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By Clare Driscoll ’19

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

What you’ll need:

– 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

– 1-quart milk

– 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (3 ounces)

– 7 peppermint sticks; 3 crushed (1/4 cup), 4 left whole

– Pinch of salt

Steps:

1) Place cocoa in a medium saucepan.

2) Whisk in milk until cocoa dissolves.

3) Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint; simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and peppermint have melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

4) Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Add salt. Ladle into mugs; serve each with a peppermint stick.

Tips: In this drink, a little peppermint goes a long way. While it may seem like you aren’t putting enough in, I wouldn’t recommend adding extra crushed peppermint. Once you’re done, if you think you need a little more, add some peppermint sticks into the drink.

 

Gingerbread House

 

What you’ll need:

– Pre-baked gingerbread house kit

– Decorating materials

– Icing of different colors

– Colorful candy

– Anything sweet

Steps:

1) Join each of the walls using icing.

2) Press and hold in place several minutes to allow the icing to set.

3) Let your house dry at least two to three hours before decorating.

Tips: First of all, making a gingerbread house is a lot more difficult than it seems. Trying to keep all of the pieces together while decorating can be complicated, so you may want to do this craft with two or more people.  Another important thing to remember is not to go overboard when buying sweets to decorate the house. Buying all the candy can be exciting in the moment, but if you’re like me, you’ll end up with a hole in your gingerbread wall and an excess of candy that does not fit on the house.

Sock Snowman

What You’ll need:

– One white, one color sock

– Rice

– Rubber bands

– Glue gun

– Markers or paint

– Colored pompoms

Steps:

1) Fill sock with as much rice as you see fit.

2) Tie top of sock with rubber band.

3) Put another rubber band ¾ of the way up the sock to form the head shape.

4) Hot glue the pompoms to the front side of your snowman.

5) Draw the mouth and eyes.

6) Cut foot part off colored sock without the heel, roll it up a ¼-inch, then place on head.

7) Use extra colored sock as a scarf.

Tips:

This craft is fun and easy for people of any age. The only difficult part is getting the pompoms to stay glued on, but using Elmer’s glue and hot glue mixed seems to work best.