homemade holiday treats

Need a last minute gift? Homemade hot chocolate mix is fast, easy and delicious. I was inspired by my friend, Elise, who brought the mix to our bookclub secret santa exchange.

You can find the hot chocolate recipe at citrus blog. Package it up in a cute jar with ribbon and a label and you're good to go. :)

You can't have hot chocolate without marshmallows, and the homemade variety are SO good! I used a recipe from Your Heart Out (I've had the post saved in my bloglines for over a year - I wish I hadn't taken so long to try it out!). I omitted the candy canes because I forgot to buy them at the store. Instead I added clear sanding sugar to add a bit of sparkle, and loved it because it looks a lot like snow.

Makes a perfect gift for the hot chocolate-lover in your life, don't you think?

My sweet boy let me hang out in the kitchen all afternoon while he napped. Looks like he had sweet dreams ...

40 comments:

Natalie said...

Great idea Jill! I just made one for my friend in about 5 minutes start to finish. I doubled the recipe on the website and it fit in a 1 qt. canning jar.

Your baby is adorable and I love his little quilt. Have a wonderful Christmas!

April said...

Great post. What a handsome little man! And that little smirk, priceless!

Betty Crocker Ass said...

He's so cute!
Where did you get that fabric? Or better yet, do you know who makes it?

gigi said...

I can't believe how much he has grown and filled out. Such a handsome little man. Merry Christmas!

lisa said...

Cute fella! I love homemade hot chocolate!

Kristen said...

he looks just like a little person! what a cutie.

thanks for the homemade tips - those look fantastic, and i bet they're fun to make too!

Larraine said...

Jill,
Would you mind sharing how you created your labels?
Mmm...hot chocolate and candy cane marshmallows; perfect for this snowy weather!
Oz is getting so big and that smile is priceless.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Lori Beth said...

Forget the hot chocolate..how stinkin precious is he? That picture was the best!! Okay, so maybe I'll try to make the hot chocolate oo...but only b/c your sleeping angel sold me!

WendyLou said...

Who needs marshmallows when you have that little sweetie around?? More!! We need more pics!!

Hippie Family... said...

were the marshmellows hard to make? I think they worry me because i am afraid to burn.. isn't that strange?

he's getting so big, and so cute.. awww... happy first Christmas! We have ours this year too but at 9 months old.. all about paper and boxes here :)

Cheryl said...

These look great! Never made homemade marshmellows - now I have to try! Maybe it'll give our middle east christmas this year a little added something.

Oscar is too cute! Seriously. I thinkhe has almost as much hair as my 2 yr old girlie! xx

Jill said...

Betty Crocker - the fabric is XOXO The Cat by Wendy Slotboom.

Larraine - I made the labels in Microsoft Word. If you want a copy of the document, just send me an email.

Hippie Family - the marshmallows were surprisingly easy. They do require a candy thermometer though.

Nicole said...

I love how you find great links and crafts but also that you actually do them. Thanks for your blog!

Oscar looks so much older (I think it is the hair). Very cute!

LoveLaCroix said...

Oh yay! I love when there is a new post. No pressure though, enjoy this time with your peanut, it flies!

The hot chocolate pics made my mouth water, and I'm eating lunch right now!

Sylvia said...

What a neat idea! Will need to give it a try.

Your baby looks soooo cute. Seems like he knows a picture is being taken of him. How old is he now? Such a cutie!

Sylvia

20-Something Superhero said...

Very cute idea. And a cute baby boy to go with it!! Looks like he loves his quilt!!

Thrift Store Mama said...

Man, that is one sweet baby. Hope things are going well, but if they're not...ask for help and hang in there. I was just settling down post bedtime and wondering to myself "hmmm, wonder if Jill's posted any Christmas things" and sure enough, you had!

mau said...

Oh jill how handsome is Oscar and he is so biggggggg.....WOW. So glad to read your blog. Really miss you.

Sarah from Create said...

Jill,
Oscar is getting so big, and he has such a beautiful head of hair!! Oh and the hot chocolate looks yummy too...haha! :)

Rose said...

Love the link for the marshmallow recipe, thank you sooo much, I actually also saw a hint to use regular marshmallows and cookie cutters to make cute shapes! and your little boy sure is a cutie! I really enjoy your site, have a Merry Christmas!

Megan and Adam Pfanmiller said...

Yeah! You're back in the blogworld! You always have such great ideas!

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Amber said...

I haven't tried the marshmallows yet, but I still feel pretty confident saying there is nothing sweeter than baby sleep-smiles! PS - Did you put salt in your marshmallows? The body of the recipe calls for it but there is no amount in list of ingredients (unless I've overlooked it 10+ times, which is actually possible).

Jill said...

Hi Amber,

I couldn't find the salt amount either, so I just added a pinch. They turned out fine! Good luck. :)

Homemade by Lisa said...

Isn't that the cutest baby!
Just look at that smile when he sleeps. I bet he's a good baby.
Looks content and happy.
You must be doing a good job.
Merry Christmas!

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The Collettes said...

I just found your blog through Sugardoodle.net, and if I could be reincarnated into someone else, it would be you! Oh my goodness, you are so talented! And you have awesome taste in fabric, I must say. I don't have any quilt stores where I live, so finding good stuff is really, really tough.
And your little boy is so cute. I have one (2 yrs) and another coming in June. Yay families!

I'm putting a link to this blog on mine, so the 4 people who read mine can also bask in your talents. Thanks!

Kathy - mom of many said...

He's sooo cute!! I can't believe how big he is growing and so fast. I don't blame you for not blogging more, I'd be spending all my time with him too :)
Merry Christmas
Kathy

Julie said...

I made hot chocolate mix for some of my family too. I found the cutest snowmen jars where the top hat was a separate compartment. Filled the snowman with the mix and the hat with marshmellows. (Pics will be on my blog after Christmas so I don't spoil it for the recipients).

What a sweet picture of you cutey. Looks like he's having chocolate milk dreams.

Elise said...

This is probably the first and last time that you get inspired by something I've done. I'm honored! Yours look like they came out so well. I'll have to try your marshmallow recipe next year. I tried a mint batch, but alas they didn't turn out.

AdrianeS said...

How cute! Maybe I can try something like this next year.

I wish my Savannah would take naps like Oscar..she wants to be held in order to sleep :( I don't get much done!! Oscar is adorable!

Katrina said...

Hey Jill, this will be out of the you're holiday theme, but it seems you're such a great host & my best friends is getting married on June 12, 2010 & lucky me im the Maid of Honor, i want to throw her a great bridal shower do you have any great ideas? or websites that you know? please share?

thanks!

btw you're son is super cute! I have 2 boys of my own! They are great!

Jill said...

Katrina -

send me an email (homemadebyjill@gmail.com), and I'll send you some ideas. I've only done baby showers, but a party is a party, and I know lots of great websites to point you towards.

Dana and Daisy said...

Hi Jill, I have not been around in a long time, but I am so happy to see you have a happy healthy baby boy, and you've met Martha and so many other wonderful things going on in your life. And still as creative as ever!

Happy New Year and keep pursuing your dreams!

Kelli said...

i love it when babies are kind of smiling in their sleep

Anne said...

Thanks for sending the marshmallow labels to my email account. I downloaded the free font "CK Becky" that you used to type Merry Mint Marshmallow and I love it. Thanks Jill!

Anonymous said...

What program did you use to make the labels? I love the look of those and have been wanting a new software program to use to make cute labels and notecards for my kids. Thanks for any info. I am definitely bookmarking the recipe! Jen
jenrdh29@yahoo.com

Jill said...

No special program required - I just used Microsoft Word. :)

Jennifer O said...

Can you please tell me what pattern you used for the orange blanket? He looks so cozy!! And is the quilt a charm pack quilt? What are the dimensions of the squares?

I love your blog!
Jenn

Jill said...

Hi Jenn,

My friend Megan crocheted the orange blanket, and I believe it is a giant granny square made with a double crochet stitch.

My mom made the quilt. The fabric is called XOXO The Cat, and she used 3 1/2 inch squares.