S'mores For Christmas...{Special Christmas Soiree}

Hello lovely friends stopping in today.. I'm excited to see all the new visitors and friends
of The ArtsyGirl Connection ~ Moi ~ Stop in today and share via Pin'Inspirational
Thursday's.. SO  M U C H  F U N!! I've found A WHOLE LOT of inspirational
features I can't wait to indulge in and PIN later : )) THANK YOU LOTS!
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Coconut Fruit S'mores
.............S'mores Galore!Yum.
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, I am going to share a simple and fun winter heartwarming treat with you today.. These 
s'more goodies are guaranteed to totally melt you away!! SO freaking YUMMMY!!
Artsy Items Needed
Marshmallows * * * Coconut Flakes * * * Semi Sweet Dark chocolate 
Graham Cracker Squares  * * * Fresh Blackberries * * * Fresh Raspberries
Butter (Melted) * * * Skewers (break each in half)
To begin, preheat your broiler. Place your chocolate in microwave safe bowl and 
melt for about 2-3minutes or until fully melted. Stir to smooth with spoon and set aside.
Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with non-stick cooking spray. Place your 
butter (melted) in a bowl and your coconut flakes in a shallow dish next to each other 
for dipping. Roll each marshmallow in butter, roll in coconut coating and fully covering.. 

When all your marshmallow's are covered, thread your berries and marshmallows 
carefully on your skewers and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle any left over coconut flakes 
atop marshmallows. Set aside and spoon your chocolate onto your graham cracker halves 
and arrange on your platter (for serving). Broil skewers 3-4inches from heat for about 
2minutes or quickly enough for marshmallow's to brown turning halfway through to 
brown each side. This happens QUICK so be very careful..Serve immediately after
by placing your skewers on your chocolate coated graham crackers on your platter! 
You can create graham cracker sandwiches or DEVOUR them as is!! 
Really fun and winter warming recipe to share with your children. The coconut add's 
a fun texture, twist and taste alongside the chocolate.. VERY DELICIOUS.. !!!
If you've yet to join in the fun, A Special Christmas Soiree is still open for linking!! You
can find past features all HERE and Link up as well~ So many fun Christmas inspired
crafts, recipes and more.. Join in the fun.. T'is THE MOST wonderful JOLLY time!! 
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& the awesome winner of the $75 worth of goodies sponsored by Pick Your Plum

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!! 
Thanks SO much to all who linked up!! YOU ARE ROCKSTARS!! 
Thanks SO much for stopping in today everyone..
~ S T A Y  A R T S Y ~
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Break For Cause....{World A I D S Day}

Good morning friends stopping in today.. It's officially DECEMBER FIRST!!
How fast is 2011 swaying away..? I remember celebrating Christmas like it was yesterday
and it's almost here in exactly 24 Days!!! *WHEW*. I'm going to be counting down
to my favorite holiday in MANY fun ways. Hope you stick around and join in!!

Today is a very special global awareness day dedicated to A I D S!! 

MYTH : HIV/AIDS is a gay disease
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Pin'Inspirational Thursdays...~*Linky Party*~

Hello artsy friends stopping in today. It's another awesome
Pin'Inspirational Thursday Linky Party
here today and I'm VERY thirlled to get to indulge in awesome new finding's and
creativity from YOU.. NEED INSPIRATION...? Stop in and recap all the lovely
features linked up per last week's amazing party.. OR hop along and join in at my
"Special Christmas Soiree" happening here all month long.. SO many
fun seasonal creativity and LOTS to see and be JOLLY about!!
Thanks to all who linked up last week, SO many great features!! If you
missed it, swing by and take a look and share in some awesome findings..
Show, Share & Join Me & My Lovely Co-Host Jane..
Remember, if you have yet to start adding a PIN IT button to your
craft, recipes, and photography per your blog, you can learn how to do so by
going HERE.. .Without further due, here the most viewed & favorite picks!!
Brown Paper Pack Packages ~ Pretend Starbucks!
Yummmy! I absolutely ❥!! Pin'It
I Can't Stop Crafting ~ *Paper Twine Garland*
How festive and creative for the season..? Pin'It
Design Empire I {Heart}! So Creative!!
Maiden Shade ~ Amazing &Unique!Pin'It

Mrs. Fox Sweets ~ I Adore these! How fancy?!
Christmas Dipped Oreo's ~ Mmm ~ Pin'It

If it makes you smile at first glimpse, it's inspirational.....Pin It!!!

L E T S  P A R T Y ~ SHOW OFF!!!
Please BE a Follower of me and my co-host
*Adventures In Dinner*.. {LOVE MY FRIENDS}
Please feature my button on your post/somewhere on your blog
Please No Giveaways!!! Only Crafts, Recipes, Photography.
Links to ACTUAL Linked Up Projects Pweease
Browse around/ Spread the word/VISIT & be Inspired by friends!!
G I V E A W A Y 
*** $75 Worth Of Pick Your Plum Goodies***
Thankful to have you here today. Wishing you an awesome day..
~Stay Artsy~

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Special Christmas Soiree - Guest ..{Melodee}

Good morning artsy friends stopping in today. I am very thrilled it's almost Christmas 
and loving all the fun creative features all around the blog world. I've really enjoyed all 
the links shared via myself and Jenn's Special Christmas Soiree Series
So many talented and crafty blogger's and crafts and goodies to indulge in ALL December 
long.. Have you linked..? If not, there's still time.. Please join in and link all your fun 
seasonal Christmas goodies HERE~! Join us ~ T'is The Season *BE JOLLY*
A Special Fun Guest
I have a special fun guest stopping in from Polka Dot Notebook, please join me in welcoming 
the lovely and creative Melodee. She's a fun loving mom, wife, and an incredible teacher who loves to craft! The Polka Dot 
Notebook is her favorite spot to hang 
and jot down inspiring happenings from 
middle school to home life and creative journeys along the way. 

Melodee's Polkdot Notebook features 
amazing crafts, foodie goodness and 
more!!  Stop in sometime and get to 
know a bit more about her..You are 
bound to {Heart} her too!

Without further due... Join in sharing
a fun Christmas recipe with Melodee.

Hello friends! I am so thrilled to be a guest
on Marilyn's ArtsyGirlConnection!!
What an honor:)
This recipe idea for Fudge Pops. A sweet little treat for the holidays...and don't be
confused! These are not the 45 calorie Fudge Pops from your freezer isle! These Fudge
Pops are the REAL DEAL! Fudge on a stick (a peppermint stick to be exact!))...
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*My Favorite Christmas Recipe*...{A Special Christmas Soiree #2}

Good day friends stopping in today. How was your thanksgiving..? I am VERY thrilled to be able to continue in our second week of A "Special Christmas Soiree" With the lovely Jenn via Vintage Gwen. 
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In case you missed last week's feature, we shared DIY home made ornaments for Christmas..
Stop in and take a peak at Jenn's lovely post on Spoon Christmas Ornament and re-cap my Sweet Secret stuffed Burlap Ornaments here.. Today sparks our Holiday Recipe series.. You can still link your DIY Christmas ornaments HERE throughout December.. So many wonderful features and findings! Stop over and take a look!! Today, I am sharing my very favorite Christmas Recipe with you.. *Peppermint Barks *. My  family really enjoy these goodies, especially on Christmas eve, it's a little yummy Christmas goodies that I tend to wrap up and gift as an extra little treat to the aunts and uncles to have each year. A little goes a long way and this year, my neighbor's will be getting some as well. The recipe is VERY easy and you can get extra creative with it
as well. What's your favorite Christmas recipe..? Care to share..? Link below my recipe pweease!!
*Festive Holiday....Bark Goodies*
*Artsy Ingredients Needed*


8oz brown chocolate (your favorite)
8oz white chocolate
2 tsp vegetable oil, divided
1/2 tsp
peppermint extract, divided
candy canes or peppermint candies, crushed

Round Plastic Molds
*Lets Whip Up Some Christmas Cheer*
To begin lightly grease (butter) some molds and set aside for your chocolate. (I made molds and 
 regular barks as well ). Line up a baking sheet with parchments paper{clear out all wrinkles}. 
Much Help Licking Up Chocolate!
Unwrap and place your candy canes into a zip lock bag and crush until broken down to very small chunks. You can sift out the candy dust and separate from chunks. Set aside. In a heat safe bowl, melt your brown chocolate and half your vegetable oil and stir after about every 30 seconds until fully melted. Add in your peppermint extract and mix. Divide into your molds evenly (use a spatula to spread around all the edges to fill your mold.). Set in fridge for about 30-60minutes until hard. Use the same method if you decide to make regular barks to break up as well. Spread your chocolate 
on parchment paper evenly lined onto baking sheet and refrigerate for about 30mins also.

Once your candy is ready, start the second coat off by repeating the process of heating up your white chocolate this time around. Once your chocolate is melted, mix in more mint. Sprinkle your candy dust over the now harden layer of dark chocolate (for a little fun middle surprise), carefully fill up your molds (add your white chocolate over the brown layer), spreading evenly very carefully, you can tap the mold to settle the chocolate into place. Sprinkle with your candy cane crushed pieces and repeat the process of setting in the fridge for another 30-60 minutes (Use this same process on your flat bark in baking pan). After your molds are ready, carefully tap the trays or wiggle a bit and remove your candy molds. You can grab your flat barks and break them up into fun pieces and serve.. 
You should end up with these very Merry and Jolly Christmas festive bark candy treats.. DELISH.. Jazz them up by wrapping them up and gifting them as Christmas treats. They are perfect, colored just right to fit in at any very SPECIAL Christmas Soiree.. YUMMY.. How lovely..???!??
That's it folks.. Hope these are inspiring and put a bit of Christmas cheer into your merry hearts. Give them a try, the children really enjoy the chocolate and the crunchy peppermints. Little merry glimpse of Christmas are filling up our home.. I really hope to *finger's crossed* have a moment to buy a tree this week.. I'm starting to see lights everywhere and it totally excited me !! T'is really the most wonderful time of the year..
Thanks SO much for stopping in today. Next week's feature will be on *Christmas Captured*
A photo series on Christmas captured around your home.. Please join in and share ; )) 
I have some fun guests this week ~ Can't wait to share these awesome Christmas treats with
you all.. Stay tuned.. Please stop over and visit Jenn and enjoy her recipe shared today! 

Grab a button & spread the word!! **Shabby Apple Giveaway 
This Week ~ Be On The Lookout!!** Wishing you all an amazing start to your week. 
~Stay Artsy~


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