Homemade Holiday ~ Peppermint Sugar Scrub


Mix 3 parts white sugar and 1 part olive oil or sweet almond oil, and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract or essential oil.

Now spoon them into individual airtight containers, dress them up with a ribbon and a sweet holiday note. Perfect little gift for those that you love!

Homemade Holiday ~ Holiday Peppermint Bark Candy

peppermint bark

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) White Chocolat Morsels

24 hard peppermint candies, unwrapped


Line baking sheet with wax paper.

Microwave morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH power for 1 minute; stir. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.

Place peppermint candies in heavy-duty plastic bag. Crush candies using rolling pin or other heavy object. While holding strainer over melted morsels, pour crushed candy into strainer. Shake to release all small candy pieces; reserve larger candy pieces. Stir morsel-peppermint mixture.

SPREAD mixture to desired thickness on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved candy pieces; press in lightly. Let stand for about 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Recipe makes 1 pound of candy. Store in airtight container at room temperature. Perfect for holiday gift giving!

Monday Moments ~ Discovering The World



Seeing the world through a child’s eyes…

I’ve always loved that old saying. This photograph captures that saying PERFECTLY. Every single speck of this earth is a brand new beginning for a child to take hold of, love, respect and cherish. It was always important for me to teach my children that we should take care of and nurture the world around us. Save it and savor it for the generations that are still to come.

Take a moment today to see through the eyes of your child. To witness the stars in the night sky as beautiful, not just “being there”. Feel the delicate leaves of an old Oak tree, breathe the air outside and listen to the birds sing. We are guilty at one time or another of letting the beauty of such diverse multitude to go unnoticed. NOTICE IT today. And remember it.