Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

Those who have been reading my blog for any length of time know that probably my favorite flavor combo is peppermint and chocolate. (See this delicious cupcakes!) I absolutely love it. So this year I wanted to make a little peppermint hot chocolate recipe for you all. It’s also a great gift.

peppermint hot chocolate

Peppemint Hot Cocoa Recipe

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

4 crushed candy canes

1 ounce chopped dark chocolate

Put all of these ingredients into a small jar. I recommend layering them, so it looks super cute.

Peppermint Hot CocoaNext, cut a square of fabric for the top. Attach it with the jar’s ring. Tie a little bow with twine or hemp cord. Attach the following directions:

Mix entire contents of jar with 4 cups of milk. Heat over medium until peppermint and chocolate are melted. Heat to a boil and immediately serve.

I made a little label that you are free to use. Download here. (Plus, in view of the comment of my typo- that has been fixed.) :)

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix Label


So what’s your favorite flavor combo?
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I Made It! Monday Craft Linky Week #46

Boy, have I been busy lately. This last weekend I was house-sitting, and I didn’t have wi-fi. Thus why this linky post is up later than usual. But, as you may not know,  the party is open all week, so if you are ever running late, you can come back and link up anyways.

I’m a big fan of pallets, I don’t know why. Unfortunately I can’t convince my husband that it’s cool to decorate with them. He thinks they’re only good for building bonfires. What a lack of vision… ;) Anyways, here’s a cool pallet project linked up last week by Hallway Happenings:

Pallet Outdoor Furniture by Hallway Happenings

Now what have you been up to this week? A few guidelines:

1. Please follow my blog. You’ll know when to link up next week, even if I’m late. ;)

2. Keep it family-friendly. I reserve the right to delete links.

3. Have fun! Visit some of the other blogs and share comment love.

4. Post my button somewhere on you blog, so others can join the fun!

Ninth Street Notions

Ninth Street Notions

A Cuddly Book for My Niece

So you may remember the apron I made for my nephew. Well, he’s got a little sister. She’s less than a year old. I had to make her a present, too, of course.

For a year (even before she was born), I kept toying with the idea of making a little soft book. I just could not figure out how to do it. Then I stumbled upon this tutorial by Lella Boutique. Finally I knew how to put it together!

And so I got to work gathering scraps of different textures. I found vinyl, fleece, flannel, satin, felt, and more. I wrote some words to go with the pictures and printed them on printable fabric. (BTW, I love that stuff!) I’m not an artist, so it took a bit to draw out my designs. My husband ended up having to do the dog for me.

I just adore how it turned out. It came together really easily, too. It’s a bit tedious to cut out and sew all of the little shapes, but it didn’t take too long, actually. Everyone gave it rave reviews, and my niece promptly began to chew on it, so I assume she liked it as well.

Who would you want to make a little texture book for? Or, what are your ideas for book themes?

p.s. Sorry the photos aren’t great. I discovered it’s really hard to take pictures of a cuddly book.

Cover of the book

I Made It! Monday Linky #45

Well, I think I’ve got my design down for the blog. What do you think? I mean, there will probably be a few subtle changes around the place, but for the most part I think I’ve got it figured out. I love these fun new colors.

Anyways, on to the linky party. How about this super gorgeous colorful DIY tiered serving tray:

Tiered Serving Tray

I think it’s just great. Thanks, Life as a Pepin.

On to this week. What have you been creating lately? I can’t wait to see. A few guidelines:

1. Please follow the blog. It will help you know when to link up next week.

2. Keep it family-friendly. I reserve the right to delete links.

3. Please post my button somewhere on your blog. Let’s grow this linky party!

Ninth Street Notions

Ninth Street Notions

4. Have fun! Visit some of the other links and share some comments.

Being Unemployed

I’ve been unemployed for a year now. My husband and I were living in Alaska, where I worked as an office and dental assistant. We moved down to Oregon for a number of reasons. One was to help out my parents. Another was that my husband got work in the construction field.
I thought that I would probably be unemployed for a bit, but that I would find work fairly quickly.
That didn’t happen. I’ve been on at least a dozen interviews. Some normal, others quite bizarre. (And by bizarre I mean asking me my religion, how my marriage is, and who my parents are.) I hate interviews of all types.
One of the things I’ve wanted to say as the number of interviews and rejections grew was, “Let’s cut out all of this, ‘How would you handle an irate customer?’ garbage. I’m good at what I do. Check my references. I’ve cut costs, improved efficiency, and been a fun part of every team. Hire me, and I’ll do the same for you.”
But you can’t say things like that. You have to instead research each company and come up with great choices for what three words best describe you. It’s hard. It’s never fun.
And sometimes I struggle with the feeling that I don’t contribute enough to the family. My husband doesn’t mind. He says I do plenty and that he has plenty of work. (Which is true. We don’t really need more money.) I make our meals, clean the house, take care of the bills and paperwork. This should be enough. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it is. Why is that?

I suppose there aren’t any easy answers to that question. What about you? Have any of you been through this situation? How have you dealt with it?