baby guion painting

i made guion cry agian this year. . .

after his reaction to last year’s tracy morgan portrait, i was sure that this year’s painting would not provoke the same response, but . . . it did. he wept with joy.

i don’t really know what prompted this year’s weird painting, but a baby with a beard was what i came up with.

i am happy with the end result, but honeslty, i am more impressed that dad and i made the frame late on christmas eve. sure, we might have spent a good three hours down in mm + dd’s basement cutting little pieces of wood, but the end result was pretty impressive. frames by jak & grace – it’s our new business and we’re going to be famous for it one of these days. . .

thoughts, ideas, suggestions for next year’s painting?

christmas time with the family

i adore my family.

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i love that:

– we laugh constantly

– we are creative

– we know how to cook

– we like reveal what the present is on the wrapping paper

– we have some incredible traditions

– we play new games every time we get together

– we freeze presents in a block of ice {in a cooler wrapped with rope, paper, and duck tape too}

– we have mm + dd’s house on the lake to escape to every christmas

– we have a really hard time getting one good photo

– we love and support each other fully

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hope you had a wonderful christmas too!

peppermint bark

i made peppermint bark for the first time this week.

it has long been a holiday favorite of mine and i love how easy it is . . . my recipe went something like this:

peppermint bark

* 12 ounces {about 2 cups} dark chocolate

* 12 ounces {about 2 cups} white chocolate

* crushed peppermint candies

* peppermint oil

melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler. . . melt all the way and add three of four drops of the peppermint oil {i had to go to a specialty shop to find this one, but it did make a difference}. mix together.

pour the chocolate onto a sheet of wax paper {covering a flat surface – like a cutting board or cookie sheet} in an oval shape. let it cool and harden a little.

melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. add about 1/4 cup of the crushed peppermint candies and mix. pour white chocolate over the dark and then add another 1/4 cup of candy overtop.

let cool and then break off into pieces and enjoy.

{*if you like cold chocolate, leave it in the fridge}