18 December 2012

Owl I Want for Christmas....

It's time for another Design Team Challenge with the lovelies at i {heart} papers!  Since so much about the holidays revolves around food, our challenge this month is to make a food related project.  A recipe card, food gift presentation, table decor, kitchen or food related product....as long as it is related to something edible, it counts!

I whipped up this quick and easy repurposed jar using the adorable Winter Owl stamp set from Lawn Fawn, paired with some Fa-La-La patterned paper.  I stamped the Owl in Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers. I fussy cut the owl, and adhered it on foam dots for a bit of dimension.  I added a bit of white crepe ribbon to finish it off.  It's a fairly simple design....but I have to make like 20 of these jars!

Wondering what this jar will be filled with?  Every year I make my family members Peppermint Bark - and they are nuts about it.  Like, seriously crazy about it.  My stepmother starts asking about her Christmas batch of it sometime around the 4th of July, and she hides it from my Dad so she doesn't have to share.  it couldn't be any easier to make! Here is what I do:

  • 1 bag of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (your choice)
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • crushed candy canes 
I melt the semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips according to the directions on the bag (basically, microwave them), and add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract (stir it in).  Spread the chocolate onto a wax-paper lined baking sheet, and chill in the fridge until cold and firm (15 minutes or so).  Then I melt the white chocolate chips (and depending on who the particular batch is for, I may add another 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract - from experience I know that some family members like more pepperminty flavor than others), pour it over top of the hardened semi-sweet or dark chocolate, and then sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.  Press them down slightly, and place the whole thing back into the fridge to chill until set. Break it up into pieces, package, and deliver!

See? No hard and fast rules here!  It's *that* simple to make!  Here's a little tip though - I break the candy canes up two ways.  I put some in a ziploc bag, and then put that under a kitchen towel and let my kids have it it my a kitch mallet. They LOVE that part, and I end up with good sized chunks of candy cane.  I also take a few candy canes and put them in my food processor and pulverize them, so I get some candy cane dust/sprinkle, which adds a nice texture and prettiness to the peppermint bark. 

Oohhhhh - one more tip.  I adapt this recipe using all dark or semi-sweet chocolate, cinnamon extract, and Wed Hots for a Valentine's Day treat :)

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Stamps: Winter Owl (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Kraft, White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Fa-La-La (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Coloring Medium: Spectrum Noir
Accessories: White Crepe Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities
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Deb said...

So adorable Taylor (and now I've got a Mariah Carey song stuck in my head! LOL) Mmm....peppermint bark sounds easy to make and oh so yummy!

i {heart} papers said...

Adorable jar! I'm starting my cookie baking this week. I was planning on toffee too but your bark recipe sounds so much easier!

Gretchen said...

Holy macaroni 20 jars?! I was freaking out at making 12 tags!! Your owls are adorable and that recipe sound delicious! I might try a batch for our New Years party!

whoistracy said...

This is so cute! Love that little owl. Your bark sounds yummy, might have to try it.

Carolyn Mustopa said...

Adorable! Great way to recycle those jars!

Jingle said...

HOLY FREAKING ADORABLE, BATMAN!!! I so love this! And you. Just sayin'.

Denise said...

Sounds delicious :) Happy New Year Taylor! I hope 2013 is a fabulous year for you and your family.