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Our Daughter’s Bedroom for Christmas

Talk of the House - a girlOne last weekend before Christmas is upon us. The span of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has whizzed by this year! (And yes, my to-do list is still miles long.) I hope to bring you a few short Christmas posts in the coming days as this year draws to a close. (That way you and I can both still enjoy blogs and have time to get things done on our to-do lists!)  Our daughter’s room is decorated much as it was last year, but since her room was redecorated this past year with new bed linens and drapes (and had the furniture rearranged), it looks a little different.  This is the view as you come in the door.

Talk of the House - girlI was able to use the same snow themed throw pillows on the bed this year (and I think they look better with these linens than they did with the previous ones.:))

Talk of the House - bunkbeds at Christmas

Talk of the House - bed pillows at Christmas

The desk has a jar of snowballs again, (and our temperature here this weekend is supposed to be in the 70’s. Real Christmas-y, right?)

Talk of the House - snowballs in desk jar

Talk of the House - girlA Hallmark cookie dish holds books on the table by her black checked chair. (I put the books there in the hopes of persuading her to start the Jan Karon books over the holidays.)

Talk of the House - daughterRed mittens and another jar of snowballs are back on the dresser again.

Talk of the House - dresser vignette in girlAnd the garland above the window has red mittens and little white lights that stay on 24/7.  They are our daughter’s favorite part of the Christmas decorations!

Talk of the House - Christmas garland in girlAnd that is all there is to see in our daughter’s room this holiday season.  Don’t open that closet door…it is full of all the things she brought home for her break from college. During her final exam week, a couple of boys up on the 4th floor of her dorm were playing around and accidentally knocked off the head of one of the sprinkler system shower heads.  They could not get the water turned off for a while, and it flooded the dorm. Yes, flooded. My daughter said the water was flowing down the stairwells!  She is on the second floor, and water was coming out of the lights on that floor.  So they had to vacate the building (yes, during final exam week!)  Such is the exciting life of a college student.:)

One last school day and it will officially be our Christmas holidays!  My morning duty is unloading the cars full of children and greeting them all with a “Good Morning!” You could feel their excitement Thursday morning, so I know Friday will be a lot of fun. (The teachers are just as excited!)  I will want a looooong soak here on Friday night.

Talk of the House master bathroom with wreath for ChristmasHave a wonderful day, and think of all the teachers, students, and school bus drivers on this very high energy day.

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Patty - December 20, 2013 - 2:02 am

Stunning red for the holidays. Beautiful room and a blessed daughter that gets to come home to this comfort and joy. Kelly, when you publish a decorating book make sure this room is included. Your talent is amazing. Merry Christmas and May God bless you this coming year with your hearts desires.

Stephanie - December 20, 2013 - 7:33 am

wonderful room, very inspirational! How do you make those snowballs? We never have snow where we live, I could make my own!

Gail - December 20, 2013 - 8:17 am

Kelly: This is one of the most inviting rooms for Christmas I have ever seen. Your daughter will be sure to come back home whenever she can. What a wonderful gift you have for decorating! And the bathroom is awesome! Hope you find time to relax and soak in that tub; I so envy you. Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas and a healthy, prosperous New Year. You’ve been such a blessing to all of us who were fortunate enough to have found your blog!

Louvina - December 20, 2013 - 8:30 am

I don’t know what is best— waking up to one of your posts or viewing one before I fall asleep?!:) but this one really blessed my soul! Maybe because I have 2 daughters and a Grandaughter — but I just love seeing girl’s room and this one is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us during this very hectic week for you and ALL teachers! Believe it or not– I still miss my days of teaching especially during the holidays. Just love seeing the joy of Christmas and life through their eyes! Merry Christmas, Kelly— and thank you for all the JOY you have spread thru your blog! Looking forward to another year of Blog Friendship!:)

Katrina - December 20, 2013 - 8:37 am

Ahh.. the day before Christmas break begins…for the past 30 years one of my very favorite school teacher days!!!
I just love your house, Kelly!!! I hope that you have a long warm relaxing bath in that beautiful bathroom this weekend!!!
Merry Christmas!!!

Jayne - December 20, 2013 - 9:03 am

I have garland on my daughter’s bedroom window as well. It needs a touch of red and I love the red mitten idea. I think I might put the mittens on the ends and hat in the middle. I may even get a scarf in there somehow.
I know you are so excited for the Christmas break. I will pray for you, and all teachers, on this last day of school. Enjoy your holidays. Merry Christmas!

sherri - December 20, 2013 - 9:06 am

again…such a cheerful room. got my morning started out happy!

KellyinPA - December 20, 2013 - 9:20 am

I love the red, white and khaki combo:) I’m sure your daughter is looking forward to coming home from the craziness of college life to her own little sanctuary in your home. What a blessing:)I hope you have a wonderful last day before Christmas vacation. I stopped in to see my grands (6,4, 2 and 9mos) yesterday and they were literally little jumping jacks, so excited!! I hugged their mama when I left. She will need a great deal of grace over the next week;)

Barb - December 20, 2013 - 9:22 am

Our daughter is coming home (weather permitting) tomorrow. You’ve inspired me to add some Christmas lights to her room. Looks great! I love the part of your post describing the excitement of the kids at school. Who can’t remember that feeling?! Merry Christmas!

karen - December 20, 2013 - 9:24 am

Her room is so pretty and I love to keep all my Christmas lights on too…Have a very Merry Christmas! :)

Sue - December 20, 2013 - 9:41 am

All the retired teachers know the excitement of this day. My daughter is the family teacher now and she is looking forward to this nice long holiday as I know you are. We teachers always loved Christmas on a Wednesday. Have a wonderful holiday.

Kim - December 20, 2013 - 9:41 am

Your home is lovely! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas

khaki salmon - December 20, 2013 - 9:49 am

Gorgeous! Do you EVER sleep? :)

Jill - December 20, 2013 - 10:03 am

What a lucky daughter to get a room decorated so cute for Christmas! I would leave those lights on 24/7 too!
Today is my kid’s last day of school also. They were so excited this morning about having parties, watching movies, eating goodies, and passing out the almond toffee we made to all their teachers.
I better get busy wrapping gifts before they get home! Hope you have an enjoyable break, Kelly!

Polly in KS - December 20, 2013 - 10:19 am

**sigh** Your daughter’s room is simply gorgeous. I am a school nurse and I for one am so very glad today is the last day of school for awhile. Too much sickness going around! Get these students home so they can recuperate. Anyway – I am so looking forward to shortening my To-Do List while on winter break – yippee!

Kelly and readers – Have a happy one!

Debra - December 20, 2013 - 10:25 am

Oh Kelly, you are amazing! I am sipping my coffee and just checking a few blogs,(yours always) and here we are ..ANOTHER POST! Your feet must be moving in your sleep and your coffee cup always full. Your daughter is one lucky girl. Her room is adorable and I just love all your touches. You definitely are of simple mind and all heart. I love the bunk beds, as they bring back memories for me. As a child I had a bunk bed too. So fun and even better yet when a friend sleeps over. Well, I have twin grandchildren and only have a iron trundle for now, but I am thinking bunk beds for the future. Thanks for the beautiful inspire. I have to agree with others here, in that I hope you find time to take a relaxing bath in your wonderful claw foot tub. Enjoy your break..

Kaye Ann - December 20, 2013 - 11:29 am

I love the red comforters on the beds. I’m a total “red” fan too. So very sweet. I’d love to come over and take a soak in your tub! HaHa!

Martha - December 20, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Beautiful room!!! My daughter used to tease me about my obsession with red, but now that she is all grown up with her own home, she has fallen in love with red too. I think it is in our DNA. I love the red mittens….I had just noticed that the red wool gloves I had thrown on the kitchen table looked pretty there and then I read this…..see, great minds!!!
My daughter teaches kindergarten and her last day was Wed…..she always does a Christmas breakfast for her students the last day. She brings her griddle and makes snowman pancakes…it is a lot of fun(and trouble) and she was more than glad to see those sweet (wild) kiddos leave….

Marianne in Mo. - December 20, 2013 - 12:52 pm

I love the colors in this room. I may have to steal the scheme for one of my guest rooms. ;-))
What a mess those kids must have had at the dorm, I can’t imagine! Hope she did well on finals in spite of that!
By the time you see this, your last day will be behind you, and possibly that long soak as well. Now you can concentrate on all the last minute things. Have a wonderful day!

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Garden, Home and Party - December 20, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Your daughter’s room looks so festive and cozy. I love the garland over the window. You always bring the season into each of your rooms, something that has inspired me this past year of following your posts.
Enjoy your break. That tub should do the trick this evening. :D

Sherri - December 20, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Love, love, love!

Theresa in Nebraska - December 20, 2013 - 6:46 pm

Just beautiful! I love that garland.
Enjoy your time off. My daughter teaches high school and she is soooo ready for that break!

Susie in MO - December 20, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Enjoy Christmas break! I know THIS teacher is ready. My daughter and new son-in-law will be home from FL Monday and I will make sure to put a lighted tree in their (her old…) bedroom to keep it festive :-), thanks for the inspiration, as always.

Brandi D. - December 20, 2013 - 10:21 pm

I liked your daughter’s room before, but I LOVE it now. And so do my daughters! We are slowly redoing their room, but I can’t imagine it ever being as put together and serene as your daughter’s room. With three girls all in one tiny space… well, you can imagine.

My favorite part is that it’s all decorated for the holidays. I remember, as a little girl, watching the movie Prancer and being so excited to see the main character cutting reindeer out of a magazine to string across her window. I was the same way, always wanting my room (that I shared with my younger brother until I was 10) to be a festive respite from the world. I hope to evoke that same feeling for my girls.

I hope you have a relaxing Christmas break. :)

DeeDee - December 21, 2013 - 9:51 am


The changes made to your daughters room are beautiful & I love the toned down and more grown-up look! She must really look forward to coming home and relaxing in this sanctuary :) I’m not a “red” person, but I love, love love this room- job, well done! I think you deserve a cocktail while taking that long soak :)

Merry Christmas!

Michele - December 21, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Kelly, it looks great! What a beautiful, cozy room!
My daughter (7) happened to peek over my shoulder while I was looking at your pictures, and she’d be ready to move right in!

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - December 22, 2013 - 7:13 pm

I love what you have done with her room!!! I am SURE she felt loved and your anticipation to see her when she saw her room. While I am on break from school this holiday we are doing a “shifting of bedrooms………..” but I am loving the purging and redecorating process. I am using your daughters bedroom as some inspiration…’s beautiful!!!

phyllis - December 23, 2013 - 9:06 am

I can’t stop looking at this!

You truly are a decorator. Somebody is going to see your blog and try to court you away from teaching!

I’ve enjoyed all your Christmas posts!!
Merry Christmas, Kelly :)

Kelly - December 31, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Well, your daughter’s room is just the cutest! I pinned the picture of the window with the garland so I can refer to it next year. Did you get it somewhere special, or is it something I (NOT a DIY-er!) can do myself? I want to decorate for Christmas again already!

Kelly, your style is more traditional than mine, but I adore your house. I love seeing the pictures and reading your words, and I always feel uplifted after reading your blog. I didn’t quite know why until I read this post: your home oozes with love and care for your family. The love practically leaps out of the screen. Everything you do in your decorating envelops your home with warmth. I think it would feel like the house was hugging me if I came to visit!

Thank you for talking about your house and others on this blog. Your little Talk of the House community adores you. :)
Kelly, What a super sweet comment! I hope the house does ooze with love and care. It is a very traditionally styled home, but it has taken years of trying out different styles before coming to this particular “look” that seems to work best around here.
As far as the garland in daughter’s room, I bought the fake green cedar garland unadorned from a local shop. Unfortunately, they do not carry it anymore, and I have never seen it anywhere else. It really does look like cedar. I added the lights, bows, and mittens which could be done with any artificial (or real) garland. I am so glad that you like it.
Thank you so much for reading the posts and leaving such kind comments. I hope the new year holds many blessings for you!

Kelly - December 31, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Oops – can’t edit. I pinned the picture of the window with the *garland* not garden. :)

Peppermint Ice Cream Pie for a Christmas Dessert

Talk of the House - peppermint ice cream pie with candyMy goodness what peppermint lovers many of you are! I promised you a recipe for my peppermint dessert, so that is what I want to share today.  You are probably already familiar with this recipe, but just in case there is one person out there who isn’t, this easy one is for you.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1/3 cup butter, a 14.3 oz. package of Oreos,  York Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Sundae syrup, 1.5 qt. container of vanilla ice cream (thawed), 10 oz. crushed peppermint candy, 8 oz. Cool Whip (thawed), 7.25 oz. chocolate Magic Shell , whipped cream

Talk of the House - peppermint ice cream pie ingredients

First, place 30 Oreos in a zip lock bag, and crush them.

Talk of the House - peppermint ice cream pie crushed oreos

Next melt the butter in a 9 x 13 in. dish.  Add the Oreos, and mix them well with the butter.  Press into the bottom of the dish to form the crust.

Talk of the House - peppermint ice cream pie crustNext, squirt some of the York Sundae syrup all over the crust layer.  Then dump the ice cream and Cool Whip into a large mixing bowl.  Stir together.  Crush the remaining Oreos from the package, and add them to the ice cream mix.  Then add in the peppermint pieces (save a little to garnish with later,) and mix together.

Talk of the House - peppermint ice cream pie batterPour the ice cream mixture into the dish with the chocolate crust.

Talk of the House - peppermint ice cream pie ready for freezerCover with plastic wrap and freeze. After an hour, squirt the Magic Shell over the top of the dish and sprinkle with more crushed peppermint pieces.  Recover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm.

Talk of the House - peppermint ice cream pieTo serve: cut slices, top with whipped cream, drizzle with more York Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Sundae syrup, and add a few pieces of crushed peppermint candy.

Talk of the House - peppermint ice cream pie sliceIt looks messy, but that combination of peppermint and chocolate is heavenly! Here is the recipe in case you would like to have it.

Talk of the House - recipe for Peppermint Ice Cream pie

And finally, you might be wondering who won the Pottery Barn gift card.  Well, let’s take care of that while we are here.:)The winning number for this giveaway was…winning number 196

And the 196th comment was this one:

winning commentCongratulations Terry!  I will be getting in touch with you soon to get your gift card to you.  (I wish I could have given every one of you sweet readers one!)

Our last week of school before the Christmas break is in full force here, and the excitement level of the students high (to put it mildly! :)) I am looking forward to our break next week.  We will be spending the holidays just relaxing here at home with family, except for our middle son who will be traveling to the West Coast on Christmas Eve.  Will you be traveling for Christmas?  If so, we would love to know where you are headed!

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Jayne - December 18, 2013 - 12:17 am

That looks so good! Enjoy your last week! I know Friday will be wild!
Thanks Jayne! Yes, Friday will be VERY wild.

Sally - December 18, 2013 - 12:21 am

This sounds delicious Kelly! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
You would really like it Sally! Add it to your chocolate-peppermint collection. :)

Nana Diana - December 18, 2013 - 2:17 am

I am SOOOO making this for Christmas! Thanks!!!! xo Diana
Great Diana! It is a big hit, especially if you have children and teenagers around. :)

Karen - December 18, 2013 - 6:14 am

Congratulations to Terry. I’m going to have to add that pie recipe to my Pinterest Christmas dessert page. Thanks Kelly!
I am glad you like it, Karen. Please do add it to your pinterest board. I am thrilled when you all share your blog love there!

Katrina - December 18, 2013 - 8:07 am

Well I must be the ONE person who does not have this recipe and I am thrilled to get it!!! I am going to make it for Christmas Eve. What grocery store do you get the York Peppermint Chocolate Sauce from? I don’t think I have ever seen it. Thanks for sharing and remember just 2 more days of school after today!!!
We will be right at home over Christmas!

KellyinPA - December 18, 2013 - 8:12 am

Ah, this recipe makes this dairy free girl long to NOT be dairy free!;) Looks so yummy! We help with our church’s kids club on Wednesday nights and I already know they will be jumping off the walls with excitement tonight:) Hang in there, Kelly!Christmas vacation is right around the corner:)

Louvina - December 18, 2013 - 8:34 am

Congrats to Terry! Your giveaways are always so fun!! I think I will make your pie for my daughter– she loves peppermint. We are not going anywhere — the family comes here at the lake. After Christmas we have a surprise trip to EPCOT to see an Amy Grant concert. Weather has been cool but heading back up to the 80’s this weekend! Guess there won’t be any snow for Christmas this year!;)

Jill - December 18, 2013 - 8:56 am

WOW, that looks good!! :D
We don’t travel for Christmas….just “over the river and through the woods” to Grandma’s and Nana’s houses on Christmas Day. We do travel to West Virginia to spend New Years with some good friends though.

Polly in KS - December 18, 2013 - 8:59 am

WOW! The Peppermint Ice Cream Pie looks so delicious. I can’t wait to make it AND eat it. For church tonight I’ve made the Heath Brickle dip with apples and the Hot Christmas Punch and can’t wait to try them and hear all the wonderful comments – I’ll let you know what is said. Thanks so much for another wonderful recipe.

My family and I are staying home (weather is normally really bad and we don’t like to travel during bad weather) especially after just returning from San Antonio, TX/Lackland AFB. Hoorah to all family members who will be without their loved ones during this holiday season (or should I say boo hoo?)

Garden, Home and Party - December 18, 2013 - 9:16 am

That dessert looks elegant and delicious and I’m thrilled to see how easy it is! My kind of recipe.
We’re home for Christmas and our Austin son, wife and granddaughter and flying to us to celebrate. I’m sure this will be a Christmas to remember with a 3 year old in the house. :D
Merry Christmas and enjoy your time off with your lovely family.

Dawn - December 18, 2013 - 10:13 am


Thank you so much for the recipe! I WILL be making this for Christmas eve dinner! We won’t be traveling for Christmas. Both sets of parents live in the same area we do. I am looking forward to seeing all of the siblings who will be traveling here to see us though!

Three more days of school here also. The kids are quite wound up around here too. It’s all part of the Christmas season!

Marianne in Mo. - December 18, 2013 - 11:07 am

Kelly, that looks yummy! We will have Christmas at our house, but already have so many sweets here, I don’t plan to make a dessert. That doesn’t mean my sister-in-law won’t arrive with one, she’s notorious for bringing something when I tell her it isn’t needed!
I may save this recipe for our next neighborhood gathering, where 8 couples do a pot luck dinner. It will be for Valentine’s Day, and I think this will fit right in, because it’s usually Mexican that night! This will cool things down!

Barbara (WA) - December 18, 2013 - 11:23 am

I’ve been shaking my head in wonder, Kelly. We will be home at our table surrounded by people we didn’t even know existed last year at this time!! Our new DIL and grandson, our other sons girlfriend and her parents. For years and years it was just the 4 os us (our sons are in their 30’s) and we loved it. At the same time we wondered when that would change – and BANG, it changed suddenly and it’s going to be so fun!

Our Learning - December 18, 2013 - 5:02 pm

This looks like a great dessert! I’ve so enjoyed seeing all of your creative ways to prepare your home for Christmas this year. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

Debra - December 18, 2013 - 9:31 pm

This looks easy enough to make and oh so delicious. I will have to try this. We will be staying home for Christmas, as we are hosting with a dinner of ham and many wonderful sides. Our twin grandchildren, Joseph and Giada (daddy is Italian) just turned two on the 15th, so it will be a Christmas with all the more “eyes of wonder”. They are so fun and such busy little ones. Safe travels for your son, and may you all have a wonderful Christmas at home too, Kelly!

Susie in MO - December 19, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Traveling to my basement to spend time with my sewing machine…after I unearth it from the pile of stuff that its hiding under! Blessed Christmas to you and yours, Kelly.

Lori - December 19, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Congrats to Terry! This recipe looks heavenly. And yes…the kids are off the hook at school this week. One…more…day! Phew! :)

Christmas Favorites: All Things Peppermint (and last chance for the Pottery Barn gift card giveaway!)

Talk of the House candy canes in mug

After looking at the family room the other day you can tell that I am a big fan of peppermint.  This goes waaaaay back.  When I was a little girl, my family would go to Howard Johnson’s restaurant for ice cream.  I would always get mint chocolate chip.  Loved that combination of fresh mint with yummy chocolate!  For some reason, this delicious combination seems to be very popular at Christmas time…must have something to do with all the candy canes!  So I want to share a few recipe links with you, and you can indulge yourself in peppermint goodness this holiday season. (And it will give you one last chance to get in another entry for the Pottery Barn gift card. :))

Let’s start with these Dark Chocolate Meringues…as gorgeous as they are delicious.

dark chocolate meringues via

 Or would you prefer these Homemade Peppermint Patties?

homemade peppermint patties via

Isn’t this Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake over-the-top impressive?

peppermint brownie ice cream cake via

Or let’s go one step further with the peppermint and brownie combo and mix in cheesecake with it.

peppermint brownie cheesecake pie via

They also have a recipe for an Oreo Peppermint Crunch cookie that sounds divine!

oreo peppermint crunch cookies via

Here is another cookie that I would like to try:  Peppermint Millionaires’ Shortbread. Shortbread anything sounds good to me!

peppermint millionaires' shortbread via

Now how about a peppermint recipe for something that you can use on many things this Christmas season Peppermint Whipped Cream!

peppermint whipped cream via

In fact, you could use it on this Peppermint Drinking Chocolate.  Doesn’t it look seriously rich??

vegan peppermint drinking chocolate via

And here is a recipe for a homemade hot cocoa mix with peppermint whipped cream…perfect for gift giving!  (Check out her link to her Snowed In magazine, too.  Very cute ideas!)

homemade hot cocoa mix recipe with peppermint whipped cream via

Did you know that Williams-Sonoma has started a tumblr page dedicated strictly to peppermint?? Check it out here.  (I love the header on the page!)

Williams Sonoma tumblr peppermintbark

They also have a fantastic giveaway going on (even better than mine!) You can win 9 items from their Peppermint Bark collection, including that precious Peppermint Bark tray that is currently sold out online (darn it!).  I would be in peppermint heaven with that prize!  The giveaway is through Instagram, so check it out on their blog.

Williams Sonoma peppermint bark giveaway on

And finally, I am going to extend the deadline to enter my drawing for a $25 Pottery Barn gift card until midnight, Monday 12/16/2013 since I am so late getting this post out.  (Busy weekend!)  Just leave a comment on any of the last three Christmas Favorites posts (that includes this one) that have published since 12/10/2013 for a chance to win.  Remember you may enter on each post, but only one comment per post please.

PB gift

Your comments, as always, have been wonderful to read on the last 2 posts!  I have loved reading about the lights on your Christmas trees, and it seems that women like little white lights, but children and men like colored lights.:) Since you do such a great job answering my questions, I will leave you with one about peppermint tonight…

Do you make a special dessert with peppermint during the holidays?

I remember from your comments on another post that Sally makes amazing Peppermint Patty Brownies (her link is here,) and Judy makes a Peppermint Ice Cream pie with a chocolate cookie crust that her family loves.  I make a version of a peppermint ice cream pie too and will be sharing my recipe with you soon.

Talk of the House peppermint ice cream pie

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Terry - December 15, 2013 - 10:45 pm

I don’t usually make anything peppermint at Christmas, but i think I’m going to need to start!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - December 15, 2013 - 10:46 pm

I love peppermint too! I made chocolate peppermint cookies for a cookie exchange party a couple years ago and they were delicious! I made sure I saved a bunch for myself.

Sally - December 15, 2013 - 10:50 pm

YAY! I love ANYthing peppermint. Thanks for the info on the W&S giveaway Kelly! ~Sally

Stacey Y. - December 15, 2013 - 10:51 pm

I love peppermint anything! However, I’ve unfortunately discovered that if I eat too much peppermint, I break out in an itching frenzy! Now my motto is peppermint in moderation!

Louvina - December 15, 2013 - 10:55 pm

Just checked in to see if you had a new post and “mercy” there it was! All those peppermint goodies look so good! I really don’t have a special recipe with peppermint but have been wanting to make my own peppermint ice cream for my daughter because she loves it and it is difficult to find here in the stores. There is also a peppermint bark recipe that sounds easy. Guess I will go to bed tonight and see visions of peppermint in my dreams!!

Lonna Berridge - December 15, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Don’t have a history of making peppermint goodes, but have a recipe for peppermint patties that are delicious. Time to try them!

Pippa Griffin - December 15, 2013 - 11:03 pm

Not necessarily a dessert, but I do make peppermint hot cocoa and
I’ve made homemade peppermint swirl marshmallows to go in regular hot cocoa as well.

Think I need to make some peppermint bark as well this year based on your inspiration.

Hugs, Pippa

Donnamae - December 15, 2013 - 11:12 pm

I haven’t made anything with peppermint….but might have to start! ;)

Carol in PA - December 15, 2013 - 11:15 pm

My favorite is to stir my hot chocolate with a peppermint stick, but I am also partial to Candy Cane Tootsie Roll Pops! I may need to try some of your peppermint recipes… thanks for sharing.

Sharon Heinzel - December 15, 2013 - 11:21 pm

I have a metal mold that I use to make white chocolate peppermint snowmen and give as gifts!

Jean - December 15, 2013 - 11:30 pm

Yumm! Yumm! Yumm! I love all things peppermint, especially during the holidays. Your posts look as tasty as I’m sure they taste. Thanks!

Linda@Lime in the Coconut - December 15, 2013 - 11:41 pm

Killer post! I am really wanting all things peppermint at this moment :)

Katina - December 15, 2013 - 11:47 pm

Hi Kelly, thanks for sharing my Peppermint Millionaires’ Shortbread recipe! Love all the other links – you can never have too much pepperminty goodness over the holiday season! :)

Marken - December 15, 2013 - 11:47 pm

I really like peppermint ice cream, though it can be hard to find. The dark chocolate meringues look so festive, I might have to try those.

Lynda Lamon - December 16, 2013 - 12:05 am

Looking forward to making some of your recipes!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Colleen - December 16, 2013 - 12:06 am

Girl Scout Cookie Hot Cocao with peppermint schnapps is a fun winter drink. On a more innocent note…my oldest son is really my only child that loves peppermint so I always make a point of putting some andes mints or york peppermint patties in his stocking. :)

Nana Diana - December 16, 2013 - 12:12 am

Well- IF my ovens were working (don’t ask) I would be making a Peppermint Sundae Brownie Cake-served with ice cream. This was a great post and I really like the idea of the Peppermint Whipped Cream- xo Diana

Debra - December 16, 2013 - 12:18 am

Ok, confession. I have been checking back the last two days too and wondering what your new topic would be for your post. Oh Lord, talk about Peppermint Goodness!! Those pictures are making me drool. Yes Kelly, I have served just regular brownies adorned with mint chocolate chip ice cream, lots of whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top at Christmas. Presentation was always on a doily adorned glass plate. I also have a small vintage milk bottle filled with chocolate covered peppermint sticks by my coffee maker. Ask me what coffee creamer I have been using for the last couple of weeks and I would answer with “Nestle Coffee Mate Peppermint Mocha”. Oh so good. Have you tried it? My mother shared with me when I was younger, that my great great grandmother would often take a peppermint candy, place it between her teeth and sip her coffee to have the pleasure of a flavored coffee. (smile) How cute is that? I, like you Kelly, say YES..TO PEPPERMINT!

Barbara (WA) - December 16, 2013 - 12:25 am

I don’t make anything with peppermint but I like to buy peppermint ice cream this time of year! That reminds me, I haven’t done so yet, hmm. . .

Linda - December 16, 2013 - 1:18 am

Although I love candy canes, I don’t have any favorite peppermint dessert recipes…until now! Thank you for the wonderful holiday dessert ideas!

Polly in KS - December 16, 2013 - 2:01 am

I love peppermint, but only in moderation and not too strong tasting. The recipes you blogged look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try them ALL. I’ve been wanting to try out the Peppermint Bark goodies from William Sonoma, but haven’t simply because I’m afraid they might be too strong. I need to “woman up” and just try them. They do look good and I love the tins!

Karen - December 16, 2013 - 6:09 am

I have made peppermint bark for gifts in the past but have done much lately….I do Christmas decorating here and there with peppermint though…

Sandy - December 16, 2013 - 7:39 am

I make peppermint bark and I love all things peppermint. I was just out searching for peppermint ice cream on Saturday night because I “needed” to have peppermint.

Linda Strickler - December 16, 2013 - 7:43 am

I have not made anything peppermint yet, but I love peppermint bark. I would love a easy recipes to make it. Again thank you for inspiring us with your lovely home.

Arlene@Nanaland - December 16, 2013 - 7:59 am

I am not a big peppermint fan myself but my hubs is! I am more of a chocolate girl myself! I am loving all the pictures of everyone’s Christmas decor. I am already beginning to plan some January decor so my house will not look so barren after the Christmas things are put away. I love BLING!!

Kaye Ann - December 16, 2013 - 8:28 am

I love peppermint mocha. I just brew my coffee, add a good amount of creme, and a couple peppermint and white chocolate Hersey’s Kisses. OH, just about as good as Starbucks!! Thank you for opening up your home to us each and everyday!!!

Anne from Atlanta - December 16, 2013 - 8:41 am

Hi Kelly–Peppermint and Christmas just go together. We make a peppermint bark to give as gifts (otherwise I would eat it all!) Thanks for the great recipes.

Sherry Lykins - December 16, 2013 - 8:43 am

Would love to try the peppermint patties!!

Garden, Home and Party - December 16, 2013 - 8:49 am

I love peppermint treats and peppermint bark is probably one of my favorites…that is, until I read this post. There are at least 2 recipes above that I will have try. Both of our sons loved mint chocolate chip ice cream growing up. Those meringue cookies are so darn cute.
I’m excited to know about the Williams Sonoma site. I’m headed over there now…even though I should be wrapping presents. :D

Kathy - December 16, 2013 - 8:57 am

As I child, I did not like peppermint but I am liking it more now. I actually like the way it looks more than the way it tastes. (Sorry!) At a dinner party over the weekend I had peppermint ice cream with warm chocolate syrup poured over the top. That was pretty yummy! I sure would love to win the give-away!

Sally - December 16, 2013 - 9:01 am

And p.s…. Thanks for the recipe mention!! Jill called me this morning to ask if I saw it — and after my panic last night in not being able to see your blog, I totally didn’t even scroll all the way to the end to see my name. LOL (In my defense, it was past my bedtime. Yeah, let’s go with that.) Thanks Kelly. Have a great day! xo ~Sally

Darla - December 16, 2013 - 9:06 am

I don’t make any special peppermint desserts, but I almost always put a squeeze or two of mint syrup in my coffee. I love peppermint anything.

Lori Hall - December 16, 2013 - 9:12 am

Well…now I am good and hungry! I made peppermint fudge one year…it was wonderful and everyone really seemed to enjoy it. Hmmm….I think I’m going to have to find that recipe! : )

Cheri - December 16, 2013 - 9:21 am

I sometimes make a peppermint chocolate chip cookie. I can hardly keep my hands off of them.

Lynne - December 16, 2013 - 9:33 am

Last year my sister in law recieved so many company gifts one of which was a huge tin of William Sonoma peppermint bark. I asked her if I could have a piece. She said “Here take the whole tin. I have tons of goodies.” I took it and ran! Gosh, I love that stuff, it is my favorite peppermint candy.

Glenna - December 16, 2013 - 9:42 am

I like peppermint, but my favorite thing is to decorate with peppermint items, whether real or faux.

Barbara Hinske - December 16, 2013 - 9:48 am

Looks like there are lots of us peppermint addicts out there! The marriage of peppermint and chocolate is divine! I must admit, peppermint ice cream with hot fudge is something I can never turn down. Merry Christmas, Kelly!

Talia - December 16, 2013 - 9:54 am

You had me at homemade peppermint patties! We make peppermint bark and it is always a hit. I love peppermint and have it handy year round and I always have peppermint candies in my purse.

Ann - December 16, 2013 - 10:00 am

Good enough to eat but don’t! I made peppermint sugar scrub for all my gardening friends last week. My kitchen smelled wonderful.

Jill - December 16, 2013 - 10:01 am

Yum, yum, and yum! I love anything peppermint….and even more so if it includes chocolate. We love peppermint stick ice cream. This year I stocked up when I first saw it in the stores because some years it has become hard to find as it gets closer to Christmas.Thanks for sharing all the yummy links, Kelly!

Bonnie Thompson - December 16, 2013 - 10:34 am

peppermint candles and peppermint soap – love

Janet Reda - December 16, 2013 - 11:02 am

Growing up I loved to make desserts for my family. My mother’s favorite was chocolate pudding with peppermint whipped cream. She 97 years old now and still loves ir

Susan - December 16, 2013 - 11:06 am

The peppermint caramel shortbread photo has me drooling and printing off the recipe….peppermint dreams for Christmas!

Peggy - December 16, 2013 - 11:53 am

Your house looks so inviting. You have GOT to try the candy cane tootsie roll pops. I guarantee you’ll be filling a jar with them. They taste wonderful. I find them at Walgreen’s.

Lindy James - December 16, 2013 - 11:55 am

I love anything peppermint but it seems funny that I only really crave it at Christmas ! Probably because it’s so available at that time of the year. I’m going to have to look at some of those recipes this week as I haven’t had a chance to do any baking yet. Christmas just seems to be coming so quickly this year. Have a wonderful Christmas, Kelly .

Ann S - December 16, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Peppermint Gems – an oatmeal/peppermint cookie and Chocolate Mint Cookies made with the peppermint melt away mints from a Hickory Farms stand —
Are my family’s favorite peppermint treats at Christmas. Have a batch of the chocolate dough chilling in the ‘fridge’ right now!

Kitty - December 16, 2013 - 2:22 pm

You’re right, I think Christmas time and mint just go together. In the past I’ve made chocolate mint dipped Ritz crackers. They taste like the Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. We called them Girl Shout cookies. This year I made Pioneer Woman’s quick peppermint fudge. It’s been yummy!

Dawn - December 16, 2013 - 3:22 pm

This time of year I put peppermint in and on everything! I love peppermint hot cocoa. I make almond bark dipped pretzels and then roll them in crushed candy canes too. My favorite treat this time of year is peppermint stick ice cream from a local dairy. It is devine with hot fudge poured over the top and then sprinkled with more crushed candy canes.

Ashley H - December 16, 2013 - 3:26 pm

I love peppermint in my hot chocolate.

Pat - December 16, 2013 - 3:32 pm

All the goodies look so good! Love this website!

Patty in Michigan - December 16, 2013 - 3:44 pm

I’ll take a peppermint patty…..I had a neighbor who always called me that..ha! Actually, I don’t do anything peppermint. Looks so festive too. Patty

lisa - December 16, 2013 - 4:28 pm

As I sat down to read your blog today, I was munching on thin mints, my Christmas favorite. Hubby loves the chalky peppermint sticks. While my sons have never quite acquired the taste, peppermint is just Christmas to me (along with tangerines). Every year when we went to visit Santa, he would give us this huge peppermint stick. Can’t wait to try some of those recipes. My favorite recipe is for peppermint bark. I just received one of the Calling all Cooks cookbooks in the mail. Munching peppermint and reading a cookbook. My favorite past time!

Molly - December 16, 2013 - 4:35 pm

The Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies sound fabulous! I think we will try them! Thanks for all your fun ideas!

Stacy Heerin - December 16, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Have you tried the candy cane Oreos? They are divine. I am going to dipping them in white chocolate and giving them to bus drivers/neighbors, etc this week. I look forward to trying your recipes. Thank you and I love your Blog!

Judy - December 16, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Kelly, was so surprised and pleased to see my Peppermint Ice cream pie mentioned. It is a
Winner and I can!t wait to see your version. I may find a new trick or two. Going to look at some of
Today’s links now.

Stacey - December 16, 2013 - 6:19 pm

I love peppermint candy ice cream and peppermint mochas during this time of year.

Katrina - December 16, 2013 - 8:34 pm

Peppermint…yum! My husband has already made 3 runs of peppermint bark! I did a hot chocolate bar for the church youth group and unsuccessfully searched for peppermint whipped cream in the grocery store. I never thought about making it myself.

Kathy, I am so glad you are warming up to peppermint… just screams “Merry Christmas”!!!

Susie in MO - December 16, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Love Peppermint Bark…when I worked at Williams Sonoma several years ago I was terrible about sneaking HUGE pieces of it as we “broke” it up for the customers to try…I think I gained 5 pounds that month, but my breath was fresh! Love your Christmas decor, Kelly.

Laura C - December 16, 2013 - 9:03 pm

I a,ways make peppermint candy cane cookies. A bit labor intensive but worth it!

Debbie w - December 16, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Haha…you will laugh at my use of peppermint over the holidays….I always buy a box of peppermint thins and display them on a pretty Christmas dish. It is always empty after our family get togethers!

Lori - December 16, 2013 - 9:37 pm

We always have peppermint sticks around to stir the hot cocoa with, but I don’t really have any mint desserts in my rotation. Although, my mother-in-law makes wonderful creme de menthe brownies. Sooo good!!!

Theresa in Nebraska - December 16, 2013 - 9:40 pm

I make my mom’s recipe for Candy Cane Cookies. They are peppermint sugar cookies shaped into red and white candy canes. She always sprinkled crushed candy canes on them as they cooled and I make mine the same way. Just wouldn’t be Christmas without them.

Pat in Georgia - December 16, 2013 - 9:49 pm

I love all things peppermint; in fact, my favorite candy is a York Peppermint Pattie. The post today made me really hungry. Imagine a peppermint candy BAR in your house during the holidays as part of the decorations. Hmmmm, maybe a new idea has taken hold. As always, I loved today’s blog. Not only did it look delicious, but it was beautiful as well. Merry Christmas Kelly to you and your family!!!

Jayne - December 16, 2013 - 11:37 pm

My favorite memory of peppermint is when I was sick as a little girl. My mom would take an orange and let me squeeze it, throw it up and catch it and very carefully bounce it off the ceiling or wall. I had to be careful not to bust it open. When it was really juicy inside, she would cut a small hole in the top then use to knife to stab the inside of the orange. Then she would place part of a peppermint stick I to the orange. I would then suck all the juice out squeezing the orange to get all the juice I could. Peppermint orange juice! After all the juice was gone, I would tear open the orange and eat it, then finish the candy cane. It was her way of getting vitamin C in me. She was a wise lady.

Heather - December 17, 2013 - 7:49 am

I only like plain peppermints. I’m not a fan of them mixed in with anything. My 10 year old son on the other hand is obsessed with it! I personally thinks he likes it so much because his brothers doesn’t so he doesn’t have to share with them!! ;)

Laurel Stephens - December 17, 2013 - 9:40 am

Peppermint is my favorite Christmas flavor, and you’ve put together such a gorgeous collection of peppermint treats here. I’m looking forward to your ice cream pie recipe, too. Yummo!

Amy O'Quinn - December 17, 2013 - 10:00 am

I am probably in the minority, but I don’t like mint flavored food, desserts, or drinks. And this is weird–but I do like peppermints by themselves. This is just as strange as the fact that I like a lemon by itself, but I abhor anything lemon flavored…or that I love ketchup, tomato soup, etc.–but hate raw tomatoes. I must have issues. LOL
However, I have enjoyed ‘looking’ at all your mint themed photos. Beautiful.
Hope you are enjoying the blessed holiday season!

Nikki Lehnhardt - December 17, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Has anyone seen the woven peppermint baskets for sale? Before Hurricane Katrina there was an adorable shop in the suburbs of New Orleans called The Candy Basket. They made amazing candies including woven baskets made of peppermint candy canes. They were very elaborate and looked like wicker baskets in red and white or green and white peppermint. I’d love to find someone who makes them. Unfortunately the shop didn’t recover from Katrina.

I love your article and it brought back good memories of peppermint and Christmas. Thanks so much. Nikki

Susan - December 17, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Last year Southern Living featured a recipe for the Christmas cake Layered Peppermint Cheesecake. There were two layers of peppermint cheesecake between three layers of sour cream cake. The cake was topped off with white chocolate mousse frosting. There were also instructions on how to make a peppermint plate for a truly impressive presentation. It was over-the-top fabulous and delicious. I recommend this recipe to all peppermint lovers or if you want a wow dessert for your Christmas dinner. My family is still talking about it!!

Paula B. - December 17, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Peppermint all the way, all the time! Sometimes we have peppermint stick ice cream (from Boston-based Brigham’s) with homemade hot fudge sauce as our Christmas dessert! I’m also a HoJo’s customer from back in the day, and I think that is where I fell in love with peppermint stick ice cream, but mint chocolate chip is probably my favorite nowadays.

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