I'm sharing another great Etsy find! I purchased these handmade paper snowflakes from Paper Cuts Studios, and they look lovely and whimsical in our dining room hanging from the chandelier. Cut from pearlescent white card stock (they also come in silver and gold), the snowflakes would look pretty hanging in a window or on a tree.
My dining table display hasn't changed much from previous years. I added glass candle holders and green tapers for a touch of color. Wax candle pine cones, real mini pine cones, white candle trees, and a silver faux bois candle are nestled in "snow" on a silver tray.
Wintry nights -- and mornings -- call for yummy hot beverages, and hot chocolate is one of my favorites. I found a delicious dairy-free hot cocoa recipe online, then tweaked it slightly by using dark cocoa powder and adding a pinch of cayenne. I enjoyed a mug of it the other morning with breakfast. Delicious!
Cinnamon-spiked Hot Cocoa
1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons plus 1 cup almond milk
In a mug, stir together cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, vanilla and 2 tablespoons almond milk to form a thick paste.
Warm 1 cup of almond milk in a small saucepan until steaming hot. Pour over chocolate mixture in mug, stir well and enjoy.