Growing up my mom would make peppermint bark every Christmas. I remember large pieces of wax paper laying all over the kitchen table with white chocolate and these little peppermint pieces everywhere. Then a few hours later all the chocolate was gone and mom had bagged it all up to give to family and friends.
It was not until a few years a go that I decided it was time to take on the peppermint bark challenge myself, but I wanted to change it up a bit…I wanted to add in some dark chocolate. You see my mom LOVES white chocolate but I LOVE dark chocolate so I decided to join the two to make the perfect bark for us. I followed my mom’s basic process only I did a dark chocolate drizzle in addition to the white chocolate. I have to admit though I was a little surprised just how easy it was…I always thought mom had to work so hard on it…its ok though she worked hard on a lot of other Holiday treats.
This bark is perfect for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, friends and family…plus you can get the kids involved. A fun project for the kids would be to let them add whatever toppings they would like such as M&M’s, chopped up candy bars, nuts or sprinkles…just let them have fun!!
So this time of year almond bark is my best friend. I use it for this bark, I use it to make truffles (check back this week for that recipe), and sometimes I use it to dip cookies in or for a fruit dip. It just sets up beautifully and makes desserts extra special this Holiday season. Trust me once you give it a try you will love it!!
A super easy peppermint bark that is not only delicious it is pretty and perfect for a gift
Anytime it is cold outside I automatically have a craving for soup. Living in southeast Texas we don’t always get a ton of cold weather so we have to take advantage of each cold burst we get, and for the last one I fixed this updated Baked Potato Soup. I have always loved baked potato soup, but I wanted to change it up a bit…I wanted to make it something a little more special and caramelized onions did just that.
I have always been a HUGE fan of caramelized onions, I just love how sweet they get while still having a little onion bite, plus the color adds so much to any dish you put them in. For these caramelized onions I cooked them in bacon grease which makes them that much better…I mean lets be real bacon makes everything better. In this soup the bacon, onions and cheese all together make this a very flavorful and delicious soup that is perfect for a cold night.
I love family recipes that are passed down over the years and even generations and they just keep getting better and better. This stew is definitely one of those recipes. My mom (honey) and her mom would make this with her mom and my grandmother got the recipe from her mom and aunts, making this recipe over 80 years old.
Growing up my mom would make this when it would first turn cold outside, which living in Southeast Texas that was relative but at some point each fall or winter we would get her stew. We always loved it because it had noodles in it, which was delicious but fairly confusing at one point in my life. I went to a friends house for dinner and her mom said she was having stew, I was so excited, I couldn’t wait for the tender beef, noodles and amazing veggies and broth…well little did I know most people don’t put noodles in their stew. When she placed the bowl in front of me I got a strange look on my face and she asked me if everything was ok and I asked where the noodles was and then she got the strange look on her face and said she didn’t put noodles in stew, stew is meat & veggies. Her “soup” was very good and I loved it, but I did miss the noodles.
Well as I have grown up I have learned the difference between a stew and goulash, but in my family it will always be stew.
Honey's Beef & Noodle Stew
A hearty and delicious stew with the surprise of noodles