I have had a very tough time with my Christmas shopping this year. I just don’t know what to get people anymore. I think I used to be pretty good about buying good gifts but not anymore! I always do a gift exchange with my book club. This year I bought a gift for the wrong person!! So embarrassing! I don’t know what happened. I did question whether I was buying for the right person because we had to draw names twice. The first time we drew names someone got their own name so we had to draw again. So, I knew that I had either Callie or Melissa but I could not find my slip of paper to confirm this. But, I was pretty sure it was Melissa. Nope, I was wrong. And it wasn’t Callie either, it was Alicia! Whoops! I offered her the wooden spoons I bought for Melissa, but she wasn’t too interested!
Word on the street is Costco carries a really amazing Peppermint Bark. Has anybody ever tried it? Kara told me they give it as samples around the holidays. (mental note!) I’ve never tried it myself, but since discovering how simple bark is and how many ways we can switch it up, we’ve been making it all the time! In fact…today we made Saltine Bark, which is almost the same as the Pretzel Bark, except with saltines. It was delish! So naturally we wanted to try and recreate Costco’s Peppermint Bark.
Earlier this week I mentioned that I am not a fan of Martha Stewart. And here I am with another Martha Stewart recipe! I saw these marshmallows on pinterest and decided that I NEEDED to make them this Christmas. Then, I realized that it was a Martha Stewart recipe. I knew right away that mine would never look as good as Martha’s. But I just had to make them anyway. I love to make marshmallows. I have made them 3 times now. The first time was a total bust. In fact, I still have a bowl with the remnants of that sticky situation. The next two times I was successful. I guess I am a pro at making marshmallows now. It is fascinating to me that combining sugar, gelatin, corn syrup and egg whites will create soft, fluffy marshmallows.
When Kara and I made this bark a few weeks ago I left her house without trying it. I regret that. A lot. Reese’s Pieces are my all time favorite candy. I always buy Reese’s Pieces at the movie theater. And when I’m bored at work and have a chocolate craving I run down to CVS for Reese’s Pieces. That happens almost every single day. Sometimes I buy Reese’s Pieces at really random places too…like Bed Bath & Beyond. I’m embarrassed to admit that. Oh well. And Reese’s Peanut Butter cups are pretty amazing too, in my top 5 for sure. Kara said the bark tasted awesome and I believe her!
There are times when I feel like baking something complicated, like this. I spend hours researching what kind of impressive dessert I will make, gathering the ingredients, and creating my masterpiece. In the end I look at it with pride. I am often surprised that I can successfully execute some of the recipes I try. That is not to say there are not failures. Believe me, there are more failures than I’d like to admit. And when I fail I often lose confidence. The first time I made ice cream was a total fail. My first attempt ended up being scrambled eggs and never made it to the ice cream maker. My second attempt did make it to the ice cream maker but it never got hard. Fail x2. And this was all in 1 day. But I tried again and I am 2 for 2 in ice cream making since then.