Sunday, June 28, 2015

A FOURTH OF JULY ENCORE!

Every now and again I'll go through my archives and rediscover a few projects worth reposting.
 Especially for new friends who may have missed the post it's first time around.  


Let's get crackin'
Party Favor!




We'll be using toilet or paper towel rolls.
Cut the paper towel rolls in half, matching the length of the toilet rolls.
You'll need three or four strips of (2 1/2-3 inch wide) patriotic themed (wired) ribbon or scrap booking paper.
Starting at the bottom, glue ribbon around roll leaving a smidge of over lap to conceal the raw edge.



Tuck raw edge in.




Wrap and hot glue second strip, continuing to tuck in raw edges.


         
        Glue last strip leaving a large overlap.




Tie a bundle of patriotic tinsel trimmings together.
For a spiral effect... I wrapped a few strands of wire tinsel around a pencil.


         
Slip tinsel bundle into the firecracker opening, tie securely with (patriotic themed)                    ribbon or bakers twine.



Turn the bottom over and fill with goodies,
candies, confetti, poppers, etc.



To close the bottom opening glue a strip of                    fabric then trim off the excess.
        The weight of the contents will allow                the firecrackers to stand on there own.
            

Patriotic Fan Embellishment
1. Cut the pleats from a cupcake liner.
2. Sew a gathering stitch along the top of the pleat.
3. Draw thread in until a round fan is formed, tie knot and glue closed.
Star fans coordinate with the vintage postcard.  

    


I sprayed painted wood stars and used them as bases for my firecrackers.



Here are a few images that can be used as scrap booking paper and vintage postcards for this project.














Vintage postcards






I hope you have a star spangle 4th of July!


Thursday, June 4, 2015

It's not just an egg roll wrap...
it's a petite dessert cup!
You can't beat the cuteness of a lil' cup  filled with deliciousness. 

 

Simply take an egg roll wrapper and cut any shape with a cookie cutter.


Or you can easily cut out a shape free hand using kitchen scissors or a paring knife.
To form the little cups I cut rounds by using my biscuit cutter and placed 
them in a lightly greased muffin tin.
Baked until they were a light golden brown.


My filling of choice was~honey, fresh lime with zest, yogurt, cottage cheese, mixed with whipped cream, blended until it formed soft peaks.
Topped off with various seasonal fresh fruits.


For an embellishment... I made small flower shapes, baked flat on a cookie sheet and added a light dusting of powder sugar while they were still warm.

Wonton/egg roll wrappers are lower in calories than traditional pastry, 
making it a nice alternative.
The cups are also great for a savory appetizer.
One of my favorites is seasoned shrimp, veggies with a lemon vinaigrette
The sky's the limit.




Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hippity Hoppity Hooray Easters On Its Way

(Image source Pinterest)
Prepping for Easter comes in all facets, from trimming the outdoors for the egg hunt to...

(Image source Pinterest)
 trimming the indoors with a spring tablescape.
 
(source Goggle image)
 To no surprise...the funnest is filling the Easter basket with all those sweet treats!



I'm a push over for cute and frilly, packaging!  When I see an Easter treat that shouts out bun fun, it puts a big smile on my face.



Bun-Bum-Fun Cookies

I thought this would fill our basket with cute bun-fun!
~List of supplies~
(Any) white chocolate melts, morsels or almond bark 
1pkg. Nutter Butter peanut butter cookies
1 bag of Lindt Lindor white chocolate truffles 
mini & traditional sized marshmallows
powder sugar


For the bunny bums take the Lindt white chocolate balls and slowly rub across a low heated (non stick) pan.  Melt down the balls to form more of a dome shape. 

Create the tail by taking mini marshmallows and roll it around in the palm of your hand until a tiny round tail is formed.   Dip the tail into the melted chocolate and attach it to the bum.


For the bunny ears, dip scissors into the powder sugar, cut marshmallows lengthwise.
 You should get 3 ears per marshmallow. 
Dip the ear sticky side down into the powder sugar, dust off the excess.
Pinch the tips to form the ear points.


  
 Dip cookies into melted chocolate.
Place on parchment paper, chill to set.
Brush a bit of the melted white chocolate to use as glue to adhere both the ears and bum.


Shhh, bunny sleeping.

 It's best to let the cookies set in fridge over night.
If the bunny starts to soften immediately return to the fridge or freezer to chill.

Trim, bag and add the frills!

Napkin Covered Easter Eggs


Now time to create a sort of papier-mâché  Easter egg with napkins.
Grab those spring print Easter napkins, 
(Elmer's multi purpose) white glue or
 Mod Podge
and large plastic Easter eggs.

Separate the white ply from the napkins leaving just the side with print. 
Cut or tear small
circles from the napkins.
I used a small candle jar to trace out a pattern.


  Begin gluing, layering, until the egg is completely covered.

The heavier the layers the more opaque the egg will appear.  



Some of the eggs I preferred applying a thinner layer so the egg color could show through.


  *Make sure the rim stays clear of glue in order to join the two pieces together again.  When the  trim is applied it will hide the raw edges when it's closed.


The eggs can be filled and or.... 


sealed and set out as decor. 
Whichever way you choose to display or fill your Napkin Easter  eggs,
it's sure to bring a smile!

HOPPY EASTER!


 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

No blarney...but a pot of St. Patty's gold!

When I think of St. Patrick's day, it reminds me of my childhood.  Searching through my wardrobe high and low for just the perfect green ensemble.
Because....no one, wanted that fate of being pinched until they
  turned green!
There weren't too many St. Patty treats that caught my attention in my youth except for... gold foiled chocolate coins and those cute muslin bags of gold nugget bubble gum.  

They're the inspiration for my pots of gold.  

Here's what you'll need~
Apples 
Dark Chocolate Candy Bar or Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Gold Foiled Coins 
Black or Grape Licorice
Caramels or Tootsie Rolls 
 Smarties or Sweet Tarts  (candies) 
 Duff's gold spray food coloring
(for tinting Smarties &Sweet Tarts)

Cookie sticks (optional)
 Green Straws
 (to cover sticks optional)

Take 4 caramels per apple and microwave for approximately 4-5 seconds or until slightly soften.
Roll and shape the caramel into a rope.  
Melt dark chocolate with 1-2 T. of shortening.
You want the chocolate to have a thin
 (almost liquid) consistency.
 Dip just the top of your apple into the chocolate, place the caramel rope directly on top forming a ring.  This will adhere the two together.  Forming your pot rim.
Set in fridge to firm up.
If you're adding a stick dip it into the chocolate before poking it into the apple,  it will act as the glue. 
 
Dip the whole apple into the chocolate allowing  the excess to drip off.
Place on a parchment sheet and put back into the fridge to set up again.


A licorice rope  can be used as a handle on your pot of gold. 
 (adhere with toothpicks).


Take a pastry brush and coat the top of the pot with chocolate and drop your gold foiled coins, (yellow) Choco Rocks, bubble gum gold nuggets.
I added a lil' tag suggesting my friends to  remove the bubble gum nuggets and foiled chocolate coins before they indulged.









It only took one brand new computer
and...



 one brand new camera!!!
But, I'm back!!