I discovered a new blogger this week! It's Leigh from Your Home Based Mom. She has an amazing collection of recipes including: Oreo Chocolate Bark. I knew it would be a simple enough Christmas treat that I could make with the kiddos. How do YOU eat an Oreo? Well, here is one way... and it's not holding back on taste or calories!
After our FHE (please read more about that in the next paragraph) we followed Leigh's recipe. (We used chocolate melts, white and milk chocolate, AND the peanut butter is a must!) We then placed our pan of yumminess in the fridge and read two chapters out of The Titan's Curse while it hardened back up. The kids cannot believe their eyes: chocolate, more chocolate, peanut butter and Oreo cookies! I was going to resist a piece, after all running (yep, I said running) on the treadmill today was HARD and it wasn't going to be for nothing! Nope it was for a 1" somewhat squarish piece of Oreo Chocolate Bark. It was very, very good and we're going to have to share some LOVE. Don't you wish you were our neighbor?
Speaking of love, that was the theme of our FHE tonight. I read the chapter on Love in the book A Christmas Treasury for Latter-day Saint Families. These quotes are especially nice to ponder:
"Christmas is more than trees and twinkling lights, more than toys and gifts and baubles of a hundred varieties. It is love. It is the love of the Son of God for all mankind. It reaches beyond our power to comprehend. It is magnificent and beautiful." - President Gordon B. HinckleyWe talked about how love is one of Jesus Christ's characteristics and we are asked to love others as he does. Each day this week we are writing down a reason we love each other and placing that slip of paper in the appropriate family member's stocking. Next week we will read them as a family. Trying to stir up some love and create some bonding.
"One of the remarkable qualities about God's love for us is that not only do we experience it as validating and affirming, but it also produces growth and change in us. It literally moves us forward, toward Him and our own eventual exaltation. It is a sculpting, correcting, and purposeful kind of love." - Virginia Pearce