Friday, December 19, 2014

Peppermint Bark






I have been making this peppermint bark for a few years now. This is requested and loved by my Mom and she asked me months ago if I was going to make any. Since life has been super crazy for us here, I had not found the time to make any. My daughter needed a teacher gift to take to school today so I decided that it was the right time to make some. I added the peppermint bark into a pint size mason jar and attached the recipe with a pretty ribbon. I did not get a picture before she left for school. 



Life has been super crazy for me lately. I had been helping my parents for the last couple of months. My Mom had to have surgery the beginning of this month and my Dad has some health issues that required an extra hand from my sisters and I. It was difficult but we were getting a good grip on making sure someone was around at all times. 


That is until my husband suffered a heart attack 4 days after my Mom's surgery. Our life changed in an instant. At the age of 43, my husband is fairly young to be going through something so major. He refused to go to the ER the night it started. You know you always tell yourself "it's not anything serious, I will be fine."  There was no way I could take him the next day since there was no one available to care for my parents so I urged him to drive himself to the ER. He stayed in touch and when I got the text to get to the hospital now, I had a heart attack, I could not believe it. All of it was a blur after that. I had to arrange help for my parents and to get to the ER before they were to airlift him off to one of the best hospitals in the country for cardiac care. I got to the ER just before they transported him. I drove the hour and a half ride to the other hospital all by myself, scared to death. As soon as I got there, they were prepping him for surgery. Everything happened so fast. I was told to go to the waiting room and the doctor would let me know how everything went in about 1-2 hours. I sat there alone, wondering and waiting. It felt like forever. I tried to be strong, I tried not to cry, I tired to find something to relieve my worry. When the doctor came out I was scared to death at what he was going to tell me. He had a total blockage to one of the bottom arteries to his heart, nothing could be done to fix it.  He was placed in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for a few days. I was told the first 24 hours are critical. I was told I could not stay with him and had to drive the long drive back that night. Why us, why now, don't we have enough going on right now? These questions went through my mind over and over. Then all of a sudden it hit me. I need to stop asking why and have faith in God's reasoning. Everything is in God's plan. That is extremely difficult and I find myself still asking those questions.  In total he spent 6 days in the hospital. He will be out of work at least 3 weeks. With medication and taking care of himself he will be good as new soon. There were a lot of ups and downs and scary situations but he is finally home to be with his family. That is the only gift I need. We are truly blessed! 





Peppermint Bark

1 package of Almond Bark
1 cup of Andes Peppermint Chips

Melt the almond bark according to package directions in the microwave. Careful not to overcook. Spread the melted almond bark onto a wax paper lined sheet pan into an even layer. Sprinkle on the peppermint chips. Set aside and allow to harden. (can be placed in the freezer to speed up the process.) Break into bite size pieces and enjoy.


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