DIY: Hot Chocolate Stirrers

This Saturday, I declared it an “At Home Saturday”. The rules of “At Home Saturday” are very simple: I’m not allowed to leave the house for anything other than the gym. It sounds simple, but for me, it’s very hard to lay around and do nothing.

I woke up Saturday, immediately thinking, “I should do XYZ” and within five minutes had a list of half a dozen things I “should” do. I took a deep breath, and told myself “NO. You have to relax!” So instead, I spent the morning perusing one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, where I found this gift idea. I have been working on a Christmas gift (yes, I know–I’m a slacker) for a couple friend of mine over the last few weeks. They are recent newlyweds, and such a sweet couple. I made them His & Hers mugs, and got them giftcards to Starbucks (they’re obsessed and have a competition going for who can get the most gold stars) to put inside, but have been racking my brain to think of something else to put in them. So, when I came across the wooden spoon idea, I thought it was perfect! The only problem? I didn’t have the wooden spoons and refused to break the rules to get them. I didn’t have wooden spoons but what I did have were large stirring sticks–so I used those, and some leftover chocolate (white, peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips) to make my own stirring sticks for hot chocolate. I decorated them with things I had in the house: chopped nuts from cookies I made, leftover homemade peppermint marshmallows, and other chocolate flavors. Moral of the story: Get creative and use what you have vs. running to the store!

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