Monday, December 13, 2010

DIY Cocoa Cones Gift Idea

Hello there, I'm so happy to be back and bring you a super easy diy (do it yourself) cocoa cones gift idea. I saw these in the store the other day, and after looking at the price tag at $4.99 each, yep it can add up, I decided to do these cones by myself.

It truly is a very easy gift idea, and delicious by the way, ha ha! All you need is a few supplies, cocoa mix, of course, and some toppings of your choice. 

Cocoa Cones Treat Bags
Recipe for 1 cone:

-2 (6- by 12-inch) cone-shaped cellophane bags (available at party stores) I found these from LuxePartySupply from Etsy
-2 clear rubber bands
-12 inch decorative ribbon

-1/2 cup of cocoa mix
-1 tablespoons of sprinkles, or mini M&Ms
-1 tablespoons of chocolate chips
-2 tablespoons of mini marshmallows

Pour the cocoa mix into one of the bags and tie it with the rubber band and trim the excess. Put the cocoa mix bag into the other bag, and start adding layers of the toppings of your choice. For myself, I put the sprinkles, then the chocolate chips and finally the marshmallows on top. Then you can tie the bag with the other rubber band and add a pretty ribbon.

For the extra crafty people:
This is optional, but you can also add a whimsical gift card, either bought or handmade for the instructions or a message inside. I created mine by using a vintage image of one of the Dover Publications. You can buy the book here.

Well friends, I hope you'll enjoy another hot cup of cocoa to keep you warm in this cold weather or just give the gift of warmth for the Holidays. See you soon!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hi there!'s cold here! Here in central Texas is in the low 40s, and since I'm not used to this weather, I really crave something to keep me warm like hot chocolate...mmmhh!

Oh my God, my husband makes the best Mexican hot chocolate and yesterday he made some, so I wanted to share this delicious recipe with you.

*If you are interested in this recipe and you are outside the US or Mexico, please check online or your local Mexican or Latino food markets so you can find an authentic Mexican chocolate.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe (serves 4)

8    cups of milk
1    teaspoon ground cinnamon
12  ounce can of evaporated milk
9    ounce of chocolate POPULAR (authentic Mexican chocolate beverage mix) or chocolate ABUELITA by Nestle.

Pour the milk in a large saucepan set at medium heat. Then, when the milk is warm add the chocolate bars, evaporated milk and ground cinnamon to the milk. Stir constantly until the chocolate comes to a rolling boil, it takes about 25 minutes before it boils...Don't forget to keep stirring... believe me is worth it. Make sure the chocolate comes to a rolling boil for about 5 minutes and voila! you have a delicious Mexican hot chocolate. Let it rest for some minutes otherwise you will burn yourself because it's hot! Add some marshmallows if you like.
Well, I hope you'll enjoy this recipe, make sure to come back soon because I'm gonna post a tutorial for a chocolate gift idea. Byeee!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Sister's Glam Doll

My sister's illustration

& the real one...

Hello my friends, is good to be back! I hope you had a good time during this Thanksgiving holiday. Did you eat too much turkey? Well, I know I did! = ) haha...

Well, apart from eating too much turkey, I started on an illustration for my younger sister Cynthia. She just turned 25, and as a gift I did a haute couture illustration for her.

I love doing fashion illustrations, and doing a customized illustration for my sister was even better.

Of course, it doesn't look exactly like her; I wanted to give her a fashion model appearance, so I exaggerated the pose and her features.

For this illustration, I used different mediums such as watercolor and prismacolor pencils, as well as prismacolor markers, but I really fell in love with the cherry red india ink that I used for her dress.

Well, I hope you liked this illustration, please come back soon, so I can share many other illustrations and goodies with you ; )

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