20 Mouthwatering Hot Chocolate Recipes

Tired of boring hot chocolate? Try one of these 20 mouthwatering hot chocolate recipes by The Vintage Modern Wife!

I don’t know about you all, but we love hot cocoa in our home. I have so many wonderful memories of vacations in New Mexico with my family and grabbing a styrofoam cup filled to the brim between ski runs and memories of my dad making hot chocolate in early mornings when he would come home from the night shift and would wake us up with a warm mug full of chocolatey goodness. It’s something I’ve passed on in our family and I’m very passionate with using milk for hot chocolate instead of water, haha!

We definitely don’t do little packets either, but I’ll tell ya- give me all the marshmallows- especially if they’re homemade! If you’ve never had homemade marshmallows, definitely spend some time making them. I worked at an after school program back in the day and hosted a cooking class once a week. The week we made marshmallows was heavenly and all of our eyes were rolling in the back of our heads because they were that good. Make them a day or two ahead and you’ll thank me, truly.

Tired of boring hot chocolate? Try one of these 20 mouthwatering hot chocolate recipes by The Vintage Modern Wife!

Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa | Life Made Simple Bakes
Chilli Hot Chocolate | The Macadames
Nutella Hot Chocolate | Gimme Some Oven
Halva Hot Cocoa | Wholehearted Eats
Thick Dark Hot Chocolate with Homemade Toasted Marshmallows | Wild Greens and Sardines
S’mores Hot Chocolate | Foxes Love Lemons
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate | Cooktoria
Pumpkin Spiced Whiskey Hot Chocolate | Spice and Sprout
Maca Hot Chocolate | Well and Full
Vegan Homemade Nutella Hot Chocolate | Oh She Glows
Pumpkin Spice French Hot Chocolate | Sempre Dolce
Hot Chocolate With Plum Syrup | What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today
Sinful Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate | Crumb Kitchen
Extra Thick Sweet Potato Hot Chocolate | Turnip The Oven
French Hot Chocolate | Well Plated
Cashew Milk Hot Chocolate | Gimme Some Oven
Spiked Hot Chocolate with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream | The Beeroness
Superfood Hot Chocolate | Vibrant Food Stories
Mexican Hot Chocolate | Olivia’s Cuisine
Bourbon Thyme Hot Chocolate | What Do You Crave

Which of the 20 mouthwatering hot chocolate recipes are you going to try?

 

18 Week Bumpdate and Pregnancy Letter Board

Well, time is continuing to fly and I’m just about halfway through with my pregnancy already! Next week we have an appointment with our Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor to get a good look at the baby and finally find out if we’re having a boy or girl!

Love this baby bump letter board by The Vintage Modern Wife. 18 weeks pregnant!

Although we are super excited to hear what we’re having so we can start buying what we need, we mostly are ready to see our baby and just get even more confirmation that baby is healthy and has no chromosomal abnormalities. I did have an appointment last week and we got a really good look at the baby with just a quick ultrasound and saw no signs of a SCT like Addie had around this time of gestation, so I am very relieved. Still, it’ll be nice to get a thorough look at the baby next week to make sure everything is good. Hopefully, we will only need to see this doctor once and then I can keep continuing with my OB like normal!

I really love our MFM doctor and am happy we’ll be seeing him. He did ultrasounds on Addie every other week for my pregnancy with Addie and he delivered her as well. I remember my first appointment with him and how nervous I was. I cried the whole appointment because we just had no idea what we were dealing with and if Addie would be ok, and I had an amnio and was terrified. It seems so long ago yet is also so fresh in my mind. I can’t say I’m not nervous for this appointment, but I do know that this doctor is pretty fantastic and IF there is anything to worry about, then he will be the guy to help lead the way and help us feel more at ease.

How far along: 18 weeks

Name: We officially have our boy AND girl names! We won’t be disclosing the name of the baby until after our gender reveal though!

Size: Baby is the size of an artichoke at 18 weeks! That’s 5.59 inches and 6.70 ounces.

How I’m feeling: Really good! I was really emotional about a lot of things last week but things have mellowed out.

Sickness: None! Migraines are GONE and I’m feeling so good!

Cravings: More vegetables! Especially green beans from a can. Weird I know. I got a hankoring for green bean casserole so that’s on our menu for this week with some chicken. I will say, that’s not a pregnancy thing, that’s just a me-excited-for-Thanksgiving thing, because I totally did this last year and the year before a couple weeks before Thanksgiving. I just love Thanksgiving food!

Aversions: Nothing at the moment. I’m glad about that!

Weight gain: I maybe have gained 1-2 lbs. Doctor isn’t concerned one bit and baby is growing and just taking all my food!

Physical changes: Rounder tummy! My face has thinned out too. It’s all going to my stomach for sure!

Pregnancy purchases so far: I’ve made a few purchases so far that I wanted to share that have been helpful—

  • Mineral Essence– I wanted to update you guys on it since I promised last bumpdate. I have been religiously taking my Mineral Essence for 2 weeks now and feel INCREDIBLE. It’s amazing how good you can feel when your body is in balance! If you’re not getting 5-6 cups of vegetables a day, you’re definitely not getting enough minerals in your diet, especially if you’re pregnant because baby is taking all those nutrients for him/herself. I have felt WORLDS different.
  • Gender Reveal Decorations– I have all the decorations for our gender reveal courtesy of Oriental Trading! I am SO ready to get decorating next week for our big reveal party.
  • New clothes- I recently got this Winter Wine long sleeved tee from Old Navy from today’s bumpdate and this Emerald sweater tee from my 16 week bumpdate. Neither are maternity and I love how they hug my bump! I love them and I’m so ready for it to be consistently cold so I can wear them all the time. I also got this awesome Llama maternity sweater and I find it hilarious and cute all at the same time.

Love this baby bump letter board progression by The Vintage Modern Wife. 12-18 weeks pregnant!

Thanks for joining me for another bumpdate! Comment below with your OFFICIAL GUESS as to what you think we’ll be having! You guys will find out next week so make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook for updates!

Achieving Financial Peace-of-Mind with a Disability Through ABLEnow

This post on Achieving Financial Peace of Mind with a Disability Through ABLEnow is sponsored through ABLEnow, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you heard about ABLEnow? If you have a loved one with a disability, definitely read this!

Having a child with a disability always has our family thinking ahead. We wonder about things 5, 10, even 20 years down the road, and while those things are blurry for our family, they’re still important things to think about. As a mom, I always think of the worst- “What will happen to Addie if…” and I go down that rabbit hole. One thing that we definitely have needed to do more research on is some type of saving for Addie for when she is older. If something ever happens to us, we want to be able to make sure she is cared for and loved, which is why it’s perfect timing that I have been able to recently learn about a program called ABLEnow.

For so long, people with disabilities and their families couldn’t save for their futures because they feared losing their public benefits. I can’t even imagine having to worry about that for Addie and I’m so thankful we don’t have to now. Because of Addie’s medical complexities, she gets benefits monthly for nursing care, medical supplies (her little tiny ventilator alone is $13,000!), multiple therapies (speech, physical, and occupational)- I am literally FLOORED that had this been even just a few years ago, Addie could’ve lost her benefits if we put money in a savings account for her because an individual with a disability needed to remain “poor” in order to keep their benefits. It’s sickening and insanely scary. Bless the advocates who worked hard to change this and came up with the federal ABLE Act and the new ABLEnow program. There are millions of individuals with disabilities and so many of their families depend on various public benefits like income, health care, food, and housing through SSI, SNAP, and Medicaid. Now, these millions of people don’t have to worry, and I’m so grateful.

Addie

For the first time in public policy, the ABLE Act recognized the significant costs that occur when you have a member of the family living with a disability. These costs can include accessible housing and transportation, personal assistance services, assistive technology, and health care that is not covered by insurance or Medicaid. Now these eligible individuals with disabilities and their families can save and invest in an affordable and tax-advantaged ABLEnow account without worrying if their eligibility for certain benefits like Medicaid and SSI will be taken away!

Addie

Here’s why I love this so much: ABLEnow is truly empowering those with disabilities to gain more independence and have a better quality of life through financial security. For our family it means being able to put money aside for Addie’s future and not worrying that her Medicaid will be taken away (because I certainly can’t afford a ventilator, nursing, oxygen, every circuit piece to her vent, suction machines, and so so much more). It’s so huge.

Addie

ABLEnow is administered by Virginia529, the country’s largest college savings plan, which now has an expanded mission to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. It is one of the country’s premier ABLE programs and open for national enrollment with accounts in all 50 states. You can go to the ABLEnow website to open and manage your ABLEnow account online.

Want to know more about ABLEnow and ABLE accounts? Check out the ABLEnow FAQS . What are your fears for the future regarding your loved ones with disabilities?