Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Hello Wednesday.  The  best day to visit  blogs and check out the creative spaces of some of the most brilliant crafters around (the world).  It all starts at Stamping Ground, thanks to Julia, our hostess.  Join in the fun. 

The realtor came over last Friday and took photos of my place.  If you want to see what my little condo looks like go HERE.  Wish me luck.  Unfortunately, keeping it tidy means that papercrafting and mixed media canvases have taken a back seat (for now).

Here's my workdesk this week.
Yep, I made some Peppermint Bark.  It's super simple and makes the perfect gift for friends that have a sweet tooth, co-workers, neighbors (and my postman is getting some too).  

Here's what I did.

Microwave 1 cup of milk chocolate chips.  Start with one minute, stir, and continue in 20 second increments until the chocolate is nice and creamy.  Spread on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper.  Stick in the refrigerator.

Get some peppermint candy canes, put them in a baggie, and hammer them to pieces.  This works quite well in helping de-stress from a day at work.

Using a double broiler, melt one cup of white chocolate chips, stirring as needed.  I tried doing the white chips in the microwave and they didn't melt -- very strange.  Take the cookie sheet out of the refrigerator and spread the white chocolate on top.  Sprinkle the peppermint pieces onto the white chocolate and pat down gently.  Stick the cookie sheet back in the refrigerator.

The next day I used a metal spatula to break up the bark.  It's not supposed to be nice squares so don't fret.

I was able to fill three of these little Martha Stewart boxes and have just a tad bit left over.  I stuck the boxes in the refrigerator until I'm ready to give.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

As always, I will try my best to visit those that end in the same number as me and also those that visit me (please leave your number).  



Helen said...

Oh, that looks fabulous!! Happy Christmas, Helen 3

Annie said...

Oh how yummy does that sound. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with everything that makes you happy.
A x #38

MrsC.x said...

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
TFS Happy WOYWW Mrs.C.xx #34

SandeeNC said...

Oh yum, I wish I was close by so I could come snitch me a few pieces, it looks pretty and delisious! Keeping my fingers crossed for you that your place sells I can come visit, lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

BJ said...

Thanks for visiting me already, yes my scrappages are rather "busy", but I find it hard to choose less photos! Have a great Christmas BJ#1.

Belinda said...

That looks so yummy Kay! I especially love the packaging.
Have a wonderful holiday!

Belinda (63)

Andrea said...

what a great gift the recipe doesn't sound to difficult, fab box also will be greatly received by the lucky recipients ,I hope you have a wonderful time over the festive period with family and friends... and if im not back visiting before the new year...Happy new year and all the best for 2013 best wishes Andrea x #6

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh those look absolutely yummy - looks like you got far more done than me! - thanks for visiting me and I hope you have a lovely Christmas - Sunshine Girl no.24

Amanda said...

How lovely and scrummy do those look? Have a lovely christmas.
Love Amanda @ 56 x

scrappymo! said...

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a quick sale on your apartment!

Crafty Christmas hugs!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh wow, what a fab prezzy to give to someone - not only does it look amazing in that pretty gift box but I bet it tastes pretty gorgeous too!

Thank you for all the fun, positive comments and friendship this year, Kay - I really have appreciated it.
Sending hugs and love for a Happy Christmas!
LLJ #25 xx

Becky said...

I love peppermint bark!!! Good luck with selling the condo, keeping the place picked up was always the hardest part for me.

fairy thoughts said...

Wow that looks super and easy too
have a fab christmas
janet #21

Anne said...

That looks delish and so gorgeous in those boxes. Hope that you quickly find a buyer. Happy Christmas and hope 2013 will be all you hope for. Anne x #97

sandra de said...

What a delicious idea and sounds super simple. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your christmas. Sandra @17

lisa said...

This looks delicious, Kay and wrapped in such pretty bags too.
Wishing a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Crafty New Year.
Hugs Lisax #44

Caro said...

Ooo, yummy! Thanks for the recipe...I may have to try that with my son over the holidays. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a very Happy Christmas. Caro (#65)

Nan G said...

Oh yum! Your bark looks so yummy! Enjoy. Happy Holidays! Nan 75

belldoubleyou said...

PEPPERMINT BARK! It's such a wonderful holiday treat. One year I think half my Christmas list was various peppermint barks and peppermint hot chocolate and peppermint chocolate ice cream mix... disappointingly, I got no peppermint at all! Fortunately, as you've laid it out, it's very easy to make... yum.

Darnell said...

Hi Kay! Thank you for popping by the Playhouse! I've not made my way all around the WOYWW yet, but I have made it to yours JUST IN TIME. Thank you so much for the peppermint bark recipe! Since my friend has not yet called to give me her recipe for that yummy toffee and time is running out, I will make your bark instead for my office pals. Yesterday I made some really good cranberry cookies for the neighbors (which I'll post today, I hope), but the office peeps will love the bark!

Happy Holidays and good luck with selling your condo! May the new year bring you all that you wish for! Darnell #32

okienurse said...

Now that is a great idea! Easy Peasy...another easy one is Chocolate Almond Bark and cashew pieces...Melt almond bark in a double boiler, add cashews and drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper. Let cool. Yummy! Just stopping by to say I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Blessings to you and your family in the coming year. Vickie #100

Neet said...

Ooh, that looks delicious! Thanks for the instructions. What is this about you moving? Good luck with the sale but where are you going?
Happy Christmas Hugs, Neet 12 xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh my, you're selling up? good luck with keep it tidy I think I'd have to move out before I put it on the market! Loving the recipes...peppermint bark is a new one to me, but doesn't it look great.
Happy Christmas!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Those bags look as yummy as what went into them! Have a lovely Christmas, Chris 64

Queen Lightwell said...

That looks pretty yummy and like it makes very nice gifts, as well. Thanks for sharing the how-to and stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment already. Hugs, Deeyll #33

HeARTworks said...

Hi Kay, What a lucky postman! Looks yummy and such a nice gift box too! I have finished all my gift wrapping and have decided to go around and visit as I have not been able to the past weeks. A blessed Christmas to you and your loved ones. May you have the choicest gifts of the season- love, joy, hope and peace beyond understanding. See you in the next round of WOYWWs!!! Patsy from