Sweet & Salty Oreo Christmas Bark

Sweet & Salty Oreo Holiday Bark | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

We went to Disneyland on Wednesday, and when Santa passed in the parade, he said “Only eight more days until Christmas!”  And I said “huh?!” and I actually wanted to take out my phone and check the date.  Even though we’re going through all of the motions and the holiday parties and the Christmas decorations everywhere and jingle bells on repeat in the car, I still feel like it was September like three days ago.  This time of year just flies and, especially with my chatty little toddler, I want to slow it all down and enjoy every last second of it.

On a side note, this was my first time at Disneyland over the holidays {I somehow always seem to land there for Halloween but haven’t made it yet for Christmas} and it was really magical guys.  Disney is special enough as is, but with the garland and the lights and It’s A Small World is like full on Christmas-ified and they sing jingle bells too which is my kid’s very favorite song of the moment and Elsa and Ana in the parade {Let It Go was the favorite song prior to jingle bells} it was pretty amazing.  I found myself tearing up a little sitting with her snuggled in my lap on the curb on Main Street, watching the parade begin.  So if you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend it.

Sweet & Salty Oreo Holiday Bark | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Anyway, one of the reasons that time flies so fast are the many parties and activities that we’ve been enjoying this holiday season, including our annual holiday party, for which this delicious little treat was created.  Alternate name for this treat is “throw everything that a toddler dreams of eating on a pan…and then cover it in chocolate.”  And you can totally add/remove/whatever what speaks to you.  We had some nut allergies at the party, but I think this would be spectacular with some salted nuts thrown in too.

This was the easiest thing that I made for the party {the rest of the dessert spread is pictured below…cupcakes were boxed cake, boxed icing with crushed peppermint stirred in, cookie bars are here and were amazing, and everything else is from a store…because I’m lazy.}.  It was no bake and no cook.  Spread everything on a pan, heat up the chocolate in the microwave, and pour it on top.  Heavenly.

Sweet & Salty Oreo Holiday Bark | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

PS While we’re talking holidays, here’s my kid with Santa to brighten your day.  Or to make you call Child Protective Services.  She really does like him.  Just not when she’s on his lap. #santafail

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Sweet & Salty Oreo Christmas Bark
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks
  • ½ cup + 2 T holiday m&ms
  • ¼ cup marshmallows
  • 10-15 crushed holiday oreos
  • 1-2 T red and red sprinkles
  • 2 bags chocolate melts or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Lay a piece of wax or parchment paper over a cookie sheet
  2. Arrange all ingredients except chocolate, 2 T holiday m&ms, and sprinkles on cookie sheet
  3. Melt chocolate in a double broiler, or in a microwave safe container. For microwave, use instructions on the bag, or heat for 1 minute first, then 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until you reach the desired smooth consistency.
  4. Pour chocolate over ingredients on cookie sheet and use a spatula to smooth it so that everything is covered.
  5. Top with sprinkles and remaining m&ms
  6. Place cookie sheet in the fridge for 5-10 minutes, or until chocolate has completely hardened.
  7. Break apart into pieces and serve.

Sweet & Salty Oreo Holiday Bark | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

DIY Glitter NOEL Christmas Decor

DIY Glitter NOEL Christmas Decor | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….or at least around my house it is!  I put the holiday music on at the end of October, start thinking about my decorations in November, and rejoice the day after Thanksgiving when we can put up our tree.  The stockings are hung by our chimney with care and my holiday crafting has begun!

I discovered these wood letters from Michaels in my craft bench a few months ago.  I bought them a few years back to do some Pottery Barn knock off craft or another and never got around to it.  And I was struck with inspiration by the gold glitter that was sitting in the same bin.  Obviously this one had to happen.  Because glitter.

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This was quite possibly the easiest craft ever.  It was a nap time craft, and not one of those that took up the whole nap and you feel like you should have done laundry afterwards.  It took about 15 minutes start to finish and I’m debating whether they will take up the primo spot on my fireplace or be the centerpiece on the table because they’re just so cute that they require the perfect spot.

My biggest tip for this one is to grab one of the cheap boxes that you might have used for wrapping a gift and use it as your craft space.  I did this on the dining room table {sorry Mom…I know you’re dying about the mess that could potentially make} and it really kept it clean and contained.  After each letter, I dumped the glitter back into the jar and it was nice and neat.  The letters themselves do shed a bit, but I’m happy to have a sprinkle of glitter here are there.  If that’s not your jam, you may want to seal the letters with some modge podge at the end.

DIY Glitter NOEL Christmas Decor | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You’ll Need…
NOEL wooden letters {I got mine at Michaels}
Modge Podge
Sponge brush
Gold glitter
A box to contain glitter, if desired

 

DIY Glitter NOEL Christmas Decor | Little Kitchen, Big Bites DIY Glitter NOEL Christmas Decor | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

How To….
1) Dip sponge brush in Modge Podge and thoroughly coat the front of the first letter {If you want to do the sides too, I recommend doing the front first and letting it dry before attempting}
2) Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter on top of the letter
3) Holding the sides, tap off the excess glitter
4) If necessary, use a damp paper towel to wipe off excess glue and glitter on the sides of the letter
5) Put aside and let dry for at least an hour

That’s it!  Easy peasey glittery holiday happiness!

DIY Glitter NOEL Christmas Decor | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

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