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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009

Here’s hoping you found all your treasures at a good price in time to enjoy the holiday with loved ones.

My family's tree

Some of my favorite purchases this year were for my mom. She requested “cheap” costume jewelry, and I had a blast shopping for it! I ended up with two pairs of earrings and a long gold-colored necklace from Target and a necklace/earring combo from Walmart.

For my family to share, I found Roxio Easy VHS to DVD converter for Mac for only $80. So far today, I’ve been working to digitize our old home videos. I’m very happy to finally have the technology to preserve our memories.

Below is a recipe for peppermint bark I found here from the city sage and decided to make this year. Easy and delicious.

Chocolate Peppermint Bark
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup crushed candy cane pieces

In the microwave, melt half the white chocolate chips–the best way to do this is to heat for thirty seconds, stir, heat for thirty more seconds, stir, and repeat until the you have a smooth, pourable consistency. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use a spatula to spread the melted white chocolate in a thin, even layer. Sprinkle with half the candy cane pieces and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Melt the semisweet chocolate chips and stir in the peppermint extract, then in a separate bowl melt the rest of the white chocolate chips. Working quickly, smooth the dark chocolate in an even layer over the chilled layer of white chocolate, then top with the rest of the melted white chocolate. Run a knife tip through the melted layers to create a marble pattern, then give the tray a shake to smooth out any lumps and bumbs. Sprinkle with the rest of the candy then chill until hard. Break into pieces and devour!

Wherever you are and however you celebrate, I hope you’re having a great day!

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  1. December 27, 2009 1:24 pm

    I made bark, too! With white chocolate, cranberries and pistachios. So yum and so EASY!

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