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Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!



Friday, December 13, 2013

Marshmallow Peppermint Sticks






These are such fun to make and if you're looking for something to do with your kids, then this just might be what you're looking for. Incredibly easy and just too cute!!!


Here's a quick rundown on how to do this.

Ingredients:

Large marshmallows
Peppermint sticks
White Chocolate (Candy Melts or Almond Bark)
Coarse sugar sprinkles

Take one peppermint stick and poke it into one end of a marshmallow. I found it easiest to put the marshmallow on a flat surface, poke the peppermint stick into it, then press the marshmallow around the peppermint stick. Repeat until all marshmallows and peppermint sticks are used.

Melt white chocolate (I used Candy Melts) then dip the marshmallow into the chocolate. Tap off excess chocolate then sprinkle with coarse sugar. Set aside so chocolate can harden.

** TIP: If you use Candy Melts, add about a tablespoon of vegetable oil per 1 cup of chocolate after the chocolate has been melted.  It thins out the candy and makes for easier dipping.

I wrapped mine in candy bags.

To be used in hot chocolate.

Here's what you need. I used Candy Melts.
Here's what you need. I used Candy Melts.

Poke a  peppermint stick into one end of a marshmallow.
Poke a peppermint stick into one end of a marshmallow.

Then dip in the Candy Melts and tap off the excess.
Then dip in the Candy Melts and tap off the excess.

Sprinkle with coarse sugar and set aside so the chocolate can set up.
Sprinkle with coarse sugar and set aside so the chocolate can set up.

Wrap 'em up!!
Wrap 'em up!!

Every Little Thing.....



Here's a little something I commissioned my daughter-in-law to make for me. I had seen this done on Pinterest and loved it!

Here's the lowdown on how we created this lovely board.

I got a piece of scrap plywood from my husband's shop. My piece is about 3 feet x 2 feet but yours can be any size, depending on what you want.

I painted it black. After the black was dry, I painted it a celery green color. After that dried my DIL painted the words on it with acrylic paints and a white marker. She gave it back to me and distressed the whole thing with sandpaper, concentrating on the corners and edges. Then I watered down some light brown paint and went over the surface, wiping off the excess. Turned out great!!! I ordered three little vinyl bird decals from Etsy (link below) to top it off. I hung the sign up and put the decals on the wall right above the sign.

You can find my DIL's Facebook page here. She does wonderful work on all sorts of surfaces.
You can find her Etsy page here. She takes special orders on all kinds of things.
I ordered the vinyl birds from this Etsy Shop.