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Hang all the mistletoe . . .

Bless you, Patti LaBelle. 😀

I’m ready. Even done wrapping presents. To whoever invented gift bags – thank you!

Last week, I couldn’t resist picking up a few treats for myself, too. I felt a tinge of guilt, but got over it. After visiting The Book House for some vintage reading material, I stopped by Penzey’s. Their hot chocolate mix is fab. Ingredients: sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. Besides making delicious hot chocolate, Penzey’s mix is perfect for single-serve pudding.

Hot Cocoa Pudding

1 tablespoon hot chocolate mix

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 cup milk (any kind)

In a microwave safe cup, blend hot chocolate mix, cornstarch, and milk. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Cook for an additional 30 seconds (in a 1500 watt oven). Careful, it’s hot. Hot cocoa pudding! In a weird show of restraint, I made one mug of pudding with water instead of milk. Not as rich and satisfying as regular pudding, but topped with some leftover brownie crumbs and yogurt, it was a wonderful way to start the day.

Now that snow is on the ground, I feel like it’s time to get serious about cookie baking. My plans include: Really Great Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Banana Oatmeal Cookies, Resolution Brownies, Almond Biscotti, and a 3-Ingredient Thin Mints hack.

Need recipe ideas for your celebration? Check out the holiday edition of Gluten-Free Recipe Fix. Enjoy!

Kat Kissick ArtMini paintings from Kat Kissick Art


  1. Oooh, I want this quick and easy chocolate pudding! I love eating it while it’s still warm. 🙂 I love that you treated yourself, Linda. I’m a big fan of Penzeys–now more than ever–plus books (yes, please!) and this art looks delightful! Last, I always chuckle when you mention your Resolution Brownies. Still, the best resolution ever! 😉

    Merry Christmas, dear!

    • Thanks, Shirley! Yeah, I’m thinking Penzey’s cocoa mix would work well in all sorts of quick little treats. So flavor-dense.

      May your holidays be merry and full of chocolate, Shirley!