Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mummy's Gone Batty!

As fall and Halloween quickly approaches, so does my excitement!
It's a huge event around my house, from the
 decorations to creating the treats.
I think Mummy's and Bats will surely set the mood with
goodies for all ages!
 Although our costumes have changed considerably,  
whenever I see this picture...

it brings back memories of.....pillowcases for our candy haul, walking with a group of friends for miles with a mask you couldn't see through.
As for those ventilated masks, by block two there was so much steam brewing underneath those masks it felt like a sauna.
They were eventually cast to the bottom of the pillowcase, left with a gooey candy coating by nights end.

One of our favorite family activities in my childhood and carries over to this day is, watching old scary classic movies.
Staring Vincent Price and Boris Karloff.  
They had us shivering in our boots!
What better treat to snack on while watching
The Mummy?
Well, Mummy's and Bats of course. 

Head~donut holes
 (preferably Entenmann's pumpkin pop em's)
       Body~ Twinkies or  rolled cake
pretzel sticks
white candy melts or
almond bark
 candy eyes


Follow package directions for melting the white candy melts. 
Skewer the white chocolate dipped pretzel stick into the donut hole.  Connect both head  and Twinkie body. Push dipped lollipop stick through the bottom center of the Twinkie, about half way.

Brush and coat the entire domed front, add candy eyes. 
I like working with
candy melts and or almond bark because it sets quickly.
Follow up with coating the flat back side.
**I always use small paint brushes that are strictly  for food purposes only**

Drizzle white chocolate melts in a criss cross motion covering the mummy forming his cloth wrappings. 
I use a plastic baggie as a pastry bag, by cutting a small slit on the bottom corner.

That's a wrap!

 Wherever there's a mummy in a cave....
a bat is sure to follow.

Head~donut holes
Wings~dark chocolate cookies
Fangs~candy bone sprinkles
 candy eyes 
Halloween themed paper straws 
or lollipop sticks
chocolate or black candy melts

Cut chocolate cookie in half and with the small point of a pairing knife notch out bat wing points.

Dip straw or lollipop stick into melted chocolate.
Poke straw or stick into the donut hole, continue with a 
 dunk of the entire donut.
Let excess drip off before placing on Silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet.

Place eyes and fangs on face.
I took a toothpick when the chocolate started to set and pulled peaks out to form the bats ears.

Make sure the wings are touching and brush the back of the bat head  generously with the melted chocolate.
Lay bat on top of wings, set aside to dry.

They're ready for the party!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Taking Notes

If you look W-A-Y B-A-C-K in the recess of my kitchen cupboard there's a pile of abandoned festive napkins.  Designs for every special occasion or season imaginable, from Halloween to the Fourth of July.   For birthdays,  anniversaries and  everything in between.  If I wasn't so smitten with the new fanciful prints that sway me into purchasing them, I might use up the plethora in my stash.  My excuse....I may not have enough napkins for any upcoming event!  Which really is only a problem if I planned on entertaining several banquets at one time!  We'll, I'm here to save the stray designer napkin from a terrible fate... of being used for that quick clean up of a common spill.

We're  winding  down the summer and winding up the  holiday season.

What you'll need~Glad Press'n Seal

along with over sized (scored & folded) index cards or blank stationary cards
This is the basic technique, which we'll be creating a few items with, but you'll find so many more uses.... placards, tags, monograms and invitations.

Each pack of napkins is labeled with the number of ply's,
which comes in quite handy when you start separating each layer.

Separate each
 napkin layer.


Cover your index card with the Press'n Seal sticky side down.

 With the palm of your hand smooth  out any wrinkles to release any air bubbles.


Place the single ply (napkin) print side up over the card that's been covered with the Press'n Seal
Smooth out any remaining wrinkles.

 Optional Step
The napkins that have three ply's usually have a layer with  faded print, it can be used on the  inside of the card (writing surface).

Use parchment paper to protect your iron and work table.I cover my table with a heatproof pad before laying down the parchment.
You can reuse the parchment paper over and over again.

Press with high heat and no steam iron.
Let cool, then trim off the excess.
Fold and repress with the iron, creating the crisp crease fold.

**if you get a spot that didn't fuse, lift it back up while hot and insert a little  scrap of Press'n Seal over the area, reposition your napkin and re-iron.**

Stationary cards completed in just a couple steps.The cards have a wonderful linen feel, smooth to the touch.

I would recommend using either a napkin with bold colors and or  a booklet with a lighter print cover.

 To avoid the red book cover from showing through
I applied two individual napkin layers & the Press n Seal.

There are several inexpensive notebooks that don't have much appeal on their own, but can be transformed into a lovely pocket journal.

This poor notepad had a run in with a stubborn label that couldn't be removed without pulling half the cover off.
It was a mess!!

Now it's a notepad with a beautiful purpose.
This method would be a fun way to decorate and personalize a school notebook.
I prefer the texture of the napkins untreated because it has the feel of fabric.
A coat or two of Mod Podge can be applied for added strength and durability.

This French(tin) postcard pocket was ideal for holding a few stationary cards.
It has an adorable cupid surrounded with romantic french writing.
There's a printed post card on the reverse side

I placed my Parisian Pocket on the night table of the guest room
 (pen included).
My friends and family can use them to jot down notes to family at home or make a list of sights they'd like to see while in town.

I like to surprise my company as they leave 
with a lil' gift of cards and tags wrapped up with a ribbon.  Either in a cello bag or a box to match.
Let me know in the comments what you'll be creating with you napkins.

XO Sara

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My neighbors.......

my friends, for over 27 years!

Here's the gate that connects our (back) yards together
the path that leads me to their (back) door.

This sign greets me at each visit as I enter their yard.
We have traveled this path back and forth through many seasons of our lives.
Come rain, snow or sunshine.

(that's my back yard in the background)

Cinnamon streusel bread +

Butter cream frosting =

a delectable loaf of tastiness for my back door friends.

Along with party napkins, I have a plethora of cellophane bags too.
They come in handy for packaging an assortment of gifts.
I thought you'd might like to see how I spruce them up.
I start with.....
coffee filters, they're ideal for packaging baked goods,
they're absorbent with a charming ruffly touch .
The tan filters matched my kitchen themed tissue paper.

I've got all three designs of Goose Berry Patch tissue: Christmas, Garden and Kitchen prints,
(my all time favorites).
To my disappointment the tissue and matching bags have been discontinued from the GBP line, if anyone has any connections...
I would love it if they'd bring it back.

I cut a strip long enough to wrap from top to bottom.
Covering only the front and back, leaving the sides exposed, for a tiny hint at the surprise inside.

To dye the tags, dip or spritz with brewed tea.
Sprinkle cinnamon over damp tags , let dry.
Once again, the impatient one that I am...they went into the oven for a quick dry.
When they completely dried, I sprinkled a few drops of extract.
Some of my tags were scented with vanilla extract the others with cinnamon.
I change the extract to match the flavor of the confection inside.
Lemon, orange, coconut and almond extracts are the scents I use the most in scenting the goodies gift tags.

Jot a note or recipe.

Tie with jute twine.

Reach into your collection of......Napkins, laces, ribbons or handkerchiefs, these are all simple elegant options.
Using fabric napkins or vintage hankies is giving a gift wrapped in a gift.

Dried or candied fruit slices can be used as charms with the tags.

Teas and candied fruit can be given during any season,
served up hot or cold.
I drop a few slices in the cello bag with the tea.
The candied lemon and orange slices are wonderful when they're infused with the tea.
Throughout the summer......sun tea is always brewing on my patio.

A swatch of lace, candied fruit and a little flower makes your cellophane bag into an elegant gift.

An easy and inexpensive way to personalize your ribbon is simple to achieve with rubber stamps.
You choose the caption, ribbon and color of ink, then stamp away.

I've missed you! 

I've been busy tending to my kitty who's recovering from major surgery.  I'll be back soon with all new posts!