Yummy Treats!

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L.I.T.T.L.E. – December 19, 2016

Today I got to celebrate another trip around the sun! I got a free birthday cupcake from the Sweet Tooth Fairy and then the hubs picked out another one (since we were out together). Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Caramel Apple Cider. I love cookie dough, but I have to say that I liked that cider cupcake even better! Just a little something to make the afternoon extra special! Take some time out to enjoy yourself today, even if it’s your un-birthday!

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Peppermint Bark Sea Salt Popcorn

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L.I.T.T.L.E. – December 16, 2016

Peppermint bark is one of my favorite candies for the holidays! Add that with one of my most favorite snacks, popcorn, and we have a recipe for a waistline disaster! There are a lot of recipes out there for Peppermint Bark Popcorn. This one is an adaptation from Cooking Classy’s Peppermint Bark Popcorn. I love my sweet things to be a little more on the savory side, so here’s my take on this classic winter holiday gift snack!

Peppermint Bark Sea Salt Popcorn

Prep: About 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C Un-popped Popcorn
  • 2 C White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3-4 drops  and 1-2 drops Peppermint Oil (or extract)
  • 6-8 Candy Canes (crushed)
  • Oil Spray
  • Sea Salt

Crush candy canes and set aside. Then pop the popcorn how you like (we love air-popped!). While popcorn is popping, set up a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put popcorn in a large bowl, removing un-popped kernels. Spray popcorn with oil (I love to use my Misto for spraying healthier oils and avoiding aerosol sprays) then sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Toss popcorn, spray oil, and sprinkle sea salt until popcorn is evenly seasoned.

Using the directions for melting, melt white chocolate in the microwave until smooth: 45 seconds and stir, then 15 second increments, stirring vigorously after each interval until melted. Add 3-4 drops peppermint oil to the white chocolate. Stir well. Working quickly, pour white chocolate over popcorn and mix thoroughly. Now spread over the parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the popcorn while the white chocolate is still wet.

As that cools, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. Add 1-2 drops peppermint oil and stir well. Scoop melted chocolate into a small Ziploc bag and snip the corner to create a mini-piping bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. You can let the popcorn sit out on the counter to set or pop in the refrigerator or freezer for faster setting (so you can eat it sooner!). Once set, break up the peppermint bark popcorn into pieces. Enjoy and store leftovers in an air-tight container!

Morning Routines

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L.I.T.T.L.E. – December 10,2016

Hot breakfasts are the best, especially during winter! I’m a sucker for tea and oatmeal. Right now my most favorite instant oatmeal is the Blueberry Scone by Bakery on Main. I love to add a little milk to make it creamier and when I want it make it extra special I add a sprinkling of dry chia seeds, and a small dollop of blueberry jam by Windmill Farms (local jam). There’s something so comforting about a taking time to have a hot meal first thing in the morning, don’t you think?

Groceries

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L.I.T.T.L.E. – November 28, 2016

It’s probably a bit dorky, but our local Harmon’s is one of my favorite places to shop! I love the produce section especially. All the food looks so delicious and full of life. Apples are Cherry’s most favorite food and this new display reminded me of her intense love for this simple fruit. The chalkboard art throughout the store is fun and inspiring, even sometimes cheeky! This corner is the first place I always gravitate toward when I go in. It changes with the seasons and when confronted with these wonderful whole foods I find myself wanting to eat healthier! Maybe it’s silly (or maybe it’s really smart on the part of the grocers) but these displays keep me spending the most time in the produce section. They often influence me to pop onto Pinterest to search for new ways (or favorite old ways) to use the fruits or veggies that most catch my eye, just so I have an excuse to fill my cart with their goodness!