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Hot Cocoa Ornaments

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Hot Cocoa Ornament

Looking for an inexpensive, fun and easy holiday gift to give? This is the gift that keeps on giving! It’s a Hot Cocoa filled Christmas ornament. Your gift recipient can hang the ornament on their tree, then when the Hot Cocoa craving kicks in, Voila! There’s some hot cocoa to drink. Just dump the contents into a cup of boiling water and it’s an instant chocolate treat.

And it’s really easy and did I mention, inexpensive?

Supplies:
Clear, empty ornaments. (I picked up a few plastic ones from AC Moore.)
Candy canes for crushing
Hot Cocoa Mix
Mini Marshmallows
Ribbon for bows

Hot Cocoa Ornaments
Instructions:
Open the clear ornaments. Use a funnel to pour the hot cocoa mix into the ornaments. I used 3 packets to get the level I wanted. Crush a candy cane and pour that into the ornament. Fill the remaining space with mini marshmallows. Replace the top of the ornament, tie a bow on the top, and you’re done! Each ornament cost about $1.25 to make. They’re adorable and thoughtful and your gift recipients will love them!

Hot Cocoa Ornaments

Top 5 Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

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To prep you all for the upcoming Christmas shopping season, I have composed my “Top 5 Favorite Kitchen Gadget” list! These are some of my tried and true kitchen gadgets that I love and cannot live without. Post to the comments and let me know what you can’t live without in the kitchen!

1. Crock Pot.

crockpot

This is the most-used and most-favorite item in my kitchen. When I was working, it was a life saver. Throw in dinner before you leave for work, and dinner is practically done when you get home. Plus the house smells amazing. If you don’t have one of these gems yet, you need one! Now!

Crock-Pot SCCPVP550-B Programmable Slow Cooker

2. KitchenAid.
kitchenaid

I am a little ashamed at how long it took me to understand the awesomeness of the KitchenAid. I received one exactly one year ago for my birthday. It has changed my life. If you don’t have one, you NEED one. Baking breads and cookies is so much easier. Your arms will thank you if you get one.

KitchenAid Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer

3. Keurig.

keurig

The Keurig is a wonderful invention. Is it necessary? No. A regular coffee maker works just fine. Is it a luxury? A little bit. Is it amazing? Yep. I held out on getting a Keurig for a very long time. Then I jumped on the bandwagon last year and haven’t looked back.

Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System

cupholder

And if you’re going to go all out and get a nice Keurig, you might as well get a neat place to store your K-Cups!

DecoBros K-cup Storage 2 Drawers Holder for Keurig K-cup Coffee Pods

4. Griddle Pan.

griddle

This griddle pan is fantastic. You don’t have to haul out a big griddle, just grab this pan when you’re in the mood for pancakes. We also use it for turkey burgers and quesadillas. It’s a great kitchen gadget! And it’s less than $10!

Farberware 20442 Aluminum Nonstick Square Meal Griddle, 11-Inch, Gray

5. OXO Good Grips Peeler.

potatopeeler

This is the world’s BEST potato peeler. If you have to peel a lot of potatoes like I do (my family LOVES mashed potatoes!), this is the peeler for you. It makes an otherwise monotonous and annoying task much easier. And it’s really inexpensive!

OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler

Check out Amazon.com for other great holiday kitchen gadgets for yourself or to give as gifts!

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