Spiced Eggnog Hot Cocoa

This decadent and delicious spiced hot cocoa will keep you warm and toasty this winter!
Spiced Eggnog Hot Cocoa | The Chef Next Door

Although I'm a huge coffee drinker, that's not my only hot drink of choice in the winter. I also happen to really love hot cocoa. Traditional hot cocoa, dark hot cocoa, even mint hot cocoa. You name it, I'll drink it.

Recently I've been playing around in the kitchen and coming up with some fun twists on my cocoa. I made a s'mores version with lots of marshmallows and crushed graham crackers on top. I also made a spicy version with a bit of groun chipotle chili pepper. That was perfect after a cold day outdoors.


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Cherry Walnut Granola

Homemade crunchy granola studded with walnuts and tart cherries is a perfect breakfast, especially over yogurt!

Do you make resolutions? At the start of each new year I always resolve to lose some weight. I'm pretty sure it's been the same resolution every year for as long as I can remember. I start out doing well but by the end of January it seems like I've fallen off the wagon. I know I'm not the only one that goes through this. I've heard from many of my friends that they go through this same routine, year after year.

So this year I decided to give myself a break and have a more attainable goal. Instead of striving to lose weight, I'm going to take baby steps and focus on eating better and trying to exercise more. My eating habits have definitely improved over the last few years. I cook dinner just about every single night, my family eats way less fast food, and I've incorporated more fruits and veggies into our diet. 

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Ginger Spice Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting

Fresh ginger and nutmeg give these decadent cupcakes the perfect amount of spice. Topped with a mouthwatering browned butter frosting, it's hard to eat just one! 
Ginger Spice Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting | The Chef Next Door

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends. The last couple of weeks have been fabulous; lots of family time, movies, games, laughs, and of course, food. Oh and I can't forget football! Lots and lots of football has been watched in our house.

For our New Years Eve celebration instead of making a big meal I decided to serve several appetizers. We had a glorious spread of all of our favorites, and then I created these delicious little cupcakes for dessert. Filled with freshly grated ginger and nutmeg, the flavors were spectacular. Not overly sweet, these cupcakes melt in your mouth. And the browned butter frosting? Oh.Em.Gee. If you've never had it before, you are missing out. I've never tasted a frosting so delicious in my whole life! I'm certain I'll be spreading this on everything from now on.

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