Andes Mint Bark and Peppermint Bark Christmas Candy and Wooden Peg doll Nativity toys! 


Easy 2 ingredient Peppermint BarkIt has been dark and dreary and flash flooding for several days. The kids and I have spent a lot of time coloring and painting and storytelling, and even a fair share of moping around because we can’t go anywhere. I was trying to cheer them up, and Selena asked to listen to Christmas music… and one thing led to another. So, even though we missed Leon Day, we celebrated Christmas in August! Since we’re moving, all of our stuff was easily accessible, so we even got out our stockings, a mini tree, and this little peg doll nativity set by HereComesBrotherSun!

One thing I always do on Christmas is make lots of candies. Since this was last minute and we couldn’t drive during the flooding, I looked for things I had around the house, and I had the supplies to make some simple 2 ingredient bark. It was delicious.

Hopefully the rain will stop soon and we can go back to our summer plans of going to the beach, playing by the river, traveling to nearby cities, and hiking, but until then, this little bit of magic is getting us through the storm.

Wooden peg doll nativity

Meanwhile, while the kids and I are making paper snowflakes, Nathan has been hard at work meeting with the builder so they can actually start building this tiny house. We’ve been planning for a year, and our dream is finally coming true.

Now I just have to convince the kids to let me take the stocking back down until Thanksgiving…

Happy Christmas!

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark / Milk Chocolate Mint Bark


  • White chocolate almond bark (find this in the grocery store near the other baking supplies, like flour. It’s not the same as white chocolate chips, because it has a little bit of oil in it, perfect fore making candy.)
  • Candy Canes or peppermints (crushed or blended in a food processor until it’s in little pieces.)OR

Put a piece of flat parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Slowly heat the chocolate in a small saucepan on low heat. Chocolate burns really easily and really quickly, so use very low heat and stir the entire time. Once it is mostly melted, turn it off and continue to stir until it is completely melted. For the candy cane bark, add crushed candy canes before pouring onto the parchment paper lined sheet. For the Andes mint, pour onto the sheet first, then add the mint, so they don’t melt.

Wait for it to cool. We stuck ours in the fridge because we were impatient.

Break apart, take an instagram photo, and enjoy!

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Tashina Monk is a hyperbolic know-it-all with three kids, a life partner and a cat. She writes on family topics including becoming debt-free, traveling, and healthy, conscious living.

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