Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


Easy DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

Thank you to BIC® for working with me on the DIY Hot Chocolate Bar I'm sharing with you today!

We've got a big crew heading our way for the Thanksgiving holiday this year.  Lots of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins are coming to spend a few days with us.  Some will stay at our house, others at my mom's house next door and at least 2 families are coming in their campers! (We've got a long winding driveway, perfect for lining up a couple of RV's!)

While the Mom's are in the kitchen working on the meal, we'll be leaving it up to the Dad's to keep the kids entertained - outside. With so many kids running around, they definitely need to be outside playing and running off some of their energy.  Since it looks like the Thanksgiving weekend is going to be a bit chilly, I'll be setting up a little DIY Hot Chocolate Bar to keep the little ones warm and happy!  (I have two slow cookers, so I'll probably include a pot of my Knock Off Starbucks's Spiced Apple Cider too.)

The hot chocolate bar was so easy to put together!  I've made a couple of different slow cooker hot chocolate recipes before, but I've found the homemade ones don't last as long in the slow cooker and require frequent stirring.


Easy Holiday Cookie Recipes (mostly no-bake!)

There are quite a few things I don't miss about working in an office.  At my last job, we had a pretty good group, and one of the things I do miss is the old fashioned cookie exchange we would have in the conference room!  I loved going home with so many different types of cookies.  You never knew what you would get- some were super yummy and others... (well , we'll just say I'm not a fan of every type of cookie, ha!)  This year, I am making it my goal to get a few of my neighbors together for a holiday cookie exchange.

So many yummy no-bake holiday cookie recipes!  (Any of these would be perfect for your next cookie exchange.)

I've already started hunting down new and semi easy recipes to make and figured if I'm looking for cookie recipes, then you might be too!  Here are just a few of my favorites that I have found (all of these except for one are no bake- the one baked cookie was just too cute not to include:)


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15 Minute Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

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15 Minute Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya
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Tips for Staying Happy, Healthy and Sane this Holiday Season

The Holidays are right around the corner. Just thinking about a big trip I have coming up, hosting Thanksgiving for 20+ people, and all the normal holiday parties and activities, I'm already starting to feel a little bit stressed.  And when I get stressed, I start losing sleep, eating poorly and then, get sick!

Once I get past my trip and hosting duties, I'm going to do my best to slow down, relax and enjoy the holiday season with my family.  I've put together a quick list of tips and ideas to help remind us all to stay happy, healthy and sane this Holiday season. (Big thanks to Silk for sponsoring this post!)

Tips for Staying Happy, Healthy and Sane this Holiday Season