake leaves { we got these at hobby lobby too!}

3. Twine

4. Hot glue gun { you get a good one HERE!}

5. A placemat you don’t care about or a paper bag for catching runaway glue!

Directions:

Measure the length of your fireplace mantel with your twine, letting it droop down a little. Cut your twine where you measured it. Depending on the length of your mantel you will need more or less burlap triangles and leaves.  Our mantel is 5 feet long, so all we had to use for ours was 4 burlap triangles and 5 leaves.

Fold your burlap in half, and then in half again. Using a ruler and a marker, measure and draw a large triangle on the folded burlap. Our triangles measured about 9 inches down and 7 1/2 inches across. Cut the triangle out. This will make 4 triangles. Repeat the step if you need more for a larger mantel.

Lay your measured twine down on a protected table, and heat up your glue gun. Take your burlap triangles, and lay them underneath the twine. Leave a gap about 2 -3 inches between each triangle. Take the flap of the burlap, and fold it over the twine. Glue it down. Repeat with the rest. Take your leaves, and hot glue them on the gaps that you made between the burlap. Let it dry before you hang it up.

You can tape the excess twine to your mantel to hang it up, or use a heavy weight, { such as a pumpkin or mantel decoration} and put it on top of the twine so it doesn’t fall!

Please comment and share how you made this!