Family friends Su Sazama, co-founder of the modern design site fitzsu, and interior designer Tracy Sonka Stultz of Sonka Stultz Designs, stopped by to teach me and my friend Darcey how to create a modern Hot Cocoa Station for the holidays.
Excitement is in the air
Here’s what you’ll need: a heat-proof pitcher to hold the warm milk and a bowl for your cocoa powder (we used a coffee serving set made by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton). It’s nice to have fun mugs for your guests. We used Hakusan Fancy Tea Cups designed by Masahiro Mori, which are also made for the sight-impaired. Each cup has a unique shape which makes it easy to recognize by touch and easy to grip. These tea cups are also made of thin porcelain, which is a common practice in Japan, and acts as a safety device. If the cup is too hot to pick up then the liquid inside is too hot for delicate lips to drink.
We used organic Silly Cow cocoa powder made in Vermont, warm organic milk and almond milk, plus these ingredients to flavor: cinnamon sticks, crushed cardamom, homemade peppermint simple syrup, fresh whipped cream and marshmallows (we used an adorable slanted John Pawson bowl to hold our marshmallows).
Flavoring with homemade peppermint simple syrup
#spoonies not #selfies
These whimsical heart-shaped spoons were designed by Miriam Mirri for Alessi. They are sure to put a smile on your friends’ faces and, as you can see, they also make great photo opps, too.
This holiday season, try something new & festive to drink…a Guava Berry Mocktail for kids—adults will love it, too! All you need is guava juice, fresh raspberries, sugar, lemon and bubbly water. Like the song in the video? Our friend, Alina Celeste, wrote and performed it. You can find the song on her album “If I Were A Little Bird” at Alina’s website.
To check out the written directions and photos, please visit the RECIPE POST.
Resources: CERES FRUIT JUICE makes a great guava juice made without high fructose corn syrup or sugar. We buy ours directly from Ceres or at Whole Foods or Cost Plus World Market or Bed, Bath & Beyond.
The holidays are the perfect time to make a delicious and pretty drink such as a Guava Berry Mocktail. Mocktails are like the colorful cocktails that adults drink, but with no alcohol (of course!). And, by the way, the cute song, Pretty Girl In The Ring, in my HOW-TO VIDEO is by my friend, Alina Celeste. Find the information for her Kids’ CD on iTunes at the end of this post. Enjoy! READ MORE…
Watch this short video to see how my friend Asha & I make this delicious Indian drink with fresh mango, yogurt & other yummy ingredients! To see photos and read my post on this project, check out HOW TO MAKE A MANGO LASSI. You will also find interesting facts about India in the post.
Level: Easy Ingredients: Fresh or frozen mango, yogurt, milk, sugar or agave & cardamom seeds.
Thank you to TasteMade Studios for inspiring us with their “Slacker Shake.” My good friend, Ruby, and I decided to make our shake a little healthier by making it dairy-free & gluten-free. There are only two ingredients in this shake and it took just seconds to make! Don’t forget to check out the FUN HOW TO VIDEO that we made for this recipe!
Testing glitter party lips on my favorite drink. Must make a mustache one for Baxter!
Have you ever thought a straw could look more bright, happy, or fun? If so, this craft is just right for you! These homemade paper lips for straws are a great paper craft & d.i.y. (do it yourself) party favor for birthday parties or other celebrations. Also, they are really fast and easy to make. See our HOW-TO VIDEO for proof. READ MORE…