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FEB 2019

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Fruit and Nut Rainbow Bark (Serves 12 large pieces, 24 bite size pieces • Perfect confection to make together as a family!) DIRECTIONS: 1 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. 2 Set up a double boiler (I used a small sauce- pan filled halfway with simmering water with a stainless-steel mixing bowl resting on top). 3 Melt the chocolate in the double boiler, stirring with a rub- ber spatula as it melts to prevent scorching. Chocolate is best to spread when it has reached 110 Fahrenheit, and the best way to check this is with a digital thermometer. 4 Once the chocolate is completely smooth, be sure to use your thermometer, then remove it from the heat and spread it evenly onto the sheet pan using an offset spatula, being careful not to spread the chocolate too thin. I used a ruler to spread my chocolate to approximately 12-by-8 inches, for that perfect bark. 5 Sprinkle the chocolate with fruit, nuts, and any favorite ingre- dients your kids may enjoy in a rainbow design. Refrigerate 2 hours or until completely firm and can snap easily when touched. You can also chop your bark with a knife, it creates less of a mess and you can get exactly the number of pieces you want. - (The chocolate can be left on the counter in an airtight con- tainer for two weeks if it's cool enough. Otherwise, keep in an airtight container in the fridge. It can also be frozen! Store in a plastic storage bag or airtight container for up to three months in the freezer for a cold, satisfying treat.) H INGREDIENTS: 10 Ounces dark chocolate pieces (This recipe used organic 60% Belgium chocolate but milk chocolate can easily be substituted) 1 ⁄4 Cup dried strawber- ries, chopped 1 ⁄4 Cup chile-lime cashew pieces 1 ⁄4 Dried apricots, chopped 1 ⁄4 Cup banana chips, chopped 1 ⁄4 Cup salted pepitas 1 ⁄4 Cup dried blueberries 1 ⁄4 Cup beef jerky Valentine's Day With The Kids Create a Valentine's Day skit and record in on your phone. Send it to those you love who many not be near this day. Cook heart-shaped pancakes in the morning and top with strawber- ries and whipped cream. Add a squeeze of red or pink food coloring to the batter for an extra twist! Check out a kid-friendly movie at the local theater or get tickets to a local play. Create a heart scavenger hunt. Hide pa- per hearts around the house. Send them off with clues that rhyme and have a fun treat waiting for everyone at the end. Have a Valentine's Day joke contest! Reward those that get the most laughs. Take the kids to their favorite restaurant or playground for an afternoon out. Just snuggle and enjoy one another. FEBRUARY 2019 / MILITARYSPOUSE.COM 13

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