Scanning Twitter this morning I saw a tweet stating that Christmas Eve is just 10 days away. 10 days?? How could I not have realized that the day was drawing so close? I still have packages to mail, cards to address, cookies to bake and holiday spirit to find.
This year has been difficult for me to find that "Christmas" spirit, and frankly it doesn't really feel much like the holiday season. I guess living in San Diego might have a bit to do with it with our temperate weather, or perhaps it's the fact that Costco has had Christmas lights and trees for sale since August. Whatever the reason, I'm just not feeling it.
Liv, however, is quite the opposite. Her room is decorated with any leftover lights she can find, her stocking has been hung by the fireplace with care and this year she has had a bit of a change regarding Christmas gifts. Usually her main priority is making a list of things she wants, but this year her priority has switched to a list of things she wants to give.
Yesterday we spent her day off from dance rehearsals preparing Peppermint Bark as well as these adorable Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops as treats for her friends at dance class. Simple ingredients make these little guys easy to put together and with a cute factor off the scale, they were a total hit with the girls this afternoon.
A wonderful idea for treats for a crowd, we simply packaged them in clear cellophane bags, added a printed wish for a "Candylicious Christmas" and tied it all with pretty red ribbon.
Watching her pop out of the car, candy cane striped socks up to her knees, she was instantly surrounded by a group of smiling girls as she passed out the treats. And the warmth on her face? It just may have done it. I got that little feeling in my stomach as my heart swelled by leaps and bounds. I think I might be feeling it...
Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops
Created with Love, by Liv
1 child to crush candy canes (optional, but fun)
mini candy canes
melted chocolate (we use Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate block)
crushed candy canes
Stick a mini candy cane into the large marshmallow. Dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate, allow excess chocolate to drip off, then roll into the crushed candy cane. Place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet and allow to set.
Liv Life Note: I found that using food handling gloves helped with this project as the candy cane can get a bit sticky.