Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DIY Sharpie Mug + Hot Chocolate Truffle Ball Recipe [Guest Post]

Today, one of my fabulous sponsors is taking over the blog today! She's here to offer all of my cold readers, something to warm you up! 

Thank you, Raewyn for letting me take over your blog today with a DIY project and recipe that will hopefully add some warmth to this cold, cold winter!  I’m Jessica, here today from Living La Vida Holoka to show you how to make an easy project that would make a friendly little winter gift or a great treat to reward yourself from all that snow shoveling I’m sure you’ve been doing!  All you need for both projects are some items you probably already have in your home, plus a few that can easily be purchased for a few dollars.  First I’ll show you how to personalize a mug.  Then I’ll show you what to fill it with!

It’s so easy to personalize a mug for yourself or a loved one.  Find plain white oven-safe mugs at the Dollar Store or, if you’re lucky like me, stored away in the back of your kitchen cabinet!



DIY Sharpie Mug

- plain, white, oven-safe mug
- Sharpie markers (I prefer black, but have fun with colors and metallics!)

It’s important NOT to preheat your oven for this project.  You want to let the mug acclimate to the oven heat.  Decorate your mug however you like.  Have fun with it!  Make a personalized mug with your name or draw a great design.  Want to designate a mug for tea?  Draw a fun tea bag tag hanging over the edge of your mug.  I designated this mug for hot chocolate with a reminder to never forget the most important ingredient in a perfect cup of hot chocolate--the marshmallows!  When your design is finished, place it directly on your oven rack and turn your oven on to 350ยบ.  Let your mug bake for 30 minutes.  It’s also important to allow the mug to cool down in the oven before removing it. 

Now that you have a fancy new mug, what are you going to fill it with?  Since I made a mug for hot chocolate, how about some Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls?


Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls

- 1 - 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- 1 c. heavy cream (you can also substitute coconut milk from the can as I did)

Heat chocolate and cream in a medium pot over low heat, stirring often.  When chocolate is completely incorporated into cream, remove saucepan from heat.  Let mixture cool at room temperature.  Pour mixture into a bowl or do as I did and stick the entire pot in the fridge.  Cover and let sit until mixture becomes firm and scoopable

Scoop mixture into balls and place them on a parchment or plastic wrap lined baking sheet.  Stick baking sheet back in fridge for 20 minutes.  Wrap truffle balls in plastic wrap and place in freezer until ready to use. 



To make hot chocolate:

Carefully add one truffle ball to hot milk.  Stir well until chocolate is combined.  Top with marshmallows or whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Jessica is a New Jersey blogger, wife, self-proclaimed foodie and DIY-er who also writes about local life and love on her blog Living La Vida Holoka.  She also sells handmade jewelry, wood block silhouettes, craft supplies and art prints in her Etsy shop, A Little Loka.  Receive 25% off your next order with code WARRIOR25 from now until March 18th.


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8 comments:

  1. Thank you again for having me! This was a fun post to write (tasty, too)! :)

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  2. Mmmm yummy. Cute idea too! :)

    ~Kimberly

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  3. This is a super cute idea and sounds super easy!!

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  4. What a wonderful idea! If I wasnt so terrified of my handwriting I would totally do this!

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  5. I'm not a super big fan of my handwriting either, but maybe if you just draw a picture?

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  6. Yes! You should definitely try it!!

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  7. I am so happy to have you on the blog!! Thank you!

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