Tag Archives: traditions

Frozen Hot Chocolate

I have always wanted to try this recipe. I see it online every year, but somehow I never seem to get my rear in gear and make it. But this year I am. Frozen hot chocolate. I remember seeing it in movies that take place in New York. The original recipe premiered at a restaurant called Serendipity.

This recipe is form A Spicy Perspective. It is simple to follow, and it tastes delicious. My kids were absolutely in love with it. We did have to change the recipe for us, we are allergic to dairy in our household (hence why I was always so slow in trying to recreate it.) But we discovered it could be easily replaced by cashew milk. We chose cashew milk because unlike almond mile and coconut milk it doesn’t have a heavy taste, and it is very thick and creamy more like traditional dairy milk.

We loved how fun it was to add this to our holiday movie night. It was a great addition to the popcorn. There is just something about the sweet and salty mix. This year’s holiday movie was Home Alone 2 Lost in New York. My oldest has fallen in love with this movie this year. She is finally old enough to get the slapstick comedy. My youngest just loves the big toy store scenes.

I definitely suggest this sweet treat. It made the night even more special.

Holiday Traditions: An Italian Christmas Book

When I was a little girl my mother would read us a book about holiday traditions. It told us about all of the ways that other cultures and countries celebrated. My mother’s grandfather came to America when he was a teenager. He came all the way from Italy at the age of 13, without his parents, and without his siblings. He came to work in America and eventually start a family of his own and create his own traditions. My great-grandfather was so passionate about America that he let many of his Italian traditions stay in Italy. Except for his Christmas traditions. Those he kept close.

So it made sense that every year all of us grandchildren learned just as much about Old Befana as we did Santa Claus. My mother read us the Legend of Old Befana every Christmas, of an old italian woman searching for the Christ Child. I remember the book very plainly. But had not seen it in years. So I was surprised to see it in the bookstores this holiday season. Originally published in 1980 it has been reissued this year. Now I can bring it home and share it with my own children and renew the tradition that has lasted for so many generations in my family.

Just like Santa, Old Befana delivers presents to the little girls and boys that have been good, and lumps of coal to those that have been bad. She uses her broom to sweep away the bad things of the year and usher in good things for the new year. The Legend of Old Befana is a great traditional story for any Italian family, or any family looking to learn about other cultures.

Thanksgiving Games and Fun

Who says that Thanksgiving is all about the food? This year we want to help you make it all about the fun and all about Thanksgiving games. This year lets make it about making memories with our loved ones, laughing at their jokes, delighting in their company, and soaking up the silliness.

Britni at Play, Party, Plan has some fabulous and funny Thanksgiving games that will get everyone at your thanksgiving table up and ready to play. From fun games, to silly moves everyone will be in stitches this year as they laugh themselves silly. Why not have some fun with the people at Thanksgiving? After all, you probably only see one another once or twice a year. How do you want to spend it? Sitting across from the table staring at one another? Or dancing around like a turkey and having fun? Britni has outlined several fun games that will have even the most boring family members laughing and letting loose. So try and have a little fun this year, you just might enjoy yourself!

Click the image to find out more:

Thanksgiving Game Ideas