“Today is” February 11th

Published 9:47 am Thursday, February 11, 2021

Today is National Peppermint Patty Day

Ingredients

½ cup sweetened condensed milk

1½ tsp peppermint extract

3 cups powdered sugar

8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

2 tsp oil

Instructions

In a medium size bowl mix the sweetened condensed milk, peppermint extract, and powdered sugar together until thick dough forms.

Sprinkle some powdered sugar on a flat clean work surface and place the peppermint dough on the sugar. Using a rolling pin roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.

Using a medicine cup or other round object, cut out 1 inch circles from the dough. Place onto a wax paper covered baking sheet.

Place the peppermint patties into the fridge to allow to cool for about 30 minutes.

Place the chocolate in a heat safe bowl. Add the oil. Heat the chocolate in the microwave in 15 second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted. Stir until smooth.

Using a fork dip the peppermint patties into the melted chocolate and place back on the wax paper covered baking sheet.

Once all patties have been coated place the tray back in the fridge and allow the chocolate to set for another 30 minutes.

Store the peppermint patties in the fridge until ready to be served! Enjoy!

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Today in History: In 1805, 16 year old Sacajawea, the Shoshoni guide for Lewis & Clark, gives birth to her son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, with Meriwether Lewis serving as midwife.

Fun Fact: Due to Sacajawea’s pertinent in Lewis & Clark’s expedition, the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) of the early 20th century adopted her as a symbol of women’s worth and independence, erecting several statues and plaques in her memory, and doing much to recount her accomplishments.

Lagniappe: Sixty years of guilt finally got the better of him and so an unidentified grandfather confessed that he stole handcuffs belonging to one of Los Angeles’ finest three decades ago, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. The LAPD says it received a package recently containing the cuffs, a $100 donation and a letter of apology from a 74-year-old man who admitted that he witnessed an altercation at a local diner 60 years ago. The police were called, one of the officers dropped his handcuffs and the man picked them up but didn’t return them. He kept them, for whatever reason, and when his grandsons asked him where he got the cuffs, he decided it was time to return them. As he told it in his letter: “They were aghast and asked me why I stole the handcuffs from a policeman. I, of course, had no good explanation and I told them it was the wrong thing to do and I wasn’t proud of it.” And so, he decided to “make amends.”