Santa Baby

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.

snow on grass

Or the movie Frozen.

ice on rain chain

After 8 days of this mess, my driveway still looks like this.

ice ice ice dec. 2013

The chickens are not sure what to think about all this white stuff.


Path to the chicken coop

This is their first major snow and they are not about to come out of that coop.  Smart chickens.


It’s been so cold, I thought it would be nice to give them warm water mixed with their crumbles. Chicken oatmeal if you will.  They were not impressed with this concoction so I scrambled some eggs, mixed in the eggshells with some leftover cornbread, and took it to the coop.

chickens chickens

This was a hit!

I also didn’t want to forget about the other birds at the house, so I brought out the snowman feeder.

birds, snowman bird feeder snowman bird feeder, birds bird, snowman bird feeder

Then I went back in and began to cook.  I saw a recipe on the Taste of Home website for Peppermint Candy.  It was quick and easy and required less than five ingredients.  If you like Andes mints, you will love this recipe.

Peppermint Candy
2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 oz. almond bark (3 squares)
2-3 tsp. peppermint extract (I used 2)
3 drops green food coloring (optional) (I didn’t use this)

In a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and 1 c. sweetened condensed milk.

peppermint candy

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Spread half of mixture into a waxed paper lined 8″ square pan.

peppermint candy

Chill for 10 minutes or until firm.
In another pan, melt the almond bark and remaining milk over low heat until smooth.

peppermint candy

Remove from heat and add peppermint extract and food coloring. Spread over chilled chocolate layer.

peppermint candy

Return to refrigerator for another 10-15 minutes.
Warm remaining chocolate mixture and spread over mint layer. Chill for 2 hours.
Or eat it immediately with a spoon.
2 hours is a long time.

peppermint candy peppermint candy

Stay warm my friends!


fire, slippers sheldon

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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22 Responses to Santa Baby

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Brr! Our big cold snap has gone and we’re back in our normal winter lows in the 40’s drizzly rain business. Your chickens look very happy! “Or eat it immediately with a spoon.
    2 hours is a long time.” had me laughing out loud! Sounds like a good recipe! I got the indredients for Fluffy pink stuff but haven’t made it yet.


  2. Mags Corner says:

    Wow, you all do have lots of that frozen stuff. I just posted about a little sun we were having and just a few minutes ago it started sleeting. 😦 If I were those chickens I would stay in the coop too that stuff is cold. Stay warm and safe. Hugs


  3. Just think, if ya’ll had a snowplow blade for the truck or the tractor, you’d be all set (and other folks would pay for your help 🙂 ). Looks like you’re weathering the storm(s) just fine!


    • Usually it’s 50 or 60 degrees very soon after a snow. Not this time! Snowplows are few and far between around here although a local 4 wheeler shop is advertising plows for 4 wheelers. May have to look into this!


  4. Two hours … definitely a long time! 😉


  5. Hey, I thought Arkansas was supposed to be warm! Looks like you’ve got it worse than us right now. I love your snowman feeder. What have you got in there, sunflower? And is that a Tufted Titmouse with the Chickadee?


  6. bittster says:

    Yuck that snow sure doesn’t look too good. 50-60 degrees sounds a lot better!
    Is feeding scrambled eggs to chickens good? It sounds kind of twisted, like feeding icecream to cows…..
    I like the stove pic best of all!


    • I know. The first time I fed them egg shells, it felt so strange. Like they were cannibals. I’m not going to do this on a regular basis, but they do love eggs and shells and egg production has only slowed down a little. I’m the only one bringing in eggs to the local deli in town at this time, also. I must be doing something right!
      And the wood stove is my friend these days.


  7. Oh my, I’ve seen that movie Frozen and I think I got traumatized with that jump from the ski lift cable transport scene! Poor guy. Though, great post! I really enjoyed it. Happy Holidays!!


  8. I love your driveway! and I’m going to add your peppermint candy recipe to my list. Happy Holidays Brenda!


  9. The Dancing Rider says:

    Sweet, sweet photos – in more ways than one! The chickens looked very happy! As does kitty.


  10. I love your bird feeder – so cute! Stay warm! 🙂


  11. The Dancing Rider says:

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Please visit my “A Bit of Sunshine” entry to pick it up. Really enjoy this unique blog. 🙂


  12. We just got another foot but we are all plowed and ready to go….we all need a bit of warmer air and sunshine. I will have to try that candy…


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