Monday, December 20, 2010

Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest

Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest

hosted by Jen @ Unedited 
and 

 We are supposed to share photos of our holiday lights and decorations and a favorite drink or recipe.

Okay, here goes:

This is our Christmas tree in the corner of our front room. 
Stockings hang to the left, cozy gas fireplace to the right.


This is a close-up of the front porch decorations.


This is a fuzzy shot of the front of our house. 
It doesn't do it justice, though. Sorry.


And now, my favorite holiday recipe!

Peppermint Bark


Ingredients:
16 ounces of vanilla flavored almond bark
24 peppermint candies (I use mini candy canes)
1. Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper or aluminum foil. Place bark in microwavable dish. Cook uncovered on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until almost melted. Stir until smooth.

2. Crush candies and sift through strainer. Shake strainer over melted coating until all of the tiniest peices fall into the coating. Save larger pieces. Stir to mix evenly, then spread coating evenly on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with remaining candy pieces.
You can substitute chocolate candy coating to make chocolate peppermint bark, or you can do a layer of chocolate covered by a layer of white for a double flavored bark.

Visit Jen's for a list of other blogfest participants!

Happy Monday!
(Marvelous Middle Grade Monday will be here tomorrow - see you then)

66 comments:

salarsenッ said...

Your tree is beautiful and big! Love it. I've always wanted to make peppermint bark. So good. Thanks for sharing!

Ellie said...

Happy Christmas!

Your tree looks gorgeous next to the fire place! Peppermint bark? I've never heard of that. I might have to make some for boxing day.

Be Jolly By Golly

Valerie Geary said...

OH MY GOD! We should be friends. Peppermint bark?? Me too! We couldn't have planned any better. Muahahaha!

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Love the cozy tree and fireplace...those two things just go together so nice.

Robyn Campbell said...

Love this recipe. Between you and Candy. I'm set to eat lots. :)

I was going to do the blog fest, but life got in the way. Love your tree and decorations. My dear, I loves ya. Merry Christmas and here's to a very agented new year. (I'm wishing this to you, Candy, Melissa, and me.) And anyone else I've accidentally left out.

I LOVES YA, BFF. :)

Jen Daiker said...

Yum!! Looks delicious Shannon! Thanks for the recipe! Your decorations are fabulous!!! I LOVE THEM!

Can I come over and celebrate christmas with you?!

K. Harrington said...

Lovely photos. I love peppermint bark, too. Dangerous to have some around my house. :)

Laura Marcella said...

Mmm, delicious! I love peppermint. Your decorations are beautiful, Shannon!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I <3 peppermint bark and I LOVE your tree. Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

Angela Felsted said...

Pepermint bark is by far one of my most favorite things!

Kelly said...

Your house looks beautiful and festive!! I love looking at all the Christmas lights in the winter (though we don't have any outside this year).
Merry Christmas, Shannon!

roxy said...

What a wonderful post! I love your front room and your tree, and the lights on your house are beautiful. Have the happiest holiday season.

Meredith said...

I love your tree, and that fireplace is gorgeous! Great job on the outside lights--they're so festive!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Oooh- fun!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Old Kitty said...

I love the tree next to the fireplace!! But look at your lights outside your home!! Wow!!

Have a great christmas!!! Take care
x

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful post Shannon.

Yvonne.

Tracy said...

I'm just going to pretend that the recipe for peppermint bark isn't sitting right there. I've already been complaining about how tight my jeans have been fitting lately...

Merry Christmas!!!

Shari said...

Mmmm. Yummy recipe. Thanks. Your house looks great, too!

Summer Ross said...

I love your outside lights! they are so pretty!

Corey Schwartz said...

Well, YOU always seem jolly, so this is the perfect blogfest for you!

Ann said...

Beautiful lights. Love the fireplace too. I am so enjoying all the wonderful recipes. Merry Christmas.

Carol Riggs said...

Ah, gorgeous tree and lights. And how can you go wrong with almond bark, especially pepperminted?! Merry Christmas!

Sondrae Bennett said...

Beautiful house! I love all the lights. Merry Christmas!

Candyland said...

Beautiful decorations! And I love anything that's easy to make:)

The Golden Eagle said...

I love the way you decorated your house! And the tree looks amazing!

Merry Christmas!

Bess Weatherby said...

Love your outside decorations! So cute! Merry Christmas!

~ Bess

Heather said...

What a gorgeous tree! It looks amazing next to your fireplace. And I have GOT to try that peppermint bark! Thanks for sharing.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Your tree and house is beautiful! And I love your fireplace - I wish we had one. Merry Christmas!

Chris Phillips said...

Your decorations look great. I will have to try that bark recipe too.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss shannon! wow! your house looks so cool with all those lights. and you got a really pretty tree. i didnt ever have that peppermint bark stuff but i think i could like it lots cause i like that pepperminty flavor. im wishing for you and your family a really happy christmas.
...big hugs from lenny

Jennie Englund said...

Your home is GORGEOUS!

Can I come over?

N. R. Williams said...

Lovely decorations. The peppermint bark sounds easy enough for me. LOL
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Love your decorations.
That peppermint bark sounds yummy. I'm so going to have to make it!

Tara said...

Mmmmm...peppermint bark. *drool*

Happy Holidays.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Pretty tree and yummo treats!

Merry Christmas!

RaShelle said...

Oh MY!!! Must make me some of that peppermint bark. =D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your place looks so peaceful.

DL Hammons said...

Ohhhhh...peppermint bark!! *DROOL*

Your house looks so lovely and festive. Thanks for the tour. :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

storyqueen said...

I am loving this blogfest!

Thanks for the recipe.

Shelley

Colene Murphy said...

Oh your house is so pretty!!! Beautiful!!

Merry Christmas!!

Michelle Merrill said...

Your entryway looks so festive! I love the lights and your holiday treat looks super yummy :) Have a Merry Christmas.

Mary Mary said...

Peppermint bark is about the best! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

♥ Mary Mary

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

I've never heard of peppermint bark. It looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

Your decorated house and tree look simply gorgeous, Shannon!

Merry Christmas to you and your family my friend :)

beth said...

Oh wow. Your house is beautiful and I love peppermint bark!
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Vanessa Morgan said...

Congratulations on your Christmas decorations. They look really pretty.
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Talei said...

I love your porch decorations! They would be wonderful to sit back and look at! Merry Christmas!! ;)

Lynda Young said...

I love all your Christmas lights! And that Peppermint bark sounds yum!

Merry Christmas
Lyn
W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

Shannon said...

Hi Shannon!

Stopping by for the blogfest...

Your place looks great! I love your fireplace - the tree looks wonderful next to it.

And peppermint bark? YUMMY! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Jules said...

Lovely photos and decorations :) Wish I had done this fest :(

Merry Christmas
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jessica Lawlor said...

Such a cute, festive house!

Peppermint bark is THE. BEST. Thank god I don't know how to make it because I would want it all the damn time. So delish!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for sharing the pics. And the recipe sounds yummy! Thanks!
Have a wonderful week,
Karen

Kelley said...

Your tree is so pretty! and you made me really hungry with the recipe! Happy Holidays!
~Kelley

Jemi Fraser said...

Gorgeous and yummy!!! Thanks :)

Guinevere said...

Ooh, I'm planning to make peppermint bark for the first time this week! I'm so glad you posted. :)

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Shannon! Your tree is beautiful. The outdoor decorations look great.

Peppermint bark is yummy! Haven't made that in years.

Vicki Rocho said...

I made peppermint bark for the first time ever a couple weeks ago. Wicked stuff.

Angela Ackerman said...

Oh nom! That looks soooo good!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Your decorations are awesome- the mind can fill in the details that the camera failed to capture.
Merry Christmas!

Lola Sharp said...

What a lovely tree, Shannon.
And you have no idea how much I love peppermint bark...but I add a bottom layer of melted semi-sweet choc. chips. Mmmmmmm.

Merry Christmas and a spectacular 2011!
Love,
Lola

Stephanie Thornton said...

Lovely pics! And the peppermint bark looks scrumptious- I like to break it into pieces and sprinkle it over homemade brownies.

And then get on the treadmill. :)

Merry Christmas!

Jennie Bailey said...

I love peppermint bark! One of my favorite holiday treats. I'll have to be brave and try to make it. Your house looks gorgeous with all the lights! Have a Merry Christmas!

Danette said...

Yum! Love peppermint bark! thanks for the recipe! Lots of yummy recipes today!!! Happy Blogfest and Merry Christmas!

Melissa said...

I love, love, love! Peppermint. Peppermint bark sounds like JUST my kind of treat! Also, I love your tree. ANd the outdoor lights are gorgeous! I love lights!

Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

Elaine AM Smith said...

Your tree is very beautiful - it really sets off the lounge to perfection ;)Your house lights look so pretty too.
The peppermint bark is a good call, someone else posted about that - I hadn't seen it before.
Merry Christmas.

Lisa Potts said...

Your home is beautiful! I haven't had pine bark candy for years. Thanks for the recipe!

gideon 86 said...

Your outside light are so beautiful. I live in a condo now, and I so miss having the front of the house to decorate.

The tree sets of the fireplace so nicely. It looks fantastic.

Merry Christmas.

Michael

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