It's Thanksgiving week! Are you ready for the big day? To be honest, this Thanksgiving is going to be a weird one for my family. Usually we do a 5k with my family in the morning, have brunch at my parents' house, and then do dinner with my husband's family. This year, though, we are 700+ miles away from both sides of our family, and my husband will be working the night before. So I'll be cooking dinner for just the four of us and trying to wrangle the kiddos while he sleeps in the morning. It turns out that making new traditions is a little harder than I had thought! I've never made a whole Thanksgiving dinner before, so I'm kind of looking forward to the challenge, but I'll definitely miss joking around with my siblings and eating my sister-in-law's fabulous pie this year.
Thanksgiving always feels a little like the calm before the storm to me. Things are still pretty laid back, everyone is enjoying their time together, and we haven't slipped into the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season yet. I'm looking forward to a fun, leisurely meal with my little family this week before we start getting excited about Christmas. This homemade white hot chocolate is the perfect after dinner treat to start that transition! It's fun and festive, and warm and flavorful. It's beautifully rich and smooth, and so delicious! We'll be enjoying ours with a slice of marionberry pie on the side, and (with any luck) a fire in the hearth. Hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and laughter (and a little hot chocolate on the side, too!).
White Hot Chocolate
for the hot chocolate:
3 cups milk
1 cup half and half or heavy cream
8 ounces good quality white chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
for serving (optional):
whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles
Add all ingredients to a medium pot over medium heat. Heat, whisking frequently, until the chocolate chips have melted and the hot chocolate is smooth. Do not allow the hot chocolate to boil. Serve warm with whipped cream or marshmallows and enjoy!