Merry blessings to you on this Winter Solstice day!
It's a busy one for me - today is Cameron's last day at school and I'm working away on making things very special for when he returns.
On the Solstice we exchange handmade presents (so that our handmade efforts do not get overshadowed by shiny new things on Christmas day) and I we're both excited to show off what we've been making.
There are mince pies in the oven and this morning I made some extra special peppermint bark using a chocolate transfer sheet.
The transfer sheet has a design in chocolate already on it, you lay it out flat and spread melted chocolate over it, wait for it to cool and then peel back the sheet to reveal patterned chocolate - isn't that incredible! You can cut it into shapes and do all kinds of fancy things with it and the sheets come in a variety of designs, not just Christmassy ones, either.
(apologies for the dreadful photos, it's dark here this morning)
I used the chocolate transfer sheet for a base, spreading one layer of dark chocolate and leaving to set before adding white (waiting again) and then dark chocolate, covered with crushed peppermint candy canes.
With my errands done and the school term coming to an end, I'm looking forward to easing myself into a relaxed, stress-free Christmas and catching up with my boy. I'm giving myself the gift that I really need right now which is a bit of time off to potter around with no deadlines, schedules, lists or pressure. I shall be back here sometime around the new year but until then I wish you a very merry and magical Christmas x