Last night my boyfriend and I were searching for a movie to watch and we settled on The Family Stone—one of my all time favorite Christmas movies. After the movie, I got to thinking about how many classic holiday films there are. So for today’s post I decided to share my top 10 Christmas movies of all time. In no particular order…
1. Frosty the Snowman
2. It’s a Wonderful Life
3. Miracle on 34th Street
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
5. Home Alone
6. The Family Stone
7. Love Actually
9. The Polar Express
10. The Santa Clause
Do you have a favorite Christmas film?
The peppermint bark recipe that I made for the eleventh day of Christmas couldn’t be any easier. You don’t even have to turn on your oven. All you need is your stove and the freezer and you’re set. With the simplicity of the ingredients and preparation, this is the perfect item to make for friends and family as a gift.
1 package white chocolate chips
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
4 regular sized candy bars
Place candy canes in a plastic bag and wrap with a dish towel. Using a heavy pan or a rolling pin, smash candy canes to little bits.
Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a double boiler. Add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract and spread chocolate on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper to about a 13 x 17 inch rectangle. Place tray in the freezer to set chocolate.
Meanwhile, melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler. Stir in 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Remove semi-sweet chocolate from the freezer. Spread white chocolate over the top of the semi-sweet chocolate, all the way to the edges. Sprinkle with chopped candy cane bits and press them in slightly to make sure they stick. Return the pan to the freezer for about 15-30 minutes, or until chocolate is set. Snap candy into large shards and package as desired.
Heather’s Helpful Hints
Many recipes require the use of a double boiler to melt chocolate or to heat delicate sauces without scorching them. Rather than spending your money and taking up valuable cabinet space with an extra cooking vessel, make your own double boiler using simple tools that you have around your house. First, select a large pot and fill it with 1 to 2 inches of water and place it over low to medium heat until the water begins to simmer. Choose a bowl that has a diameter larger than that of your pot and place it on top. Make sure that your bowl does not fall into the pot or touch the simmering water. Place your chocolate, sauce or other substance into the bowl and let the steam heat the bottom of the bowl.