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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. πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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Kelly took charge of icing.

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Maddie, Scooby, and Oliver in their gingerbread form. πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

Check out last year’s celebration for a sneak peak of whats to come. πŸ˜‰

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!

1 Matt December 23, 2009 at 11:09 pm

I am making some gingerbread tomorrow πŸ™‚

Have a good 10 miler!

2 jenna December 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm

the nut clusters look great along with the other goodies!
The Ginger bread men came out great as well!
Have a great Christmas eve!!
Jenna

3 Bridget December 24, 2009 at 12:05 am

Aww you guys look so happy πŸ™‚ Your goody boxes look delicious!! I always want to do something like that and never get around to it! Mmm I want a gingerbread cookie too!! Hope you have an awesome time at home!

4 Mara @ What's For Dinner? December 24, 2009 at 12:42 am

How wonderful that you can still go “home”. My parents split up when I was in college, and they both moved out of my childhood home… now there’s just “mom’s” and “dad’s”, not really “home” anymore. I’m determined to make our own home! Merry Christmas!

5 Danielle December 24, 2009 at 1:21 am

I love being home πŸ™‚ The treats look really good. Good luck on the 10 miler!

6 Rosey Rebecca December 24, 2009 at 1:24 am

I need to make gingerbread men. Those look so good. So do the chocolate peppermint nut clusters. What a great idea!!

7 Nicci December 24, 2009 at 1:28 am

I can’t wait till tomorrow. Were doing church and then open one present at night!

8 cookingincambridge December 24, 2009 at 1:32 am

My goodness, I just LOVE those lil boxes. I need to make something like that πŸ™‚

9 Christy December 24, 2009 at 1:36 am

Wow Maddie is impressive! And I made gingerbread men for the 1st time tonight, too! Have a good Christmas Eve!

10 Emily December 24, 2009 at 7:58 am

Aww, so nice to see your family together for Christmas. I think that’s my fave part of the holidays. πŸ™‚ All the baked goodies you made look delish!

11 Mica December 24, 2009 at 9:08 am

I always like seeing photos of your family gatherings!

Have a great run in the morning!

12 megan December 24, 2009 at 9:27 am

sounds like such a fun night! I can’t wait to be home with my family as well πŸ™‚

13 Jess December 24, 2009 at 9:34 am

I love the picture of the dogs – too funny!

14 amanda December 24, 2009 at 10:23 am

merry christmas eve! {and merry christmas!}

i hope you had a fabulous run this morning. have a killer
time at your bash tonight. indulge in some yummy treats!

15 Lacey December 24, 2009 at 10:28 am

I’m so glad I’m not the only twenty-something who still considers her parent’s house to be “home” πŸ™‚

Those dog treats are too cute!

16 Amy December 24, 2009 at 10:51 am

Looks like a wonderful time!

I own my house, and still call my parents “home”. πŸ™‚

My Dad reminds me all the time that I have my own home now! haha

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

17 inmytummy December 24, 2009 at 11:07 am

I have lived in Georgia for the past 7.5 years, but Maryland is always “home” to me even though my mom doesn’t even live in the same house that I grew up in anymore.

18 carolinebee December 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

The bloggie looks fab Meghann! And i super loovee all your xmas pics on your new camera, they look so profesh ;D Have a great holiday!!

19 meyergirl December 24, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Love the picture of Maddie leaping past the bigger dogs. πŸ™‚

20 jenngirl December 25, 2009 at 1:38 pm

haha Love the picture of the hungry dogs!

And those nut clusters look great and really festive!

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