It’s a Surprise Birthday Party

I know I’ve said this time and time again, but five years ago when I started this little blog, I had no idea the sense of community that would come from being a food blogger. I have met some really interesting people, both online and in real life, and made some amazing friends through blogging.

Today is one of those amazing friend’s birthdays! Fiona from A Boston Food Diary is celebrating a birthday today. Fiona is one of the most caring, funny, passionate, and enthusiastic people I have ever met. I wanted to do something to celebrate with her and some of her blogging friends.

I decided to throw a virtual surprise birthday party for her today! Similar to the online showers I’ve participated in throughout the years, I asked some of her blogging friends to post about something Fiona would enjoy to celebrate her special day. Be sure to check out what everyone made to bring to Fiona’s birthday party. And, for an extra special treat, be sure to wish Fiona a Happy Birthday on her blog, or twitter!!

Amber from Bluebonnets + Brownies made Sunday Cupcakes with Fleur de Sel Caramel Frosting

Aimee from The Apron Archives made Carrot Raisin Scones

Erica from In and Around Town posted Ocean Views at Legal Harborside’s First Floor

And last, but not least, I made a Happy Birthday Cocktail. I didn’t really know what else to name it. It is reminescent of some great cocktails I’ve been enjoying lately. The drink contains Hendrick’s Gin, St Germain, and Champagne! How could that not be amazing?!?

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Happy Birthday Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail


1 part gin (recommended: Hendrick's)
1 part St Germain
3 parts champagne
1 cucumber slice
1 lemon wedge


Fill glass with ice. Add gin and St Germain. Stir to combine.

Top with champagne.

Garnish with cucumber and lemon.

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11 Responses to “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    This looks like such a perfect gift! Are those your homemade marshmallows I spy in the mug?

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    Jen — December 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Of course they are! I seriously can’t justify buying marshmallows anymore. They’re just so easy and SO good homemade. I even whipped up a batch to put on our twice baked sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving.

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    Blog is the New Black — December 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I really wanted to do this this year for gifts but time escaped me. Looks great!

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    Boston Food Diary — December 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Soooo here’s the deal- A Boston Food Diary is going to look A LOT like Beantown Baker next week as I steal your recipes 🙂 Looks great Jen!

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    Megan — December 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Why have I never thought about doing this? It looks so easy and it definitely would give me an excuse to make some homemade marshmallows!

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    Danielle — December 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    That looks like an amazing gift! Making a homemade hot cocoa would definetly save money. Thanks for the recipe(:

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    EliFla — December 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Ghirardelli cocoa is very good and your homemade hot cocoa mix …too!!! May you have a special merry Christmas!!!Hugs, Flavia

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    Meghan@travelwinedine — December 21, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I have never thought of making my own cocoa mix OR marshmallows. I feel a winter project coming on. Looks delicious!

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    kitchenmisfit — December 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I have had this bookmarked to make to some gifts for a couple of my girlfriends. So awesome and easy to make!


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    dana — December 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Loads of thanks to you. I can make everyone happy this Christmas. This recipe is even easy to follow.

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    innochkaskitchen — December 24, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Yum! What a great holiday gift idea!

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