Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mocha Punch--one of my Christmas party favorites!

One of the fun things about being a Close to My Heart Consultant is that, when I do a party at someone's house, I get to sample some yummy snacks or beverages. . .and I often walk away with a great new recipe!  I tried Mocha Punch at a hostess' house a few years ago and HAD to have the recipe.  This punch is basically like drinking a chocolate milkshake with a little coffee flavor--mild enough that my kids still loved it.  Honestly, if you serve this punch, who needs dessert?


Dissolve 1/4 cup instant coffee granules (I use decaf), 1/2 cup instant chocolate drink mix (like Nesquik) and 1/2 cup sugar in 1 1/2 quarts VERY HOT water.  Cool the mixture in the fridge.

About 20 minutes before you're ready to serve, pour the cold coffee/chocolate mixture into a punch bowl.  Add 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream and 1/2 gallon of chocolate ice cream (I add it in big scoops).  It looks a bit ugly at first, but keep stirring it around until the ice cream starts to soften. . .and the consistency of the punch begins to look more like a milkshake.  This usually takes about 15 minutes to get it looking right.  When you serve, ladle it into punch cups and add some spray whipped cream to the top.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Great Gifty Ideas Workshop Coming Up!

 If you'd like to come to my Great Gifty Ideas workshop on Monday, November 22nd, sign up NOW!  I've almost filled up this class.  If I have more sign-ups, I may need to add a second night.  We'll be making a stocking gift card holder, Hershey nugget box, M&M pillow box, Post-It note holder and maybe one other project (yet to be determined).

Cost for this class is $5 for materials plus a minimum $10 order.

Upcoming workshop--Coffee, Tea and Cocoa. . .Oh My!

 These are the projects we will be making at my Coffee, Tea and Cocoa (oh my) class on Monday, December 6th, 6 p.m.  We'll make a cocoa pouch, a card that holds tea bags, a darling coffee-themed notepad, and a box to hold your favorite coffee or cocoa gift items.  The box idea came from Christine Adams' blog (I love her stuff)!!

If you'd like to attend this class, let me know by Tuesday, Nov. 23rd so that I can get the materials ordered for you.  Cost for this class is only $10--that's a holiday bargain!

Andrew's AWANA Grand Prix card

 Tonight was AWANA Grand Prix night at JABC!  Andrew won
second place in design for his bobsled car.  We thought the car turned out pretty cool!  His car was fast, too, but not quite fast enough to earn him a speed trophy.  It's okay. . .we'll take design over speed!

Cards from Christmas Card Marathon

 These are the cards from my Christmas Card Marathon Class last week.  I do a LOT of cutting to get ready for this class (about 100 pieces per person), but I love that everyone leaves with a STACK of cards--four each of  the five designs.