"This winter, Mall of America® will bring a one-of-a-kind experience to visitors from around the world. Ice Castles, will build its largest structure ever, a castle that will stand more than 40 feet tall at its peak and span two acres." source
Ice Princesses just hanging out in front of the castle.
LED lights inside the structure, help with the glow.
The picture below is one I found this week on Pinterest, I couldn't resist after my post on the Polar Plunge last week. This Finnish swimmer looks quite glamorous, notice her hair is not wet. I wonder how far down the ladder she actually went?
A Winter Swim in Finland.
The second fun thing to do is go to an ice bar. To top it off, how about a night cap at the BLU Ice Bar Lounge.
Yes thanks, I would like a triple-hot chocolate
with cinnamon schnapps please!
BLU Ice Bar and Lounge - Grand Superior Lodge - Minnesota
No, I have not been there, yet!
Now that you are freezing, how about that hot chocolate!?
Blazing Hot Chocolate
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half
Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to a medium boil while you stir it. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and the half-and-half, heat until very hot, but do not boil!
Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Divide between four mugs.
Add some schnapps at your own risk!
Garnish as you wish. Drink, enjoy, aahhh!