Handmade Host(ess) Gift

Happy Humpday, babes. Today we are officially into the single digits (!) until Xmas day. WHAT. That means, if you haven't felt the pressure yet, you're either A- insane, or B- a much more cool, calm and collected person than me.

That said, there are still plenty of parties, last-minute get togethers, and whatnots to attend. You know, those things that typically involve bringing some sort of item if you don't want to look like a total heel. (And who wants to do that?) So today, I'm happy to present my solution to you - one that surely you can make at home in no time with things you already (should) have on hand. Chocolate Peppermint Bark. Hello?! Who doesn't love this stuff? By the way, spare me if you don't. We shouldn't be friends, then. Just kidding. Kind of. Can you tell I'm delirious? Anyway...

Seriously this couldn't be simpler. I like using a twofold chocolate approach to this - layering dark chocolate underneath peppermint infused white chocolate, but do you, boo. It's all about what's simple and convenient! Just melt your dark chocolate in a double boiler - you do know how to do that right? Or, in the microwave, but be CAREFUL if you dare do that. Chocolate goes from deliciously glossy and melted to scorched and burned and oh-god-no in seconds. Literally. Don't ask how I know. Then, simply pour your dark chocolate onto a baking sheet and spread it out. You could use an offset spatula, but I don't have one of those, so a silicone scraper or just a regular ol' butter knife works fine. Pop into the freezer about 8 minutes while you repeat the melting process with your white chocolate. If you're feeling fancy, stir in 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract, and then layer overtop your (mostly) set dark chocolate. Then, while the white chocolate is still liquidy, top with some crushed candy canes. I used the mini ones because they take me back to my redneck childhood upbringing. I must've eaten 20 of these a day back then. Seriously, it was a wonder I escaped my youth without any cavities. #humblebrag.

After both layers of chocolate are fully set, remove from your baking sheet and break into irregular pieces and place in a pretty serving bowl, tin, dish, or what have you. Guarantee any host or hostess would be happy to receive this fun n festive favor, and if they aren't, kindly send their rejected leftovers my way. Happy Merry! X

Father's Day Gift Guide

TGIF! The weekend is here. I hope you all have plans to spend some time with your old man this weekend. And whether its going for a round of golf, having a cold one, or just doing #DadStuff - you'd better show up with a gift in hand. Still struggling to find something good? Presenting our seriously last-minute gift guide. And get this - each rings in at 30 bucks or less!

1. Gap's Classic Polo - because what is more "Dad" than a polo shirt? Lucky for him, this one from Gap is new & improved, with a trimmer, more modern fit.
2. Wurkin Stiffs Magnetic Collar Stays - for when Dad goes back to work Monday and trades his polo for a suit & tie. These are a great combo of form and function. Besides, dads love gadgets right?
3. Timex Woven Band Watch - another great, inexpensive (and possibly much-needed) style upgrade for dad. Do we see a theme here??
4. Birchbox Men's Box - OK, so this one is technically $60 because you buy a 3-month package to start, but at only 20 bucks a month for deluxe grooming samples delivered right to his door, it takes the guesswork out of skincare for him. 
5. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - and classic, all-American craft brew. Perfect for some fun in the sun, or just hangin' out at home. A great all-the-time beer.

So there you have it! Happy Father's Day weekend, all. Get out there and have some fun with dad! X