Friday, January 30, 2015

Football Field Lollipops

 Are you ready for some football..lollipops?

Hubby and I have our own Super Bowl tradition. Since it's always on a Sunday, we are at church for the first half. I tape it so that we don't miss any of the good plays, plus we have time to pick up a pizza or wings and of course snacks.

There is just one small obstacle to overcome in my plan. 
Or should I say say several? Smart phones!
You've heard of them..everybody has one..I have one.
But on this particular day, if I see you with one, I'm running the other way!

I've had Braves scores given away before I got the chance to get home and see the game for myself. I love my Braves baseball. And just for this one day, I love football too. So please, if you see me coming and you know the score..don't tell me. But if it does happen, all is not lost. At least I still have my game day goodies! 

Today I made sweet little football field lollipops.

Enjoy the game everyone and may your team win!
Airheads (white), green Jolly Ranchers, chocolate covered almonds, canned white icing and lollipop sticks.
 I am a seriously terrible piper, so instead of worrying about a piping catastrophe, I ended up using fondant and a mold to make my numbers. Click here to see the mold I used. Just dust the mold with powdered sugar and press in a rolled rope of fondant. I froze mine for a few minutes, used a small metal spatula to scrape off the excess and easily popped the numbers out!
 I'm using Airheads white mystery flavor to make my football field lines.
I just rolled it slightly with my fondant roller and used a sharp knife dusted with powdered sugar to cut them.
 Piping skills are nearly non-existent. #thestruggleisreal
 Preheat oven to 275 degrees. You will bake candies for about 7 minutes. 
Just keep an eye on them so they don't over melt.
Place the unwrapped Jolly Ranchers candies on a parchment lined pan. Place in preheated oven. When melted, remove from oven and gently twist in lollipop stick. Let cool completely on pan.
I attached the fondant and Airheads by lightly brushing water on the back of the candy. They will stick easily. I used just a dab of corn syrup on the lollipop to attach the "football".

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Quick, Fudgy & Chewy Frosted Brownies

Quick & Easy Chewy & Fudgy Frosted Brownies!

These delicious chocolaty bars are from a cookbook my sweet hubby bought me on one of our trips to Hershey many years ago.
Of course my Hershey cookbook didn't call for Ghirardelli chocolate..but yum, it's my favorite!

Six ingredients, including my current favorite flavoring of vanilla bean 'crush' will make for some awesome brownies.
You can totally use these brownies for bribes..just let them get a whiff of this..mmmm.
 While these babies are baking, you have plenty of time to lick wash the bowl clean!

 This frosting is gonna be good!
Oh yeah!!!
Fudgy & Chewy Brownies
1 four oz. bar Ghirardelli unsweetened chocolate baking bar
1 1/2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (I use vanilla bean crush)
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare 13x9 baking pan by lining with foil. Spray cooking spray onto foil. I then sugar my pan. This gives the brownies just a little added sweet crunch.

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring until fully melted and smooth. Add sugar; stir until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla mixing well. Stir in flour until blended. Pour into prepared pan and spread.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Do not over bake. 
Let cool while preparing frosting.

Creamy Chocolate Frosting
3 oz. Ghirardelli unsweetened chocolate (this will be 6 squares from a 4 oz bar)
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use vanilla bean crush)
1/8 teaspoon salt

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat stirring until fully melted and smooth. Pour into mixer bowl. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. Mix on medium until well blended.
Frost cooled brownies.

These are amazing with a tall glass of cold milk, or..a nice hot cup of coffee!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chocolate Dipped Turtle Sticks

These Chocolate Dipped Turtle Sticks have been a long time coming.
Since August of last year actually while visiting Priester's Pecans on our family beach trip. We all flipped for their Fiddlesticks. You can read about our trip here if you like.

 Here, I have made my own version of these ooey, gooey, yummy candies. Where they used raw pecans, I roasted mine in coconut oil. I also used my homemade caramels recipe. My family went nuts for these homemade candy sticks. They are already putting in orders for more!

I'm including the link here for Priester's Pecans Fiddlesticks if you would rather buy them than make them.

But oh how I hope you make them!
Begin by oven roasting your pecans. I used one tablespoon coconut oil for each cup of nuts. Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees, stirring halfway through. I then sprinkled on just a little fine sea salt.
Prepare the caramel. 
Sprinkle the pecans over the caramel...
..and press into the candy. Let set.
Once candies are set, slice these babies up with a lightly oiled, sharp knife. I let mine set up overnight.
Melt the Chocolate. Dip each candy stick in chocolate and place on parchment lined pan.
These go really fast so you might want to sneak a couple into your secret stash before it's too late!
Just a couple more photos to make you want some.

Trust me. These taste as good as they look.
Chocolate Dipped Turtle Sticks

Roasted Pecans
2 cups pecans
2 tablespoon coconut oil (I use this)
Fine sea salt to taste (optional)

Roast nuts for 20 minutes @ 300 degrees stirring halfway through. Sprinkle on salt to taste. 

Click on this link for the recipe.

1 12 oz. package Ghirardelli dark chocolate wafers

Prepare pecans.
Prepare caramel. Let set till firm.
(I let mine set overnight)
Slice candy into sticks and dip in melted chocolate. Place on parchment lined pan. 

These "glorified" chocolate turtles are so worth the effort.
Your taste buds will be sweetly rewarded.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve 2015 Fondant Cake Toppers

Happy New Year's Eve!

Tonite my family will ring in the new year beginning with a service at our church followed by a snack fest and ball drop at my daughter's house!

Next time we talk it will be 2015!

Wishing you all a very blessed new year.
 I absolutely love my Ateco numbers cutters..until I noticed the #5.
It's quite bad actually. It's pretty much the #2 flipped! I have not used the cutter till today and I hope I can find an alternative before I need to use it again.
 Pearl dust..'cause we can never have too much sparkle!
 A simple fondant topper. You can make it even simpler by not using the pearl dust. 
They'll still be colorful and quite festive.
Click here to see the candy covered toppers I made a couple of years ago.
I also used Skittles and M&Ms for the "lights", 
colored fondants, lemon extract to make the pearl dust "paint", a small paintbrush, and lollipop sticks.
Roll out fondant, cut with cookie cutter and insert lollipop stick.
Mix a small amount of lemon extract with pearl dust. Mix with paintbrush and apply to finished topper.  
We're done!

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Here's to a fun and creative 2015.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments Using Melted Peppermints!

 We are 2 days out from Christmas, but I thought you might have time to squeeze in a couple more peppermint ornaments.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments!
Just in time for your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party..well..maybe!

These are super simple to make, because we are using store-bought, ready-made cupcake toppers!

You might remember the Peppermint Stockings I made a couple of years ago.
Or maybe the Peppermint Mittens or Peppermint Mini Mug Gingerbread House. If you want a super easy and quick craft with no time for cutters, here are my Peppermint Christmas Tree Lollipops!

Christmas begins with Christ and I love our family's tradition of reading the Christmas Story on Christmas Eve night.
Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord....."

Wishing you all a very Blessed Christmas!
 My brother's family had ugly Christmas sweater photos made last year for their annual Christmas card! 
It was adorable and ugly all at the same time. 
I have a whole year to plan ours!
 I am using both red and green for my ornaments.
 I found all my cupcake toppers at Michaels and Walmart.
 Christmasy green..
 and Christmasy red..
 In addition to the toppers, I used a variety of sprinkles. Also, not pictured, I used red Disco Dust and attached all decorations with corn syrup.
Ahh, so lovely! You can get your own top quality sweater cutter here at Copper Gifts.
Liberally spray cookie cutter and #10 decorating tip with cooking spray.
Heat oven to 325 degrees. You will melt peppermints for about 10 minutes.
Place candies on parchment lined baking pan. I like to stagger my candies just as you would with bricks. 
The finished look is so pretty.
I determine the placement of and how many candies I need by the size and shape of my cutter.
Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes or until they look as pictured in photo.
Immediately upon removing from oven, firmly press cookie cutter and decorating tip into melted candy. 
Wait 3-4 minutes, (be careful as this is still fairly warm) and press cutters completely through. Break off the outer candies and remove cutters. Lay back down onto pan and let cool.
So many decorating possibilities with these cuties..oops, uglies!
Attach candies with corn syrup or royal icing.
I am so loving this elfie sweater!
Let's make a red one..
Now this is what I'm talkin' about! 

I painted on some corn syrup and sprinkled on red Disco Dust for the cuffs and collar.
 Hey Santa!
 Wouldn't you love to have these little guys hanging around!
That's it!


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