Posted tagged ‘candy’

peanut butter chocolate pretzels – what’s not to love?

July 6, 2012

I’ve been lurking on pinterest again.  We have a picnic to attend tomorrow and will bring a dessert… what to make, what to make??  I saw awesome pics of these peanut butter pretzel bites on pinterest and ohyeahboy we had to make them.  This was a great project for Little Girl and I to do together, no cooking, very few ingredients that don’t have to be measured exactly, they don’t have to look gorgeous, it was perfect! 

and delicious!

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Candy Covered Marshmallows

June 19, 2012

It’s just about time for our annual pilgrimage to one of our favorite places, Sesame Place!  Before that, we will be making the girls’ first trip to NYC to American Girl.  I made these treats to put us in the spirit – candy coated star shaped marshmallows!

ridiculously easy and soooo so cute!

aaaand tasty, too!  i love the way these looked wrapped up singley.  i think next time someone does something nice for me, i will make these treats as a thank you!

but this batch will stay here with us. =D

May Wrap-up 2012

May 31, 2012

So what’s up over here?  Nuthin’.  HI MY 2 READERS!!

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Earlier this month I made Candy sea glass – it looks like sea glass from the beach, but it’s basically a lollipop/hard candy recipe poured in a pan, cracked, then rubbed with powdered sugar.  I think they look pretty authentic!  We gave them to the girls’ teachers as a little treat for Teacher Appreciation Week and they were a big hit.

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Summer is almost here, teachers!

I also had a little getaway to visit friends and family in Florida and we mighta had a good time.  Or 2.

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(I stole this picture from my sister, cuz as she pointed out, I only took 17 pictures the whole time I was down there.  And 10 were of the sunset one night.)

Big girl had her Spring Music performance, and it was adorable as usual.

 

(and she knew it! )

The girls are taking Zumba and loving it.  It’s fun to watch.

 

 and we are ALL looking forward to summer vacation… just a few more school days to go!

Homemade Peppermint Patties

April 4, 2012

My girls love peppermint patties and the pictures on this blog and the simplicity of the recipe….  i had to try.

i don’t have a good supply of colored chocolates right now, so i had to go with what i had.  regardless of the outside color, the inside is p.e.r.f.e.c.t.l.y. yum.

kris wants me to try next time with a dark chocolate outside, i want to try with other flavored oils!

My official taste-tester gives her taste a wobbley thumbs up!

Note: they’re very rich and you might like to make them just slightly smaller than you think you would – that way, you make more and whoever is eating them doesn’t have diabetes by the time they’re done with one.  Think somewhere between Junior Mints and Peppermint patty sized.

groundhog day treats

February 2, 2012

what up, yo?  i’m a groundhog made out of a mini snickers bar.

adorable, yet weird.  and in need of some othodontia.

yes, i dress little candy bars and make them talk to themselves.  what else would i do while the cupcakes are cooling, look for my shadow?

it was 60+ degrees on february 1 in connecticut.  can we say Spring Fever???  That guy up there, his snow is dirty.  That’s pretty much how it looks up here when we have snow. 

see?  there’s some snow…. kinda.  my little push pop groundhogs don’t have snow in their holes, cuz there’s not really any snow here.  i just know when he peeps out his hole, he better see spring.

i still have a BUNCH of the pushpop containers that are available for sale, check em out here:  click me!

peppermints revisited

December 22, 2011

so last year there was a small debacle regarding peppermint candies.  aaaand i had about 450 left.  so i tried these cute little coaster/trivet/thingies i saw somewhere, probably on pinterest.

they didn’t turn out the way i hoped (peppermint candies, i am OVER you!), but i used another 50 candies or so, hooray!  that top one is probably the best, i used a pizza cutter to make the edges sharp and so it’d fit the little tray i wanted to put it on.

the edges tended to get a little runny, but eh, cute enough.  oh, and hey!  dig my cupcakes!  i made those for our viewing party for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and they were pretty darn cute if i say so myself.

and i guess while i’m doing the dump of holiday-time desserts i have made, lookit these little peppermint icecream whoopie pies!  i made the icecream, i made the whoopies, i made the pies!

i did NOT use peppermint hard candies, i’m still looking for ways to use up about 400 of those…

 

good bye summer, hello rock candy

October 7, 2011

i’m going to miss summer, this one was a good one.  the girls learned to swim (mostly), we had some great days hanging out and enjoying everything we could find to do.  the colors this year were just so vibrant and fun.

one more colorful project i tried this summer that met mixed results was rock candy.  i won’t  bother with a recipe because i didn’t find a real winner, but feel free to share one that works with me!

there’s sugar and water and mixing and boiling and mixing and waiting and all that… then food coloring and a little flavoring.  and 2 more lbs of sugar than you think you’ll need.  look, pretty!

(and mason jars, too!  woo hoo!)

skewers and clothespins are involved.  how hard can it be?

there’s  whoooole lot of waiting and hoping.  the first batch… nuthin.  sticks in colored water for a week.  so i tried again and got something.  i don’t know what i was expecting, other than MORE.  but here we go:

they’re not so bad, i guess…

next time i might try string instead of sticks…  and see what i can get!