- I've had a large mug of hot chocolate almost every other day since December began
- Hallmark Christmas movies have been on in the background constantly
- Most of the Christmas shopping I have done has been for myself
- Lately the best part of my day is getting into my flannel button down pajamas and the worst part of my day is changing out of them
It seems like Christmas is right around the corner! : D
Last weekend I attended my first blogger event since joining the AFBA (Austin Food Bloggers Alliance). It was a holiday brunch and was held at the beautifully decorated Vinaigrette in south Austin. While I am not a huge fan of New Mexico inspired Mexican food (sorry, I'm a Tex Mex girl!), the interior was stunning and they had an outdoor patio that was complete with tons of greenery. I did love the savory cornmeal pancakes with a fried egg on top. It kind of reminded me of a tamale! Delicious.
Besides the brunch and the Hallmark Christmas movies, it hasn't felt very much like Christmas around here quite yet. While the weather has been cold (although, today is the first day it hasn't been as cold) and I have been able to do a little bit of Christmas shopping, it has felt so busy and nonstop that I haven't had much time to relax and enjoy the season. I'm hoping this will change more next week, as work things will (hopefully) slow down.
As mentioned above, I've been on a hot chocolate kick and can't help it. While doing some research online I read about a healthier hot chocolate alternative, called a hot vanilla. It is a festive drink served with warm milk and a variety of spices. I made this version inspired by a personal favorite, Mexican hot chocolate. It has all the spices and flavor of the tradition the chocolate. I recommend adding a bunch of marshmallows or whipped cream to the top!
Mexican Hot Vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 tbl. sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamoon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/8 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- marshmallows and extra cinnamon for topping
Directions: Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat until just before boiling. Stir in cinnamon, vanilla, chili powder, and nutmeg. Whisk together until fully incorporated.
Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon!