Holiday Hot Cocoa Bombs

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bombs

Making your hot cocoa bombs is super easy to do, and you only need a few ingredients and supplies. Cocoa bombs are a perfect treat for a chilly day and a great way to help warm you up.

Are you looking for other recipes for hot cocoa bombs, too? I have two for you: Valentine’s Day Hot Cocoa Bombs and White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Bombs.

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bombs

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Supplies:

Grab the items below to make these festive cocoa bombs for yourself, and you can even make an extra batch to gift to your friends!

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bombs
Makes 6 hot cocoa bombs.
Holiday Hot Cocoa Bombs
Holiday Hot Cocoa Bombs

Directions:

  1. Put a large plate into the freezer.
  2. Pour the white candy melts into a bowl and heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each heat session, until the candy is fully melted.
  3. Add a small spoon full of melted candy to all of the mold cavities, then coat the melted candy around the mold, making sure to get all the way up the sides. 
  4. Place candy coated mold into the freezer for 5 minutes.
  5. Repeat steps 4 and 5, then transfer the unused melted candy to pastry or ziplock bag.
  6. Remove the chilled plate and candy coated mold from the freezer. Carefully remove each candy coated sphere from the mold and place on the chilled plate.
  7. Heat the small plate in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  8. Put one half sphere upside down on the heated plate to slightly melt the candy coated edge.
  9. Fill it with 1 tablespoon cocoa mix, and a few mini marshmallows.
  10. Repeat step 9 with another half sphere and adhere the two together. The melted candy should fuse them together nicely, but if not, just use your finger to add a little chocolate around the seam.
  11. Reheat the bagged candy if needed, then snip off the end and drizzle candy over each cocoa bomb, and add sprinkles.
  12. To serve, place your hot cocoa bomb into a mug, then pour 6 ounces of hot water or milk over the cocoa bomb. Stir well and enjoy!

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Did you make these hot cocoa bombs? If so, let me know how they turned out in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!

White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Bombs

White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Bombs

White chocolate caramel cappuccino bombs are perfect for a morning pick me up. A white candy-coated shell, filled with white chocolate caramel cappuccino powder, drizzled with milk chocolate and sprinkles equals absolute perfection! Place your cappuccino bomb into a mug and pour 6 ounces of water or milk for a creamy cappuccino treat.

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Ingredients & Supplies To Make White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Bombs:

Ingredients & Supplies To Make White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Bombs
White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Bombs

Directions:

  1. Put a large plate into the freezer.
  2. Place candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high in 30-second increments. Next, you will stir in between each heat session until candy is fully melted.
  3. Place a spoon full of melted candy into each mold cavity. Then, use the spoon or pastry brush to coat the entire mold cavities, making sure to get up the edges.
  4. Put the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes, then remove and repeat step 3 for the second layer of candy coating. Be sure to freeze the mold for another 5 minutes after that.
  5. Then pour remaining melted candy into a pastry bag or ziplock bag and snip the end with scissors.
  6. Add chocolate melting wafers to a pastry bag or ziplock bag and heat in microwave for 30-second intervals. Be sure to start massaging the bag between each heat session until fully melted. Snip of the end or corner with scissors.
  7. Remove candy-coated molds and plates from the freezer, and remove white candy half spheres from the mold. Place on a chilled plate.
  1. Add one tablespoon of cappuccino mix to 6 of the half spheres.
  2. Heat the small plate in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. Place one empty half-sphere upside down on the plate and move around slightly to melt the top layer. Place on top of the cappuccino-filled sphere and secure the two ends together by piping a bit of white candy at the seam.
  4. Using the milk chocolate-filled pastry bag, drizzle the top of the cappuccino bomb with melted milk chocolate in a back and forth motion. Add sprinkles on top.
  5. Once they’re decorated to your liking, place them in a mug and pour in 6 oz of hot water or milk. Stir well and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy these delicious White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Bombs. If coffee isn’t your thing, I also have a recipe for some Valentine’s Day Hot Cocoa Bombs!

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7 Best Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

7 Best Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

Even though I’ve never personally cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, I’ve been around my family while they were planning, cooking, and cleaning up after all of our Thanksgiving festivities. I asked my family what their advice would be if someone needed some tips! Here’s what they said.

Need some additional menu ideas? I have a bunch of recipes for Thanksgiving Appetizers, Holiday Appetizers, and Festive Holiday Cocktails!

Here are seven expert tips for Thanksgiving Dinner success:

Plan Ahead and Be Prepared

The most important thing to do is prepare well ahead of time because having everything ready before the guests arrive will ease your stress tremendously. You don’t want to be running around the kitchen frantically when everyone sits down for Thanksgiving dinner.

Create a Shopping List and Stick to it

Your grocery list should include all ingredients you need, as well as any equipment you might need, such as saucepans, bowls, knives, and serving platters. Your best bet will be going to your local supermarket because they often have pre-made grocery lists organized into categories. You can also get recipes for the dishes you’re planning to make.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Start cooking early enough in the day so that each dish is finished when it should be. This way, you don’t need to rush your Thanksgiving dinner.

Make Enough Food 

If you’re cooking for a big family, it’s best to make more food than less. What if Uncle Fred decides he wants seconds? Better to have some extra servings ready, so you don’t need to worry about running out of food.

Taste the Dish Before Serving It

It doesn’t matter how tasty your dish is if it’s too salty or spicy. It would be best to keep in mind that your guests might have a different preference than you, so it’s best to taste your dish first and adjust the seasoning accordingly.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help When You Need It

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home, then there’s a good chance you won’t be able to do everything yourself. You can ask your spouse or kids to help you with the dishes or other tasks to focus on cooking and serving the food.

Be Flexible About Your Menu

Your menu doesn’t have to be set in stone. It’s alright if you decide to change it by adding a dish that wasn’t originally on the menu. If something doesn’t turn out well, you can easily remove it and replace it with something else. The Food Network has a list of their Top 50 Thanksgiving Recipes you can check out, too!

Using my tips shared above, you should have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends this year. I hope that these tips have inspired you to host a family gathering this year during Thanksgiving for a festive feast with those you love. 

13 Delicious Protein Smoothies and Shakes

13 Delicious Protein Smoothies and Shakes

Protein smoothies and shakes are a great way to start the day off right. Full of protein and tons of health benefits, these shakes will give you a boost of energy and help you get the needed amount of fruit and vegetable servings.

Protein shakes and smoothies aren’t just green smoothies like we’ve come to know. Today, all kinds of fruity and flavorful smoothies are packed full of protein and are the perfect element in your morning routine.

These protein smoothies and shakes are healthy, delicious, and great for giving you a pick me up throughout the day or to enjoy after an excellent intense workout.



Protein Smoothies and Shakes

Green Smoothie

Packed full of protein, this green smoothie is full of spinach and has many health benefits, including helping boost your metabolism and keeping you healthy.

Vegan Blueberry Smoothie

This easy blueberry smoothie is rich, creamy, and full of blueberry flavor. Perfect for an afternoon snack or delicious breakfast!

Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

The perfect smoothie for after a workout, this peanut butter protein smoothie is full of fruit, veggies, and protein to provide you with a nutrient boost.

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

With 25 grams of protein, this delicious strawberry banana smoothie is full of flavor. Fresh strawberries and bananas are created to make a fruity and healthy smoothie.

Spirulina Chia Seed Smoothie

Full of vitamins and minerals, this delicious chia seed smoothie is high in protein, healthy, and meant to help you with your weight loss journey.

Coconut Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

Great for those busy mornings, this coconut coffee breakfast smoothie combines the flavors of coconut and coffee for a delicious pick-me-up.

Chocolate Protein Berry Smoothie

This chocolate berry smoothie is full of protein and will taste so good you will think that you are drinking a delicious dessert.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich are transformed into a healthy protein-filled peanut butter & jelly smoothie!

Pineapple Matcha Smoothie

This tropical smoothie features the taste of the islands when pineapple, passion fruit, and coconut are combined.

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

Packed with extra protein and flavor, this chocolate banana smoothie will give you the energy you need to get through the day.

Strawberry Cauliflower Shake

Protein and veggies are what this strawberry cauliflower shake offers! Perfect for post-workouts, this tasty strawberry shake tastes like a dessert.

Low Carb Cold Brew Protein Shake

Creamy and delicious, this paleo-friendly, low-carb shake is delicious and healthy! If you like coffee, you are sure to love this cold brew protein shake.

No Banana Smoothie

It’s hard to find a smoothie that doesn’t include a banana, but this delicious high-protein smoothie is just that!

What are some other delicious protein smoothies and shakes you’re currently obsessing over?

13 Easy Gluten Free Crockpot Meals

13 Easy Gluten Free Crockpot Meals

These gluten-free crockpot meals make for an effortless and delicious weeknight dinner or lunch.

Crockpots are amazing because you can put dinner in the crockpot and slow cook it all day long so that it is ready when you’re able to come home and eat. Instead of spending hours over the stove, your dinner is cooking in the slow cooker, and you can get to the more important things.

Gluten Free Crockpot

These gluten-free crockpot recipes are delicious and really easy to make. The list includes a mixture of main courses, side dishes, and even a dessert or two included!

Gluten Free Crockpot Meals

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Pot Roast

An easy gluten-free meal that’s full of veggies, this slow cooker pot roast is sure to become a hit with the family.

Gluten Free Chili

This savory gluten-free chili is slow-cooked with fresh ingredients until the flavors combine into tasty chili goodness!

Crockpot Spaghetti Squash

This spaghetti squash sauce is not only easy to put together and throw in the crockpot, but it is also a keto-friendly diet that is delicious!

Crockpot Refried Beans

This refried bean recipe is a delicious side dish made in the crockpot and cooked until just right and will soon become a favorite.

Crockpot Pepper Steak

An easy way to get a delicious meal with fresh ingredients on the table with little effort, this crockpot pepper steak is slow-cooked until delicious.

Slow Cooker Vanilla Coconut Granola

A no-fuss granola recipe made in the slow cooker, this vanilla coconut granola is healthy, sweet, and delicious. It’s a great way to enjoy a snack on the go or a quick breakfast.

Gluten Free Beef Stew

This gluten-free beef stew is hearty and filling for an easy family dinner that’s perfect for a warm cozy meal on those cool nights. This gluten-free beef stew is hearty and filling!

Slow Cooker Sausage and Zucchini Stew

A simple and delicious weeknight meal that’s full of flavor and gluten-free, this sausage and zucchini stew is always a delicious meal that everyone will enjoy.

Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken Drumsticks

These delicious slow cooker chicken drumsticks are full of flavor and easy to make if you love garlic. Perfect for an easy meal on those busy workdays.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

This teriyaki chicken is a dump-and-go kind of meal that requires little prep and a naturally sweet homemade teriyaki sauce.

Chicken with Orange Sauce

Chicken is slow-cooked in a delicious orange marinade for a tasty gluten-free meal with this chicken and orange sauce recipe.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

A honey garlic chicken that is healthy and packed with flavor! This gluten-free crockpot chicken is perfect for those busy days.

Crock Pot Rice Pudding

This crockpot rice pudding is a delicious dessert recipe; this crockpot rice pudding is the perfect warm dessert to enjoy after a delicious dinner!

Do you know any other gluten-free crockpot recipes? I’d love to know your favorites in the comments section below!

15 Keto Recipes for Beginners

15 Keto Recipes for Beginners

If you are new to the keto diet, you are probably a bit overwhelmed as you hunt through all keto-friendly recipes. Luckily, there are plenty of easy keto recipes for beginners that you can get started with before you ease into the more complicated recipes.

The keto diet is a specific type of low-carb diet meant to get your body to burn fat for fuel instead of burning carbohydrates. You may think that this means the diet contains more bland food, but there are plenty of keto meals full of flavor!

These keto recipes are perfect for beginners and are so delicious you will want to keep diving into more recipes to see what else is out there!

Keto Recipes for Beginners

Chicken Fajita Sheet Pan Dinner

A delicious keto, low-carb chicken fajita sheet pan dinner that is both delicious and easy to make.

Bacon and Egg Cups

These easy bacon and egg cups are perfect for beginners. With only 3 three ingredients, even the kids can help you make these tasty breakfast cups.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

Another easy and delicious recipe, these bacon-wrapped pork chops will be the hit of dinner!

Shredded Zucchini & Feta Sauté

Zucchini is such a healthy and versatile vegetable that you can do so many things with. This shredded zucchini and feta sauté are both keto-friendly and gluten-free.

Keto Chips

An amazing high-protein, low-carb, gluten-free recipe for keto chips. With only two ingredients, it doesn’t get any easier than this for a snack recipe!

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

This delicious chicken cabbage stir fry is a great way to enjoy a nice, keto-friendly lunch or dinner with the family.

Cheesy Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Bacon

Peppers are full of vitamins and antioxidants, which offer many health benefits. These stuffed peppers are full of cheesy goodness and bacon!

Keto Chicken Salad

All the flavor of your favorite deli chicken, just without all of the carbs! This easy-to-make keto chicken salad is a recipe that is great for beginners.

Keto Pizza

Five basic ingredients are all you need to make the pizza crust, then topped with your favorite delicious toppings to create the perfect keto pizza.

Keto Pancakes

Quick and easy to make, these keto pancakes are perfect for those looking for an easy and delicious breakfast meal.

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

All health and keto-friendly, this beef and broccoli stir fry doesn’t sacrifice flavor and will be the perfect addition to any weeknight dinner rotation.

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Ready in just one hour, this chicken is cooked in the air fryer until it is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Keto Pumpkin Cookies

Even if you have never baked a cookie in your life, these keto pumpkin cookies will not let you down. Enjoy them as a snack, dessert, or even an on-the-go breakfast.

Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken

A keto-friendly dinner that’s delicious and filling, this Mediterranean stuffed chicken is a dish the whole family will love.

Keto Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Perfect for those chilly mornings or when you just want a hearty breakfast meal, these keto biscuits, and gravy are a delicious morning must-try.