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Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

My favorite holiday treat is without a doubt Ghirardelli peppermint bark. Have you tried it? It is amazing! My oldest (who loves anything and everything mint) and I were eating a piece of peppermint bark the other day when he suggested that we use it to bake with. It inspired me to create a Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies recipe.

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies Recipe

These are way too addicting, I had to stop myself from eating the entire pan. Chocolate and peppermint are one of the best holiday flavors! We love to use candy canes to stir our hot cocoa and now we have a new treat to make on those cold winter days.

Peppermint Brownies Recipe

Easy Peppermint Brownies Recipe

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies


  1. 1 package Ghirardelli Brownie Mix
  2. 1/3 cup water
  3. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tsp peppermint extract
  6. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips; melted (optional)
  7. 1/2 Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare baking pan by lightly greasing or lining with parchment paper.
  2. Combine water, oil, and egg in a mixing bowl. Add brownie mix and peppermint extract; stir until fully combined. Spread into pan.
  3. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  4. Once brownies have cooled drizzle with white chocolate and sprinkle peppermint crunch baking chips on top.

For this recipe I used the Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix found at Costco. I love, love, love this brownie mix! By the way I actually tried two versions of this recipe and decided this was the best one. In my first attempt at peppermint brownies I sprinkled chopped Hershey’s candy cane kisses on top. They melted right on top of the brownies creating a sweet coating. I found that they were a little too decadent and overpowered the brownies. So my next best option was to drizzle the melted white chocolate chips on top with a piping bag then add the peppermint crunch. I really like the peppermint crunch because it doesn’t melt easily like the kisses did but its also not hard like candy canes.

Peppermint Brownies Recipe

 For more mint recipes check out our

Peppermint Cupcakes

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cupcakes

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I’m also participating in a holiday recipe blog hop with 50+ other bloggers. For creative holiday recipe ideas check out the links below!

Paper Bow {Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas}

Lifestyle Crafts Knotty and Nice Discount

By now you may have realized that I LOVE paper crafts. Earlier this year I began reading a few paper crafting magazines and quickly became fascinated with all the tools and techniques. There’s still so much I have yet to explore but I feel like I’ve come a long way and am learning what my favorite paper craft tools are. Today I’m going to share with you my latest paper crafting project…Paper Bows!

Lifestyle Crafts Knotty and Nice Discount

Lifestyle Crafts released two new gift sets called Knotty & Nice. The bundles come with a variety of dies that can be used to embellish gifts, for scrapbook layouts, and even home decor projects. Take a look at what I’ve been making with the new paper bow and doily dies.

DIY Paper Bows

I found the take out boxes at World Market then used both gift sets to create simple yet pretty little treat boxes to give to friends this holiday season.

DIY Paper Bows

My favorite is this kraft paper package with the silver bow. I used the matchbox die to create the box but I also have a simple box tutorial if you don’t have a die cutting machine.

Christmas Gift Ideas

DIY Paper Bows

Knotty Gift Set

Nice Gift Set

I’m a tad bit obsessed with making these paper bows, I could decorate my entire house with them! I also made a paper bow garland that I’ll share with you next week.

Christmas Gift Boxes

The Black Friday promotions are still running until tomorrow. You can get the Revolution die cutting machine along with three Christmas dies and a sticky thumb runner for $31.99 when you use the discount code PUMPKIN. That’s one sweet deal! Plus all the borders, boxes, and bags are 40% off as well!

Holly Jolly Craft Kit

Lifestyle Crafts Discount

Black Friday Specials

Lifestyle Crafts Black Friday Sale

Save 20% off ALL Lifestyle Crafts orders using the discount code PUMPKIN at checkout




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I received Lifestyle Crafts dies to review, as always all opinions are my own. I truly {puffy heart} Lifestyle Crafts products!

Marshmallow Snowman and Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes

Marshmallow Snowman Treats Recipe

Baking season is officially here! You know what that means right? There’s been a whole lot of Christmas music playing and baking going on around here. The kids and I made THE cutest marshmallow snowman treats this weekend. But today I have not one but TWO recipes to share with you! While the kids ate marshmallow snowmen I made Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes for the {big} kids at heart.

Marshmallow Snowman Treats Recipe


Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes Recipe

While Black Friday shopping we picked up a couple of bags of #HolidayCandy to bake new treats with the kids over the next few weeks. This is my favorite time of the year! I love the memories we create during the holidays.

Holiday Candy Treats

We found the marshmallow snowman recipe on Nestle Seasonal Recipes.com. I could spend hours on that site, browsing through all the great recipes.

Marshmallow Snowman Treats

  • NESTLÉ® Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® or CRUNCH® Jingles, unwrapped
  • mini pretzels for hat base
  • white frosting
  • large marshmallows
  • pretzel sticks for arms, broken in half
  • NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels for eyes and buttons
  • Orange frosting or small candy pieces for nose
  • Thin-string licorice cut into 7-inch pieces for scarves

Bake and cool the cookies to become “sleds” for the marshmallow snowmen. Insert pretzels sticks into both sides of the snowmen, then add the mini chocolate chips as buttons (dip a toothpick in the frosting then add a small amount to the back of the chocolate chip). Here’s what a did a little differently..I inserted a pretzel stick in both of the marshmallows to help keep them together. I also melted some mini chocolate chips to dip the mini pretzels in then pressed the Crunch Jingles on top. For the face add the mini chocolate chips for eyes and a small amount of orange frosting for the nose. Wrap the scarf around and add the hat with a little bit of frosting then let them sit for about 20 minutes.

Marshmallow Snowman Tutorial

Marshmallow Snowman Treats

If the snowmen weren’t enough I’ve been trying out a new mini cheesecake recipe for an upcoming holiday decorating party I’m hosting. We all know how much I love mini cheesecakes so it shouldn’t surprise you that I had try Mini Butterfingers Cheesecakes!

Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes Recipe:

  • (2) 8oz packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped Nestle Butterfinger Jingles (or bars)
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Melted Nestle Chocolate Chips for topping (optional)
  • Chopped Butterfinger Bar for topping (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with baking cups.
  2. Crush Oreos in a food processor and mix with melted butter.
Press one heaping tablespoon of Oreo crumbs into each baking cup.
  4. Mix together cream cheese, sugar, and sour cream. Add in eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Fold in chopped Butterfinger pieces.
Fill baking cups 2/3 way full; bake for 22-24 minutes.
  7. Cool; add chocolate drizzle and Butterfinger pieces on top.

For more holiday recipes and ideas connect with Nestle on Facebook and Twitter.

Butterfinger Cheesecakes Recipe

What are some of your favorite holiday recipes?

Thanks for stopping by!

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12 Days of Christmas: Pear Ornament


Happy Monday, my friends! Today I’m sharing an easy German glass glitter pear ornament as part of my sweet friends Nat & Holly’s 12 Days of Christmas series. I absolutely adore Nat & Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase so I’m thrilled to be part of their series.

My part of the song is “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” and I decided to make a German glass glitter pear for our Christmas tree. The way the series works is everyday one crafty blogger will share a project of their interpretation from the song. Nat & Holly will share a quick intro then the tutorial will be on the assigned bloggers site. It’s definitely a fun series to be part of and to follow!

German Glass Glitter Pear Ornament

To make the ornament I painted a paper mache pear with metallic silver Martha Stewart acrylic paint. I found the pear in the dollar bin at Michaels and taped off the stem before painting.

German Glass Glitter Pear Ornament

Once the paint dried I used Martha Stewart glittering glue to add the German glass glitter.

german glass glitter ornament

To hang the pear ornament I tied a piece of silver elastic then added a small amount of hot glue to secure it ( and the bow) in place.

12 Days of Christmas activity

I’m so happy with the way it turned out! I love glitter during the holidays..actually I love glitter everyday but I think it’s a little more acceptable for Christmas. :)

12 Days of Christmas activity

I’m pulling out the Christmas decor today and I can’t wait to start decorating! I still want to make new ornaments with the kids and I think it would be great to try to create 12 days of Christmas ornaments with the kids. Any ideas on what to make?

12 Days of Christmas ornaments

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back later today with two holiday recipes.

Linking up here, TCB, Tip Junkie

Local Holiday Decor Inspiration

German Glass Glitter Pinecone

I often find inspiration for home decor and craft ideas online. With the help of pinterest I’ve been able to create projects that I sometimes wouldn’t have thought of myself. Do you ever have one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments after finding something on pinterest? I sure do!

Pinterest is great but I never thought to find inspiration locally, that is until this week. On Wednesday my husband and I headed to a local boutique that I’ve always wanted to go to. It used to be located at the heart of our downtown and then suddenly it disappeared. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to visit before it closed but whas happy to discover that it moved to another location closer to where I live. For months we’ve been driving by there wanting to stop and this week I finally decided I needed to check it out. Boy, am I happy I did! The place is absolutely beautiful with mounds of home decor inspiration.

German Glass Glitter Pinecone

My favorite were the German glass glitter ornaments..they’re gorgeous! Last weekend I bought German glass glitter to do this exact project, now after seeing the deer on top I need to find one asap.

Christmas Tree Ideas

The store was filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each one a different theme. My favorite was the natural/glitz tree on the bottom left.

Christmas Decor Ideas

I’m happy to have finally visited this beautiful boutique. I now have tons of holiday decor inspiration and a new favorite store to shop at. I plan to support this local boutique tomorrow on Small Business Saturday. Their ornaments will be buy one get one free and I already know its going to be hard narrowing down my choices. My husband is working so it’s going to be a date with my best friend and our little ones. Wish us luck as we try to get four kids to not touch anything. :)

If you’re planning on shopping small tomorrow in support of Small Business Saturday check out these adorable Christmas items from my sweet friend Kelsey from Poofy Cheeks.

Personalized Santa Sack

Personalized Coal Bag

How fun would it be to receive one of those for Christmas? My kids would love them!

So tell me, where do you find your home decor and crafting inspiration?

Have a great weekend!

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Express. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

Glitter Ornaments

Glitter Snowflake Ornament

This year our tree is going to have an eclectic collection of handmade and store bought ornaments. I want to focus on making as many ornaments with the kids as possible, both to give as gifts and keep for our own tree. I recently made glitter snowflake ornaments that I couldn’t wait to share. This idea for diy glitter ornaments is so simple to create and the possibilities are endless.

Glitter Snowflake Ornament

I used the Snowflakes die and double sided adhesive to create my ornaments. I cut the die cut out, applied it to the ornament, removed the backing, then sprinkled glitter on top. If you don’t have a die cutting machine you could use a punch to cut shapes out of the adhesive paper.

Glitter Snowflake Ornament

I also made one with Christmas trees using the evergreen punches die. The glittered shapes were a little too see through for my liking so I added faux snow inside to give them some contrast.

glitter ornament tutorial

Double Sided Adhesive Ornament

I know there’s a diverse group of readers with different cutting machines so I like to tell you about all of the great deals I hear about. {If you have any questions on any of the machines I write about feel free to email me and I’d be happy to share my thoughts on what I like about each of them}

Lifestyle Crafts Black Friday Sale

Lifestyle Crafts is having a BIG sale starting today {Black Friday}. From Nov. 23rd through the 30th you can get 40% all borders, boxes, and bags. Orders over $50 will receive free shipping plus free Sticky Thumb dimensionals.

Lifestyle Crafts Discount

They also have a special Holly Jolly Craft Kit for only $39.99! The kit will come with the Revolution tool, Sticky Thumb adhesive runner, and three holiday dies (Lightbulb die, Candy Cane Tag, Elf Stockings). That is THE BEST deal I’ve seen from Lifestyle Crafts. The revolution cutting tool alone retails for $89.99!

Also, Did you know you can find dies at your local craft store too? Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and Archivers all sell cutting dies that can be used with manual cutting machines like the Revolution.


That’s not all..on top of the fab discounts you can receive an extra 20% off all products by using the code PUMPKIN. Which brings the Holly Jolly Craft Kit down to $31.99! That’s one awesome deal!

Thanks for stopping!

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Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post, however I did receive dies to review. I purchased the adhesive paper myself and truly believe in Lifestyle Crafts products.

Silhouette Black Friday Deals

Silhouette Black Friday Sale

Are you ready for the biggest Silhouette promotion of the year? Its one you definitely don’t want to miss!

Silhouette Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Silhouette discount

Starting today {Black Friday} through November 30th you can also receive 40% off all Silhouette products!

Black Friday Silhouette discount


Visit Silhouette and enter the code PUMPKIN at checkout to take advantage of these awesome Black Friday specials!

·         1 Silhouette CAMEO® plus 1 copy of Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition (MSRP $349.98) for $229.99

·         1 Silhouette Portrait™ for $179.99

·         40 percent off at silhouetteamerica.com

(Offer expires November 30, 2012. Rain checks not available.40% discount excludes Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait™, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards.


Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back soon with a tutorial using my CAMEO.


Happy Thanksgiving!


There are many blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, or better yet all throughout the year. One unexpected blessing in my life is this little blog of mine. Thank you for all of your support. I appreciate you reading my blog and I look forward to sharing more creative ideas with you.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

From my family to yours.