Although, I know that Covid is around for a while more, and unrest in our country probably around for a longer time… Being retired and in the house, playing it safe, I have lots of time to watch the news, and frankly I am worried and sick of it!! So let us sit by my fireplaces and take a break…
Come sit by our new faux fireplace in The Train House!! The cocoa recipe is below😋
The left photo is of the area when we had the house torn apart, about a year and half ago. The right photo was taken recently 2 months ago, when Victor was prepping the corner to build this fireplace!! We designed this together, wanting a place to hang the TV in an area we could easily see from the kitchen and family room. And of course we wanted it to look nice…so we designed this corner fireplace with the TV built in above!!
And this is the finished fireplace!! A little tip…if you want your smart Samsung TV to look like artwork, there is a mode called Ambient that you can go into and either use your own photos or choose their photos to use…I love it, it really looks like artwork and not a TV…great for when you have company!!
Now for the hot chocolate!!! As I was making my grandsons hot chocolate at The Train House, it just smelled and looked so good, I wanted to have some, but I know it’s loaded with calories!! So I decided to make a small amount in a little espresso cup…except I made the adult version…
These are the ingredients…any kind of milk will do, truffles of any kind, mini marshmallows and my secret ingredient, Fireball, a cinnamon whisky!!
Heat milk in microwave, add one truffle and small amount of Fireball, mix until chocolate is dissolved, add marshmallows…enjoy this tiny cup of heaven!!! We could all use that at this time!!
This is our Cape Code house fireplace, I use candles in my fireplaces, unless we are around all day to keep an eye on a wood fire!! I find the candles easier, cleaner and they aluminate the fireplace nicely!!
When we’re not using the fireplace, we have a coffee table that folds up, it acts as a screen and is out of the way until we need it for a coffee table!! I bought this at an auction for three dollars, many years ago and I painted the flowers on it!!
Now we are at The Yellow House…when we bought this house 17 years ago this family room was not here, we had it added onto our kitchen, our good friend Frank who is a master mason, built the fireplace and Victor added the surrounding wood moldings. Victor also built the TV cabinet next to the fireplace, the doors cover the TV when we want it hidden!!
This is the faux fireplace in our living room of The Yellow House!! I bought the mantel at an antique store, many years ago and stored it in our cellar until we bought this house!! Victor built this into the wall with tin ceiling tiles lining the inside and marble tile placed on the floor…a perfect focal point to grace our living room…
I made these candle holders out of lamps that I bought at Christmas Tree Shop…We took the wires out, super glued metal coasters on the tops and spray painted them gold!!
I hope sharing my fireplaces brought you all a moment of ease❤️
After this very difficult week in America, I searched the internet to find some comforting words, because I am truly at a loss…I found this quote that might bring some perspective…
“Morning continues to come to America, especially after the darkest of days. The pain subsides, the light comes and the republic will roll on as long as “we the people” take note, take heart, take courage and take action.“
By taking action, we have the ability in 2021 to press a button and sprew good or bad…it’s been made so easy by our cell phones…I vow to only press my button to sprew goodness, to hold our country up and therefore the World🙏🏽❤️