Peppermint is my love language. Peppermint bark is an entirely different ball game. A ball game I actually like. There is something about it. I don’t know if it’s the peppermint smell, how nice it looks on a plate, or how it can be perfectly used as an appetizer ;), dessert, or snack. I love how easy it is to make and how it can be wrapped up and used as the sweetest gift. I love all things chocolate and peppermint and this time of year it makes things even more merry and bright!
1 bag mini candy canes or 1 bag of Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips
What do to:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small sauce pan melt the dark chocolate on a low heat, making sure not to burn the chocolate. Stir chocolate to make sure there aren’t any unmelted pieces. Pour onto the parchment paper and spread evenly. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 25 minutes or until completely hard. Meanwhile, crush up candy canes into bits and pieces. I love the fresh peppermint flavor but for a time saver you can use, Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips as a substitute.
Take the baking sheet out of the freezer and prepare the white chocolate the same way you prepared the dark chocolate in a small sauce pan. Once all of the white chocolate is melted, you can mix in the crushed up candy canes or wait to sprinkle them on top. Spread the white chocolate and candy cane mixture over the frozen chocolate. Spread evenly. Avoid overspreading the white chocolate. It may cause the dark chocolate to melt and show through the white chocolate. Place in the freezer for 25 minutes or until completely hard.
Remove the bark from the freezer and break apart into desired size pieces.
I was 14 when I decided I really wanted to have something of my own to take to Christmas dinner. Before the days of pinterest, I decided to google “Christmas appetizers.” The recipe seemed easy enough to put together for a family gathering but the finished product appeared as though it took a lot of time and effort on my end. 😉 Soda bread and spinach dip it was!
It has been a staple at every single Christmas since then. It’s mouth watering, addicting, can’t-stop-eating, my go-to appetizer and is a HUGE hit! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. It is extremely easy and you’ll look like you slaved all day. 😉 It is the perfect holiday appetizer.
Spinach Dip ingredients:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (16 oz) container of sour cream
1 (1.8 oz) package dry leek soup
1 10 oz. package of frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
What to do:
In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Easy peasy.
Soda Bread ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
What to do:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease 9×5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour, baking powder,sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix egg and buttermilk together. Add the egg and buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Gradually add butter and mix until moistened. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
Right as I got into soup, sweaters, and socks… it hits almost 80 degrees. It’s November and in our neck of the woods that is not exactly common. But for a girl who dreams of 90 degree days, pools, and sunshine… this is the life. One day I crave a salad and the next I want to cuddle up next to a fire and eat soup. I needed to find a happy medium food that would settle all this moody weather… and let me tell you, I think I may have hit the jackpot. I am completely guilty of eating this almost all day long with no shame. My logic is if I have it with milk for breakfast, then with yogurt for lunch, and then graze on it by the handful all by itself an hour later, then it is acceptable. Wishful thinking? It’s addictive in the best way possible. The great this is…it’s a guilty pleasure you don’t have to feel guilty about.
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup ground flax
3/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 5 o.z package crasins or raisins
1 1/2 cup natural, raw honey
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
What to do:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Bring honey, coconut oil, and cinnamon to a boil in a small saucepan and remove from heat. Immediately, pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread mixture on a greased baking sheet. (I lightly rubbed the baking sheet with butter). You can also use parchment paper for a much easier clean up! Bake in oven for about 30 minutes. Stir every five minutes so the bottom doesn’t burn.
It’s back to school time and I’m still clinging on to those last tastes, smells, and memories of the summer. Did I mention how unbelievably easy it is to make? So easy and a quick snack for back to school. I love all things almond, dark chocolate, and sea salt. 🙂
Break chocolate bars into small pieces and melt for one minute in a microwavable bowl.
Stir with a spatula until all chocolate is melted together. In a medium sized mixing bowl, pour chocolate, almonds and 2 tbsp sea salt. Mix. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Pour mixture into wax paper. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of sea salt on top of mixture. Place in freezer for 1 hour. Remove from freezer and break into smaller pieces as desired.