Holiday Cheer (and sugar)

Season’s Sweets

The holidays are so close, I can almost taste them! So I figured that today’s post would feature a little something sweet that you can make yourself for your friends/co-workers, people that you don’t really like but feel obligated to give something to(haha just kidding!), etc. I’m sure you’ve all seen and heard of ‘chocolate spoons’ ! They’re really easy to make- really if you can even call it making- it’s really just a few simple steps! You can eat them, mix them into your morning coffee, hot chocolate, etc.

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Posing with peppermint, you know, keeping with the theme

I like to make at least two flavors- just for the added color and someone may prefer one flavor over the other. Usually, I opt for a white chocolate and a slightly dark chocolate (~60% cacao). You can choose to keep them plain- which is perfectly acceptable, but if you want to spice things up a bit, then here are some ideas:

  • white chocolate + peppermint liqueur (1 tbsp)  (can add peppermint flakes, which I did)
  • dark chocolate + peppermint
  • dark chocolate + ginger + cardamom (ground spices- roughly 1tsp each)
  • dark chocolate + orange flavor (1 tbsp)

I went with white chocolate + peppermint with added flakes and the dark chocolate with ginger + cardamom.

Ingredients and Materials:

  • Plastic Spoons – make sure they are durable!
  • 2 bags of baking chips/chocolate chips
  • Peppermint liqueur/and or any other flavors you would like to add
  • Lollipop/treat covers (can be found at
  • Ribbon
  • Wax Paper

Steps:

  1. Melt chocolate in a metal or glass bowl over a pot with water. Don’t put the heat on too high! Medium is pretty good to get the chocolate heated, then turn down and keep stirring
  2. Once completely melted, add whatever flavor that you would like
  3. Take chocolate off water bath and dip spoons
  4. When dipping, make sure to cover the back!!
  5. Rest spoons on wax or parchment paper
  6. Let cool to room temperature (you can let them cool down in the fridge- but not necessary!)
  7. Once completely cooled, place individual spoons into treat bags and tie with ribbon! (you can use cellophane, but make sure that they are food grade- and can touch ‘bare’ food!)
  8. Important Tip:  Be sure to look out for air bubbles!

And VOILA! You have just made some cute and personable gifts for those peeps on your gift list!

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OOTD:

Okay, I’m all about a fitted outfit, but with the holidays and the food, and the parties, and all of the sweets, sometimes a girl just needs an outfit to hide the food baby…

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Enter these pants! These beauties from my fav- LOFT – are shimmery, high waisted, comfy, and do a great job of hiding all that you might have overeaten. Usually, as a petite woman,  I would stay away from something like this, but paired with some high-heeled boots, or heels elongate your body, making you look and feel absolutely fabulous!

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I paired this with a gold-shimmery sweater from ANN TAYLOR. This delicate sweater has cute little pearls on the cuffs- I would be extra careful with these, they do look like they might fall off at any given moment (although I was okay through my first wear), but you might want to reinforce these delicate darlings with a little extra thread…

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I would only wear a fitted top with the wide-leg pants. I tried multiple chunky sweaters with it, thinking it would look more festive, but it was too much to tuck into the pants. Perhaps if you’re a bit taller, then it could work!

Onward to the holidays and some much needed vacation!!!

-xoxo

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