Sunday, December 9, 2007


Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
Hamilton Wright Mabie

The tree went up, the last of vacation laundry and unpacking finally was taken care of, and I am settled again. I had gone to get a few things early this am and as I went into the grocery store, there was a young guy panhandling. Normally, I tend to not give direct money as we have so many persons here doing it and it becomes impossible to pick/choose individuals to give to. However, there was something about him that stayed with me while I was shopping and I decided to trust my feelings about helping him. So on my way out I gave him some money and it was as if a star had lit up in his eyes and I felt a sense of appreciation from him that was amazing. I think in the end I was the one who was blessed by having encountered him. I hope whatever his story is, life improves for him.

Peppermint Bark

12 oz. of high-quality white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
5 regular sized candy canes, crushed up
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract

1. Break up peppermint candy into little pieces. Melt the chocolate according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once melted, add the peppermint extract and stir.
2. Pour the melted chocolate out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and spread out with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle the peppermint candy chunks on to the chocolate and gently press them in with yours hands.
3. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes or until hardened. Break into pieces and serve or store in the fridge in an airtight container.

George Winston, "Thanksgiving" from his December album:

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