Mexican Hot Chocolate

Happy Friday!

We’re in the final 10 day countdown to Christmas! I’m taking today to finish up all my shopping and wrapping so I can relax and just enjoy family and get some baking done this week.

A favorite in our house during this season is hot chocolate! We have it at least twice a week during December. Carl loves to load his up with peppermint and whipped cream while I prefer to keep it classic with just marshmallows.

Last week, I made him some Mexican Hot Chocolate and he loved it! I grew up drinking it (and champurrado!) with my family, but he had never had it. I love it not only because of the memories, but I think the taste is so unique. It’s not quite as sweet a your average hot cocoa, but it has more spice and flavor.

We usually cheat and just use the Abuelita bars because they’re quick, easy and delicious!

Bring 4 cups of milk to a boil on your stove and break up the tablet with a knife. Drop the pieces in and mix until it dissolves. Then whisk up until it froths. Pour into your mug, top with your favorite treats and enjoy!

I also found a recipe from Little Spice Jar on Pinterest to make your own Mexican Hot Chocolate in a crockpot. This is perfect to set out for family and friends! I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try next week.

Have you guys tried Mexican Hot Chocolate? What other holiday drinks does your family make to cozy up?


The Best At-Home PSL Recipe

Happy happy Friday!

I’m so ready for the weekend. And what better way to kick it off than with a Pumpkin Spice Latte?! It is fall after all, and speaking as a millennial woman, it wouldn’t be fall without shotgunning these until I can’t stand the smell of pumpkin.


 But that autumnal joy comes with a price tag- a hefty one if you’re drinking a few week. Which is why I want to share this delicious, financially guilt-free PSL recipe! I stumbled upon this- where else- on Pinterest! I tried a few recipes this week, and this one from Inspired Taste is hands down the winner in all categories. It’s stupid easy to make and tastes amaziiiiiiing.
So let’s get to the dirty deets:



Crazy easy right?! I’m obsessed!

Will I still pull through a Starbucks drive through or grab a PSL from my fave local coffee shops while out? 100%. BUT now I can feel less guilty splurging on it once every two weeks and making it at home the rest of the time. Sounds like a win/win for me and my bank account!

Let me know what your thoughts are if you give this a try! Also taking suggestions on how to DIY any other delicious seasonal drinks!


DIY Chai Tea

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Well, we had fall weather in California for a minute, but now it’s back to the heat. For now- apparently the weather is going to dip again next week but we’ll see.

Regardless, I’m already in full-on fall mode. So today I’m sharing the best DIY Chai recipe! My aunt has made this tea for years and it’s the best. It’s delicious and insanely easy to make once you try it a few times.

You will need: Cardamom seeds, black tea bags and evaporated milk. SO easy!

First, slightly crack open the seeds. This helps to infuse all the cardamom flavor into the tea. The ration is one seed per cup of water but if I want a little more of the spice I’ll add two. Then add the seeds to a cup of water and bring it to a boil. After a minute or so, add the black tea bag (I recommend Lipton). Let that sit for a minute in boil. Try not to let it boil for longer than that- it can make the tea more bitter. Pour into your mug and add evaporated milk and sugar as needed to sweeten!

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Faves


Today is officially the First Day of Fall!!

AKA the start of the best season of the year. It’s even a little chilly here in California for once today. So excited to get to jump into fall fashion, fall activities (T-2 days until the local pumpkin patch opens up) and more!

So in honor of the beginning of all things seasonal, I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite fall/pumpkin themed picks from Trader Joe’s! They always have the best assortment of pumpkin products and I look forward to them every year. I’m sharing some of my classic faves as well as some new products I tried for the first time.

I prefer to shop in the TJ store itself  (some things are also cheaper there than online), but I linked through Amazon for convenience.


Pumpkin Butter

I use pumpkin butter as a jelly substitute during the fall, but it has a variety of uses. I put it on my toast (along with apple slices- yum!), mix it into my yogurt, use it to top off pancakes, etc. It can also be used in baked goods and adds an extra seasonal sweetness.

Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal

During the cooler months, I love having oatmeal for breakfast. This pumpkin pecan oatmeal is  a nice variation from my usual brown sugar bowl. It’s flavorful and the pecan helps add the nutty hint that keeps the pumpkin from being too overwhelming. It’s also incredibly filling!

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DIY Iced Coffee

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like I need a coffee IV in my body for 24/7 caffeine absorption. <- not at all dramatic.

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One of my favorite things about the summer is iced coffee. To be honest, I live in Southern California sooooo iced coffee is almost a year-round necessity.

I can’t even tell you how much $$ I have spent at Starbucks over the years. I’d tried to make my own iced coffee the classic newbie way- making a cup of hot coffee and adding creamer and ice cubes in it. I’m sure you can guess how well that turned out- watery, bland and undrinkable.

So today I’m sharing my go-to easy iced coffee recipe!

Once you prep, it’s the easiest, quickest drink to make before you run out the door. And even the prep is simple, honestly. So let’s get  into it!

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