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Advent Day 22 *plus* Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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Happy Advent Season, My Lovelies!  This year on my Advent Calendar I want to share Christmas traditions from around the world along with a daily scripture reading.

Today's tradition comed from Peru.  Hot chocolate joins panetón, lechón and turkey in Peru’s canon of Christmas foods. However, this is a bit strange, as Christmas falls in early summer in Lima. As María Pía Barrientos writes in El Comercio, “Hot chocolate is a marvelous, thick and warming beverage capable of heating you up if you’re about to step out into one of the earth’s poles. No one questions its exquisite flavor. But does it really make sense to drink it when the sun finally comes out and we begin to suffocate in the heat?”  Surprisingly, hot chocolate is not a popular drink during winter in Peru!

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Romans 5:10-11

10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

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Recipe for Gingerbread Hot Chocolate


1/2 c milk
1/2 c heavy cream
1 heaping T Penzy's Spices Hot Chocolate Mix
1 1/2 - 3 t Williams-Sonoma Gingerbread Syrup


Whisk milk, cream, and hot chocolate mix together in a small saucepan.  Heat on medium-low heat until it begins to bubble.  Add syrup and whisk well.

Pour into mug and add whipped cream if desired.

Serves One.

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Gingerbread mug topper is from Anthropologie

Until next time…

Ricki Jill


  1. This looks delicious! I hope that you are enjoying the season! I am and love following along with you.

  2. Ricki, This is a tasty looking hot chocolate. Hope you have a wonderful day today. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. Ricki Jill I have really been enjoying your advent Christmas stories and all your shares. The recipe sounds so yummy and looks so pretty. Mug topper - adorable. Also your flowers are stunning and I love the vase.
    Christmas looks lovely in your home.

  4. Adorable! Makes me want to fix a cup right now!

  5. Is that gingerbread mug topper edible? I'm drooling over here! And the hot chocolate in summer cracks me's worth it, I'm sure, but still...I'd find it awkward, as well. I wonder why they don't just drink chocolate milk?


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