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Madeline: One Month Update

Ok, I have been promising you guys a post about the baby for almost a month now. If you are already a parent, you can probably understand why it’s taken me so long. I knew having a baby would totally throw my life into complete chaos. Everyone said it would, but you don’t really understand what they mean until you are there. I can barely grab a shower without her screaming! And now here we are with Madeline (pronounced Madelyn for those of you who have asked) at just one day shy of already being 1 month old!

Madeline: One Month Update

Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Mix

Okay, I’ve got one more sweet Christmas recipe for you guys. This homemade hot cocoa mix is perfect for homemade holiday gifts for friends, family, co-workers, teachers, you name it! Everybody loves a warm mug of hot chocolate. While I do buy the pre-made packets, homemade mix is always a special treat. There are no weird added ingredients and you can get creative with the mix. It’s made with just 4 ingredients: powdered milk, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and some chocolate. You can use dark chocolate powder and dark chocolate if you want a richer hot cocoa. I also highly recommend a good quality cocoa powder (like dutch process) if you can as I think it can make a difference with the overall taste of the hot chocolate.

Buy some jars, cute labels, and pretty ribbon and make some sweet little gifts for your loved ones! I think it would also be really cute to do a hot cocoa kit complete with a jar of the hot cocoa mix, a couple of cute mugs, and some mini marshmallows for the topping!

Hot Cocoa Mix

Gingerbread Recipe Roundup

It’s that time of year…Gingerbread time! And there are so many great and innovative ways to enjoy this holiday favorite! I’m sharing some of my favorite gingerbread recipes on my blog as well as recipes from other popular bloggers. The gingerbread possibilities are endless!

Gingerbread Recipe Round Up

(from right to left, top to bottom)

1. No-Bake Gingerbread Cheesecakes
2. Gingerbread Martini
3. Gingerbread Pancakes
4. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
5. Gingerbread Donuts
6. Gingerbread Cookie Balls

Other Gingerbread Recipes from some of my favorite blogs:

Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread Pancakes

Apparently, this Gingerbread Week is all about recipes you can eat for breakfast because today we are having pancakes! I love making homemade pancakes. For some reason, the thought of making homemade pancakes seemed too difficult to me for the longest time. I don’t know why, it’s not difficult at all and while I will not deny that I still reach for boxed pancake mix here and there, but it is nice to sometimes do something a little more special. I love making a special breakfast for Christmas morning. It’s a treat before or after a morning of opening gifts and/or going to church with family. Carbs are needed for Christmas morning and what would better than Gingerbread Pancakes?

These gingerbread pancakes are really the ultimate holiday breakfast. They are warm and cozy and they make me wish we got a little bit of snow here in Arizona. I will just have to pretend it’s not actually 75 degrees out. You can use regular syrup and butter on top or you can get fancy with spiced butter or a ginger syrup. I also totally recommend a huge dollop of whipped cream and sprinkles on top as it makes these even more fun to eat!

Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread Donuts

Gingerbread Donuts

Happy Gingerbread Week!! This week is all about gingerbread. I’ve told you guys before that my preferred holiday flavor is gingerbread. I’m not a big fan of peppermint. Not sure why, it’s just not my favorite. But, gingerbread? Oh how I love thee! I’ve got a couple of new recipes to share with you this week and then will also be doing a gingerbread recipe round up later this week that will include some of my favorite recipes from the blog and around the web!

Gingerbread Donuts

We are kicking off this week with some baked gingerbread donuts! How perfect would these be for Christmas morning breakfast for the family with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa?! Yes, totally perfect! They are quick to make and you can bake them up the night before if you’d like so they are all ready to go for Christmas morning breakfast. And while most people associate donuts with breakfast, I love these for a late-night treat too! The gingerbread flavor is not too strong in these. My husband isn’t typically a big gingerbread fan, but he enjoyed these. I topped mine with a simple glaze, but you can get fancier if you would like to. You can also decorate these however you’d prefer or have the kiddos help out.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Life with a newborn has been interesting to say the least. I still plan to do a post about her birth and to tell you guys how things are going, hopefully I will get it up this weekend! Right now, we are missing sleep. Oh, how we miss sleep so much. I’m lucky to get a couple of hours each day which makes getting anything done during the day impossible.

I went back and forth between calling this dish “Chicken Enchilada Casserole” and “Mexican Lasagna” because really, it’s just like regular lasagna, expect with Mexican ingredients!

If you are really short on time, you can use canned enchilada sauce. I made my own enchilada sauce for this dish as I am not a fan of most canned sauces. Before some of you experts jump on me here, I did use tomato paste in the sauce which I realize may not be totally authentic, but I love the flavor it adds to the sauce. I believe authentic enchilada sauce is made with good quality chili powder which I also didn’t have on hand. I think this version is a good compromise though and is simple to prepare and has a lot of flavor.

I used my favorite rotisserie chicken, black beans, cheese, and corn as my filling, but you can really customize this casserole however you please so feel free to swap out some of these ingredients or add in more of your faves!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole