Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Hot Chocolate Gift Jars!

     MERRY CHRISTMAS PEOPLE!!! I'm so excited about the holiday season! Christmas is just around the corner, and some of us (including me) don't have all our gifts ready to be dispersed yet. I was on the way to town the other day to pick up some new knobs for my dresser, when I remembered that I had seen this idea on Pinterest recently and had noted that I wanted to try it this year. I did a little price checking while I was in the store, and found that I could do a dozen of these adorable little jars for about $30-$40 dollars. I picked up some wide mouthed, quart sized mason jars(which they annoyingly sold separately, so I couldn't use my %40 coupon on the case), some ribbon and matching Christmas crafting paper for the lids. When I went to the grocery store, I got two giant hot chocolate cans, a bag of marshmallows, three bags of Hersey's kisses(which I pulverized in the food processor). On the way to the checkout, I saw a box of a dozen beautiful candy canes, which I added to the jars, and really made them look special! I put all the jars together in about an hour or two.

   I ended up giving the dozen to ladies at our church, and they all loved them! What a pretty, affordable, and easy gift to give out to family and friends!

Madam Mocha

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies!

brought to you by Jill Saunders on
"Whenever you make these cookies for someone, be sure to bring along several copies of the recipe! You will be asked for it, I promise!"  

     These are seriously the best rolled sugar cookies on the planet! They are perfect for rolling and making cut-out cookies. They have a soft center and slightly crunchy edges. I am planning on making some snow flake cookies with this recipe for this Christmas. I'll be sure to post pictures, and tell you how they turned out.

Visit this link on for a step-by-step video on how to make them.

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Madam Mocha

Monday, December 2, 2013

Vintage Hair Tutorial

     This is an amazing vintage inspired hair tutorial that is fancy and fun! It is much MUCH easier though if you have a partner to do the side braid! I wish I could still do this on my hair, but I go it all cut to shoulder length recently(don't ask me why). Sometimes, like when I see medieval or vintage tutorials like this one, I wish it was princess-hip-length again! ;)

The Beauty Thesis

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug

     I don't know about you guys, but I am ecstatic about the second hobbit movie coming out! J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are books I have grown up with. They were always my go-to books on a rainy day. So how cool is it that they are now movies!?

     The first hobbit movie was amazing! I watched the BBC's Sherlock series, so I love seeing Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch(we call him cucumberpatch in my house) play together, though Benedict Cumberbatch didn't really make an appearance in the first Hobbit movie. I also saw, several years ago BBC's Robin Hood, which was not nearly as good as Sherlock, but still somewhat entertaining. Anyway, my absolute favorite character was Guy of Gisborne, played by Richard Armatige(aka Arm Pit). So, I was screaming on the inside with every other girl who watched Thorin Oakenshield defeat the mighty Azog with only a Oaken stump!

     I remember writing a christian analysis of The Hobbit in high school English. Bilbo is just an amazing image of courage, loyalty, selflessness and perseverance. He goes through so much, but still he wants to help the dwarfs to regain their home land from the dragon Smaug.

I can't wait until The Desolation of Smaug comes out in just a few days on December 13th! I'll be there on opening night! :)

Madam Mocha

Strange Fire - Joni Eareckson Tada - An Amazing Testimony

     A few weeks ago, I started listening to the Strange Fire conference that Grace to You posted on their web site. You can watch and download them for free here: In my opinion, the best lectures were the one from Joni Earechson Tada and the Q&A sessions one and two.

     This is the amazing video testimonial by Joni that I hope you all benefit greatly from hearing. I did. It is the first message I ever heard from her, and her testimony is really amazing, and inspiring. She reminds us to always be content where we are, no mater where God has put us, and no mater how we think things should be.

"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:11-13

Hope you enjoy!
Madam Mocha