Monday, October 5, 2015

Dum Dum Lollipop Tissue Flowers

For the Get Well Surgery Basket I posted yesterday I showed the Dum Dum Lollipop Tissue Flowers I made. They were so cool they deserved their own post. I saw in the picture I drew inspiration from for the basket these dum dum flowers. I went on a Google search and found a ton of tutorials. I used the tutorial on Garden Therapy.

What you Need:
  • at least 2 colours of tissue paper
  • scissors
  • single hole punch
  • lollipops
  • green electrical tape or floral tape
Fold the tissue paper a number of times until you have a 5′ square. Cut a circle-like shape out of the folded paper, ending up with a organically-roundish pieces of tissue paper with a 4″ diameter. Choose a second color and cut another series of shapes with a 3″ diameter.
Pinch the rounds in the center by gently folding them in half. Use the single hold punch to make a center hole in the paper.
Put the lollipop stick through the hole and twist the papers so that the uneven edges are all on different sides.
Scrunch the paper together around the lollipop and use electrical or floral tape to secure the paper to the stick at the base of of the petals. Wind the tape around the stick to make a stem.
Scrunch and fluff up the tissue paper to give the petals a fuller, ruffled look.
Alexis notes: I didn't have green electrical tape so I used regular tape to hold the paper in place. I also just used one color for each flower. I also wanted to add a leaf so I Googled leaf templates and printed on green card stock. I attached with some tape. 

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Get Well Surgery Basket

As you all know by now I'm a sucker for giving unique gifts! I hate just buying something I love to make something and it to be personalized for the person. BUT I also live in the real world and can't spend like $100 for said gift on the internet. So I try to find ways to make gifts and not go broke!

My boss was having knee surgery and I wanted to surprise her with a special gift in the mail (The live in RI and I live in WA so I need something that can be mailed). I googled get well surgery baskets and found a ton of ideas. I found this picture that is not attached to a site to give credit so if it's your's please let me know and I'll link to you.

What you Need:
Wet Ones
Hand Sanitizer
Headache Meds
Snacks (Fruit, Nuts Etc)
Candy (Chocolate always heals me .. lol)
Caramex (Chapstick)
breath mints
Books / Magazines
Puzzle Books
Dum Dum Flowers (These are cool, I made it's own POST HERE).

I tried to find a cool Bedside Store Caddy like the one in the picture I found. Amazon only had this beige one which was more sophisticated for my bosses decor anyways so it worked! These are so cool they have a flap that you slide between your mattress and box-spring and the other part hangs on the side of your bed! It has a nice spot to fit's a large box of Kleenex. The other items I just fit and made it look nice. The hand sanitzer is the cool kind the you can link on the front.  Most of these items you can find in the dollar bins at Target / Walmart etc. Puzzles and books can always be picked up at the Dollar Tree. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Featured on Great Idea Thursday

One of my most favorite cookies made lately were Cinnamon Shortbread Bars were featured on Great Idea Thursday 115 this week. A big thank you to Krista for the featured!

Joybee, What's for Dinner?

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Beach Themed Food Items

Next on the list was simple things for the beach theme. I got the ideas from The Simple Parent for an easy Beach Party. I found easy food tents the I saved as a jpg and pasted in a word doc to add my wording.

Beach themed Food Ideas:

Sand & Sea Cookies (click for recipe)
Shark Fins - Doritos or Tortilla Chips
Beach Balls - Cheese Balls
Driftwood - Long Pretzel Sticks
Octopus Cupcakes - Click for recipe
Fish Cupcakes - Click for recipe

Ocean Water - I used my go to punch of Hawaiian Punch and 7up (or Twist up since it was on sale).

Have a BEACH of a day!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Beach Themed Party Food ... Sand & Sea Cookies

One more fun recipe made for the beach theme! These were simple sugar cookies just half was died blue, well a little more than half I didn't measure that well .. lol. I saw this idea on The Simple Parent, she used jello to color and flavor her cookies I love my AmeriColor food gel (no taste and a beautiful color).

What you Need:

Sugar Cookies (see recipe below)
AmeriColor Food Color Blue (or Jello like she did)

Half your recipe to keep one half the white (cream color) and then add food coloring to your mixer and mix to the perfect blue color. Take a ball of white and a ball of blue and roll them together! Bake like normal and tada Sand & Sea Cookies! My second batch got a little brown due to the kids were requesting things and I spaced on the cookies in the oven (still yummy just darker then I like).


I started out with a Sugar cookie found on All Recipes, dubbed The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies.

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Beach Themed Party ... Starfish S'More's

So this was not made for the party but it fits in with the theme of the party. I had a special request for a 2 y/o birthday and official adoption.  I got confused on the dates and made them too early for the party date, so the kids had a treat and so did my bestie! ONE thing I learned was the cookie cutter I had didn't make the cleanest star shape. I found this fun recipe for Starfish S'Mores on Hungry Happenings.

1 cup water, divided
3 packages unflavored gelatin (2 1/2 tablespoons)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
1-2 teaspoons butter or non-stick cooking spray
50 squares of graham crackers crushed into crumbs
16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (or chips)

Special Equipment Needed:

stand mixer or super heavy duty hand held mixer
small saucepan with lid
candy thermometer
9″ x 13″ pan
rubber spatula and/or an offset spatula
star cookie cutter
dipping fork or kitchen fork
parchment paper or wax paper
baking sheet or cutting board

First part is you make homemade marshmallows, which isn't hard but not simple. After you make the star cuts you have scraps and not wanting to waste them I cut what I couldn't into squares and rectangles for homemade marshmallows to add to hot cocoa or just to eat. NOW I hate store bought marshmallows, but these are so fluffy and yummy in your mouth!!

Pour 1/2 cup of water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle gelatin over top of water and allow to soften for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pour remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt into a small saucepan.  Stir just to combine ingredients. Cover saucepan, place over medium heat, and cook for 4 minutes.  Remove lid, and clip the candy thermometer onto the side of the pan.  Continue to cook, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit (about 7-8 minutes.)
Place the whisk attachment on your stand mixer. Turn the stand mixer onto low speed. Very carefully and slowly pour the hot sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the softened gelatin. Once all of the sugar syrup is in the bowl, increase  the mixer speed to high. Whip until the marshmallow becomes very thick and cools to a lukewarm temperature, about 12-15 minutes. Add the vanilla and whip just to combine.
While the marshmallow is whipping, prepare your pan.  Butter (or spray with non-stick spray) the bottom and sides of a 9″ x 13″ pan.  Combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch in a bowl.  Sprinkle evenly over the bottom and sides of the pan. Tap pan to remove excess. Save remaining mixture for later.
Butter or spray a rubber spatula and use it to remove the marshmallow from the bowl. Spread the marshmallow evenly in the pan. Use a buttered offset spatula to smooth the surface.

Dust the top of the marshmallow with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Cover bowl of powdered mixture for later use. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncoveredfor at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Now for the S'mores:

Set a large cutting board on top of the pan of marshmallows.  Turn both the board and pan upside down.  The marshmallow should fall right out of the pan onto the board. If it doesn’t, help it along.  Dust a star shaped cookie cutter with some of the powdered sugar/cornstarch mixture.  Press the cookie cutter into the marshmallow, remove, and press marshmallow out.  Dust cutter again, and continue to cut stars until you can’t cut any more.  As you can see, you will have a lot of marshmallow scraps. Either dust them with more powdered sugar/cornstarch or dip them in any leftover chocolate (be sure to leave some chocolate to attach your candy eyes.)

Pour chopped chocolate into a microwave safe bowl.  Heat on high power for 30 seconds.  Stir. Heat on high power for 20 seconds. Stir vigorously.  Heat on high power for 15 seconds.  Stir vigorously.  If not melted, continue to heat for 10 second increments, stirring after each, until melted.

Pour graham cracker crumbs into a shallow dish.

Place one marshmallow star in the melted chocolate.  Use a fork to press the marshmallow into the chocolate, covering the top and all sides of the star.  Place the fork on the underside of the marshmallow and use it to lift the marshmallow out of the chocolate.  Shake the marshmallow to allow any excess chocolate to fall off.  Flop the marshmallow over into the bowl of graham cracker crumbs.  Remove fork.  Sprinkle and push the crumbs over and up against the marshmallow star.  Completely cover the star with crumbs and allow to dry for 1-2 minutes in the crumbs. Remove from crumbs and set on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or cutting board.

Use a toothpick to dig out small circles of the graham cracker crumbs where the eyes will be on each starfish. Add a dab of chocolate to the holes and place an eye on top.  

Store your marshmallow starfish in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  Package individual starfish in cellophane bags to give as party favors or gifts.

You can throw away the scraps but I like the waste not method and use for other treats!


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