STAYING COZY WITH BON LEMON

Winter is on its way which means chilly weather and loads of hot cocoa.

 

But you will be far from chilly with one of the fabulous blankets we have in the store, paired with our tasty adult hot cocoa recipe. 

Softest Blankets Ever

We love spending winter evenings sitting in front of the fire (or Netflix, let's be honest). This is made even better with some hot cocoa and a super soft blanket to cocoon in.

Our two favorite blankets come from Barefoot Dreams.

The first one below is their Cozychic Dream Receiving Blanket. Though marketed mainly for use by babies, we think adults deserve to enjoy these blankets too!

Cozychic Dream Receiving Blanket | $54

Cozychic Dream Receiving Blanket | $54

The next blanket is Barefoot Dreams' Covered in Prayer Dove Baby Blanket. Again, so soft that we think adults should get in on the cozy and indulge in these blankets for themselves as well. 

Covered In Prayer Dove Baby Blanket | $66

Covered In Prayer Dove Baby Blanket | $66

Now that you've got your blanket picked out, let's move on to drinks. 

Triple-Chocolate Amaretto Hot Cocoa

This hot cocoa will keep you warm all night. The mix of chocolate, coconut, and Amaretto makes for some next-level hot cocoa that will definitely be on repeat all winter for us.

(recipe courtesy of Paste Magazine)

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What You'll Need . . . 

For the hot cocoa:

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Amaretto

For the chocolate whipped cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons sugar

For topping:

  • 2 Tablespoons finely grated dark chocolate
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut

Next . . .

  1. Over low heat, warm 1 cup of the milk
  2. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt and whisk until dissolved
  3. Turn the heat to medium and add the rest of the milk, stirring until hot
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and add vanilla and Amaretto.
  5. For the chocolate whipped cream, mix the cocoa with a couple tablespoons of the cream, then stir with a spoon, pressing out any lumps until you have a paste consistency.
  6. Add the rest of the milk and sugar, and beat with a mixer on high for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Pour hot cocoa into cups, spoon on the whipped cream, then add toppings.
  8. Sip away!

 

HALLOWEEN INSPO

Halloween is less than 2 weeks away and whether you are planning to party it up or have a mellow night in, Bon Lemon has some Halloween items and inspiration to share with you to get you in a festive and spooooky mood.

 

Going Out?

If you're planning to get dolled up and go out on Old Hallow's eve, we have gathered some inspiration for you from all corners of the Bon Lemon shop.

1. Feelin' Wild

Get creative with this fabulous faux fur snood in our very own Bon Lemon shop. This versatile piece can be the starting point of a number of fun animal costumes, and has life far beyond Halloween. Make this snood your go-to accessory for the winter months. 

 

Dana Herbert faux fur snood | $36 | made in Portland

Dana Herbert faux fur snood | $36 | made in Portland

2. Getting Strange . . . 

If you're not feeling super creative and are stumped on creating your own costume, never fear - Bon Lemon is here to help! Inspired by one of our favorite Netflix shows and fashioned by super cute blogger, Keiko Lynn, Stranger Things' Eleven makes a wonderful last-minute costume.

 

Credit: Keiko Lynn

Credit: Keiko Lynn

 

Staying In?

There is no shame at all in staying in on Halloween. Sometimes you just aren't feeling the get-dressed-up-and-party vibe and we definitely find ourselves there some years. But fear not, we have a great plan B that will make your Halloween just as (if not more) festive, sans all the crazy people.

1. Movie

First, start with a movie. There are hundreds of scary movies that are worth watching, but we found this list on Rotten Tomatoes that shares the top 50 Netflix spooky flicks. Just looking at this list gets us feeling like we will be sleeping with the lights on for weeks . . . 

2. Dessert

Obviously sugar is a must on Halloween, and below is a delicious dessert recipe to create and indulge in while watching your scary movie. Sharing is definitely optional. 

Halloween Whoopie Pies

Photo and recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

Photo and recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

What you'll need . . . 

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Orange nonpareils or sanding sugar, for decoration

Next . . . 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until smooth. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture and applesauce, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix just until smooth (do not over mix).

  3. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto two baking sheets. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cookie comes out clean, 10 to 14 minutes. With a thin metal spatula, immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, make filling: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat vanilla and remaining 1/2 cup butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners sugar, beating until smooth.

  5. Spread bottom of half the cookies with 1 tablespoon filling each; sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently so filling oozes out slightly. Sprinkle exposed filling with nonpareils. Let rest 15 minutes to set.

3. Libations

And what would Halloween be without a delicious drink to go along with it? 

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge | $17.50

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge | $17.50

Grab a bottle of your favorite whiskey and head over to Bon Lemon to pick up a fancy Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge to sip it in. With this artistic and innovative glass, your whiskey will not get watered down. So go ahead, pour yourself a drink or two and sip as slowly (or as quickly) as you would like!

 

Feeling festive yet? Stop by our Bon Lemon store to get even more great ideas for a fun way to spend your Halloween!

ORANGE OBSESSED

The cooler weather has settled in, the leaves are changing, pumpkin is part of everyday life again, Halloween costumes are in the works -- what more do we need to prove that fall has arrived and that we are loving it?

The color orange, obviously!

 

Even though orange is the new black, some people don't feel as strongly about year-round orange wearing as we at Bon Lemon do.

However, fall is THE time of the year to rock that orange with mad pride. Everyone can get down with orange in the fall. 


To help you up your orange game, we have gathered some of our fave fall items at the store. With this we hope to inspire you to bring a bit more orange into your life beyond the pumpkin cookies and your morning PSL. 

Fox earrings: [UN]Possible Cuts | $13 WA state necklaces: [UN]Possible Cuts | $22

Fox earrings: [UN]Possible Cuts | $13

WA state necklaces: [UN]Possible Cuts | $22

Be the ultimate foxy lady with these adorable fox earrings. Get double the fall points by pairing the earrings with one of our favorite local Washington state pride pieces!

Grace & Lace | $54

Grace & Lace | $54

If you're not feeling the bright oranges, go for a rusty orange that goes well with nearly every color in your closet. This sweater is the perfect culmination of all things fall: orange, tassled, and geometric. We are OBSESSED.

 

Quay Australia | $50

Quay Australia | $50

We are throwing shade to orange haters with these fabulous orange sunnies. They are definitely something you can wear year-round and are a great way to add a bit of orange into your look without feeling like you're overdoing it. The retro look is on-point (shout out to Iris Apfel -- if you haven't seen the Netflix doc on her yet, drop everything you're doing and go watch it) and we will be wearing these glasses rain or shine.

 

Still not into wearing orange on your body? No prob! We've got some great things for your home that will help you have that festive fall feeling. 

Michel Design Works | $12

Michel Design Works | $12

This neroli soap has us washing our hands constantly. Its delightful scent and hydrating formula makes this soap perfect for fall (and all other seasons too, if you ask us). Get your hands on this (pun obviously intended) before the shelves are empty!

In case you can't tell, we at Bon Lemon live life to its fullest no matter the season. But fall is particularly lovely. The calm before the storm of winter filled with fall treats and fall fashion is something we just can't seem to get enough of.

How do you feel about fall? We would love to hear some of your fave things about fall!

BREAKFAST IN BED

With fall officially upon us, we at Bon Lemon are ready to bring pumpkin back into our lives—as much pumpkin as possible, if we’re being honest. The onset of cooler weather also leaves us craving a few more minutes in bed in the morning, cozy in our warm beds before preparing for the day ahead.

So why not combine two of the most wonderful parts of fall, pumpkin and the snooze button, and make fall magic this autumnal equinox?

 

 

We’ve got a stellar pumpkin oatmeal recipe that is sure to quickly become a fave. Just don’t tell your boss that Bon Lemon gave you the “okay” to be late to work every day this fall.

Ingredients:

1 cup plain oatmeal

Boiling water (to taste)

¼ cup pumpkin puree (buy one can and save the extra puree for next time)

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

What to do:

1.      Boil water

2.      Pour boiling water over oatmeal and add pumpkin puree, stirring to mix

3.      Add the spice to taste

4.      Grab a spoon and enjoy the ultimate fall breakfast in bed!

 

And what better way to enjoy your new fave fall breakfast than with our Barefoot Dreams robe?!

If this robe and this recipe do not make up the winning combination for fall, we aren't sure what does.  (Available for $165.  Email or message us for details.)