It’s Random Acts of Kindness Reporting Day again! Your wonderful comments and emails have brought a lot of smiles to my face, as I read through every one of them. I know you’re bringing smiles to a lot of people by doing something nice and then sharing it so that others can get ideas and be inspired. Thank you again for participating in this fun December tradition at The Loopy Ewe. The randomly drawn winners from last week’s contest were Kathryn from TX and Robin from KY. Each won two skeins of The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in their choice of colors, a pattern of their choice, and a tub of our Soak Heel Creme.
Today’s recipe came about because of the ad for Salted Caramel Chocolate Peanut Bark that I saw in the Crate and Barrel magazine. I bought some (purely for testing purposes, you know) and then figured for that price, I could come up with my own recipe! So here you have it. It instantly became a family favorite in my household. Enjoy.
2 lbs. chocolate melting bark (I use Ghirardelli chocolate, which is only available during the holidays. I get it at Sams in a 2.5 pound box and I used one box for this recipe. I also froze several boxes of it for baking later in the spring.)
2 cups of peanuts (I used dry roasted)
1 cup of caramel bits (found by the chocolate chips in the baking section at the grocery store)
Melt the chocolate and stir in the peanuts. Let cool for a couple of minutes and then add in the caramel bits. Stir well and then spread out on waxed paper or a Silpat mat (love those). Sprinkle the top lightly with Sea Salt. Put in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set and the bark is easy to break into smaller pieces. YUM.
What did you find to do this past week, to bring a smile to someone’s face? We’ll do two more drawings – for today’s entries, and for next Friday’s entries. Keep watching for opportunities to do something for someone and report back so that you can participate with us.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and sweet family memories this weekend. It’s snowing here today (with 2-4″ expected) and both kids are home. A perfect Christmas Eve.
I sent a care package of cookies (I hope that they weren’t all crumbs when they got there) to a dear friend who just had surgery for cancer.
I fed apples to some deserving elves (and a head elf). Apples = health food.
Every year my husband’s car club has a Toy’s for Tots drive they don’t have a lot of members but this year we filled up an entire seat-less 15 passenger van to the roof with toys. It was a great feeling to see all the toys that would be given to children who have very little. It was a great event, we always volunteer to help with the raffle, of course we give toys, and we help get the toys in the van at the end of the event!
I took my nephews to the museum, for a fun outing with their auntie!
I also helped my brother and his wife have a slightly less hectic Christmas. My brother is, like me, a vegetarian, while the rest of his family isn’t. As they were preparing to host their Christmas dinner with his wife’s family, I knew they wouldn’t have time to make something special for him, so I made sure to cook enough of the dish I was bringing to our Christmas potluck so that I could give him some of it.
There is a wonderful elderly lady in my church who always gives me a present at Christmas. This year I decided to turn the tables on here a little, so I made a Swallowtail shawl out of some pretty peachy yellow alpaca and gave it to her. The look of surprise on her face was a great reward to me!
I overtipped like crazy everywhere I went last week and enjoyed lots of big smiles of gratitude. Cannot be fun to work retail the week of Christmas! Also helped two young girls at the bookstore who were wrapping books for free and struggling to figure out how to fit some items together to be wrapped. It was a lot of fun!
The leetles wanted to decorate, so I let them. Such a very small thing, but I had no way to get out of the house to do more!
I’m pretty late commenting here but I wanted to report in my best RAK from Dec. 26. A large group of family members came to visit that days to hang out and chat and have a simple take-out chinese food dinner. With so many people coming we weren’t exchanging gifts, just buying them dinner in exchange for them doing the driving to come visit us for the day. We were all glad to see each other but I was especially glad to see a cousin that only comes to town every few years. She’s also the only knitting-obsessed family member I have. While we knitted and chatted aways, she mentioned that she has has to do online shopping since she’s without a LYS. So, I snuck away for a few minutes so I could pack up a couple small skeins of a yak/wool blend from stash. She was overcome that I would give her some of my yarn and I was glad that it wouldn’t keep sitting in the stash when she could be enjoy it. I told her to come back soon and I’d show her all the best LYS.
My friend Dawn made that recipe & brought it to knit night – holy goodness, batman! Thanks for sharing & I hope you had a great Christmas!
I hope I’m not too late! I gifted a knintting friend with a skein of Wollmeise. She loves hte yarn and doesn’t have that many opportunities to buy any. She was thrilled.
I am driving my husband’s cousin around town until she is comfortable with driving in our city. I also am teaching her to knit
My office is open 24/7 with a skeleton crew at nigt and on the weekends. We got 14 inches of snow on Christmas night. Things were pretty rough over the next couple of days and I helped them work. I have a great team and was happy I coud do something to help them. BTW, I made the chocolate bark recipe today. Sooo easy and sooo good. I would eat it for breakfast any time.