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Happy Holidays everyone! I’m Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper and I’m so excited to share some holiday party inspiration with a Copper Keurig Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar! I live in Washington, DC, and when the winter months roll around it starts getting dark here pretty early – like 4:30 p.m. early. To make up for the early sunsets, I gravitate towards metallic sparkle and shine. A copper holiday party with a festive hot chocolate bar is the perfect way to celebrate the season with family and friends!

Copper Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar with Keurig / Oh So Beautiful Paper for Delish Dish

Keurig makes it so easy to set everything up! All you need for this hot chocolate bar is a few beautiful mugs (preferably made of copper, of course), some festive drink stirrers, and fresh flowers to set the mood. I also made a beautiful minimalist party wreath by spray painting a wire wreath form with copper spray paint and adding a few handfuls of baby’s breath from the grocery store and some battery powered LED string lights for extra sparkle. We placed our hot chocolate K-Cup pods in a vintage copper compote for easy access and made the Keurig brewer front and center!

For some additional holiday cheer, add a tray of spirits to mix with the hot chocolate. I’m a big fan of adding a splash of bourbon to my hot chocolate. Or if spirits aren’t your thing, consider an assortment of treats and toppings, like marshmallows, mini candy canes, flavored syrups, and perhaps spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Display the additional ingredients in glass pour bottles or beautiful bowls in your party color palette!

Copper Holiday Keurig Hot Chocolate Bar / Oh So Beautiful Paper for Delish Dish

Our color palette was copper and black with wood tones and other metallics mixed in. I really love the combination of the copper bottle brush trees with the silver tinsel drink stirrers. So much sparkle! We chose not to cover our wood side table, but a neutral linen table runner would be really lovely and add some subtle texture to all the sparkly metallics on the table.

Copper Holiday Keurig Hot Chocolate Bar / Oh So Beautiful Paper for Delish Dish

Copper Holiday Keurig Hot Chocolate Bar / Oh So Beautiful Paper for Delish Dish

I love that Keurig offers the ability to easily make single mugs of hot chocolate – and you can even customize the size for different size mugs! The 6 ounce brew size turned out to be the perfect amount of liquid for these vintage copper and ceramic mugs, and there was just enough room to add a bit of whipped cream on top! And the best part is that there’s no messy clean up from making a bit pot of hot chocolate – just pop in as many K-Cup pods as you need at any given time! Your guests will be warm and cozy with a mug of hot chocolate in hand!

For more information on Keurig brewers, visit their website here.

Cheers to a festive holiday season and lots of hot chocolate during these cold winter months!

Nole Garey

Oh So Beautiful Paper


With the colder weather moving in, ’tis the season for cozy warm drinks. Given how much I love hot cocoa (I just created a hot cocoa bar in my dining room.), I’m always looking for creative ways to make this delightful drink even more special for me and my guests.

One way to change up classic hot cocoa is to substitute white chocolate for milk chocolate. Inspired to try such a creamy white version, I turned to this recipe from BHG.

Although I have my own white chocolate cocoa recipe, I really like this one because it incorporates cinnamon, nutmeg, and almond extract. These are some of my favorite flavors of the season.

As much as I love this recipe, I decided to give it my own twist for the holidays by spiking it. I had fun experimenting.

First off, was Marshmallow Vodka. (Yes.there really is such a thing!). It was wonderful. But be warned, since it’s vodka it’s going to be a little stronger tasting.

Another delicious liqueur to try is RumChata. This is a cream liqueur that is made with Caribbean rum, real dairy, vanilla, cinnamon, and other spices. As you can imagine, these flavors blend really well with the white hot chocolate.

Finally, a splash of peppermint schnapps is another tasty addition. Peppermint is a traditional flavor of the season, and it goes really well with this recipe. Plus, you can garnish the whole drink with a candy cane to make it look picture perfect!

Again, you can get the recipe for this White Hot Chocolate here.

Do you enjoy hot cocoa during the holidays? How do you vary this cold-weather classic to make it extra special for this time of year?

Cheers!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm


Happy Friday, friends! I hope you are all recovering nicely from Thanksgiving and are getting all geared up for the holiday season! Today, I thought I’d share with you some truly beautiful, eye-catching, and delicious holiday drinks which are sure to keep all of your guests pleased. Here are five of my favorite blogger-inspired holiday drink recipes!

I found this on Pinterest a few weeks ago and couldn’t believe how incredible it looked! Baked Bree brings all of the best holiday flavors in this crazy-good Jingle Juice! She describes it as a citrus sangria, yum!

Eggnog is a pretty polarizing flavor. You love it or you hate it. I tend to love, so these Eggnog Shooters from Hostess with the Mostest are the perfect way to get that eggnog flavor without committing to a whole cup!

Gimme Some Oven was on Delish Dish this summer for her “Month of Drinks” feature and I just needed to bring her back with these insane Cranberry Margaritas! The perfect holiday twist on a classic cocktail recipe!

“If you love the buttery sweet flavor of white chocolate, the spicy heartiness of pumpkin, and the luscious decadence that is whipped cream and caramel (and booze – two kinds, pick your poison), then this is thee fall drink for you.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, Minimalist Baker. You guys will love trying this Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate.

Time to cozy up with a cocktail based on a favorite holiday cookie! Try this Snickerdoodle Martini from By Dawn Nicole for a dessert and a drink!

I’ll take “maybe just a half a drink more” of all these delicious holiday cocktails! Share your favorite recipes in the comments!

Cheers,

Grace

 


 

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s been chilly out here in the woods so tonight I am making this Sipping Chocolate for my sweetheart. Making hot cocoa from scratch is really simple- you basically just melt bits of chocolate and a dab of honey in milk over medium heat and stir until they are all melted together and smooth. I topped mine with whip cream, chocolate shavings and a pinch of cayenne pepper (for a hot kick!). My favorite technique for making curly chocolate shavings is to use a potato peeler. Save a couple squares out of the chocolate bar for this and just swipe the peeler along the edge of the bar to create the shaving. (*tip: milk chocolate has more wax in it than dark chocolate which makes the shavings curl better and less likely to break). I have found it’s easiest to create the shavings right over the whipped cream since picking them up often causes them to break. Enjoy!

 

Sipping Chocolate for 2

(Recipe is adapted from this Double Hot Chocolate recipe. I used honey instead of corn syrup and just one type of chocolate )

Ingredients:

2c milk

1 chocolate bar (milk or dark, approx 1.5 oz., save a couple squares for shaving)

1t honey

topping: whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

1. In a 2-quart heavy saucepan combine milk, chocolate, and honey. Cook and stir over medium heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

2. Serve in warmed latte mugs or bowls. If desired, top with sweetened whipped cream and sprinkle with grated bittersweet chocolate and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

 

The Forest Feast is a blog by Erin Gleeson full of simple, colorful vegetable based recipes with photos and watercolor illustration. After working for many years as a food photographer in NYC, Erin moved to a cabin in the woods where she is currently working on The Forest Feast Cookbook. Follow Erin on Twitter and  Instagram, @theforestfeast.


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