Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hot Cocoa Bar....

I love

 ...isn't this the cutest
Hot Cocoa tray...

I won it in a Silent Auction at Deed's Band Concert last month.

 It came with these two adorable 
Gingerbread Boy Christmas cups and packets of Hot Chocolate.

I've set up a station for my family to make themselves
a cup of hot chocolate on Christmas Eve, when we all gather
at the Summer House.

 along with Lemon Loaf and Banana Bread
Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake
and what else, Heaven only knows,
there will be some of my favorite cookies...
(they aren't real sweet...just perfect with cocoa or coffee...or both)
I haven't made up my mind if it's the COOKIES I love
or the darling Frenchy box they come in...ha
Now, what in the WORLD can I do with cute, empty
frenchy cookie boxes ??
♥ ♥ ♥
  I did indeed see Santa on the
train ride a few yrs back....

Stacy bought tickets for she and I and the 4 kids at different times over the last few years.

Every single child should be able to go on this magical journey, down the rail road tracks, dressed in favorite Christmas pjs,
drinking Hot Cocoa, seeing Santa and the elves...


 I have a passion for beautiful Christmas mugs....

and buy most of them in thrift stores...
you can find some of the CUTEST....

I really enjoy my 2 sets of red flatware from TARGET...

especially thru the
Christmas holidays...

 I will add bowls of
white chocolate chips...
even Bailey's Irish Cream...
(a splash in a cup of cocoa is heavenly)
for our cocoa...

TRUER words were never spoken...

♥ ♥ ♥
is the BEST place to be for the holidays.


  1. Bj, all these mugs are so perfect for this period...I love them.
    Everytime I travel I love buying mugs that remind me the beautiful places I visit.

  2. Im glad you did a cocoa bar! Its precious and loaded with lots of goodies. Looks like Mrs Claus kitchen! You need to keep it up all Winter and just add a snowy theme. I bet your grands think your the coolest ever with the warmest heart........and warm cookies.

  3. Today is definitely 'a hot cocoa kind of day' atMuldoon. Fifteen degrees and very little increase expected. But that's o.k. the snow will stay for family arriving from Tennessee tomorrow.
    Thank you for your 'warm' post.

  4. Oh delightful, BJ! Makes me smile this morning and I may require a mug of hot chocolate asap.

  5. This is such a cute idea - I am sure it will be enjoyed by all. The tray is adorable and you have a wonderful display of holiday mugs! - ENJOY!

  6. Oh how absolutely darling BJ! Great minds think alike! I also created a Cocoa Bar for the children! Love all the mugs in your are always SO creative and fun! I know your family just loves this! Big hugs!

  7. Oh I love your Hot Cocoa bar! Mine isn't nearly is fun. You got the 'gene' sissy. And your photo's are so good! Thanks joining the party! I always love visiting you.
    Have a great day!

  8. So cute. I know you've probably been using it regularly with this cold weather.

  9. I am so glad the you visited the Garden Spot. It looks like you are quite ready for Christmas Eve. The hot Chocolate bar looks fabulous. Very festive and pretty.

  10. Your hot cocoa bar is adorable. Love all the cute mugs. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  11. Loving your hot chocolate bar BJ with all the festive mugs! And oh yes my friend...there is no place like home for the holidays. I'd rather be home than anywhere else in the world. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  12. Love your hot chocolate station. The tray is super. So right, No place like home for the holidays.


  13. That is super duper fun and no lie, I just finished a big-ass cuppa hot chocolate.

  14. A Hot Chocolate Station - Brilliant! Love your collection of Christmas mugs...thanks for the inspiration.

  15. The link is up. Come check it out. There's a surprise!

  16. Festive, fun, and on a single-digit day like today, most welcome! Sip, sip!

  17. Love your cocoa bar Christmas mugs. They are all so pretty and festive. Enjoy.

  18. Great win. I love your cocoa bar - and all of your mugs. I like a pack of cocoa mix in my cup of coffee. Yum!

  19. BJ, This is the second blog I have seen today about cocoa bars. This is very tempting , with all those wonderfully sweet extras. Our Emma likes having a cocoa bar during the holidays. Love your framed sign, the tray and those pretty cups. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  20. Your Christmas mugs are so fun! I have a set too and we always love bringing them out. Most holiday kitchen stuff is just kind of a pain to have to weed out each year and stow away after Christmas, but the mugs get used so much and just feel so festive. The tray you got is just darling too.

  21. What a GREAT tray!! I love that you won it. I have our hot cocoa mix all ready for the grands here. Our temp today is a HIGH of MINUS 10 degrees F with wind chill factored in. Horrible weather and the wind is howling around the house-blowing snow off the bay towards the house. Cute box- I am sure you will figure out what to do with them. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week- xo Diana

  22. I love your collection of Christmas mugs!!

  23. Cute Christmas mugs BJ. Baileys in hot chocolate sounds decadent. Must give that a try after Mass on Christmas Eve.

    God bless.

  24. What a great idea to have a hot chocolate bar. Love your collection of mugs. Love the sign! True words...

  25. I never win silent auctions. Though I usually only want to bid what they are saying the min is

  26. What a wonderful idea. I have a coffee bar/tea station, but should add the hot chocolate for the season. So many festive add-in's, like peppermint sticks and marshmallows. Really fun tray to use.

  27. Love your Hot Chocolate Bar, everything looks terrific. WOW you have some of the best Christmas mugs.

    Have a wonderful Merry Christmas with your family. A cup of hot chocolate with a little Bailey's sounds pretty good right now,


  28. Very inviting chocolate bar. Love all your pretty cups.
    Merry Christmas.
    Audrey Z.

  29. What a neat idea! LOVE the tray and the mugs. :)

  30. Hot cocoa is sounding perfect about now . . .
    bitter cold here in Michigan with blustery, snowy wind . . .
    You warmed me up with your
    "sweet" post bj!

  31. Oh bj, that is such a cute tray and mugs! What a great starting point for your hot cocoa station! I can't think of anything more perfect for Christmas Eve! It looks great!

  32. What a cute tray you won, bj, and so perfect for your hot cocoa party with all your yummy treats! Enjoy your special time with your dear family.

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  34. I think everyone's in a hot cocoa mood due to the temps everywhere! The tray is perfect and everything looks so good! I love Christmas mugs too...or really any. I should photograph some of mine one day. :) I do have to say that some are "missing". There were so many people helping with my move and you know everyone tries to put things in a convenient place. It's kinda like looking for Easter eggs at this point! I'd go for the Bailey's for sure, coffee included.


  35. Hope that you and yours are well, dear Lady...
    We have felt poorly ... and have found out we have Pneumonia ... one lung full of fluid... breathing mostly better for... have to spend a Lot of time lying down... our best to you yours.

  36. Hi BJ,
    I love your Hot Cocoa Bar,and I love Hot Cocoa. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope To See You Soon!
    Miz Helen


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xo bj