Sunday, August 31, 2014

{Tutorial} Chocolate Covered Thermometers {Doc Mcstuffins Party}

{Tutorial} Chocolate Covered Thermometers 

{Doc Mcstuffins Party}


I was asked to make some chocolate covered thermometers for my niece's Doc Mcstuffins 3rd Birthday Party. So I put together a small tutorial on how I made them. 
It's very simple.



You will need the following:
1. Pretzels rods 
2. Chocolate for dipping (candy melts, candy dips, etc) 
White and the colors you would like to use.
3. Vegetable oil
4. Spoon or measuring spoon
5. Pan or cookie sheet
6. Wax paper
7. Squeeze bottles or piping bags
8. Gloves
9. Paper towel or napkins


When I started I made sure that I had ample work space. 
I layed down waxed paper for easy clean up. 



Step 1. Melt your chocolate according to the instructions (usally 40 seconds to 1 minute), if using a microwave, stir at half intervals keeping the heating of the chocolate even. Be sure not to overheat as this will burn your chocolate. Your chocolate should be warm and easy to stir. If it's hard then you've burned it and will need to start over.

After your chocolate is melted you may need to thin it a little. You can test the thickness by dipping a pretzel rod into your chocolate, if the chocolate seems clumpy or too thick on the pretzel then add small amounts (half a teaspoon to 1 full tablespoon) depending on the amount of chocolate you use. Stir the chocolate after adding the oil then try dipping another pretzels. Once you've gotten the consistency the way you want it, it is time to dip all of your pretzels.

Step 2: Dip all your pretzel rods leaving about 1- 1 1/2 inches undipped.  Tap off excess chocolate then lay in your pan or on a cookie sheet.  Once your pan is full of pretzels, place in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes.  While your pretzels are in the fridge, you will need to melt your colored chocolate and pour into squeeze bottles or piping bags. Before pour the chocolate in the piping bag, do not cut the tip off just yet.








Step 3: Take pretzels out of the fridge, draw a circle at the top of the pretzel then draw a vertical line with your colored chocolate.  Since the pretzels are already cold it will only take a few minutes for the colored chocolate to harden.







Step 4. Draw horizontal lines for the temperature with the second color chocolate.


Since my niece's party was in multiple colors of pinks, blues, purples and greens, 
I made her pretzels in pink, blue and purple.

Step 5: Bag your completed chocolate covered thermometers in pretzel bags 
then tie with twist ties or ribbon.



Here is the photo of the pretzels from the party.





Hope your enjoyed, be sure to leave a comment below. 


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Food Attack: Creative Fruit Food Recipes Pt. 2

Food Attack: Creative Fruit Food Recipes Pt. 2

by Bethsaida Romelus
In the last post I gave readers a list of fruit inspired snacks to try. This post consists of tasty Fruit Desserts provided by allrecipes.com . These treats are rich, sweet, and delicious! I hope you don't drool too much.

The Best Lemon Bars
Via AllRecipes
1-9 x 13 inch pan
Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 lemons, juiced

Directions: 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a bowl, mix the butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.
3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven, or until golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Then mix the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the oven. After the pan have cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and arrange in a checker board fashion.

Apple Crisps
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1-9 x 13 inch pan
Ingredients:
10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).
2. Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
3. Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.

White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies
Via AllRecipes
Serving of 2 dozens
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon brandy
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and brandy. Combine the flour and baking soda; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in the white chocolate chips and cranberries. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. For best results, take them out while they are still doughy. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Apple Squares
Via AllRecipes
1- 9 x 9 inch pan
Ingredients
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped apple
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions: 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture until just combined, then stir in the apples and walnuts. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars.
3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.

I hope you guys try these out and comment for us on this page!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Food Attack: Creative Fruit Food Recipes

Food Attack: Creative Fruit Food Recipes Pt. 1

by Bethsaida Romelus

This year I promised myself that I would eat healthier SNACKS to take care of my body and skin. Here are some creative fruit recipes that I believe are easy to make and I will most likely try for myself:

Citrus-Infused Strawberries
Via EatingWell
Makes 4 servings, 3/4 cup each
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier, or other orange liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preparation:
  1. Combine strawberries, sugar, Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur) and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Let stand, stirring once or twice, until the strawberries release their juice, about 10 minutes.

Pineapple-Rasberry Parfits
Via EatingWell
4 Parfita
Ingredients:
  • 2 8-ounce containers (2 cups) nonfat peach yogurt
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries, (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh, frozen or canned pineapple chunks

Preparation:
  1. Divide and layer yogurt, raspberries and pineapple into 4 glasses.

Chocolate and Bananas 
Via EatingWell
1 serving
Ingredients: 

  • 1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 banana, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat vanilla yogurt

Preparation:
  1. Melt chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave. Top banana slices with the chocolate and yogurt.


Cinnamon Oranges
Via EatingWell
4 servings
Ingredients:

  • 4 navel oranges
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation:
  1. With a sharp knife, remove rind and white pith from oranges. Cut each into 5 or 6 slices and arrange on 4 plates. Whisk together orange juice and lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Spoon over the orange slices.


I really hope you guys like and try these recipes for yourself! Comment on this page.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Have a Backyard Date Night!

Have a Backyard Date Night!

Are you tired of dating out? Not everybody can afford to constantly go out to movies, restaurants, and clubs. So I suggest, that instead of going out for a fun night, have a fun and romantic night at home. Let's change things up again by creating a romantic setting outside under the moonlight:

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1. Do you have a mattress and a backyard? If yes, I recommend bringing the mattress outside and placing it in the middle of the yard. Cover it with clean sheets and a soft comforter.

If you don't have a usable mattress, use a couch or sofa. If you don't have a backyard use a balcony, rooftop, or go to a public park. 

2. Bring soft and colorful pillows to decorate the mattress. You can spread them around or arrange them in bed-room style.

3. Bring and light wax candles. Candles help set the mood. You and your date can watch as the flames dance in the night. Arrange them carefully around the backyard and make sure they are not near anything flammable.

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Activities:
1. Do you have an iPod or any other device that plays music? Turn on your playlist and let the music blast. You and your date can dance, sing-along, or talk while the music is playing.

2. You can watch movies on a large screen television or on a portable device. Use your Netflix subscription to look for romantic comedies or dramas so you two can watch it together. Cozy up to each other between the sheets as you focus on the screen.


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3. You can read books out loud to each other. This might sound weird, I know, but it can be fun. Do you and your date have similar taste in books? If yes, pick a book that you both like and start reading passages to each other. It can be serious as The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel to spark discussions or silly and funny as Mad Libs to create laughs. Your choice.

The last finishing touch to a romantic backyard date night is the moon and the stars. When you are both done with the activities you can start star-gazing. You can figure out star constellations or appreciate the moon's dazzling presence.

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I hope you guys love these ideas and try them for yourselves. Comment and tell us what you think.

Monday, August 18, 2014

How to create a simple Daytime Summer Picnic!

How to create a simple Daytime Summer Picnic!
Summer is the most warm and fun season of the year because it creates great opportunities for outdoor activities! One activity I recommend participating in is a Daytime Summer Picnic with friends and family.  This picnic isn't extravagant; instead it’s humble and easily-accessible. It can be easily manageable so you can spend less time sweating on minor details and more time entertaining your friends. Here is what the picnic should consist of:

Supplies & Decor
Picnic Basket Traditionally, this is the ideal carrier for food and supplies. I would store most of the supplies like plastic air-tight containers, plates, and cups in there. Don’t forget to pack the garbage bag to clean up afterwards!
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Blankets You can use blankets to sit or lay on outside. They are comfortable and most of them are large enough for more than one person to sit on. You can use a blanket that you already own or you can buy one at stores. I suggest using blankets in these bright summer colors:
·         Yellow
·         Orange
·         Green
·         Red
·         Purple
·         Hot Pink

Pillows Large and soft pillows can be used for seating or picnic decoration. They can increase the d├ęcor appeal of the picnic if they match the colors of the blankets.

Flowers in Glasses Like every other season, summer has its own type of flowers. I recommend using them as decoration by inserting the flowers in glass vases or jars and placing them near the picnic basket. Summer flowers include:
·         Carnations
·         Irises
·         Pentas
·         Zinnas
·         Portulacas
     
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Ice Bucket or Cooler An ice bucket or cooler is great for refrigerating drinks or food to be used later. To create an ice bucket, simply pour ice into a bucket. When picking a cooler, seek air-tight gasket seals around lids and on larger ones, a leak-proof spigot for draining melted and dirty water.

Drinks & Food
Drinks If you are going to buy big brand soda I recommend, my personal choice, buying Coca Cola or Sprite. But a healthier choice is using bottled water and lemonade.

Picnic Sides  Traditional sides are potato salads, black bean hummus, chips and dip, and pretzels. Trays of fruit can be great side dishes also. I recommend slicing fruit into bite-sized pieces and then serving them. The fruit I suggest slicing are:
·         Bananas
·         Watermelon
·         Cucumbers
·         Oranges
·         Strawberries
            
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Sandwiches Sandwiches are very versatile and they are usually ready to eat. Everyone loves them! Here are some simple sandwiches that won’t take too long to be put together.
·         Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
·         Tuna Sandwiches
·         Cheese Hamburgers
·         Italian Subs
·         Reuben Sandwiches

Desserts A Picnic wouldn’t be a picnic without DESSERTS! Never be ashamed in feeding your sweet tooth. The most commonly used desserts are:
·         Chocolate Chip Cookies
·         Chocolate Brownies
·         Strawberry and Blueberry Fruit Cup with Frosting
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There you have it folks! Guidelines to create your own Daytime Summer Picnic! Comment below and tell us what you think.

It's small, simple, and if nicely decorated, MEMORABLE!