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Simple Holiday Dessert: Peppermint Bark

This oh-so simple peppermint bark recipe is a must try. Easy steps to create a festive dessert to have on hand for holiday guests or to take to take over to the neighbor!

What You’ll Need:
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped (do not use chips)
  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 bag (7.5 ounces) hard peppermint candies, unwrapped
  • Directions:

    1.Spray a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; line with a piece of waxed paper. Crush candies (see note below).

    2.Place white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rice cereal.

    3.Transfer mixture to prepared pan; with a spatula, spread to edges of pan.

    4.Sprinkle with crushed candy; with a piece of waxed paper covering the entire surface, press in gently (paper prevents hands from sticking to candy and chocolate). Chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes (no longer, as candy will begin to soften).

    5.Peel waxed paper off. Break bark into 2-inch pieces. Store at room temperature in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

    Recipe originally from Martha Stewart

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    Party Theme Sandwiches?

    Did you know that today is National Sandwich Day? In the spirit of the beloved sandwich, I thought it would be a perfect time to suggest serving sandwiches at your next party. Sandwiches are the perfect party food: Easy to make, inexpensive, easy to serve and eat, and kids LOVE them!

    What about serving sandwiches to compliment your party theme? Here are two adorable animal themed sandwiches:

    I love this cute giraffe sandwich!

    I can just see this cute monkey sandwich being served at a monkey themed party, can’t you?

    Next time you are trying to decide on what type of party food to serve…pause and consider the sandwich!

    {images via Listicles}

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    Spook up your Dinner

    I received his DIY dinner idea from Jeanne Benedict from the DIY Network’s Weekend Entertaining and wanted to share it with you. She calls it “Boo” Spaghetti and it is really, really simple. Try it out and add a little spook to your weeknight dinner.

    Jeanne’s DIY instructions:
  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions, making sure to keep some long noodles intact, as opposed to breaking them to fit into the pot.
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil. Pull a noodle out and form the word “boo” on the foil; make a few.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes until firm and place your “boos” on top of red sauce on pasta!
  • Simple, right? She also has made a creative “Spider Web Design on Triple Layer Guacamole, Cheese, and Egg Torte” that you can see on her blog.

    Thanks for sharing Jeanne!

    Want to host a spooky dinner party? We have scary decor ideas for you as well!

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    Impressive Desserts: Sweet Street Desserts

    Warning: the following images may make you hungry, trigger cravings for sweets, and viewing may possibly result in drooling.

    With that said, I have been dying to share with you a fabulous company that has answered the dreams of modern hostesses everywhere….. meet Sweet Street Desserts! Creating delectable and impressive desserts, Sweet Street Desserts offers fabulous desserts that will save you time and energy in the kitchen. With a click of your mouse, you can have elegant and impressive desserts shipped right to you. Then, simply thaw, plate, and serve! What?! Too Easy?! I know!

    Sweet Street Desserts offer a great variety of gourmet cakes, pies, and individual desserts called “stacks.” I highly recommend the Summerberry Stack. I thawed these berrylicious desserts out the night before on a nice white platter and then took them over to a friend’s barbecue the next day. Yeah, they were impressed. Oh and they were gooood too.

    Love chocolate? Yes, they have many fabulous chocolate desserts as well.

    Want to add a luxurious touch to your own baked creations? Check out these 11 Pipeable creations …they all sound so delicious!

    Hostess Tip: Stretch your Sweet Street Desserts and serve an entire party, just serve in shot glasses for dessert “bites.”

    Now that you are craving all this sweetness, how about a chance to win your own dessert? Can you say “chocolate and peanut butter?” It’s heaven. I hope you win!

    Don’t just take my word for it, taste these impressive desserts for yourself! Sweet Street Desserts is kindly giving one reader a Peanut Butter Stack {that’s $49.00 of free yummy goodness}!

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