At first I was a little sad about not putting up a huge Christmas tree this year but then I realized that if I just put up our little 3 foot Christmas tree that we already had that I’d have a little extra decorating money left over to buy some pretty decorations for the new apartment!
I got a huge green tree branch like wreath for the giant 5 pane picture window that we have that goes from the office to the kitchen. I bought a huge red bow and tied it to the top of the wreath and draped it down the middle of the wreath. All we have left for that is to get a little extension cord because the wreath has lights woven into it and once we get an extension cord we’ll be able to light it up!
I was just going to tuck the cord into the wreath and leave it as is but Thomas looked at me like I had lost my marbles when I suggested it. He’s been all about the lights this year! The LED icicle lights that I hung around the kitchen…he wants them on all the time. 🙂
Next, I got about 6 feet worth of garland that had some berries and pine cones woven throughout and Thomas wrapped it around the pantry part of our kitchen and we sat my little red gas lantern in the middle.
It’s kind of hard to explain but I’ll take pictures of it this weekend and post them for you. Our ceilings in the kitchen are like 18 feet high so the pantry doesn’t go all the way up. There is a little ledge where it stops and that’s where we put the garland.
But ohhhhh my favorite decoration that I’ve put up it the green pine wreath that’s “hanging by a red bow” on my brick living room wall next to our living room window.
It was too dark to take pictures of it when we hung it up but I’ve just got to get some photos of it during the day. The red bow and the green pine branch wreath against the exposed brick just make me one happy girl!
Sorry, I got off the subject of Peppermint Crockpot Hot Chocolate but you have no idea how excited I was to get those decorations up. I mean you would have thought I was a 5 year old on Christmas morning. haha.
So, Peppermint Crockpot Hot Chocolate, have you had Crockpot Hot Chocolate? It’s kind of rich and extra smooth, plus the peppermint is my favorite touch to this simple drink.
I’ve seen this at birthday parties (well ones in the winter), cookie exchange parties and Christmas parties. I took my god-daughters, Alyssa and Kendra, to a little Christmas party with Santa and Mrs Clause a few weekends ago and guess what was being served….Crockpot Hot Chocolate! haha
You throw everything into the crockpot and let it heat up for about 2 hours before you’re ready to serve it. Just provide some cups, mini marshmallows and a ladle for a hassle free addition to any holiday soirée!
Of course, you don’t have to add the peppermint flavor to this. You can leave out the extra flavor or you can change it up for your favorite.
Also, if you’re making this for home and you’re done having hot chocolate for the night, just pour the rest of it into a pitcher and store it in the fridge covered with plastic wrap and heat it up individual servings in the microwave or stove top when you want a bit of hot chocolate for the evening.
How perfect would this be for Christmas Eve!?!