Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'm Home!

by Meghann on December 23, 2009

I don’t care how old I get my parents’ house will always be ‘home’ to me. ;)

The drive to my parents’ was thankfully uneventful. There was little to no traffic and the whole ride took me less than an hour.

I was starving when I reached my destination and immediately made myself a snack plate of carrots and cashew butter.

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Apparently the doggies were starving as well.

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Last weekend I had picked up some fancy christmas theme dog treats to give all the puppies for Christmas.

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I had their full and complete attention.

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Check out Maddie’s mad jumping skills! She could easily clear Sooby’s head!

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After the puppies had their treats I got to work making some for everyone else.

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Yesterday I had an idea for Chocolate Covered Peppermint Nut Clusters and had requested my parents pick up the ingredient so I could turn my idea in a reality.

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Chocolate Covered Peppermint Nut Clusters

  • 12 oz bag Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 12 oz bag White Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cans Mixed Nuts
  • 30 Peppermints
  • Festive Sprinkles (optional)
  1. Unwrap all the peppermint candies, crush by pounding with a rolling pin, and set aside
  2. Empty the contents of the 12 ox bag of dark chocolate chip bag into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds
  3. Mix melted chips until you have liquid chocolate
  4. Pour in 1 can of nuts and 1/2 of crushed peppermints
  5. Mix well and spoon on to parchment paper
  6. Cover with festive sprinkles
  7. Repeat with white chocolate chips
  8. Refrigerate until solid

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I waited until after dinner to sample one of the nut clusters. Delicious!

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The nut clusters made a great addition to the homemade gift boxes I plan to distribute on Christmas.

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The box also contained some easy peppermint bark I whipped up this afternoon.

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I wasn’t the only one hard at work in the kitchen. My brother and sister were just as busy on the other side of the kitchen making some yummy Gingerbread Men!

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None of us had made gingerbread men before. It was a fun experience :)

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Kelly took charge of icing.

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Maddie, Scooby, and Oliver in their gingerbread form. :)

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Dinner eventually arrived in the arms of a delivery man.

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Pizza Pizza!

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I had two slices of veggie

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and a serving of greek salad

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Followed by a freshly iced gingerbread man :)

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Tomorrow is Christmas Eve!!

We do Christmas Eve BIG in our family! We are having 40 people over tomorrow night for food drinks and good times. I can’t wait :)

Check out last year’s celebration for a sneak peak of whats to come. ;)

I have a 10 mile run planned in the morning with my Sister and an old high school friend. It should be the start to a wonderful day.

Good Night!

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