During the holidays I find myself needing more time to chill. I have learned to love a night in – particularly during this time of year – and I’m especially interested in how others spend their down time and unwind. With that said, I thought I would share my favorite way to spend an ‘Adult’ night in and all the ‘accessories’ I need for it. I call it an Adult, because a delicious spiked hot chocolate is involved – recipe included!
1. A Good . Comfy Sweater- A must have for any good night in during the holidays. The more festive, the better.
2 cups milk
3 1/2 ounces best-quality dark chocolate, bittersweet or semisweet, as preferred
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons dark rum, or to taste
Put the milk into a saucepan and break the chocolate into pieces and add to the milk along with a cinnamon stick, honey, and sugar and heat gently until the chocolate is melted.
Add the vanilla and mix with a small hand whisk and still whisking, add a spoonful of the rum first and taste to see if you want more. Add more sugar if you want this sweeter, too. Take out the cinnamon stick and pour into 2 cappuccino or caffe latte cups.
3. A classic scent – Juicy Couture has been around in my life for so long. I have loved the smell of their Viva La Juicy fragrance for years. I’m weird – I love to spray perfume throughout the house and on my body while I’m in. I just like to smell delicious, okay?
5. Practice Makeup Styles & Paint my nails- You probably think I’m super weird for spraying perfume around my home but this is worse, haha! Practice makes perfect and nothing excites me more than playing in makeup, wiping it off and re-doing it. Sometimes you have to just sit in front of a mirror and play like a 5 year old. And paint your nails red! I’m all about nail painting – so therapeutic.
6. Decorating the tree. I live for Christmas décor. I love holidays and decorating for them. Christmas music (or Atlanta Housewives) blaring, boozy Hot Cocoa and decorations in hand makes me a happy girl in her happy place.