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Irresistible Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

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Nothing says Christmas in a cup like a mug of gingerbread hot cocoa.  As Erika, the creator of this sumptuous beverage who runs the blog The Hopeless Housewife says, this drink is like “drinking a chocolate gingerbread cookie.”

Creamy, chocolatey, and absolutely decadent, this is the perfect drink to warm up with while curled up under a blanket by the fireplace on a cold wintry night.  Treat your friends and family to something new and delicious this holiday season, and give this recipe a try!

Servings:

4 servings

Preparation and Cook Time:

8 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 C milk (any kind)
  • ½ C cocoa powder
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C white sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Whipped cream

How to Make Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

  1.   Heat milk in a medium saucepan over low heat.
  2.   While the milk is being warmed, combine your favorite cocoa powder with the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger in a small bowl.
  3.   Whisk the milk until it is hot, taking care not to overheat or scald it.
  4.   Pour the cocoa into each mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Quick Notes

Serve this drink with miniature gingerbread men to make it even more fun and festive.

You can sprinkle nutmeg on top instead of cinnamon.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Heating Up the Outdoors

Fire Pits

A little fire goes a long way, and incorporating fire pits and fireplaces into your backyard space creates an inviting, and warm, space for family and friends to gather around on crisp autumn evenings.

Fire pits and fireplaces are two popular outdoor features often used to create a warm ambiance in your outdoor living area. While there are some similarities between the two, there are also some important differences that need to be considered in deciding which one will meet your needs.

FIREPLACES

  • Limited seating and usually in only one direction
  • Usually has furniture such as chairs, tables and couches which can be an additional cost.
  • A larger structure that may be considered a positive for hiding areas, or a negative by blocking pretty views
  • Creates a sense of privacy from neighbors
  • More expensive
  • May require permit or inspection depending on local code
  • Becomes a feature point of your outdoor area

FIRE PITS

  • Seating for more people and usually in a circle so facing each other
  • Can build benches as part of area or use lawn chairs easily
  • Smaller structure
  • Less expensive
  • Come in multiple shapes

Look into local ordinances when deciding. Some communities don’t allow outdoor wood burning so you may want to consider other heat options for your fire feature.

No matter the type of fire you decide it incorporate, it will be perfect as the soft and warm glow of the fire embers will sure calm your soul.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Bringing the Kitchen Outdoors: How to Turn Your Backyard into a Chef’s Paradise

kitchen outdoors

Outdoor kitchens are becoming a hot new trend for outdoor lovers, especially in areas like Dallas and Plano, Texas where the weather begs to be enjoyed. Now, your household chef can make themselves at home outside the home by having a convenient and enjoyable outdoor kitchen space.

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The Health Benefits of Hot Tubs

The Health Benefits of Hot Tubs

Looking to have a hot tub or spa installed in your home? You may be considering it for relaxation or entertaining guests, maybe even as a feature for your back yard patio. Did you know that owning a spa can also be good for your health? Here are some of the reasons that adding a spa to your home can actually improve your health.

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Outdoor Living Ideas from Riverbend Sandler Pools

What is better than spending a great evening with family and friends? When you have the chance to have get-togethers with those that you love, you want to make sure that you have the perfect place to do it. You might not realize it, but the perfect place to have a get together or spend an evening relaxing might not be as far away as you think.

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