A Handmade Christmas


There is something about the holidays that brings out the creativity in me.  I enjoy making gifts for loved ones.  It slows the holiday frenzy down and I can savor time at home instead of rushing around. It’s fun to gather a group of friends to create together over a glass of warm cider, hot chocolate or wine.   Most of these ideas from the archives can come together in very little time and are easy on the budget.  Click on the highlighted link to get the instructions.   I hope you will find a spark of inspiration to create handmade gifts for everyone on your list.   Priceless.

Hot Chocolate On a Stick

The best hot chocolate ever and so adorable to wrap!

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My oldest son Sébastien travelled to Belgium while studying abroad at The University of St-Andrews in Scotland.  While there he discovered Hot-Chocolate-On-A-Stick and declared it the best hot chocolate ever.image  I set out to find the recipe and make it for him at home.  Several recipes I researched contained Eagle Brand Condensed Milk and cream which would really limit shelf life and the sending of it as gifts and also require cold storage.  After much digging around I finally found the decadent Belgian hot chocolate sticks Sebastien raved about.   This recipe will rival Brussel’s Wittamer Café beverage which is considered to be the best hot chocolate in the world! Continue reading