I just love the holidays! It’s extra work and planning, but so much fun.

One tradition we started when the kids were younger was to give them one beloved Christmas book a day; I wrap them in simple tissue paper tied with yarn, and we read it sometime that day.

Last weekend we began our crafting and treat-making.


Belle and I found wonderful, 18-colored construction paper, and we couldn’t resist sorting the strips chromatically and making rainbow chains. One for the fireplace, two for the tree, and one each for Grandma and Grammy.



Next, we made Peppermint Bark; a longtime kid favorite, because it involves crushing candy canes with a hammer.

IMG_2350It’s so simple, and delicious.

Peppermint Bark:

You crunch up one package of mini candy canes inside two zip-top bags, with a hammer or other blunt object in a safe place, like the garage.

Then you melt one package of dark chocolate chips on low heat in a medium-sized saucepan, adding about a half teaspoon of mint extract.

When the chips are melted, add about one quarter of the candy cane powder.

Spoon the chocolate onto a baking sheet covered with parchment, or lightly buttered.

Sprinkle another quarter of the candy canes over the top and put in the refrigerator until the candy hardens.

When it hardens, break into pieces with your hands.

Store in a covered container int he refrigerator for up to 3 days.

The first batch we just kept for ourselves to enjoy, We’ll make more just before we deliver the cookies in a couple of weeks.

Have a great Monday,




December 03, 2012 by Knitcircus

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