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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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Photo via: Kalah

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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Photo via: Kalah

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

How I survived 2013

16 Dec

Greetings Webbies!

It has been one full year from my hiatus of blogging. During this year, I have experienced some clarity slowly developing in my life. You might be wondering what I have been up to.  Here are some of my BIG and small accomplishments for 2013:

  1. I turned 20
  2. One full year in North Carolina
  3. Got my first job ever! (Woo-hoo!)
  4. I am learning how to drive
  5. I got my permit
  6. I was a live-in nanny to a SPECTACULAR  little girl and we HEALED each others SOUL
  7. First mission trip ever (Haiti)
  8. First time ever leaving the US
  9. Visited 2 countries (Haiti and Dominican Republic)
  10. I got to meet amazing new friends
  11. I am becoming more sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit
  12. I let go and let God, this year I let God lead me
  13. Volunteering in Children’s Ministry
  14. Babysit in the church’s nursery and for a family from church
  15. I am slowly starting to be comfortable around more people, with feeling only a small amount of anxiety
  16. I am SLOWLY  paying my student loans off
  17. I saved some money and bought my self some furniture! (Yay! Room makeover)

Often, I have a hard time recognizing all the worthy things I am doing. Through the overwhelming sense that my accomplishments do not count because I can always “do better.” Looking back at this past year, I am so grateful for all the opportunities God has given me to learn more. About myself. About my life. About my spiritual walk. About my environment.

So, how did I survive 2013?

God.  Plain and simple.

I learned more about trusting God in the one month before leaving for Haiti, than I did in my entire twenty years of life combined. I survived because I trusted God to give me the strength when I thought I could not go on any longer. God gave me some amazing people this year to help me along and give me the support I needed to keep my focus on him and not the world.

I am learning not to care about the opinions of the world. NO, I am not in college. NO, I do not have a full-time job. NO, I do not have a boyfriend or husband.  NO, I do not know where I want to go in life. Wait for it … and NO, this does not make me any less successful than anyone else.

By the grace of God, I survived 2013. I am grateful for my 525,949 minutes. I hope that I spent more of those minutes serving God rather than myself.

I am praying God will give me the opportunity to keep everyone updated this coming year. My yearlong break from writing has given me the time to sort and rearrange my ever-changing priorities. This past year I lived by “Let go, let GOD.” In the upcoming weeks, I will be praying on this coming year and how God will lead me and use me.

Until next time,

Kalah

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