During the winter months in New York City my Grandma Lucy would make hot chocolate for me with heaping amounts of whip cream before I caught my school bus.  I guess it was my early-age “coffee” to start my day.  I loved it, loved it, loved it.  I would pop little marshmallows in my mug as if they were sugar cubes.  She would sit across from me and just smile.  And how could I forget to share the bacon.  Yes, Hot Chocolate and Bacon were my morning norm!

Here I am now with my own little girl, but putting a twist on grandmas cocoa.  I just love chocolate and peppermint and if you are on a no-sugar diet stop now, read yesterday’s post, this one is not for you!  This one is for those mom’s that are able to enjoy a cocoa done right.




  • Cocoa of your choice (I use an organic brand from Whole Foods)
  • 1 candy cane
  • whip cream
  • andes baking chips
  • cinnamon sugar
  • tiny marshmallows


  • Hammer the candy cane on a cutting board in the wrapper
  • make the cocoa as the directions say (leaving room for plenty of goodies)
  • put a handful of marshmallows in first
  • sprinkle a little of the baking chips
  • sprinkle a little of the crushed candy cane on the marshmallows
  • then top it with whip cream
  • sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar
  • put more baking chips
  • and the crushed candy cane on top










Another thing I loved as a child during the month of December was seeing baby Jesus in the Manger.  I love everything about a nativity scene as it’s the ultimate representation of the birth of Jesus.  The kids love it too.  If you want to read my post about how to do the advent calendar with the kids you could see it here.



Being the music junky that I am, of course I embrace dashing through the snow…  What’s not to like about Christmas music?  Its happy, its jolly, its uplifting  and it definitely has too short of an air life than I would want.   People that play it early are just trying to get into the spirit, not annoy you by any means.  Harry Connick Jr. is a musician I truly love.  He is the epitome of that new orleans swagger sound.  His Christmas music is my pick this year.   He just knows how to really set the mood.  You should totally check him out.


The bigger the better!  This year we hit it on the head.  We actually had to cut the top off to get it in.  You could read about that here.

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Christmas Vacation is my all-time favorite.  I swear my husband is Clark Griswald … always the adventure with him!  My second favorite is the classics of course!  Frosty & Rudolph.

I hope you are enjoying some of the perks about December.  Please share your top things about this holiday season and fill in any gaping holes if I have any on my list.



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5 thoughts on “December- These Are a Few of My Fav-or-ite Things…”

  1. I cannot wait to make this hot cocoa with my girls!!

    You know me with the sweets. Thanks for sharing and we are looking forward to making some memories with the Schaffers this season!

  2. Dan… Love your blog and your kind soul. You’re an old soul. You radiate beauty from within. You had asked me before where my words/come from and I’ve told you that they don’t come from anywhere in particular, really other than I just really enjoy your positive energy in what can be such an ugly world.
    The smiling faces of the babies, the silly poses of you being a mom, your imaginary cape of super hero of compassion single handedly saving your hometown because it touches your heart. These are the things that burst through like rays of light that give others hope to not give up and even if it might be just ONE. Person… Go on.
    Keep on keepin on, Stella- because your groove is steady felt. Love ya like a fat kid loves cake and a passionate tree hunger wants to save the world!!

    • Marcie, I am so taken back by your words…. THANK YOU… love ya back sista-friend… I feel like you really see who I am and I love ya for it… You too are an amazing soul!!!!!

  3. I still find myself craving your hot chocolate, and I just can’t mimic it….ever, and I’ve been trying! How about baking cookies? That is one of my favorite holiday things…I usually make tons, but sadly I only helped to make one batch of biscotti…lots to do still!


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