Friday, February 10, 2017

Peeps Flower Pops

Hmmm..what to get my Mom for her (day before) Valentine's birthday.
Candy or flowers..or both!!

Yes! Here's a crazy easy and cute as can be Valentine's Peeps treat. 

Peeps Strawberry marshmallow hearts with Mike and Ike candies makes for a sweet flower pop to give to your special Valentine.

I think my Mom is gonna 💓 these!
You will need several..oh no, wait, just three items to make your flower pops. Peeps hearts, Mike and Ike candies and lollipops sticks.

Well, one more. You will also need a sharp knife.
Insert the lollipop stick into the heart.

Cut the green candy in half.

Press the sticky cut edges onto the lollipop stick.

You're done!

Now let us all celebrate this sweet holiday with those we love most and watch our love grow!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sweet thoughts, Karen 💗

Friday, February 3, 2017

Football Marshmallow Pops

Let me just say, it is getting pretty exciting down in our neck of the woods!

The Falcons are going to the SUPER BOWL!!

#RiseUp #FlyFalcons #Woohoo

If you've got room for one more football treat in your game day grub fest, I think my football pops are a great way to kick off the night!

Our Sunday evening church service begins at 6 o'clock so we have our DVR set to record. I'm hoping to avoid anyone with a smart phone who (so kindly) wants to share the score! So if anyone sees me sticking my fingers in my ears and leaving out by the side door, you'll know why! Haha! 😜  
I used:
10 ounce bag Ghirardelli chocolate wafers
white gel food color tube
two-inch oval cutter
no-stick cooking spray
lollipop sticks
parchment paper
small cup of water
You will first have to look through your marshmallow bag to find ones that are large enough to fit the cutter. They are not all the same size!

Lightly spray your cutter, wipe off excess and press into the marshmallow cutting through.
Dip end of lollipop stick into water, shake off excess and insert into end of marshmallow. 
Melt chocolate according to package instructions or in a small saucepan over low heat.

Dip football pop in chocolate and place on parchment paper to set.
It was kinda hard not to sample as I dipped.

*Correction. I sampled as I dipped.😋
If I make these again, I think I would use regular white icing as opposed to gel. It would have made for cleaner lines..but these still turned out cute!
Don't drop the ball..make your football treats today!!

Here's to a great game with the Falcons and the Patriots!
Let's Go Falcons!

Have a sweet day, Karen

Friday, January 6, 2017

Kit Kat Snowman Craft

It's coming, it's's here!!!

As I sit here in my cozy chair by the fire and my hubby is grilling on the back porch, the first snowflakes are falling in Georgia!

We wait for this (sometimes elusive) day every year.

We finally have our...
Look at this cutie!

To get started, I dipped my knife in hot water, dried it off, then gently cut the candy bar into four sections.
Items I used to build my candy snowman:
White Chocolate Kit Kat bars
Candy coated sunflower seeds (for the nose)
Candy eyes
White candy melts (for the "glue")
Blue, pink and chocolate fondant

Tools and supplies I used:
Fondant roller
2 inch square cutter
paintbrush (used the handle end to dab on melted candy)
off-set spatula
parchment paper
To make the fondant hat, roll out fondant on parchment paper, cut out a two inch square, fold up bottom edge, place on top of Kit Kat bar and mark lines in hat with spatula.

Now just wrap the hat around the head section of candy bar, press cut ends together in back, gently gather middle section and pinch off top. Roll the pinched off fondant into a ball and press onto top of hat.

Whew! That sounds like a lot of steps, but after you try it once, you will be an expert fondant hat maker! 
Melt candy wafers in microwave and attach candy eyes and nose.
Baby it's cold outside, so our snowman needs a scarf!

Roll out two pieces of colored fondant and cut into strips.
Place strips side by side and roll together using fondant roller.

Cut out two lengths and using a knife, fringe the scarf ends.
Attach scarf to snowman with melted candy.

I then used snowflake sprinkles to decorate my hats!

How incredibly quick and easy these were to make. And you know that means more time to play in the snow!
Do you wanna eat a snowman?!! Yum!

Thanks for dropping by and if anybody needs me, I'll be outside!

Have a sweet and snowy day, Karen! 😊

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year Cookie Banner Cookies!

Welcome to 2017!
(In a couple more days anyways!)

My oldest sister always comes down from Virginia at the end of December for our big family Christmas celebration. So right after we have our Christmas, it will be time for the big countdown!

I'm feeling so blessed to begin yet another new year...woohoo!

I can feel it!
It's gonna be a BANNER YEAR!

So let's get this party started!
 Make a batch of your favorite cut-out cookie dough or you can click here for the recipe I used. 

Also, I'm sharing links for the rectangle cutter I used (4 1/2 inch by 3 inch), as well as the number cutters. 

Roll out dough and cut out rectangle shapes. 

You will also need a 2 1/2 inch and 5/8 inch heart cutter. If you don't have these, you could just use the zero number cutter. Orrrr, cut some hearts freehand!
 Before baking cookies on your parchment lined pan, use a knife to cut banner bottoms shapes for the cookies as shown above.

Haha..banner bottoms! Sorry, I must be 7! 😜
In addition to the cutters, you will need yellow and red fondant, and gold luster dust.

Also not pictured, gold sugar sprinkles, red petal dust and vanilla extract.
 Roll out red fondant and cut heart shapes. I didn't get a photo of the tiny hearts!

If you want a little extra sparkle on your heart (and hey, who doesn't?), use a dry food safe brush to apply red petal dust!
Roll out yellow fondant and cut numbers.
  Using yellow fondant as the base will give the numbers a finished, deeper gold color.

Mix a little of the gold luster dust with vanilla extract.
Using a food safe brush, paint the numbers with long even strokes. Let dry.
Give your numbers a second coat of paint.
Look at this lovely, gold number 7!
Melt black candy melts.
 Dip tops into melted candy.
Use an off-set spatula to smooth the top and sides of candy coated cookies. Place the number on top and sprinkle on some gold sugar sprinkles.

So here ya go!
Your sweet banner is ready for the final hours of 2016!
Here's to the most wonderfullest new year filled with 💗 for us all!

Happy 2017, Karen!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Baby Jesus in the Manger Craft

Luke 2:11-14
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Thankful for The Gift sent by God to be our wonderful Saviour!

If you'd like to make your own baby Jesus in the manger craft, here are the items needed below.

S'moreMallows, Kit Kat bars, chocolate chips, graham crackers, decorator tip, shredded wheat cereal, pink and blue fondant, shredded wheat cereal and black candy decorating pen.
I melted chocolate chips to use as my "glue" for my manger craft.
Once the chocolate has set and cooled on the manger legs, use more melted chocolate to attach the two legs as shown in the photo below.
Let set to let chocolate harden. 
To make the manger to set on top of the legs, cut a graham cracker square in half. Dip the two long sides in chocolate and press together. Use a marshmallow on each side to prop the crackers up to form a v shape.

Let set till hardened.
Spread some melted chocolate onto the graham cracker manger and sprinkle with shredded wheat.

I could have done a neater job!
Cut a piece of the marshmallow to use as the baby's body.
Roll out a small piece of the blue fondant to use as the swaddling clothes.

Wrap it around the marshmallow body as you would wrapping a baby in a blanket.
Roll a small piece of the pink fondant to form the baby's head.

Dot the eyes using the candy decorator pen.

Lastly, use the small round end of a decorator tip to press a smile into the fondant face. sweet. 😊
Now you can assemble the pieces.
Attach manger piece to the candy legs with melted chocolate. Let set till chocolate hardens.
It's time to lay baby Jesus in the manger!

To make the star, I rolled out a lemon Starburst and cut with a star cutter.

Wishing you all a most blessed and the merriest of Merry Christmases! Love, Karen

Happy Birthday Jesus!