Nautical Hand-Painted Travel Backgammon Board

IMG_1591Hello lovelies! We told you in our last post that we had some fun summer DIY’s coming for you to end your summer with good memories. Well that is just what we have for you today with this nautical themed hand-painted backgammon board we made.

Nautical themed backgammon | Popcorn & Chocolate

I love playing backgammon. My mom taught me how to play when I was younger, and once I got to college I roped Rose into the fun of the game and we have been addicted ever since.

Handmade backgammon board | Popcorn & Chocolate

We have this silly old fashioned board that I swear is 50 years old. It gets the job done, but some of the pieces are missing their backs, and we have to lug this whole mini suitcase around wherever we want to play, which is a problem when you like to play on the beach and need room in your bag for the 5 towels and 500 snacks you are bringing too.

Travel Backgammon Board | Popcorn & Chocolate

Being the little crafters that we are, we decided we could easily make a travel friendly hand-painted backgammon board of our own! This way we can easily transport the game and play it on the beach or wherever our hearts desire! Since we had the beach in mind, we thought it appropriate to have a nautical theme to the board – but you can do any colors/designs you want! Keep reading to find out how to make this nautical hand-painted travel backgammon board!

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DIY Nautical Themed Backgammon Board | Popcorn & Chocolate

Nautical backgammon board | Popcorn & Chocolate

Materials:

  • Canvas fabric
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ruler
  • Paint brush
  • Wooden pieces (you’ll need 30 total) – we used these
  • Fabric paint pen or a sharpie
  • Stamps and ink (optional)

How to make this nautical DIY backgammon board:

  1. Start by measuring and cutting out your canvas fabric. For reference, our whole fabric sheet is 16 x 21 inches and then our board within that is 12 x 19 inches. You can decide how much extra fabric you have along the edges of the actual board. But don’t forget you need space on at least one side for your home pieces!
  2. Once your fabric is cut out, now you can make the actual board. Our board is drawn about 2 inches away from the outer edge of the fabric on the longer side and about 1 inch on one of the shorter sides and 2 inches on the other in order to leave room for pieces you take off while playing. Use a very light pencil mark to measure this out and then using a either a fabric pen or a sharpie and a ruler, connect the marks so you have a rectangle.
  3. Now that you have the outer edges drawn, make another light pencil mark that divides your board exactly in half. For us, that meant measuring 9 inches away from one of the shorter sides. Then using the ruler and the black paint pen or sharpie, make the center black line.
  4. Now that you have your board in place, you can start making the triangles. Each of the triangles are 1/4 inch apart and the triangles themselves are 1 and 1/4 inches wide. So starting on one side of the board, measure 1/4 inch and make a light tick mark. From that tick mark, measure 1 and 1/4 inches and make another light tick, then measure another 1/4 inch and make a tick. Continue this alternating between 1/4 inch and 1 and 1/4 inches all the way across the board. You should end up with 12 triangles on each side.
  5. Now that you’ve mapped out where the triangles will be drawn, measure halfway between the 1 and 1/4 inch triangle base (which is 3/4 inch from one side). From this point, measure up 4 inches for the short triangles and 5 inches for the taller ones. Don’t forget to alternate between these! Make a tick mark with your pencil at what will be the tip of the triangle, and then using your ruler and black pen connect that tick mark with the left and right tick marks representing the triangle base. Continue making triangles like this, alternating between 4 and 5 inches long, until all 24 of your triangles are made.
  6. Now your entire board is mapped out and you can start painting. Choose 2 colors: one for the short triangles and one for the long triangles. Using a ruler and a paint brush, fill in each of the triangles with your desired colors. Note: if you want your lines really precise you could use painters tape to outline the triangles. I wasn’t too worried about being precise, so I just used a ruler and a steady hand.
  7. If you want stripes like we did on the the short triangles, you can use the ruler to outline the triangle and then once that is dry use the ruler as a straightedge to make stripes across the triangle. Important: make sure you let the stripes dry one at time otherwise you might stick your ruler in wet paint and smudge it!
  8. Now to make the pieces. To make the stamped anchor pieces, all you will need is a rubber stamp and ink. If you don’t have stamps, you can just paint the pieces a solid color like we did with the yellow ones. If you were feeling fancy, you might even paint interesting designs. Just don’t forget to make 2 different sets of 15 pieces.
  9. Now it’s time to play!

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There you have it! A fun way to end summer by playing backgammon with your friends on your new hand-painted backgammon board! You can even pair it with some Lucky Charms Popcorn for some extra luck. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite games are and if you have ever played backgammon before!

Travel Nautical Backgammon | Popcorn & Chocolate

Now I can whoop Rose’s ass in style ;) That is if I’m not sleeping…

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Summer Pink Flamingo Painted Doormat

Pink flamingo painted doormat | Popcorn & ChocolateI don’t know about you guys but our summer has been a busy one. Both Rose and I are in a sort of transition period between jobs and apartments and it has put a lot of stress on both of us. We sadly (and begrudgingly) had to move out of our apartment together for the rest of the summer until we know what our next steps in life will be. We’ve both been busy bees and have tried to keep up with the blog and our Etsy as much as we can. We do have a few posts for you planned so stay tuned for some fun goodbye summer/hello school themed posts coming up. But, in the meantime enjoy this pink flamingo painted doormat that we made for Homedit. This DIY was the last to be done in our apartment and it seems fitting that it is a doormat that we can take to our next apartment (wherever that will be)! Summer pink flamingo painted doormat We are excited for what the future brings and hopefully your future will bring you this wonderful DIY summer flamingo painted doormat. It is easy to make and can be customized to any shape/animal/design that you want! We even provided free printouts of the stencil we used so you can simply print, cut, and paint! summer pink flamingo painted doormat | Popcorn & ChocolateWe hope you enjoy this fun summer DIY! I had a grand time making the flamingo cutouts and even stuck them up around our apartment afterwards for Rose to find. Anywaysss you can check out our DIY summer pink flamingo painted doormat over on Homedit or by clicking here. Let us know what you think and comment below what animal or design you would like on a doormat! IMG_1442

Colorful Etched Vases With Flower Puns & Sayings

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With summer upon us and beautiful flowers blooming all around we decided to create some cute and colorful etched vases with flower puns and sayings – because who doesn’t love a good flower pun or saying? We created these colorful etched vases by laying down letters and then etching and spray painting the vase to create a nice sea-glass tone. You can find the whole tutorial over on Homedit 

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We had a lot of fun coming up with different flower related sayings to put on these. Rose of course went with a rose is a rose is a rose. My mantra is more a rosé is a rosé is a rosé😉

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You can find the whole tutorial on these fun and colorful vases over here

Thanks for stopping by! Let us know in the comments what you would write on a vase!

Fruity Flower Pots

DIY Stamped Clay Flower Pots | Popcorn & Chocolate

All throughout college I have desperately wanted to get a dog. However, my mom does not think I’m responsible enough to have a dog yet even though, proximity aside, I am the preferred child called upon to take care of my family’s dog whenever my parents are away. This is no small dog either. We have a great dane, and yes she does walk me rather than me walking her.

Hand stamped succulent pots | Popcorn & Chocolate

Nonetheless, I have to agree that taking care of a dog for a weekend is completely different than having your own to take care of every day. As a compromise to not getting a dog the second I stepped out of college I got the next best thing: succulents!

Fruit stamped flower pot | Popcorn & Chocolate

I remember the day Rose and I drove to Lowe’s and picked up our little babies like it was yesterday. I was so excited to get these little guys and decorate our apartment with them and watch them grow.

Strawberry stamped succulent holder | Popcorn & Chocolate

Cut ahead 2 years and an apartment move later and they are still kicking and still growing, some a little bit out of control. Our succulents are doing so well that we have decided to add a few more to our ever growing family. Rose is also always determined to propagate our old succulents into new plants (still hasn’t worked yet but I’ll keep you all posted). This means we need new planters to house our little guys.

DIY stamped flower pots | Popcorn & Chocolate

Cherry stamped succulent pot | Popcorn & Chocolate

These succulents are too cute that no ordinary planter will do. We thought in our crafty little minds to make some planters ourselves. We went to our local craft store and picked up some terra cotta clay pots for about 79 cents each. The rest of the supplies we already had at home and chances are you will too – if not they are easy to buy as well! These stamps are from Studio Calico, and we highly recommend checking them out for stamps and other craft supplies. This is not a sponsored post, we just love Studio Calico. They always have the cutest selection of stamps! Keep reading to find out how we made these fruit stamped flower pots.

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Supplies:

  • Terra Cotta clay pot
  • Paint
  • Stamps & ink

Instructions:

  1. First things first you want to clean the clay pot and make sure that annoying sticker isn’t on the bottom anymore. Next, go ahead and paint the pot any color you wish. We used a circular sponge paint brush and dabbed the paint on.
  2. Let paint dry completely (a couple of hours) and then paint a second coat on. You can continue to do this until your pot is covered nicely in paint. Ours took 3 coats of paint until you couldn’t see the sponge paint marks anymore.
  3. Once your pot is completely dry you can start stamping your design on. We gently pressed the stamp to the pot and gently pressed along the top of the stamp to make sure all sides were stamped onto the pot. Don’t worry if it smudges or you make a mistake – you can easily paint over that area and do it again.
  4. Let the ink dry for about a day before you plant your little succulent or flower into the pot.

These guys came out so cute and the fruit theme is perfect to give your house an extra summer-y vibe. Now my new succulent babies can grow wild in their new pots. Hows that for responsible? I think I’m well on my way to being ready for my own dog. I mean look how well all my plant babies are doing! Much better than Roses’ air plants.

Fruit stamped flower pots | Popcorn & Chocolate

Comment below if you have any succulents and what fruit would you stamp onto a pot??

 

Popping 4th of July

Fourth of July Popcorn | Popcorn & ChocolateHello popcorn lovers! Can you believe it’s already almost the 4th of July? What are all you doing? For me every year is different. When I was little, my family used to go to the local park and watch the fireworks with our close friends. I always loved this since they set up a carnival and rides beforehand. My dad and I used to bike down early in the day so I could play on the rides. I always remember one year he bought me a balloon and just as we left, the balloon popped because it was so hot out! I was sad so we went back and got another. We got half way home on the bike with this balloon before, POP! We ended up just going home, and my dad drove back later and got me a new balloon. I kept this one until it got small and pruney. Thanks dad🙂

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More recently I prefer to grill up some good food, make a refreshing drink, and watch the Macy’s fireworks on TV. I know that’s lame, but it’s always fun to watch! Plus, then you can pop up a huge fresh batch of popcorn and eat it right out of the bowl. And lately I’ve been dreaming up this delicious red white and blue inspired sweet treat for your 4th of July get-together. This strawberry pie popcorn is sweet and decadent without being too over the top. The best part is that it’s not too messy, so you could pack it up in tupperware with your picnic and bring it to share with whoever you watch the fireworks with. But be warned, you might want to hoard it all for yourself. It’s that good. Plus, it’s very allergy friendly – there’s no dairy, nuts, peanuts, shellfish, or gluten here! Just freeze dried strawberries, coconut butter, coconut oil, salt and sugar. Simple and delicious! What are you waiting for? Let’s get popping!

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Ingredients: Serves 2 hungry popcorn lovers or a group of 3-4

  • 1/4 cup Freeze dried strawberries  (we bought them at Target, but Trader Joes also has a good selection)
  • 1.5 tablespoons slightly melted Coconut butter
  • 1.5-2 tablespoons melted Coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar (if you don’t have vanilla sugar you can just use the sugar of your choice)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup kernels

Instructions:

  1. Pop up your kernels either on the stove top or in an air popper and then lay out on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet
  2. Preheat your oven to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Grind the freeze dried strawberries, the vanilla sugar and the salt together in the food processor for a couple of seconds or until the strawberries are a fine powder
  4. Mix together the coconut butter, 1.5 tablespoons of the coconut oil, and about half of the strawberry mixture in a small bowl
  5. Drizzle the remaining coconut oil over the popcorn and then sprinkle the remaining strawberry mixture on top of it
  6. Drizzle the coconut butter mixture on top of the popcorn
  7. Pop in the oven for about 5 minutes – you don’t want it to burn!

Strawberry pie fourth of July popcorn | Popcorn & chocolate

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Big Announcement

Helllooo! I am super excited to share with you our big announcement. But first, a little preamble. You might have noticed that we haven’t been sharing much around here.. Or maybe you haven’t and that’s okay because I know there are only so many popcorn recipes one person can handle. Anyways, lately we have had our hands full working on another exciting project completely unrelated to popcorn or chocolate. And this project is…. drum roll please… an Etsy page!! We have created an Etsy page where we are selling handmade wall weavings! We have weaved our butts off since Christmas in preparation for our store. Our first weaves weren’t the greatest (but we still love them nonetheless) but we have certainly gotten much better and have even started making unique themed weaves (think pineapples). We are so excited to finally have our shop up and running that we wanted to share the news with all you lovely people. Head on over to our Etsy page to see our first few weaves! You can also follow our new shop on Instagram and Facebook if you want to see some behind the scenes action.

Vegan Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Vegan Key Lime Pie Ice Cream | Popcorn & ChocolateAs the weather gets warmer, all I want to eat is ice cream. Every single day. All day long. I have one of those problems where if I don’t buy ice cream then I’m fine and I wont really want it, but once it’s in the freezer, I can’t stop thinking about it and I must eat it. I have to. It calls out to me from the depth of the freezer, begging to be eaten. And I just cannot say no to that.5 Ingredient Ice Cream | Popcorn & Chocolate Especially this ice cream. This ice cream right here is so refreshing and tastes exactly like key lime pie. I can’t get enough of it. Plus it has a secret ingredient that is too good to pass up: Oreo’s! Golden vanilla Oreo’s are crumbled through the ice cream to mimic the beloved pie crust in key lime pie.Key Lime Pie Ice Cream with Oreo's | Popcorn & ChocolatePlus, plus it is super easy to make and only uses 6 ingredients. That sounds like a winning combination for ice cream to me. So what will you need? Read below to find out!

5 Ingredient Easy At Home Ice Cream | Popcorn & Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • coconut sugar
  • juice from 4 key limes
  • vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Golden Oreo’s

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan over low to medium heat, combine the first 5 ingredients. Stir occasionally to combine.
  2. Let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes and then pour into an ice cream maker. Make sure that the bowl of your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for several hours beforehand.
  3. Once the mixture turns thick, you can crush the Golden Oreo’s and sprinkle in as it continues to churn for a couple of minutes.
  4. Store in the freezer to let harden or enjoy straight away! Note: it takes a couple of minutes to thaw, so if you are planning on serving it later, just leave an extra 5 minutes for it to thaw!

 

IMG_0687Mmmm what ice cream is easier than that? Six ingredients, all vegan, and even a bit healthy by subbing in coconut milk and sugar for regular milk and sugar. That’s my kind of dessert. Go ahead and give this 6 ingredient vegan ice cream a whirl and tell us what you think.

Coconut Milk Key Lime Ice Cream | Popcorn & Chocolate

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Recipe | Popcorn & Chocolate

Comment below what your favorite flavor of ice cream is! Mine is probably Oreo ice cream if you hadn’t caught on to that by now…🙂

Cactus Pinata

Cindo de mayo cactus pinata | Popcorn & ChocolateOh Cinco de Mayo, what a fun holiday. I remember the first time we celebrated Cinco de Mayo. We were abroad in London, and it was towards the end of our time there. The sun was peaking out from the clouds, and we were in good spirits and decided we wanted tacos. We had no clue it was even Cinco de Mayo. Now, let me just preface this by saying we did not cook a single thing up until this point. It had been a solid 4 months without cooking as the kitchens were deemed scary, and we thus avoided them at all costs (fyi we both were abroad in London at different locations, each with equally scary kitchens). What suddenly possessed us with the desire to finally cook? Who knows, but I speculate it was the taco fairy knocking on our stomachs telling us to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the one way we know how: to eat!Cactus Piñata with flowers | Popcorn & Chocolate That is just what we did. We threw on our running shoes (first time we used those too; the gym was deemed scary too) and jogged to the closest grocery store. Yes, we jogged, we were that excited for tacos. We jogged our way to Sainsbury’s and rushed through the store looking for all the supplies we needed. We were going to make tacos and margaritas and thus needed all the typical fixings. The store had almost everything we needed for the tacos expect the key ingredient the ground beef. We had to jog/walk our way to a different store to pick it up. We were determined.DIY Piñata shaped like a cactus | Popcorn & Chocolate Once back at my dorm, we faced our fears and made our way into the kitchen. We had to “borrow” someone’s pans to cook the beef but we managed to cook everything and had quite the feast ahead of us. We poured ourselves some celebratory margaritas and dug in. It was definitely worth the scary kitchen and all that jogging. We feasted like kings. It was only after the fact that we realized it was Cinco de Mayo so we poured ourselves a second drink and broke out the popcorn for dessert. If only we had this cilantro lime popcorn we made last year!Cactus Piñata made out of cardboard | Popcorn & ChocolatePhew what a day that was! We joke about it now but we always make sure to have something to celebrate with on Cinco de Mayo, if not to remember just how crazy we are sometimes. This year we are planning on sipping on some mango margaritas and breaking into this lovely cactus piñata. Here is how you too can make this wonderfully colorful and festive DIY cactus piñata!

Materials:

  • Cardboard
  • Poster board
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mod podge
  • Streamers
  • A friend to lend a helping hand

 

Instructions:

First, draw your cactus shape onto a big piece of cardboard (we used a cardboard box) and cut it out. Then trace the shape onto another piece of cardboard and cut that out too. This will be the front and back of your pinata!

Next you should decide how deep you want your pinata to be (ours is about 3.5 inches). Cut long strips of poster board that are 1 inch longer than the desired depth of your pinata. You will be gluing these to both sides of the cardboard cactus to form the sides of the pinata. This is when an extra set of hands is helpful. Start from the bottom and work your way up one side by putting hot glue on the cardboard edges and pressing the poster board onto the glue. Hold each piece in place for a few seconds before moving on to the next piece to make sure it doesn’t pop off. We did one segment from the bottom to the armpit on one side, then rounded our way up the arm and over the top. If you want your pinata to hang, make sure you punch two holes in the poster board that is going to go over the top before you glue it down so you can put a string through it later.

Once you’re doing the part where the arms curve in in the middle of the cactus, you’ll have to wedge the poster board in there first. We found it easier to crease the poster board a bit with the crease of the cactus to make sure that once that piece was in place, it wouldn’t pop off.

After you’ve carefully glued around your whole pinata, trim any excess poster board. Now you’re ready to start putting the streamers on! Cut strips of streamers long enough to fit around your pinata starting from the bottom. Cut into each strip every inch or so to create the fringe. Then use mod podge to attach the strip all the way around. Work your way up the pinata in whatever color pattern you want, overlapping each row with the one below it by about a half inch. Once you get to the top, thread a string through the hole if you made one to hang it, and you’re done! You’ve now got yourself an awesome cactus pinata and are now part of the #addictedtopinatas club.

DIY colorful cactus piñata | Popcorn & Chocolate

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Comment below on what you like to do to celebrate! What other shapes of pinatas would you make?

Homemade pinatas | Popcorn & Chocolatep.s. here is my ever growing collection of homemade pinatas. We named the cactus Señor and the ram is Lucinda – they are bffffs now (we forced them to be). Go check out this ram I made on my Instagram!

DIY Astrological Sign Trinket Dish

 

Astrological Sign Trinket Dish | Popcorn & ChocolateHave you ever been shopping and pick something up and look at the price tag and then gently set it back down and walk away because no way Jose? Most often the item doesn’t look like it should be that price to begin with, and usually if that item is some home decor thing I think to myself I can make that.. and probably for only a couple of bucks. Welp, this here is one of such things.

Jewelry Trinket Dish | Popcorn & ChocolateRose and I were casually perusing Antrhopologie, as you do, and saw these super cute astrological sign trinket dishes. We both really liked them and wanted to figure out a (less expensive) way to make them at home.

Anthropologie Hack Jewelry Dish | Popcorn & ChocolateAfter rummaging through our craft supplies and making a general mess of our apartment we found some sculpey leftover from who knows what project. And after about an hour of kneading it, as it was very old and dried out, we were able to start a rolling!

Painted Star Clay Dish | Popcorn & ChocolateSupplies:

  • Air drying clay
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush

Instructions:
First we rolled out the clay with our hands, trying to make sure to get an even thickness. Then we used a round bowl and pressed it into the clay to get a circle. Once the dish was cut out, we plumped up the edges a bit by pinching around the sides gently. Next we used a small pokey tool (a sharpened pencil would work too or the back of a paint brush) to poke stars (dots) into the clay and connected them with a gentle line. We suggest you practice your design a couple of times on paper first as it was harder to center and even out in the clay (except for Aries – that one needs minimal practice, sorry Rose).

Once your design is to your liking, pop it in the oven to bake. Make sure to follow the instructions on the clay packaging, but I believe you bake at 275 for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness. These guys wound up taking a bit of time, so be patient. Once out of the oven, make sure the dish is completely cool before you start painting. Start by painting the inside (blue for us) first, this took us several coats to get the desired opaqueness we wanted. Once the inside coat is finished and dry you can move onto painting the rim and the astrological sign. For this we used a smaller paintbrush, and for the stars we dipped the end of the paintbrush into the gold and then dipped that into the tiny hole. We tried to mimic the anthro version of this dish by using blue and gold, but feel free to paint yours whatever color strikes your fancy! We used this paint.

There you have it – an easy DIY that totally looks just like the real thing. A perfect gift to give to your friend for their birthday. Let us know in the comments below if you have ever seen something in a store and thought, I can definitely make that myself. Crafters unite! Also, do you think your astrological sign fits you?

Chai Tea Oatmeal

Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & ChocolateWe are back! It has been an amazing vacation and it has taken us a little while to get back into the swing of things but we are back to share some more yummy recipes and fun DIY’s with you. We just spent nice long weekend visiting my parents in NH where we could relax and plan a few things for the future (stay tuned!). Whilst we planned and crafted we also enjoyed trying some new recipes, one of which we are here to share with you today. This is no ordinary oatmeal. What makes it so special you ask? Well, this delicious pile of oats is made with chai tea.Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & ChocolateI love a good bowl of oatmeal in the morning and I also love a good cup of tea in the morning. Why not combine the tea with some chai tea oatmeal?! This oatmeal is warm, spicy, and energizing; the perfect thing to wake you up in the morning.

Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & Chocolate

Ingredients:

Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup milk or water (we used almond milk)
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • Toppings of your choice such as honey, nuts, fruit

 

Directions:

  1. Boil 1 cup of milk or water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the oats and the tea bag and stir consistently for 5-10 minutes or until the liquid is gone.
  3. Take the tea bag out and top your oats with whatever you like!

 

Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & ChocolateThat’s it! A super simple recipe to change up your morning oats. We made ours with almond milk and found it creamy and delicious but feel free to just use water. If you prefer stronger chai tasting oats then you could put two tea bags in. We drizzled ours with some honey and pecans but you can throw on any toppings you prefer.

Is it excessive to also have a cup of tea with this oatmeal? Nah…Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & Chocolate

Tell us, what are your go to oatmeal toppings?