One of the things I love most about this time of year is how festive everything feels. There seems to be a bit of excitement in the air and a hint of anticipation for what’s to come. I love breaking out my sweaters, warm socks and flannel pajamas. Some days, I have to pretend I feel a chill but other days I see the red on the thermometer nearing 65 degrees and I know it will soon be time to put away my beach towel for the season.
I love being outside yet I love to nest just as much. We have an indoor coffee bar that stays up all year. I look forward to a steaming cup of coffee every morning. Each morning, I stand at the coffee pot and think of things I’m thankful for while holding my cup. It’s a great way to start the day off in a positive way. And you know what they say…attitude is everything.
On the days I’m not traveling and we’re having company over, I like to leave a hot cocoa bar out to enjoy as well. I usually use this dresser by the breakfast table area. It’s convenient to the three spaces we use the most when we’re able to enjoy a cozy fire.
I try to keep a few essentials on the hot cocoa bar like: mugs, hot water, flavored syrups, hot cocoa mix, salt, dutch chocolate powder, cinnamon, marshmallows, candy canes, caramels, spoons and straws. It’s always fun to see the different concoctions people make.
Cookies and cocoa are my favorite combination. I’m always on the lookout for Santa mugs. You can find the mug rack at World Market. I’ll show you how to make a few gingerbread cuties next week.
You can easily add a coffee or tea option to this bar as well. I shared the recipe for this hot chocolate mix last week. It’s so good.
The Keurig makes it easy to keep hot water on hand especially if you want to serve multiple drink options to your guests.
Also if you want to be super sweet to them, you may want to consider offering something other than hot chocolate like a coquito or eggnog for those who want a more adult libation wink wink.
Even if you’re not having friends over, a hot chocolate bar can be a special treat for the whole family. As always, make sure to help the littles when pouring/using hot water. Taking the time to show someone you care by giving the gift of your time is always appreciated. And isn’t that what this season is all about?
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll show you how to make a coquito. It’s super easy to make and so good!