decorating a tiny apartment + the easiest christmas recipe ever

HOORAY!

Christmas has officially been formally welcomed here at the avricks’ itty bitty abode!
yesterday was the hunt of a lifetime in an attempt to find our perfect little tree โค and find it we did! we are SO excited!!
the day started with the alarm going off, me bolting straight up in bed and proceeding to squeal and bounce around, blabbering about christmas and our not-yet-found tree until husband groaned and tumbled out of bed.
he has been warned that the excitemtent of christmas-tree-finding-day is about 30% that of christmas day itself. he now lives in fear of december 25th ๐Ÿ˜‰
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e visited FOUR different places in search of our tinyย tree, when we decided we’d just go cut our own! we found ourselves continually saying, “well if we could just chop off a few feet from this one…” ๐Ÿ™‚
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until we FOUND it! โค
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four feet of christmas-y adorableness
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awwww…
and then came the great decorating challenge…

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popcorn break!
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ut, of course, the tree is only a part of the decor. a big part! but just a part, nonetheless.
I gathered our giant stash of candy canes (and snagged this pretty bunch of branches for $2.50!) and set about making the place pretty.
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there you have it! our sweet, christmas-y apartment!

are you ready for that recipe now? ๐Ÿ™‚
you’ll need-
one regular sized bag of white chocolate chips
7 candy canes OR 1/2 bag of slivered almonds- if you want peppermint bark or almond bark.
sheet of wax paper, size of a cookie-baking sheet- if you don’t have wax paper (I didn’t), use foil and sprayย 
large glass bowl
gallon-size freezer-thick ziplock
rolling pin
spatula

1. pour white chocolate chips into the large glass bowl; put candy canes (if using) into the ziplock and seal.
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2. crush candy canes with rolling pin
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3. put the chocolate into the microwave for 45 seconds, and get out your wax paper.
4. continue melting the chocolate for 30 second increments, stirring between, until it’s completely smooth. if you have a super tiny, low power microwave, like we do, start at 1 minute and use 45 second increments.
5. mix crushed candy canes (or 1/2 bag slivered almonds, straight from bag) with melted chocolate and spread out on the wax paper. put into the fridge for at least 1 hour.
6. break into pieces and store in pretty containers!!

(first photo with almonds, second with crushed candy canes)
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it’s a super easy christmas treat to have on hand, take to a party, or wrap up adorably and give to neighbors! husband even had fun making this one with me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

what are your favorite christmas treats? how do you decorate for christmas on a budget?

7 thoughts on “decorating a tiny apartment + the easiest christmas recipe ever

  1. You guys are too cute! I can’t wait until we have a Christmas tree at my place! I might have to try out that peppermint bark too ๐Ÿ™‚ I keep saying that I’m going to do it, but this might be the year that I finally get my ass into gear! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Christmas is my favorite thing! (could you tell?) the peppermint bark literally takes like ten minutes to make- it’s so easy! although you might end up like me- eating it for breakfast the next morning, because that’s allowed in December, right? oops ๐Ÿ˜‰

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