Friday, February 12, 2016

Cake Balls in a Cup

 Last year I made a bunch of cake balls and packaged them up several different ways.  I used this recipe for red velvet cake balls.
 I found some cute little coffee cups at TJ Max, but you could cover plain white cups with scrapbook paper as well.  I filled each one with cake balls.
I made little tags to go on each one.  I found some conversation heart stamps at Michael's and I stamped and embossed them to make them shiny.  Everything is better with a little sparkle.  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Glitter Cake Balls

Here's a quick little video on how to 'glitter' cake balls.  It includes some tombstone ideas....riveting, I assure you.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bling It On

 Today there should be a segment airing on Good Morning, Texas with bling.  Lots of bling. Six projects filled with bling.  There are a few I won't have time to demo, so I'll be posting those instructions soon.
You can watch the segment via my facebook.  I'll post a few tutorials I don't have time to show on youtube.  
The above bobby pins are one of the projects.  I made them using these fun little spare parts pieces and bobby pins with the flat circle I hot glued the little pieces to and then I wrapped the brad ends around the pin to secure it into place.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Easy Valentine's Card

 Last fall I went scrapbooking with my friend Amber.  We signed up for a long one, so I brought a collection of projects including cards.  I TRY to make cards for my god children etc for the holidays, but....I don't always have the time.  Luckily, these didn't take much time!
I found these heart punches at a scrapbook garage sale for a steal.  I know they still sell them at the store, but....these are the sort of things you can find really cheap if you look around b/c they have been around so long.  I used my scraps of paper to cut out a bunch of hearts.  I glued them down in different designs and then used a stamp to spell out love.  A lot cheaper than the store bought.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Mardi Gras Wreath

 I put this wreath together at the last minute last year for Mardi Gras.
 I covered a simple foam wreath with tissue paper....
 ...and then I wrapped beads around the entire thing.  I know if you attend any of the parades this should be really affordable.  I ran down to a local party supply store and bought beads with some varying textures.
I added a bow and a little mask and it was ready to party.


Friday, February 05, 2016

Last Minute Mini King Cakes

 I made these last minute king cakes last year.  I created this free printable you can download here.  To put these together I bought a can of cinnamon rolls.  I unrolled them, stacked two together and then simply twisted them into a circle until they formed little knots.  You could also just twist the two together and wrap them in the traditional circle with the hole in the middle.
I baked them as the can instructed, added icing and sprinkles.  The icing hardens so you are able to bag these up.  I put little babies in each bag, but you could also just place the baby in one if you want just ONE king for the day.  Super simple, and everything is better in mini!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Make a Mardi Gras Party Hat

I was inspired to make some mini Mardi Gras party hats after seeing these little guys on sale at little boutique throughtout New Orleans on my last visit.  Here's a video tutorial...

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Alligator Cookies

 I made these cookies last year in honor of Mardi Gras.  I realize that Mardi Gras is celebrated all over, but New Orleans has a pretty big draw this time of year....and Louisiana=alligators...right?  I originally saw this idea here.  These are really easy to put together.
I dipped some nutter butters in melted green chocolate, added these eyeballs I found in the cake section (I've also made my own before), and some white chocolate teeth.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Cherry Chocolate Chip Dip

I put this together last year for a meeting at work and it was the perfect level of sweetness...not too sweet, but the perfect mix of chocolate, cherries and everything that is good. I found the recipe at brucrew.   Sweet dips are always a fun surprise.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Dip
Ingredients:  8 oz cream cheese (softened), 1/2 c. butter, 2 T cherry juice (from your jar of cherries), 1 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips, 1 c. pecans (chopped fine), 10 oz jar maraschino cherries (quartered), chocolate crackers for dipping
Instructions:  1.  Beat cream cheese and butter until well mixed.  Add cherry juice.  Gradually add in powdered sugar.  
2.  Mix in chocolate chips, pecans, and cherry pieces (stir gently by hand).  
3.  Chill.  Serve with graham crackers.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

Valentine's Cake Balls

 Last year I made these little boxes of treats for friends local and far away.
 I made red velvet cake balls using this recipe.  I bagged up the cake balls I was mailing in little cellophane bags.  I put the heart box into little square boxes with the cards that I wanted to mail.
 I made these little cards to go with each one.
 I printed a little message on the inside of my cards using this tutorial.
 I found these little paper mache heart boxes and I covered the tops and sides with scrapbook paper.  I added ribbon to the boxes I was passing out here and tied the tags to the top of those.
I was really digging the red and brown last year.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Donut Valentine

 I saw these pinned last year on pinterest and then this year when I found this little wax paper bags at Hobby Lobby, I decided to make my own.
I created a printable and printed it on card stock and then I taped the edges of the bag over the print where I wanted my message to go.  I ran it through again and was left with my Valentine's message
 Here's a free printable link.
And just in case here is  a video for printing on odd sized papers.
Add donut, and they are ready to go.  Fun, and cute and adult or kid friendly....just saying.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cupid Cookies

 I made these cookies last year for Valentine's Day.  I have a friend that makes cookies, but she lives pretty far away and didn't have time to ship them with all her other orders....but I was OBSESSED with these cupid cookies.  The original cookie came from here.  I decided it was time to try out royal icing cookies.  I know, I know there are so many things for me to learn, but I'm more than fine with these little ladies.
The clever party-you use a snowman cookie cutter to make the shape!
 Turn it upside down and then use some icing to outline your figure.
 It dries really quickly and then you can go and start filling in each little section. Below is the face.  Let it dry/add details etc etc.  I posted the recipe below and I used 8 cups of icing for the fill, and then added a little water so the icing would thin a bit.  You squeeze the icing inside the lines and then tap the cookie on a counter so it will smooth out a bit before it dries.
 This is the finished product.  I used a heart sprinkle for the side of the hair.
 Once they dried I bagged them up.
 I researched a bunch of recipes and the cookies and icing I used was pretty tasty.
Royal Icing Sugar Cookie Recipe
For the Cookies
Ingredients:  1 sticks of butter (softened), 1 c. powdered sugar, 1 egg, 1 t vanilla, 1/2 t almond extract (optional), 2 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 t salt
Instructions:  Cream the butter and eggs.  Add the extracts.  Mix in the flour and salt.  Cover and chill for two hours.  Roll about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out shapes and bake at 375 for 12 minutes.
*You can freeze the dough in a Ziploc freezer bag.  Just thaw it overnight in the fridge.  Set it out in it's not totally thawed, but you want it to be chilled and not mushy or the shape won't hold well.  
For the Icing
Ingredients: 4 T meringue powder, 1/2 c. water, 7-8 c powdered sugar (more will created a thicker icing-8 cups would be good for outlining, 7 cups for flooding), 1 t. vanilla, 2 T Crisco, 2 T light corn syrup
Instructions:  Mix the meringue powder and water on high until it's fluffy and the white makes peaks (this takes a few minutes-at least five).  Add the rest of the ingredients.
*Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a month.  

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mini Pecan Rolls..Gone Vegan

I adapted this recipe from Pioneer Woman.  I'm not vegan, but my brother is, and sometimes I like to share my calories.  He's skinny.  I'm not.  So, when I want to try out a recipe, if I can tweak it a bit to make it Vegan, I do so I can ship some his way.  
I adjust this one a bit from the original because I'm not feeding a ranch.  
You can print the recipe here.  If you don't want it to be vegan, just replace the vegan butter for the real deal.  
Or..here are the step by steps with the adaptions for a smaller batch gone vegan.  
For the dough, I took Rhodes bread loaves and pulled one out and let it thaw as the package instructed.  It rose, and I punch it down and then rolled it out as far as I could stretch it.  
 I melted 1/4 c vegan butter in a pan over medium  and then added 1/2 c chopped pecans, 1/2 c karo syrup, and 1 t. vanilla.  I let it come to a boil and then pulled it off the stove and set it aside.
 To the dough I added 1/4 c melted vegan butter and then a ton of sugar and cinnamon.  Really...I covered it/doused it, could have added more.
 I put little spoonfuls of pecans and the 'juice' into 24 mini muffin cups.
I rolled up the bread like a log and then cut 24 really thing slices and placed them on top of the pecan mix.  I let them rise for about 20 minutes (and used this time to preheat the oven to 375).  I baked it for 15 minutes, and then turned the muffins over on a baking sheet almost immediately (the instructions said they came out better if you waited 20 minutes, but I found when i tried that the pecans stuck to the pans bc the sauce had hardened.  You may have to spoon some of the pecan mix back on from the pan.
One thing I learned, store these and eat them the next day....they are even better-I don't know why, but....it's true!