It’s the day after Christmas.
I have a lot to be grateful for.
We all know the movie scenes where families are gathered around the fire, singing songs, the Christmas tree is perfect, and the snow is fresh. We also know however, that there are too many people who spend Christmas in a hospital, or who are grieving their first Christmas without a loved one. We all know that there are too may people without a home on Christmas, without a meal, or who experience more violence than love inside their walls.
We all know those painful realities exist, those realities that challenge our ideal image of Christmas. To those stories and people, I want to say I have not forgotten you. As I sat around the Christmas tree this year, sipping on my hot chocolate, I was overwhelmed with how blessed I am to have a loving home to spend this holiday in.
I wish it was possible for me to share my experiences with those who were lonely or cold on that holy day. I wish it was possible for me to invite every hurting person into my kitchen and to share with them a piping hot cup of hot chocolate and the hope of a better day. Unfortunately, from my little rented kitchen, that is not possible.
However, to those of you reading this, I hope you try this delicious hot chocolate recipe- because life is full of beautiful moments and treats, and I am a firm believer in celebrating those moments. And as you sip on your hot chocolate, I hope you slow down for a minute and count your blessings. We all have something to be grateful for, and many of us have everything to be grateful for.
It’s a beautiful time of the year. And I have a lot to be grateful for.
- 2 cups milk
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped*
- 2 Tablespoon Brown sugar
- Optional: Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping!
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the milk.
- Add the pumpkin, seasonings, and sugar to the milk- whisk until smooth.
- Once smooth, add the chocolate to the milk and stir for a few minutes until melted and mixed in.
- Pour into your favorite mug, and garnish with whipped cream or marshmallows as desired!
Notes and Tips!:
- Yield: 2 Servings
- Source: Laura’s Sweet Spot
- If you do not have semi-sweet chocolate chunks, chocolate chips will also work and will easily melt into your milk!
- This hot chocolate recipe is the first of a series! Stay Tuned for more delicious hot chocolate recipes to come!
- Vegan? Substitute the milk and chocoalte chips for soy milk and vegan chocolate chips! It will be equally delicious 🙂