I wanted to share with you a family favorite at our house during the holidays. And this treat just so happens to be SUPER EASY! And super yummy of course. My kids are the ones who make this at our house now.

Peppermint Bark

1 box of candy canes (8-10 count)
1 bag of white Wilton Candy Melts 

Remove candy canes from wrappers. Place candy canes in a ziploc bag and zip shut. Crush up candy canes by hitting them with a wooden spoon or similar object. (This is the most fun part, you can get out some holiday stress while doing it)

Place candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between. When chocolate is all melted add candy canes and stir. Pour mixture out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper and spread around and smooth mixture out until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cool completely then break into pieces and ENJOY!
 
 
In my daughter's 3rd grade class instead of "show and tell" they have a "show and teach". Each student gets a chance to teach the class something. I love this idea, and the kids really seem to have fun with it. 

Of course my daughter wanted to show how to decorate a cupcake since she LOVES to decorate, I think she gets it from her mom ;) Together her and I came up with a cute and simple cupcake idea that all kids can do, and by all, I mean ALL 27 kids in her class. If that doesn't seem like much to you, take a look at the amount of pastry bags I had to pre-fill...
Here is my daughter showing her class how to make the cupcake. I wish I had an overhead projector for when I teach my classes. (Sorry the picture is a little fuzzy, bad camera. Good news though, I bought me a new camera)
How to make an Abominable Snowman Cupcake:

Items needed:
Baked cupcakes
Pastry bag filled with white, medium consistency icing, and a round or star tip, my daughter     used a tip 18 for hers.
Pre-made icing eyes 
Chocolate covered sunflower seeds
Airhead candy

Start by doing pullout stars or dots (stars with star tip, dots with round tip) all over the top of the cupcake. Then place the eyes on the cupcake. Use the chocolate covered sunflower seed for a nose. Take your Airhead candy and cut a small piece off, about 1/2 - 3/4 inch, shape into a tongue shape and place it on the cupcake.

This is a simple cupcake that children of most ages can do, so have some fun this winter season and decorate some cupcakes!

 
 
Do you ever find yourself running out of icing or having way too much leftover icing? or wondering how much batter a certain pan size will need? Well, Wilton has these awesome charts that tell you how much batter you will need for your pan size and how much icing to ice and decorate a cake. Best thing ever! They also tell you how long to bake and at what temperature. Below is one of their charts. You can find more charts in their Yearbook or on their website here , click on the "baking times and batter amounts" box.