Wednesday, December 22

Neighbor Gifts & A Recipe

PhotobucketDo you know your neighbors?  I mean, are you the type of people that have neighborhood block parties or invite the people next door over for an impromptu BBQ?  Yeah, we aren't either.  But we do try to be friendly, to wave when they drive by or meet them at the mailbox for a quick hello.  The neighbors to our north are elderly and we try to check in on them occasionally, especially after this last year when the ambulance arrived there not once, but three times.  At Christmas I like to take a little something to the 3 or 4 neighbors we see regularly, along with a Christmas card.  This year, it's a small bag of goodies made by my Mom.  Yum! 

If you have neighbors/teachers/colleagues you want to make a quick, simple gift for, these peanut clusters should do the trick.  They are so easy and delicious...and it makes a lot of clusters!  Mom made these a few weeks ago and got 118 clusters in miniature cupcake liners.

Crockpot Peanut Clusters
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 squares unsweetened Baker's chocolate
2 lbs. white almond bark (sometimes the pkg. says candy coating)
24 oz. dry roasted, unsalted peanuts

Spray crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.  Add chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate squares and almond bark to the crockpot and melt on high.  When melted and smooth, stir in peanuts and turn to low.  Spoon into paper candy cups (the mini size) and let set until hardened. 

Buon appetito!


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