Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Cocoa & Cards

I am slowly but surely checking things off of my Christmas Bucket List.  Christmas parties have been attended, presents are wrapped and we had a holiday baking day last Saturday.  The snow hasn't fallen yet and the rain just won't seem to stop.  That is definitely putting a damper on a few of the things I have on my list.  Tonight, Cody and I are checking off a few more things!
I made the best homemade hot cocoa.  It was easy to make and was the perfect amount for the two of us to each have a mug full.  The recipe calls for 1 TBS cocoa and a 1/2 cup sugar mixed together in a pot.  Add a 1/4 cup of milk to the sugar/cocoa mix, stirring constantly, bring it to a boil for a minute or two.  Then add 1 3/4 cup milk, stir and heat through.  It is so good!  I add a few chocolate chips to the bottom of my mug and top it off with some whipped cream.  You can use a candy cane to stir it and flavor it.  Since we are watching Christmas movies tonight, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, I used my Snoopy mugs.
I decided to make my own Christmas cards this year.  I don't send out many so it isn't too large of a task.  I have been seriously crushing on vintage deer this year and decided to do a fun, whimsical card featuring a sweet little deer.  
I found this adorable graphic online, printed it and cut it into a cirtle.  Vintage seam binding was used to create a little ruffle behind the picture, some glitter glue adds sparkle and red and white bakers twine finishes it off in a little bow.  I think they are so cute!!
I got a new vintage ceramic tree today from my mother-in-law.  I have had the green one for a few years and love it.  When she offered me this large white one, there was no way I was going to say no.  I just need to find a star for the top. 
My vintage gate got some updated decorating.  My vintage-inspired yarn wreath is hanging on it and my ceramic trees sit below it.  This corner is one of my favorite places in the house.  It is festive and pretty for sure! 
I am hoping that snow actually happens this weekend so we can watch it snow and I can decorate my camper.  We also need to go look at Christmas lights and do so many more things.  Crazy to think that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!

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Donna said...

Your hot cocoa sounds yummy, Trisha! I love the vintage white tree, I've never seen any in white and I must say I love that the best!! And I love your vintage gate, too!

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh lovely your home looks...all gorgeously Festive! Homemade Christmas Cocoa...scrumptious!
A blessed Christmas to you...blessings and love!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Love the hot chocolate recipe and the pretty ceramic Christmas trees Trisha!!
Thanks for joining and sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Unknown said...

This sounds so delicious! YUMMY!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Trisha, your hot cocoa sounds just wonderful and I love that little vintage deer! What a sweet little card! My son made a ceramic Christmas tree when he was twelve and it is sitting in the guest room awaiting company for Christmas. {He did a few ceramics with his mom and we had so much fun!} I love the white tree too. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week.

Merry Christmas,

Unknown said...

Those vintage ceramic trees are just amazing. I love such ceramic thing very much. My co-worker at said that he has to have such ceramic tree somewhere at the attic and he could even present me one if finds) That would be a perfect gift!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh I loved your post. Love the tree so sweet. I wish I had a gate to decorate. Thanks for linking so I could come meet you. I'm following you. Come over and visit my blog.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Oh I love your sweet deer card, so cute! Wonderful tree display too. Visiting from SC.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Well, you are on the ball! I've done a bit of baking, but I have a tradition of having all of the girls come and we have a candy making day. This year the only day that works for everyone is Sunday. They will be coming after church and we will go at it! I also have about half of my gifts wrapped. The hot chocolate sounds very yummy and I adore your deer cards! I have crushed on deer for a couple of years now also. Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Anonymous said...

I love your cute Snoopy mugs and the vintage gate! Thanks for sharing at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!!

Mrs.T said...

What a cozy post with a vintage air about it! Love the cards you made and the hot cocoa looks yummy. And oh, that white ceramic tree. Love both of the trees!