Chocolate Peppermint Italian Soda #StreamTeam

New Year's Eve Kids Treat. Chocolate Peppermint Italian Sodas  #spon #StreamTeamThis post is brought to you in partnership with Netflix. All opinions are my own. I’m part of their #StreamTeam and it’s awesome.

My kids love Christmas, of course. But they LOVE New Year’s Eve. As they’ve gotten older, my husband and I have been enjoying spending New Year’s Eve with them too. Getting to stay up and “rage” until midnight is one of the coolest things ever to them. And for some reason, they are really well-behaved and super fun to be around (if you are a parent, you know how those days go where you just can’t wait for them to get to bed…). This holiday is no longer about being out on the town in sparkly clothes and drinking too much. For us, we stay at home, spend time together, enjoy the TV broadcasts where they are freezing their buns off in New York, and indulge in several treats throughout the night. This year we’ll be having these Chocolate Peppermint Italian Sodas.

Chocolate Peppermint Italian Sodas  #spon #StreamTeamYou only need a few things to make these and they take just a second. The basics for any Italian soda are the same, milk (or cream), syrup and club soda. But you can change-up the flavors to make them in a ton of flavors. This year, my kids are super in to peppermint so I decided to create one last treat for the holiday season with it. I know you can use peppermint in January but it just feels so wrong!

Chocolate Peppermint Italian Sodas  #spon #StreamTeamMix them up, top with club soda, spray on a little whipped cream and top with some crushed candy cane. Done.

Chocolate Peppermint Italian Sodas  #spon #StreamTeamThis may look like a lot but it is mostly club soda. My ratio may have been off a little bit in this size jar. I would say to add some soda, give a little stir and do a taste test to see if you need more. And since this is the blogging world, I needed this to be all the way to the top so the whipped cream could be seen better…

Chocolate Peppermint Italian Sodas  #spon #StreamTeamFor sure use a straw. Straws are festive.

Chocolate Peppermint Italian Sodas. A fun New Year's Eve treat for kids.  #spon #StreamTeamThe rest of our New Year’s celebrating is pretty low-key. Of course there will be party hats, some balloons (because I don’t know about you but my kids can be entertained for HOURS with balloons!) and special candy. These chocolate peppermint italian sodas are perfect for the whole family. I don’t even drink at all on New Year’s Eve any more. It makes me too tired. I don’t want to be the party pooper! But if you wanted something a little more “festive” you could absolutely add vodka.

Chocolate Peppermint Italian Sodas  #spon #StreamTeamNew Year’s Eve is the perfect time to try a new treat. But not all of our night is based around food…We do these countdown bags every year as well. It is a really great way to keep the kids entertained and looking forward to the next hour. There is nothing worse than a bored, tired kid, am I right? Pick up little activities while you are out finishing up your stocking stuffers and you will be all set!

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Viewing party for #KingJulien the new show on Netflix #StreamTeamOn December 19th, Netflix is debuting a new, original series called, All Hail King Julien, of Madagascar fame (watch the trailer!). We got the chance to preview a few episodes this past weekend and brought the cousins along for some extra fun. The show is really funny! I heard the adults and kids laughing through out. Your kids will love this!

Craft time at #KingJulien. #StreamTeamThe Netflix team put on a really fun event with all kinds of activities that enhanced the King Julien experience. The kids learned a dance to the theme song of the show which was super amazing to watch (and my kids have continued to perform it at home for me). And there was a craft table to create your own crown or hat similar to the one King Julien wears.

Netflix will probably be part of our New Year’s Eve festivities. We’ll probably watch more King Julien episodes, especially since a really fun New Year’s Eve party kit just arrived – thank you Netflix! But as I was browsing around looking for a few shows to recommend, my youngest son and I became enthralled with this series called The Adventures of Figaro Pho. It’s about an odd little boy who has tons of phobias. This is definitely boy’s club stuff. Lots of farts. No talking, but great music to enhance the moods. And the subtitles are of the funny noises the characters make. So if you have little boys, check it out. And if you are still in the market for holiday movies, check out the top 20 movies to stream on Netflix this holiday season. And tonight we will be watching the original Annie. My boys want to see the updated version on the big screen so we decided we should watch the original so we can compare and contrast. I can’t wait to sing all the songs! Bet your bottom dollar it will annoy the kids!

Chocolate Peppermint Italian Soda #StreamTeam
 
These yummy chocolate peppermint sodas are the perfect treat during the holiday season. These are made for my kids but you can make these more "fun" by adding some vodka (to yours...)!
Recipe type: Beverage
Ingredients
  • 3 TBSP chocolate syrup
  • ⅛ tsp peppermint extract (it is VERY strong - I'd start with a few drops and get to the flavor you prefer)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Club Soda
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • crushed candy cane (optional but super cute)
Instructions
  1. In a glass, mix together the chocolate syrup, peppermint and milk.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Top with Club Soda to taste
  4. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane.

 

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Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.This post is created in conjunction with Kings Hawaiian and their delicious, sweet, wonderful breads. All opinions are my own!

We are fully in to the holiday crazy around here. I am almost done Christmas shopping, we took our family photo for our christmas cards, and I’ve got my list of all the holiday treats I need to make for pretty much everyone we know. For years I let the holiday stress make me crazy and suck the joy right out of this most wonderful time of the year. But I’ve realized that in this insane post-Thanksgiving weeks, is OK and very important to take some time for yourself. As most therapists would tell you, you should always eat your feelings (no, wait! – but it works for me) so I decided to make a super comforting dessert. For just me. Because this post is all about me. And this Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug is delicious. And it’s not really in a mug but who cares. This dish works way better. And you probably get a little bit more…

Single serving bread pudding recipe for the microwave! Super simple ingredients. This small pack of King’s Hawaiian Rolls would actually make two servings. And all of these ingredients can be found at Target which is awesome because when you are done with your gift and toilet paper buying, you can grab these things to make yourself a wonderful treat.  And I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, during December, but you are allowed to sit down on the couch for a minute and turn on the TV. Any time of the day. Because you deserve it.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.This recipe used a few more bowls than a normal mug cake but I probably could have done it all in the ramekin. Basically, mix everything together.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.Then pour it over buttered, cubed bread.  Yes, other bread would work, but these sweet rolls were perfection. I used about 1 and 1/2 rolls. I wanted to make sure that there was enough of the custardy part so I left out the other half of the last roll.  I think I could have included it and it still would have been a great consistency.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.Then add your chocolate. I used a few tablespoons of a semi-sweet chocolate baking bar but chocolate chips would work also.

Mace. It's just like nutmeg! Then before I went to the microwave, I gave her a little dusting of Mace. Mace is basically nutmeg but, like, way cooler because you rarely hear about it.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.The reason you want to use a lower, wider vessel, in place of the mug in this case is because you want the bread to be able to be covered in the egg mixture and stay really moist. That really doesn’t explain why, but hey, I’m not a baker. Or scientist. I just like to eat. It goes in the microwave for 1 minute and then you check it to see if there is still liquid. I microwaved it for another 30 seconds, checked it again and then did one more burst of 15. Do not over cook it.

A little extra chocolate sauce never hurt nobody.I thought I may want to have a little extra chocolate sauce to make this thing even more decadent but it wasn’t really needed! But depending how stressed out you are, you may want it. Extra chocolate is always a good idea.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.So pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then go to town on this super yummy dessert. It was delicious. Before this, I would have told you I wasn’t a fan of bread puddings. But this one, with all that chocolatey goodness is perfection. I was stunned out how tasty it was coming out of the microwave.

Take some time for yourself this holiday.It’s like they say on the plane, but the oxygen mask on yourself first before you help your child. If you ain’t breathing, no one else is. Take care of yourself. There is some great TV on right now too. Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce is super edgy and kind of hard to watch but still really good and the Hallmark Channel has been killing it in the holiday movie department. I’ve watched SO MANY! I’d say it is a mild obsession. I used to just watch them while I wrapped Christmas presents but now…well let’s just say it makes you feel good to watch love blossom and Christmas be saved, time after time.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.I’m wishing you the least stressful holiday ever. But just knowing you can make this microwave bread pudding in a mug helps a little, right?

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Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug
 
You can customize this super easy bread pudding with whatever flavors you like. This one is with chocolate and is super yum.
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1½-2 King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • approx. 1 TBSP butter, to spread on bread
  • 2 TBSP chocolate (I used semi-sweet, but this is your flavor preference)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg or mace
Instructions
  1. Cut King's Hawaiian sweet rolls in half, making a top and bottom.
  2. Spread each section with a little butter
  3. Cut buttered bread in to cubes, each half would make about 4 cubes.
  4. Add bread to your ramekin.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
  6. Pour over the bread cubes and give a gentle stir.
  7. Add in your chocolate pieces or chips and give a gentle stir to combine.
  8. Put in microwave, uncovered and cook for 1 minute.
  9. Check to see if there is any liquid left, if yes, cook another 30 seconds.
  10. Check again, and if needed, cook another 15-30 seconds.
  11. You want to make sure the custard is set.
  12. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce or whatever you feel is right.
  13. Then eat!

 

 

Decoupage Holiday Treat Plates

holiday-decoupage-plateChristmas is the time for treats, am I right? And treats are made for sharing. These easy decoupage plates are the perfect thing to gift your holiday desserts on. I love Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge and when I saw that they have a dishwasher safe version I almost cried. How cool is that?!

decoupage-plate-for-holiday-partiesThese glass plates cost .99 cents at Ikea. Just grab some of your favorite fabric and some dishwasher safe Mod Podge.

cut-fabric-for-decoupage-plateCut the fabric to fit the size of the plate. Leave a little overhang to make sure if covers the whole way.

holiday-entertaining-craftFollow the directions on the Mod Podge bottle. Paint on the Mod Podge on to the plate. Then lay out the fabric on top. Smooth it out to make sure there aren’t any wrinkles. Paint on the Mod Podge on to the back of the fabric. Then let dry for an hour. Add more coats (up to 4) leaving each to dry an hour in between.

trim-fabric-from-holiday-craftOnce fully dry, trim the fabric as close to the edge of the plate as possible. Let cure for 24 days or whatever the bottle says. It seems like a really long time but if you want to really put these in the dishwasher then you will want to do it. If you are just doing these for one party then I’d just make sure that they are dried completely.

diy-decoupage-plate-for-holiday-entertainingI fell in love with this holiday fabric. I know it doesn’t look very traditionally holiday, but I think it is perfect.

decoupage-plate-gift-ideaWrap the plate and treats up with a little cellophane and tie with a cute bow and you’ve got the perfect neighbor gift. This is a perfect thing to make for kid’s birthday parties when you are trying have everything be cohesive and part of a theme. It also works with patterned papers, lace doilies, whatevs.

Homemade Woven Ornaments

easy-holiday-craft-ornamentsIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And this year I decided to make some ornaments. These homemade woven ornaments are a great gift idea for friends and family. It is also a good craft to do with your older kids. I thought my 6-year-old would like to do this but he had a hard time with the over under idea of the sewing. Either way it kept him busy while I finished mine. And I just love yarn crafts. Don’t you?

supplies-for-easy-yarn-christmas-ornamentsI had seen this plastic grid in the craft store and always wanted to do something with it. Then it dawned on me. Woven ornaments. I could have used yarn that I already owned but decided to pick up the craft yarn that is sold next to the plastic sheets. And I thought these plastic yarn needles would work but they ended up not fitting through the squares. Luckily I had smaller yarn needles at home to work with. You could also wrap the tip of the yarn with scotch tape to get it to fit through the hole but I much prefer a needle.

making-yarn-christmas-ornamentsAll you have to do is cut out your shapes from the plastic and start sewing, making whatever patterns you like. A lot of the plastic ends up showing through so I actually went back and spray painted the plastic shapes silver before starting to sew. I also picked up another sheet of plastic that they sell in hot pink. Because why not. They might be untraditional colors for Christmas but I love that.

homemade-woven-ornamentsI think they turned out really cute. They were my favorite kind of craft where you can do it while you watch tv. These will sit nicely on a tree or you can use a metal hook to hang them. You could even do this on a much larger scale and use each sheet for a single letter and create words for your mantle.

woven-word-christmas-ornamentHo.

yarn-ornament-craft-for-christmasAnd how awesome do they look on this white tree!!

lightning-bolt-woven-christmas-ornamentI love lightning bolts. What can I say. I am sure Santa does too.

woven-ornaments-with-yarnAnd of course my son wanted in on the action. I love that he is pretty much cross-eyed from looking at the ornament he’s holding. And isn’t his shirt great? It’s a Yoshirt. It cracks me up when he wears himself to school.

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