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Food 101: Easy Christmas Treats

24 Dec

Hey Webbies,

Christmas time always seems to be a busy time of year. Here are two quick and festive recipes that I like to make when I am short on time during the holidays.

Peppermint Brownies

Photo via: Kalah

Photo via: Kalah

First, preheat your oven to about 350°F. Then, take your favorite box of Brownie mix and follow the directions on the box (this took me about two minutes.) When your brownie batter is all mix together, add in crushed Peppermint Candy Canes (you can crush them yourself or buy them already crushed.)

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Pour your batter into a greased pan, use a spatula to level the batter. I used an 8×8 pan and baked for about 20 minutes.

**Note: Pan Sizes vary as well as cook times**

Photo via: Kalah

Photo via: Kalah

Once baked remove from oven and let it set to cool. After your brownie and cooled, cut into desired shape and size, and serve. I sprinkled a little powdered sugar over the top of my brownies for a little decoration. Eat. Enjoy.

Prep time: 5 mins.

Cook time: 18-20 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Brownie mix (and any ingredients listed on the box)
  • 1/2 C. crushed Peppermint Candy Cane
  • Pam or butter to grease your pan
  • Powder Sugar (optional)

Peppermint Bark

Photo via: Kalah

Photo via: Kalah

Peppermint bark is simple and quick recipe to make which is perhaps why it is a classic Christmas treat. First, buy your favorite melting chocolate of choice. Start with 3-4 cubes of milk chocolate and put it in a microwave safe bowl, heat for 30-60 seconds. If the chocolate is not melted completely until smooth, heat in 15 second intervals. I personally like to add a little bit of Crisco and peppermint oil (seen in lower right of photo) and mix with the melted chocolate. The small amount of Crisco doesn’t change the flavor and it keeps it melted a little bit longer to work with it.

Photo via: Kalah

Photo via: Kalah

Now comes the fun part! If you would like to make shapes out of the Peppermint bark find your favorite holiday cookie cutters, otherwise you can simply use a jellyroll pan. Lay out a piece of wax paper and arrange your cookie cutters any way you like.

Photo via: Kalah

Photo via: Kalah

Pour the chocolate into the cookie cutters carefully. I did not do it as carefully and my sled seemed to explode. I also would recommend not using a sled shaped like mine seeing as it is hard to fill and get out once you are done filling it. Use your judgment on how thick this layer is, keep in mind you will have another layer of chocolate. Using a toothpick (or anything like that shape) swirl the chocolate around in the cookie cutters to fill every nook and cranny. Doing this, will smooth out the chocolate layer automatically. Let it sit to get firm, or put in refrigerator for faster results. Now, repeat the above steps for the vanilla chocolate.

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After you melt and pour the vanilla chocolate into the cookie cutters, smooth over with toothpick again. Sprinkle crushed Peppermint Candy Canes on the semi-melted layer of vanilla chocolate. I bought mine already crushed but you can crush them yourselves. Let the final layer harden completely before removing from your shapes. At this point, if you just did the jellyroll pan, break the slab of chocolate that has hardened into pieces. Eat. Enjoy.

Photo via: Kalah

Photo via: Kalah

**Note: I was less-than-gentle to my shapes so some of my Christmas shapes did end up breaking**

Prep time: 10-15 mins.

Cook time: 2-3 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 cubes Milk Chocolate
  • 3-4 cubes Vanilla Chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp. Peppermint Oil (divided) (Also optional)
  • 1/3 C. crushed Peppermint Candy Canes

Please let me know if you liked these quick recipes. Did you make any alterations? Do you have another recipe that would fit along with these two?

Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

Kalah

A Servants Heart, A Sinners Dagger

22 Oct

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits” –Matthew 7:15-20

Hey Webbies,

I have always struggled with the thought of “why do bad things happen to good people?”  As a Christian, I know that we must set ourselves apart from this world. By doing this, it is an automatic target on our backs. People from all over will try to challenge you for what you believe in.

There are people in the world that thrive off the fact that there are good people in this world. Sometimes it is not that bad things happen to good people, as it is because we are “good” it affect us more than a non-believer.

What can I do as a Godly woman in my life that will help me grow more in Christ and not fall to the world? Personally, I am constantly editing people in and out of my life. If a certain person is bringing me down, they do not deserve a place in my life. We need to have people in our lives that bring us up and not hold us down. We have to keep our lives in check and constantly prune our lives to get rid of any sinful things that will taint our character.

So my advice today is to be aware of who you let into your life, do they affect you in a positive manner? Will they stop you from doing God’s will? Do you need more good fruits in your life?

Take action.

Until next time,

Kalah

Fingerprints

31 Aug

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” –Romans 12:2

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Hey Webbies,

I have always been infatuated with patterns. When I was little I could never grasp the concepts of Math, but in about fourth grade something clicked. I went from being a C student to being an A student. It was almost as if the basic things in math were more complicated for me than doing Algebra or Trigonometry for some reason.

I absolutely love learning about the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden ratio. Anyone who is majoring in Art will know golden ratio, because he or she uses it frequently when drawing or sculpting works. The Fibonacci sequence is a sequence of numbers in which each number equals the sum of the two preceding numbers. You can find its curve in many forms hidden or in plain sight within nature.

What is it about the pattern that it shows itself all over this Earth?

I feel as though we all have patterns in our life that we have created. Whether it is the pattern in how we keep time (or do not keep it); or a situation that recurs time after time in our life, it still is something that has repetition in our life.

I heard that in patients with O.C.D. many of them must repeat rituals in order to complete a task. The pathways to their brain are stuck on “loop” and they cannot complete a certain pattern without being interrupted, otherwise their brain goes back on the repeat button.

What if we take our minds off the man-made patterns and start looking at the patterns God set in motion for our lives. Everyone has a story and everyone has a unique pattern to his or her life. I remember wanting to go to this one college real bad not only because I thought it was a perfect fit for me but because my friend was urging me to go there as well, nonetheless it turns out that was her pattern  for her life and it didn’t fit the pattern  and design made for me.

What if God gave us this specific pattern to loop and intertwine certain people and their lives? A pattern no man can see yet we can watch as the invisible lines unfold, putting in motion the results of these precise configurations.

I like how the video below describes it as God’s fingerprints. God’s fingerprints are all around us but will we recognize his doings or just see a simple flower, the result? Everyone waits and expects results but no one likes to wait around and watch things being made or done. I do not know about you, although my life’s pattern is keeping me in the “dark” most of the time I cannot wait to see the final pattern my life makes. I wonder what it will look like. Whose lives I will touch or make a difference in? How many patterns will intersect each other’s? Will they help one another’s patterns grow and become more intricate?

Our unique fingerprints are God’s fingerprints. Therefore, in return we can show people in the world God’s glory and will.

So be the best fingerprint you can be. Let God lead your pattern to be at the exact place and point it needs to be.

Until next time,

Kalah

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