Circumstances (as you are well aware if you have been reading long) are more difficult this year than in the past. Helping to organize the garage was my gift to my husband, the party was our present to our son, and I have an I.O.U. out to the New England Contingent. We're still awaiting a promised annual financial gift from an elderly aunt which will be used to purchase the grandchildren a few gifts.
But it has still been a good Christmas season. Expectations were replaced with a thankful heart for anything and everything, perhaps that is why it has been full.
Now... to answer a few questions from this past week's posts...
No, I didn't make the pot holders that are hanging, all three are vintage and aren't they cute? I had purchased one at an antique mall long ago and a friend of mine gave me two others from her collection.
That adorable shortbread mold was purchased (brand new) at Goodwill this past year. I recently saw the exact same mold in the King Arthur flour catalog for around $36.00.
This is my easy "go to" recipe for peppermint bark. Just melt one package of white chocolate (I used the CandiQuick white dipping chocolate), pour onto wax paper, sprinkle crushed candy canes over all of it immediately, and press into the chocolate.
When hardened (I put it in the frig to hurry the process) just break into smaller pieces.
By the way, I recently posted a new (to me) recipe for quick pumpkin muffins on my recipe blog. I couldn't believe how good they were and all they call for is a package of yellow cake mix, pumpkin, and spices. Although my sister and I both agreed they would be even better with chopped pecans!