For years, I’ve anticipated the time of year when mom would pull out the tin of her special spiced mocha.  I’d grab my favorite snowman mug, and fill it to the brim with the sweetly spicy blend to keep me warm by the Christmas tree.  It’s a family favorite, and I can’t remember a time without it.  Last year, I posted a photo on Instagram and Snapped this yummy drink, and I had so many people ask me for the recipe, so…it only took me a year, but without further ado, here’s Mama Donna’s Spiced Mocha! In a bowl, mix together: 1 cup of hot cocoa mix (Ghirardelli is prime!) 1 cup of dry non-dairy creamer 2/3 cup of instant coffee powder (you can choose whether you’d like decaf or caffeinated, we just like to drink ours in the evenings without being up all night!) 1/2 cup of sugar 1/2 teaspoon… View Post

If you follow me on Snapchat, you’ll know that my favorite place to frequent is Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream, for the best cinnamon buns and chai latte smoothies around.  If I’m honest, though, my one true love is their ultimate grilled cheese panini.  It’s made with like three or four different cheeses, plus tomato and a balsamic vinaigrette.  So delicious!  But it’s not just the food that always pulls me back to this little cafe.  Crossroads holds an incredibly dear spot in my heart, as it was one of the first places that I began to explore writing and gleaning inspiration from my environment.  Now I finally get the chance to share it with the blogosphere.These chilly days lately have called for warm scarves like the one in my last post, as well as this watercolor wrap that a friend gave me a few years back.  It also calls for… View Post

I haven’t stopped talking about my trip to Fort Lauderdale since the second I left.  I know at some point soon you will be tired of hearing all about my trip, but before that happens, I wanted to give a rundown on exactly what you should do and where to do it if you ever make a trip down to sunny South Florida.  This all begins, of course, with where to stay. I took this trip with my parents, so naturally they had first dibs on our hotel.  My mother grew up in Lauderdale, and as a little girl, her father ran one particular Howard Johnson’s restaurant.  Located close to the beachfront, the restaurant is no longer open, but the hotel still exists.  It is now a beautiful Courtyard Marriott, with some of the best customer service I have ever personally experienced on a vacation.This pool was the very one that my mom would… View Post