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Marshmallow Goodness (& more)

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We went dippin’ yesterday! Marshmallow dipping that is…

Remember Day 13 in my Holiday spotlight? This is my version of that and other posts I’ve seen on the dipping craze.

So it all started with the candy canes:

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I got some emotion out and let me say – it felt gooooooooood.

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I got all the toppings ready ahead of time. And the options are truly limitless. I had fun with this. I had the canes done and next up were the almonds:

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then the graham crackers

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and pretzels, of course…

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The kids insisted on sprinkles, too.

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For the chocolate I used a big bag of semi-sweet choc chips and a few squares of this Ghirardelli bittersweet choc, broken up. Throw in a tablespoon of butter for extra shine.

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Melt in double boiler.

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I started dipping by hand and found it a bit tricky. Toothpicks ended up the dipping tool of choice. Our store was out of mini candy canes, but I didn’t really want to use these as dipper sticks since I was taking a batch of the marshmallows to a group of women. Didn’t think they’d want to suck on canes all evening! Tall lollipop sticks are another option that looks super cute if you want to leave your dipper stick in the marshmallow. My quantity was too vast, however, and I chose the dip and release method! : )

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20121219-130452.jpg My wise 5 yr old daughter thought of using pretzel sticks as dippers – which is genius – so wish I thought of that before!!

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Literally every space of countertop was holding a tray of marshmallows. And see those dipped circle pretzels?? Yeah, I had so much chocolate that I began scrounging my cupboards and fridge for anything else I could dip in chocolate.

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Moral of the story – have mercy on yourself and those you live with, cut the chocolate quantity by half!!!!

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Happiness on a spatula and faces I love.

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Women’s study goodie plate – check.

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Merry Christmas! Have a healthy, loving, peace~filled rest of your 2012!

Chat at you next year ; )
Kerry

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Linking up:
The 36th Avenue
Clean & Scentsible
Tatertots & Jello
Bloom Designs
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Flamingo Toes

Every Gift Counts {Day 14}

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Can you help?

Bloggers are uniting to Make Christmas Count for Yana this year (and hopefully many years to come)…

Every dollar counts!

Here’s the scoop:

First, read Jeannett’s original post about Yana.

Second, pray about helping – which should really be first, but I thought you’d like to know what you’re praying about – any amount.

Third, donate as you feel led!

Fourth, spread the word. This is crucial to raising as much as we possibly can for this sweet baby girl. Here’s how to share the love.

Jeannett works so hard on her blog to be a voice for the suffering. She’s amazing.

Please visit her blog Life Rearranged to learn as much about as possible about her efforts in the past and present, not to mention her own family’s journey. You will truly be inspired.

Jeannett is even offering a beautiful giveaway(s) for everyone’s efforts. Completely unnecessary – but if it motivates 10, 25, 50, 100 (?) more people to donate and spread the word, then it’s worth it. Check out the Spread The Word Giveaway here as well.

For all her efforts and love she shares with us daily…
Congratulations, Jeannett – You’re in the Spotlight!!

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Liv Life {Day 13}

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Brilliantly simple recipe from Liv Life via The 36th Avenue.
Say no more – I’m all over this little treat. Adding items to my shopping list now…

Congratulations, Liv Life – You’re in the Spotlight!

So using these with our Hot Chocolate Bar!!

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Sassy Steals {Day 12}

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Sassy Steals s having a new promotion going on right now. You can learn all the details here.

I only recently learned about Sassy Steals and have enjoyed some super shopping savings already. I love to see my give list get checked off quickly! Maybe you’ll enjoy some steals, too. Simply subscribe to their emails (and pretty please remember to list me as your referrer?!!) and you can get in on that day/week’s steal if you like it. They also do a giveaway every weekend which includes all the steals for that week!!

Here’s the link to the Sassy Steals main page.

Enjoy browsing! And congrats Sassy Steals – You’re in the Spotlight!

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Pioneer Woman {Day 11}

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These little Chocolate Mint Brownie Bites are right up my alley (doggone it). If you’ve never visited Ree’s site it’s necessary you do so verrrrrry soon. She is not only a fantabulous cook, with her own TV show to boot, but she is hilarious with a capital “H” – and PLEASE, I beg of you, read the doughnut story on her blog. You will be cry-laughing till your tear ducts dry up.

Congrats, Ree – You’re in the Spotlight!

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Paper Stars

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We’re making Paper Stars at Gramma & Grampa’s house today!

Thanks to Angela this was the perfect craft to whip up in a jiffy. I love things that you can accomplish QUICKLY during the holidays, especially crafty things. Take a look!
(Angela’s stars are from Day 6 of my Holiday Spotlight)

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Hubs, his sister, and I worked on sections together to create the first star in a flash. (I didn’t even think to snap pics of that. Boo me.)

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Grampa was sweet enough to help us hang our prototype over their table so we could catch the full dangling view. ;)

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So easy. Try one soon.

Hot Choc on a Stick {Day 10}

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Head over to The Tomkat Studio blog for big sale deals the next several days!

We’re anxious to try the Hot Chocolate on a Stick recipe this week! I have just about everything I need to make these yum treats to use alongside our Hot Chocolate Bar and as gift-giving delights. Be sure to thank Kim for the free printables that she’s offering with these gems!

Don’t they look sooooooo good?!!!?

Enjoy… and Congrats, Kim! You’re in the Spotlight!

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