Wednesday, December 2, 2020

A Garden of Memories

Ahh, the refreshing taste of peppermint.

I remember my Great-Grandmother growing mint like peppermint or my favorite, spearmint, in her garden. Or it might have been just loose in the yard, and the imagination of a 5-year-old made everything a “garden”. Either way, mint has been something that I have fond memories of.

Peppermint came to be associated with the holidays, thanks in part to the Bob’s candy canes. If you remember from our post last year on the traditions of candy canes (read here), then you know that the candy was made first, and the peppermint was added later.

1874 was a long time ago, so we can assume that we all know that candy canes are peppermint as we had never tasted anything but peppermint. Today's kids enjoy other flavors like spearmint, chocolate  or whatever funky flavor du jour there is now.

For this post’s purpose, we will marry peppermint to the candy cane and call it a day.

Although, as a side note, peppermint is an excellent palate cleanser that can cut through some of the really rich foods we consume during the holidays. It is also instrumental in settling a burping tummy after one too many ‘nogs.

While peppermint is traditionally a European herb, the United States produces almost 75% of the world’s peppermint. Maybe that’s what my Great-Grandmother was doing; she was a peppermint farmer. And I was the Easter Bunny.

Speaking of fond memories, Kathy of KatsAllThat brings us a delightful peppermint and CHOCOLATE recipe this week.

Dig in.

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles (Vegan)

  • 2 C. Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 C. dutch cocoa
  • 2 C. sugar
  • 1/2 C. vegetable oil
  • 3/4 C. applesauce (replaces eggs)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. peppermint (reduce to 1/2 tsp is you don't want too much peppermint taste)
  • Sugar topping: 1/2 C. sugar and 1/2 C. powdered sugar
  1. Combine flour salt, baking powder in a large mixing bowl.   In smaller bowl mix cocoa powder, sugar, applesauce, oil and extracts until well blended.  Add to dry ingredients.  Wrap dough in plastic and chill a minimum of 2 hours.
  2. Add the sugars to two separate bowls or plates.   Scoop 1 tbsp. of dough and roll into balls.  Roll in the granulated sugar and then into the powdered sugar.  Place on parchment paper lined or silicone lined cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 350 degrees 12-13 minutes.  Don't overbake, these should be soft and chewy.

Other delights available for us to give to our friends and family follow:

Cerulean Blue Faceted Agate Bali Copper OOAK 21 inch Necklace


Dark Blue Pearl Clear Crystal Beaded Bracelet, Small Med, Sparkling, Dressy

The Singing Beader 

Navy Blue Silver Crystal Earrings, Swarovski Montana Teardrop Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures 

THE ROYAL BLUE CROCHET HAT, holiday gift, for her, ready to ship

Andrea Designs 

Copper - Pendant Necklace - Jewelry Set - Wire Wrapped Jewelry - Copper Wire and Royal Blue Necklace and Earrings


Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, Ink Blue Etched Matte Frosted 058e

Covergirl Beads 

Cross Earrings, Copper Lampwork Spirals Christian Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

Crocheted Loden Sweater w Hood Baby Boy Navy Blue 18-24 mo

Magdalene Knits 

Exotic Wood, Afzelia Pendant Faceted Agate Beaded Necklace 925 S.S. closures



Ice Blue Light - Selective Coloring Clock

Colleen Cornelius 

30mm Blue Rose Handmade Polymer Clay Beads Set of 2, Jewelry Supplies

Blue Morning Expressions 

In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.

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  1. Julie, thanks for including my necklace. Will be back later to promote. Tweeted the post.

  2. Thanks, Julie and Harry for another interesting blog and for another tasty sounding recipe! My favorite mint is chocolate mint - a scent and taste to die for and perfect for . . . ahem . . . fresh made mojitos. Many thanks for including my cross earrings. Will share the blog far and wide and pin and schedule tweets for each item. Treats to the Handsome Harry Who is Glad for Cooler Weather from the Moose Who is Also Enjoying Chilly Temperatures!

  3. Thank you Julie and harry for another great blog. Love love all the blue goodies. Thanks for including my earrings.
    The recipe sounds wonderful. I also love mint.
    I have pinned on 2 boards, but will pinning more.

  4. Thank you Julie for another week of supporting and promoting the artisans above. Thanks also for including my Infant Loren Sweater among this weeks treasures!

    Also - thanks to Kat for the delicious chocolate peppermint recipe - both my sons are Vegan’s and I am always looking for something different to surprise them with!!!

  5. Such a beautiful selection of blue handmade gifts! Thank you for including my blue pearl and crystal bracelet, Julie. I'm also fond of peppermint and chocolate. The two mixed are double the pleasure!

  6. Thank you, Julie and Harry, for this fabulous artisan handmade Mid Week Post

  7. Thank you Julie. Pinning now to Countdown to Christmas/Hanukkah. Appreciate you including my blue and copper necklace set. Love white chocolate and peppermint.

  8. Great post! The recipe sounds fabulous!

  9. Thank you so much Julie for the mid-week post and for including my cerulean blue necklace. I am so glad that you liked my peppermint chocolate crinkles recipe. It's the one big favorite for my vegan family. All will be tweeted, pinned and hash-tagged.