The Art of Life
Photobucket I'm so glad you're here! "The Art of Life" is where I share my journey as an artist & Momma. It's a place where I hope to encourage other women that they are artists too. In this small little space I seek to share, document, and be reminded of God's wonderful grace, all around us. ....And I would be so happy to have you journey alongside me! So grab a cup of coffee and linger for a while. I hope you leave feeling refreshed. Photobucket

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Peppermint Bark and other fun things

~~Lots of fun things to share today!
First, the Peppermint Bark. I will say this right now; this stuff is evil! Guaranteed to sabotage any diet and knock over any willpower. Consider yourself warned!

Peppermint Bark
*1 package (12 oz) dark chocolate chips
*1 (16 oz) package white almond bark (found in the baking aisle)
*10 or so candy canes
*1 tsp peppermint extract

~~This really isn't a recipe so much as it's a mix-together. It's fast and easy to make and looks very festive in a pretty tin. I like to keep the ingredients on hand for any last minute parties or gifts.
~~First, line a small rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray. I have a small round pan that I like to use.
~~Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for about 2 minutes (stirring every 30 seconds.)
~~Pour the melted chocolate on the tin and place in the freezer.
~~Place the unwrapped candy canes in a ziplock bag and crush into small pieces.
~~Melt the almond bark in the microwave until smooth (once again stirring every 30 seconds.)
~~Add the crushed candy canes and peppermint extract and stir until well blended.
~~Pour the mixture onto the dark chocolate and carefully spread.
~~Place the candy back in the freezer until firm.
~~Remove from freezer and use a knife to break into pieces.
~~Store the candy in a cool, dry place.

~~Okay, more fun things to share!Image Copyright Debbie Kingston Baker
I recently met a very sweet, talented artist named Debbie Baker. Her work is not only beautiful, it's also inspiring and uplifting. Pop on over to her website to see her "moving pictures."
Yesterday Debbie emailed me to let me know about her fun, and free, ecards. Of course I wanted to share them all with you. She has a Thanksgiving card that you can personalize and send to all your friends and family.
Thanks so much for sharing Debbie!

~~And lastly, I just wanted to say "Thank You" to the very sweet Jessica from Vol25. She had a blog party the other day and I was the winner of one of her adorable art prints! How exciting.
Run on over to her blog here and her cute Etsy store here.

Whew! Long post today! I'm off to get some things done before Sierra's Thanksgiving play this afternoon. Have a great day.
Oh! And one more thing! If you're reading this on a feed-reader, click here to see my cute new blog clothes thanks to Shabby Miss Jen. Fun!


Anonymous said...

That looks yum! I will have to add it to my list of baking for Christmas! Puppy chow and dipped pretzels are going on it too!


Anonymous said...

Love, love, LOVE the new look! Makes me want to cuddle up and make some Christmas decorations. The kids are gonna love the peppermint bark - we make fudge last night and now they have the baking bug!

Anonymous said...

I was visiting your blog today and was so excited to see what you have written.
Thanks so much for your kind words about my site and ecards.

I am going to make a note of the peppermint bark...Yum.
And I have already written down the daily granola recipe. Can't wait to try it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Michelle said...

I absolutely love your artwork...but I must say I am loving the recipes!

mornin'lady said...

mmmm... this recipe certainly looks good! and I had to laugh about the extra leg padding episode with Savannah in the last post, only because I'm grooming some extra myself and kicking myself for not being more diligent with my jogs in the cold weather too. Well, I'll just be off to Walmart to buy a new warm and toasty jog suit, 'specially after I've made note of this recipe :)
My gosh girl, what we put ourselves thru these Holiday seasons!!!! lol

Anonymous said...

mmm, love this candy! made some the other day :)