By this time last year, all my Christmas gifts were neatly (and quite awesomely) wrapped under the tree. Call it a case of the lazies, but I haven’t done a single hour of shopping… and a few days before Christmas.
While I could just declare a 2014 gift strike, I know I’ll be feeling grinch guilty come December 24th. So I’ll do what I call a “Holiday Mocha Mix for Everyone” – a tradition I started a few years back when the G-Star showed me how to perfect the greatest mocha recipe mankind has ever known.
It’s simple, it’s festive, and it’s thrifty.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Nadia G’s Mocha Recipe
If you have G’s first cookbook, you’re all set. If you haven’t got it…how can you call yourself a super-fan?! Sheesh, buy it already, it’s a classic. But if you’ve run out of time, I can tell you that we have her recipe over on the BK website – a magical place full of all things bitchin’.
Mosey on down to your local grocery store and pick up whatever you are missing. You’d be surprised by how many people don’t have cocoa in their pantries, so don’t feel bad (but do question your kitchen arsenal, c’mon). Try your best to avoid all the Christmas items that have already gone on sale (you don’t need a three foot nut cracker).
Mason Jars, Name tags & Ribbon
Depending on how many people you like enough to gift with this bad boy, you’ll need to pick up one or more mason jars – so popular now that you’ll find them in every kitchen department. I love mason jars, they’re super cute and can be re-used as glasses after the mocha mix has been used up (’cause you’re cool like that). While you’re out, buy some bows and name tags to personalize the gift. Keep it classy (or tacky wtves), but step away from the glue gun, bedazzled jars are not a good idea. No body wants to be poisoned this Christmas.
Mocha Mix, ASSEMBLE!!!
Slap on your favorite holiday movie (mine’s Elf) and get your festive on. Add the mix to a mason jar and go to town on decorations. Address the name tag to someone and tie it on with a ribbon.
Now all you have to do is sit back, sip on some spiked eggnog, and enjoy the holiday season. More often than not, people will appreciate getting a homemade gift. And you’ll be feeling accomplished and super thrifty.
By Angelique Picanco