Posts tagged: DIY
The Perfect Antipasti PlatterMy ultimate go-to holiday party item is always a huge antipasti platter. I love all the different flavors and textures. You can really have a lot of fun with it! The real bonus is it requires very little effort and it always looks stunning.
The Ultimate Hot Chocolate Bar with Crockpot Hot ChocolateNothing screams the holidays to me more than a huge glass of hot chocolate. Of course you can't forget the marshmallows. And a side of cookies too. :) I love hosting a hot chocolate bar around the holidays.
DIY Holiday Gift: Easy Peppermint Bark
I LOVE to create DIY gifts when the holidays roll around every year. I always try to make some sort of sweet treat for all my friends and colleagues to enjoy. However when the time comes to actually make the gifts, I find myself flooded with holiday parties and get-togethers, which seriously limits my time to prepare custom gifts for everyone. That's why this year I am especially thrilled to share with you my recipe for oh-so easy peppermint bark! It comes together in a little over an hour, leaving the rest of your day wide open to enjoy the holiday season (doesn't it fly by way too quickly each time?!). My tip is to run by your local dollar store to stock up on all those cute little tins. Just line the inside with parchment paper, throw in as much peppermint bark as you can!
INSTRUCTIONS: Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips to a microwavable bowl. Microwave the semi-sweet chocolate for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Remove the bowl and stir. Place back in the microwave for 15-second intervals, stirring in between each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Spread the melted semi-sweet chocolate in an even layer on the wax paper. It should be approximately 1/4" thick. Allow it set for 30 minutes in the freezer.
In a microwaveable bowl, microwave the white chocolate chips in the same way you just did with the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Once melted and the mixture is smooth, spread the white chocolate in an even layer over the semi-sweet chocolate. You will need to work quickly so the semi-sweet chocolate doesn’t melt and form streaks in your layer of white chocolate. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top of the melted white chocolate. Allow it set for an additional 30 minutes in the freezer. Remove and break into chunks.