Perfect Gift Ideas

Giving the perfect gift is not an easy task. There are things that I think should be followed when giving gifts.


The first thing I do when giving a gift is thinking about it carefully. Just giving money isn’t going to cut it, it sends a message that “Oh, I cant be bothered by to think much about you, here’s some money that’s what you’re worth to me”. The monetary value isn’t important, the thought is what counts.

For my nephews birthday I gave him the best bowfishing bow that I could afford. It wasn’t the best but he really appreciated it because he has been wanting one for over a year!

Seeing how happy he is, slowly unwrapping his gift, was all I could ever wish for.

So, spend some time thinking about whats the perfect gift you can give to someone. It’s not about the value of the gift, it’s the thought that counts. When giving, both the recipient and the donor are supposed to be happy. 🙂

How To Make Easter Candy Bark

I may be in big trouble for admitting this, but I rarely read the Pioneer Woman’s website because it makes me feel a) overwhelmed and b) little? Like my blog is little. But her blog is simply beautiful and she is a talented writer. I love her. I do!

When thinking of Easter dessert ideas, I went straight to PW’s site, and of course was led to another site, Gingerbread Bagels, that has this make your mouth water easter candy bark recipe.
Here’s how you make it, per Gingerbread Bagel’s original recipe.
(all photos this post are mine)

Easter Candy Bark

  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 7 ounces pink candy melts
  • 1/2 cup Spring Oreos -cut in half (they have a yellow center)
  • 1/4 cup Easter Candy Corn
  • 1/4 cup Mini Cadbury Eggs – cut in half (the hard shell ones)
  • 1/4 cup Mini Robin Eggs (malt balls/Whoppers)
  • 1/8 cup M&Ms (You can use whatever kind you like)

Measure out the candy and cookies. Set aside.

Lay out a large piece of parchment paper. You’ll use this to make the Easter Candy Bark on.

Put 8 ounces of semi sweet chocolate chips and 8 ounces of milk chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate chips but be careful not to overheat the chocolate.

Spread the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper into an 8 by 11 rectangle. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect.

In a microwavable bowl, melt the pink candy melts. (you can use whatever color you like). Be careful not to overheat the candy melts. Drop the melted candy melts on top of the chocolate.

Using a knife, swirl it up and down. Then swirl it back and forth.

Place the candy and cookies on the melted chocolate/candy melts. Press down lightly.

Allow the Easter Candy Bark to dry for at least 3 hours. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Now that I understand the basics of “bark” I just might be hooked on making it all the time. Please note I refrigerated mine overnight, as it wasn’t hardening up enough on the counter. Also, I used a baking sheet because I was out of parchment. It broke/popped out just fine.

It is important to have a freezer( freezerless refrigerators works great) to store your desserts after. And because no holiday is complete without cupcakes, W & I whipped up some cupcakes. He “helped” decorate by putting his finger into the frosting (and licking it) each one. Guess we can’t share now.

Shoot.