’tis the season for making memories, and homemade hot cocoa #mywestelm

thank you to West Elm for sponsoring today’s discussion.

homemade hot chocolate recipe from sunny vegan #mywestelm

Like most families, our Holiday Season revolves around food and drink. It’s those times sitting at the table together, or maybe snuggling in front of the fire with hot cocoa that will be the moments I will forever hold on to. So will my girls, they call this homemade hot cocoa “love in a mug”  ha ha.

I say it’s time to ditch the mix and make your own hot cocoa this year. It takes the same amount of time as your mix and microwave but the taste is very different! Rich and creamy don’t begin to describe the taste, even the adults in the house freak out when I make this stuff. This year I got the girls enamel icy blue mugs and matching bowls from West Elm Market  to enjoy their warming treats.


Ingredients: 4 servings

4 cups vegan milk – we use soy or coconut
1/4 cup fair trade cocoa powder
1/3 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
dash of salt


warm milk in saucepan over low heat, gradually whisk in remaining ingredients. simmer 2 minutes, serve immediately.


This will be the first in a while that I won’t have a formal dining room for T-day. But I think this table set up will work out even better for us! This will also be our first Holiday in over 15 years living where it snows! So I am bringing our snow excitement front and center on the dining room table. Don’t be afraid to use something unconventional like a snow globe as your centerpiece or mismatched dishes. As long as your theme is consistent, using different items creates a more interesting table.

My mostly white set up will be accented with the enamel blue dishes from West Elm Market as well as a little shimmer,  it’s the perfect winter family table.


I hope you are inspired to get out there and create some great memories this year! I would love to hear about your favorite dish or tradition?

This post has been sponsored by West Elm. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sunny vegan going! and as a thank you,
West Elm is offering 20% off all tabletop items until November 26th!!


I also got the Favorite Throw in gray stripe, it’s so soft and cozy. 

and the cutest salt and pepper shakers I have ever seen!

but the enamel mugs and matching bowls from West Elm Market are certainly our favorites.

November 12, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Julia - Those are really cute salt and pepper shakers! I love your post for homemade hot chocolate–we got snow in Chicago last night so this is perfect for the cold weather!

November 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Jennifer Priest - Gorgeous table setting and the cocoa sounds yummy!

November 12, 2013 - 2:33 pm

brigeeski - The cocoa sounds so good! I can’t wait to try it out and I LOVE your decor.

November 12, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Wendy - Just saw that same snow globe there this weekend! Might get it now with the discount! Thanks!!

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