Peppermint bark time!

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I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth, but over the last few years I fallen in love with peppermint bark as a holiday treat.  The simplicity of the ingredients let’s me focus on using really good quality chocolate which is great for flavor and keeps the sweetness factor in check.  However, I’ve found that the real magic is adding rice krispies to the white chocolate layer.  It creates a subtle crunch that gives this holiday treat a special something, and everyone who tries them always remarks about how much they love the crunch.  We have multiple family holiday gatherings next week and I’m planning to make a few batches to share.

Here is a link to the original recipe over at Shutterbean and here is the more in depth write-up I did about peppermint bark last year.

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The sweet life

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Since we were largely in Paris to celebrate my mother’s birthday, we thought it would be fun to try to visit at least one pastry shop everyday for a little something sweet.  While we used David Lebovitz’s Paris Pastry App as our primary guide, as we wandered around the city, we found ourselves visiting any chocolaterie, patisserie, crepe stand, or ice cream cart that caught our eye.  I’ve never eaten so many wonderful, and beautiful, sweet things in a single week.  Here are a few of our favorites.

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Just to remind you, I love you so

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Lately, we’ve both been stressed with work and school, and gloomy from the weather.  I may have to work late on Friday, so who knows if we’ll even get to do something romantic on that day.  But that’s ok.  I’m happy even with a couple of quiet hours at home, as long as we’re together.

Sometimes I think, in our home, we most often we say I love you with gifts of food.  So I whipped up these pink, heart-shaped reminders that I love you so, not just on Valentines, but everyday.  ❤ ❤ ❤

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