Reindeer Treats

From the time my son was probably 2 or 3 years old, I can remember making these treats every year to leave on the plate for Santa.  I had already found a recipe for Santa faces, which we will discuss in the next post.  However, I hadn’t seen a reindeer treat that I really liked.  So, I played around with some ideas until I found one that worked.  It’s basically just graham crackers, pretzels, chocolate candy coating or chocolate chips and candies or chocolate morsels for eyes and a red hot candy for a nose!  You can get chocolate bark, so it’s already brown.  I have done that, but I didn’t want it that dark.  So I mix a little of both white and chocolate for a light brown.  I first toasted coconut to a golden brown and pressed it into the chocolate coating to mimic his furry texture…and it was cute and tasty.  But, most kids, and some adults, don’t like coconut.  So, I gave that up.  But feel free to add it if you like!  The “Twelve Weeks of Holidays” continues. Continue reading “Reindeer Treats”

Peppermint Bark

We love peppermint bark at Christmas.  We usually make a trip to a fancy gourmet kitchen store to browse during the holidays.  That is my happy place.  For some people it’s the beach…for me it’s Williams Sonoma!  Just sayin’.   It is there that we usually pick up a tin or two filled with the peppermint goodness to munch on throughout the holidays.  Confession…it tends to be a budget buster.  So, I decided to try and make it myself…and it worked!  For a fraction of the price.  Another confession…I saved all the beautiful tins the original stuff was packaged in, and now I put my own in there.  I don’t think anyone will know the difference!  Shhhhh!  So here’s how easy it is.  Another treat in my “Twelve Weeks of Holidays” series. Continue reading “Peppermint Bark”