TBT: Frozen Hot Chocolate


It is throwback Thursday time with a post from 2017!

I LOVE, LOVE a good cup of hot chocolate, but sometimes I don’t want it hot. I want it….well, cold or more like frozen. Try this recipe the next time you want this chocolatey drink. Works great for summertime, too!

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp hot cocoa mix
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 4 1/2 cups ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, cocoa mix, and butter in the top of a double boiler. Stir until melted.
  2. Stir in semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix until mixture is smooth.
  3. Slowly add in 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk and stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Combine chocolate mixture with the remaining evaporated milk and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour into frosty glasses and top with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate chips,  if desired.

Enjoy!

Xoxo,

Megan

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Be a Snowflake

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At various times today, I’ve found myself staring out the window and watching snow fall from the sky. All day snow has fallen here in North Carolina and we are now up to about four plus inches. I can’t help, but think how peaceful, calm, and quiet the world seems right now. Also, there is something about a winter snow that brings out the 6-year-old in all of us and just makes you, well, happy.

From the texture, the coldness, and the beauty of it, snow just amazes me. One thing that is especially wonderful is the uniqueness of snowflakes. We can’t tell with the naked eye, but every single flake that falls from the sky is carefully created with its own design. No two snowflakes are identical.

Sound familiar?

No two humans are identical either. Every one of us were designed in our own special way. There is no one like you and that is a true sign of God’s love. Be proud of who you are, your personality, your style, etc. Everything about you is special and should be celebrated!

One time I saw a video on Facebook that showed snowflakes close up. The variety of the designs were beautiful; just like the variety of human beings in this world. Be a snowflake and be who God meant for you to be.

xoxo,

Megan

5 Winter Skincare Tips You Should Know

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“Oh, the weather outside is frightful.” With temperatures freezing and below this week, many people head out doors bundled up from head to toe. While layers of clothes protect you from frigid weather, winter isn’t fun for your skin. This season is full of low humidity and dry air, making dry skin common. The tips below, useful for people of all ages, will help prevent your skin from drying out.
  • Take showers and baths in lukewarm water, not hot. Even wash your hands and face in a warm temperature, to avoid stripping oils from your skin.
  • Moisturize all the time. Especially, after any type of washing. I’m always slathering on lotion after my showers, because this practice helps allow the water’s dampness to further hydrate my skin. Also, apply a lotion or moisturizing balm before bed each night. Pay special attention to dryer areas, such as hands, feet, elbows, and knees where the skin is thin. Lastly, it is important to choose your moisturizers wisely. Dermatologists have found that an oil-based solution rather than water-based is better for your skin and helps retain more moisture.
  • Try using a humidifier in your home to prevent dry air from creeping in. This will also protect your skin.
  • Use an exfoliating mask on your face, hands, and lips to get rid of dead cells. Another option is exfoliating body washes. Always immediately moisturize your skin after using.
  • Drink water and hydrate your skin from the inside out. Balance your intake of hot beverages by adding in some H2O.
Keep these winter skincare tips in mind and win the winter skin battle.
xoxo,
Megan

7 Home Remedies to Use When You Are Sick

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I got a Christmas present I didn’t ask for you this year – a horrible cold. No one wants to wake up Christmas morning unable to breathe and coughing up a storm. However, after using these seven home remedies, I’m on the mend to feeling better.

  1. Salt Water – Gargling salt water can help prevent upper respiratory infections and decrease the severity of cold symptoms. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a full glass of water. Swish around in month and throat. Then, spit it out.
  2. Warm Baths – Take a warm bath with Epsom salt and baking soda. Cold and flu symptoms and body aches can be reduced with the warm water. Also, try adding a few drops of essential oils for a soothing effects. Some options are: tea tree, juniper, rosemary, lavender, or eucalyptus.
  3. Heat Up Your Sinuses – Hold a hot pack or hot washcloth to your sinuses for a few minutes. Reusable hot packs can be purchased at drugstores. Be careful to not make the pack too hot.
  4. Honey – A spoonful of honey before bed helps decrease nighttime coughs.
  5. Cinnamon – Naturalists loved this spice, because of its healing effects, such as easing a dry or sore throat. Boil one teaspoon of cinnamon in a glass of water and drink. For an extra effect, mix it with pepper powder and honey.
  6. Take Vitamin C – You can get a dose of vitamin-C through a supplement or foods, such as citrus, green peppers, dark lefty greens, and kiwi fruit.
  7. Lemon – The acidic effects of lemons help eliminate bacteria from mucous membranes. Chopped one lemon into half and keep the skin on. Place in a boiling cup of water and let it steep for a few minutes. Inhale the steam.

Use these home remedies whenever you feel under the weather and you’ll feel better soon!

xoxo,

Megan

 

 

Hello, Winter!

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Happy Winter! Today is the first day of a new season and is the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. December 21st is known as winter solstice and happens due to the tilt of the sun towards the Earth.

Celebrate the day with your family and friends. This simple craft will have your home smelling good all season long and makes a great Christmas decoration!

Clove Oranges

Materials:

  • An orange
  • Thin colored ribbon
  • Cloves

Directions: 

  1. Wrap the ribbon around the orange, twisting at the base, dividing the orange into quarters.
  2. Feed the ends under the piece of ribbon at the top of the orange.
  3. Tie a overhand knot at one end of the orange to keep the ribbon in place.
  4. Press cloves into the orange. Create any pattern you would like and be creative.
  5. Display your oranges in a bowl and hang onto your Christmas tree with extra ribbon for hanging.

xoxo,

Megan

 

 

Frozen Hot Chocolate

  
I LOVE, LOVE a good cup of hot chocolate, but sometimes I don’t want it hot. I want it….well, cold or more like frozen. Try this recipe the next time you want this chocolatey drink. Works great for summertime, too! 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp hot cocoa mix
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 4 1/2 cups ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips 
  • Marshmallows 

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, cocoa mix, and butter in the top of a double boiler. Stir until melted.
  2. Stir in semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix until mixture is smooth. 
  3. Slowly add in 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk and stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. 
  4. Combine chocolate mixture with the remaining evaporated milk and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. 
  5. Pour into frosty glasses and top with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate chips,  if desired. 

Enjoy! 

Xoxo, 

Megan 

Why Milk and Bread?

The question “why get milk and bread when it snows?” gained national attention during recent winter storm Jonas. Take a trip down memory lane with me, as I answered that age-old question during last year’s winter weather.

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Why Milk and Bread?

We all know the predicted snow tradition–run to the grocery store and grab milk and bread, before they’re all gone. On my snow shopping list is fruit, pizza, wine, and chips, but I also make sure I get the two foods listed above. So, why is milk and bread a staple during winter weather?

After doing a little research, I discovered these foods are actually terrible survival foods, due to one (milk) being non-perishable and the other’s (bread) short shelf life; however, they represent something. They represent life’s simplicity and comfort. An article in the Washington Post states “Symbolically, they’re easy to decode. Bread is the host, the staff of life, a palpable object of survival. Milk is … the sustenance that a mother provides an infant, a biblical promise (‘a land flowing with milk and honey’).” Knowing that food resources may soon be limited, it is part of our human nature to stock up on items needed for survival, especially if the items help put you at ease. This dairy and grain represent times in history where knowing if you had these two items, you were going to be okay–kinda like the comfort we need to feel when a snowstorm is on its way.

My advice to you: next time when it is supposed to snow, buy some milk and bread.

xoxo,

Megan

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/26/why-blizzards-make-us-go-crazy-for-milk-and-bread/

Giving Thanks

Tomorrow, family and friends will gather and give thanks for everything in their lives. In addition, we will eat until our hearts’ are content. But, why does giving thanks have to happen only on Thanksgiving, one day year? Why not the other 364 days? Why do people only post what they are thankful for on Facebook during November?

Let’s make it a goal to be thankful for at least one thing per day for the next 365 days. Write it down, say it aloud, make it a family event. Whatever you do, give thanks all year long. As the saying goes, the things you are thankful for, someone else is praying for them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xoxo,

Megan

Christmas in July, Final Day

Today is the last day of my Christmas in July extravaganza! Grab your family together and create a new tradition, all while enjoying some festive holiday tunes.

A Book A Day

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Place 24 wrapped books under the Christmas tree. These books can relate to the meaning of the holiday, favorites of your children, or any type of book you would like. Starting December 1 and going through the 24th, unwrap one of the books each night. Have fun and be creative with this exciting tradition!

Favorite Holiday Songs

Add some Christmas music to your holiday with some of my favorites.

1. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

2. “O Holy Night”

3. “The Christmas Song”

4. “White Christmas”

5. “Christmas in Dixie”

Until next time, have a fantastic Christmas in July! Seems the perfect time to say “Mele Kalikimaka!”

xoxo,

Megan

Christmas in July, Day 3 

It’s time for some decorations and food fun for Christmas in July!

Candy Cane Decorations

Supplies:

Wooden dowel rods

White Styrofoam circles

Red glitter glue

Directions:
1: Press a Styrofoam circle into the top of a wooden dowel.
2: Decorate similar to a peppermint.
Fun to place around a house, office space, and more!

Hot Chocolate Sticks

   

Ingredients:

Marshmallows

Melting chocolate

Peppermints

Wooden dowel rods

Directions:
1: Crush the peppermints in a ziplock bag. Place one marshmallow onto the bottom end of a wooden dowel.
2: Melt the chocolate, in either the microwave or onto of the stove, and dip the marshmallows.
3: Roll the marshmallows into the peppermint and let harden. You can place in the refrigerator, if needed to quicken hardening.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Megan