Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chocolate Graham Peppermint Bark

I've been looking at the Peppermint Bark recipes on Pinterest, and wasn't able to find exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something similar to the Toffee Bark recipes, with a crisp crust, a gooey layer, topped with white chocolate and peppermint candy.

Using the Toffee Bark recipe as a base, I came up with this rendition, which includes all of the above, and is just as easy to put together.

1 1/2 cup white sugar
3 sticks butter
1-2 tbs peppermint extract (I used about a tablespoon and a half...adjust to your flavor preference).
Chocolate grahams
White chocolate chips
Crushed peppermint candy or Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips ( I used the Andes Peppermint Crunch Chips from Walmart).
Red food coloring if desired.

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil, and spray with Pam.

Cover the pan with the Chocolate Graham crackers...cutting as needed to fit. Tip: use a serrated knife with a sawing motion to cut the crackers cleanly.

Melt butter in a saucepan, and add the white sugar, stirring constantly.

Add the peppermint extract  and red food color until you get the color you want.

Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.

Pour the mixture over the graham crackers, tipping the sheet to make sure all are covered.

Place the pan in a 325 degree over for 8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle the white chocolate chips over the pan.  Let them sit for a couple of minutes until melted.

Gently spread them over the red layer. Now sprinkle on some of the Peppermint Chips, or some crushed peppermint candy.

Let the pan cool completely (I put mine in the freezer for about 15 minutes and they were set).
Break into bark and enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Holly & Justin's Wedding Weekend

Wow....we had a wonderful weekend celebrating Holly & Justin's wedding at Holden Beach, North Carolina. It was a beautiful beach house, and we had lovely views of the beach and dunes.

For a look at all of the images, click on this link:
Gallery of Images from the Holly & Justin's Wedding Weekend

Monday, October 13, 2014

Max's 1rst Birthday Party

Maximus Rey Norris had his 1rst Birthday on October 7th.
We all celebrated in style at a party hosted at Grammy Chatta's (AKA Maria Ortiz) house in Bakersfield, California.
It was a fantastic party, with delicious food, great company, and even a Mariachi Band.
The party theme was "Sock Monkey," and Keren coordinated everything beautifully. Wonderful memories!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunrise at Michael Farms

I pass Micheal Farms on my way to work, and couldn't resist stopping for a quick image of the rising sun. Taken with the FinePix S1 using the Dynamic Exposure filter. A tad over-saturated, but love it!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

More action testing...

Testing more Photoshop actions....
Here's the retouched image of grandson Justin, with the original below:

And after applying actions from the Greater Than Gatsby Innocence Collection:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014