hot chocolate anyone?

 

this little cutie is by no means the swank, who’s -your -daddy set up over at edie’s place. nor is it the clever, creative, completely inspiring nook at melaine’s. but our little silver tray of hot chocolate goodies sure was a hit for caroline. hot cocoa might just be her favorite afterschool treat–she even drinks it when it’s still warm outside:)

it sure plans on getting cuter now that we’re closer to christmas time.  i’ll add some vintage style handmade candy canes and we might even whip up some homemade marshmallows

for now, don’t be too impressed. i just poured a canister of swiss miss into a jar, added little mini marshmallows in the silver sugar holder, larger marshmallows are in the crystal pitcher.

but to inspire you, here are a few yummy hot chocolate recipes.

creamy hot cocoa, candy cane cocoa and ina garten’s hot chocolate recipe is delish! ( the premix, gasp, caramel sea salt cocoa pictured below is from kroger)

 

November 2, 2012 - 7:37 am

Kerri - southern hospitality at its finest! I love it! I was thinking of how I really do not have the space to set up a beverage bar, but this is totally perfect~home-y and elegant! I am planning to make a few recipes this weekend like edie’s cheese tortellini soup that I have had my eye on since last winter! have a great weekend! XO

November 2, 2012 - 7:40 am

Gina - Oh my!! Definitely headed to Kroger today to look for some of that yumminess.

November 2, 2012 - 8:15 am

jen@thecottagenest - I love it! We are big cocoa drinkers around these parts too (even in summer) and we are hoping to do something like this once our kitchen gets put back together.

November 2, 2012 - 8:31 am

simone - …adding this to my long list of “Reasons To Be A Knudsen Girl” ;)

I absolutely love this Paige, I shall copy your idea if you don’t mind….it looks so pretty :) XX

November 2, 2012 - 10:03 am

Cathy Grasinger - This looks so devine…..we love the hot cocoa recipe on the back of the Hershey’s cocoa container!!!! Oh and I may use 1/2 and 1/2 instead of milk sometimes!!! So yummy!!!!!

November 2, 2012 - 10:28 am

Alecia - What a cute set up! I love me some hot chocolate…especially the salted caramel…oh my goodness…I’ve gotta look for that…we don’t have Kroger’s but by golly…I will hunt until I find it!

November 2, 2012 - 11:18 am

Tamara - That is simply adorable! My oldest two love hot chocolate too!
I will have to try that in December!

November 2, 2012 - 11:42 am

Deborah - I absolutely love your hot chocolate bar. Thanks for sharing. I just might have to copy. :-)

November 2, 2012 - 1:20 pm

christina - hello there my friend!
i hope you don’t mind if i have a seat and enjoy a cuppa. ; )
this is just so very pretty.
xo

November 2, 2012 - 2:02 pm

LLH Designs - Yes, please! I’ll have some! Hot chocolate + a long visit with you would be heaven! xo!

November 2, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Tammie - Oh This is super cute.

November 4, 2012 - 8:03 am

tara - it’s swanky….girl you’ve got crystal and silver!
I can’t wait to pull mine together this year…you’ve inspired me to get on it.

November 4, 2012 - 4:37 pm

Suzanne - Loved the little peek
that you handed out
on IG, so had to swing
over and see the full
deal : ) Lovely in the
only-Paige-Knudsen-
could-of-styled-it-
kinda way!!

Now, where’d I stash
the hot chocolate…..?

xo Suzanne

November 4, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - ummm… that’s pretty stinkin cute and creative girl. We did that last year but it wasn’t nearly as sparkly and FUN as yours. :) Love it. :)

November 5, 2012 - 10:07 am

Bethanie Henry - This is too funny, I have been obsessing over the “hot cocoa bar” that I am gathering goodies for for the winter season. My mom even said, “you arent going to be happy until you get this just right, are you?!” Lots of company over the holidays, so I think it will be fun!

November 7, 2012 - 7:20 pm

melaine - Um, aren’t you too sweet! It’s gorgeous by the way! I suppose I should get my hot cocoa station up and going! Right now it is a baking station! I can’t leave things alone! :) Love ya Paige! xoxo

on the injured list. again.

poor kiddo.

last year, almost to the date, her nose was broke during a cheerleading stunt.  she needed surgery and was down for the count for a few weeks ( from cheering and from working out)

in august she was stretching at the gym and called me to tell me her knee cap had slipped out of place. to make a long story short, she ended up with a torn meniscus and a torn mcl.  she needed surgery and was down for the count for weeks. truth be told, she’s still in physical therapy for that and not completely cleared for exercise ( running, etc)

now let me tell you, she has been working her tail off for over a year. at the gym constantly and watching what she’s eating. she has done amazing.

this year she decided to cheer basketball instead of football and competition. which worked out well since she’s been out with the knee injury. so saturday, basketball cheerleading had a workshop. all day.  in hindsight ( that perpetually clear hindsight view) i shouldn’t have let her go all. it was like seven hours).  well she came home pretty sore. i figured it was her first major exertion since her leg injury.  she’s a base and they can get pretty beat up catching the girls who fly, especially after hours and hours.

by the next day she continued to be sore. that night she came in just before i went to bed and said her side was really really sore. sharp stabbing pain sore.  so i had her recount the day. turns out she had fallen during a stunt and the fly fell on top of her. oh dear. called the doctor the next morning and was reminded that there really isn’t anything done for broken ribs other than rest.  so we went in anyway for xrays.

doctor warned me prior to the xray that they are often times inconclusive, the ribs being hard to get a good film of…and they were. so they’re treating her for probable fractured ribs.

well all during this time she’s complained of headaches. she’s come home from school early and fallen asleep the last few days. she never ever ever takes naps. like ever. ( thank you taylor swift for the jingle)  i’d walk into her room and ask her why she was working with all the shades pulled to which she’d reply that the light hurt her eyes.  she’d text me from school in tears after a test saying it was hard for her to think and focus. she’s having a hard time sleeping at night because of the rib pain. so hard to tell what’s related to what, etc.

so, i had her recount the day. again. did she hit her head when she fell? no, but “i got kicked in the head several times during the stunts”…”but that happens all the time in cheerleading mom”….okay.

so headed to the pediatrician yesterday morning because by this time i’m pretty concerned. she didn’t present with any findings that would explain the unusual ( for her) headaches. i love our pediatrician. she’s super thorough and knows my girls well. she couldn’t rule out a concussion.( and no, madison has not had the impact test prior to cheering either).  so for now she’s been put on modified bedrest and told to do no brain strain.

broken nose. torn ligament. probable broken ribs. possible concussion…

praying she heals quickly. it’s tough to miss several days of school but that junior year is especially tough. this is the third if not fourth issue in less than a year. discouraging from a cheer standpoint and an exercise stand point.

by the way, these images were not this week…she’s not quite this smiley this week:(

November 1, 2012 - 8:27 am

Lori H - Lovely photos of your gorgeous girl. Hope she is back to “smiley” soon! And that Mom can relax too…so worrisome when the kids have aches and pains going on, and you just want the doctor to say “It is definately THIS, and we can fix them right up”. Inconclusive stinks.

November 1, 2012 - 8:35 am

Kim I - She is stunning! Praying for a quick recovery for her!!

November 1, 2012 - 8:41 am

jen@thecottagenest - Poor girl! I prescribe soft spaces, lots of love, some comfort food, puppy snuggles and fashion magazines. I hope she is all better soon.

November 1, 2012 - 9:12 am

Deanna - Praying for a quick recovery!

November 1, 2012 - 9:15 am

becky - poor thing! and to think that people don’t consider cheer a “real” sport… i grew up doing competitive cheer and know it is some serious stuff. my husband, the orthopedic specialist, hates that i already have them involved in cheer. he has seen the cheer injuries.

btw, her eyes are AMAZING!

November 1, 2012 - 10:24 am

linda - Ohhh, miss lovely Madison. As a mother of four, very involved in sports, children, we have had our share of injuries from an ACL knee reconstruction for my then 14 yr. old, to a fractured jaw from snowboarding. It is completely devastating as parent to watch our kids suffer, staying out of activities for months on end, and all the while praying the injury will heal, and not affect the rest of their lives. Minnesota is a state leading the study on concussions. The ramifications of head trauma, and continued brain trauma is life changing. A good friend of mine, whose daughter was captain of the synchronized swim team at our high school, was training w/ the Olympics in Colorado
Springs a few yrs. ago, got kicked in the head and her life was completely altered…headaches, dizziness, nausea. Had to drop out of her senior of high school. It was unbelievably sad. My advice would be to really, really, really evaluate whether or not cheering is worth possibly altering the rest of your life…
Sorry :((( You all are in my thoughts and hoping for a quick and full recovery!!!! ps LOVE the boots :)

November 1, 2012 - 10:31 am

sheri - So sorry to hear this. My Sav has had her fair share of cheer injuries too :( The worst being a fractured tail bone – that one took forever to heal. I’m praying Madison is feeling better soon. xoxoxo

November 1, 2012 - 10:57 am

Alecia - Awwwww…sweet Madi! I’ll be praying for a quick recovery and that she’ll be back to her active self in no time!

November 1, 2012 - 11:37 am

Jennifer - Praying a speedy recovery for this tough girl!
Sounds like nothing really gets her down for long!

November 1, 2012 - 12:42 pm

jamie - Sending Prayers and Quick Healing! Poor Sweet Girl, that stinks, she looks Amazing and always has. I hope she is recovered and up soon, it must be quite painful.Ugh, so hard when our Kiddos are hurting. Strength Vibes to you too, Mom..
Jamie

November 1, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Kerri - poor Madison! I hope she feels better soon! as a mom, I totally udnerstand how you feel when one of your girls is not feeling like herself. sending prayers and love! XO

November 1, 2012 - 1:52 pm

chrissi - Prayers for this sweet girl and hugs for mom and dad. It hurts so much to see our loved ones not be themselves. Take care♥

November 1, 2012 - 2:06 pm

tara - and they say cheerleading isn’t a sport. whatever!!!!

praying sweet girl feels better soon!!!!

Hey…can you still not easily leave comments at my blog? I REALLY need to figure out what to do.

November 1, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Suzanne - Feel better soon, sweet
girl! Lucky your {proud}
mama kept dogging the
docs, as bedrest sounds
like the right medicine,
for now, as hard as it is
to be down for the count.
Better to be gentle with
yourself now than have
a bigger setback, later.

Hugs to you, Paige, as
I know it hurts you, too….

xo Suzanne

November 1, 2012 - 5:54 pm

Andrea - poor girl…..she looks like the sweetest thing ever. Wishing her a speedy recovery and no more injuries….

November 1, 2012 - 6:21 pm

Kim from 3 peanuts - I am so sorry Madison is going through this. I know it is awful. broken ribs really hurt.
I will say some prayers for healing. xoxo. Give Madison our best please.
Kim

November 2, 2012 - 12:10 am

Tammie - It is so scary when our babies(even when they are grown up) are hurt or sick. There is always that fear of the unknown. I hope to hear she is back up and healthy and smiling again soon. She has the most amazing eyes. SO beautiful. Good luck to her the rest of her season.

November 2, 2012 - 8:34 pm

patty - so sorry she’s hurt! hope she’s better soon

November 3, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Lindsey - I’ve been behind on my blog reading and am just getting to some of your latest pots. Cried my way through this one. Prayers for sweet Madi. Hate that she is hurting!

November 5, 2012 - 2:37 pm

Susan W - Sending prayers of well wishes and healing as quickly as Madisons body can do it!
Beautiful photos and as always, Thank you for sharing with us!

November 5, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Lisa - As a nurse, it sounds like Mono to me. Did they do a Mono spot?

November 6, 2012 - 8:06 am

Jeanne - Praying that your daughter is better so. It’s so scary sometimes being a mom. Miy daughter is 29 now and married and believe me, the mom-worrying never ends!
Take care,
xo
jeanne