Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Candy Recipes!

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs by SallysBakingAddiction
An easy 20 minute Fall treat! These candy corn pretzel hugs are festive, fun, sweet, and salty.
Ingredients:

1. Circle or square-shaped pretzels
2. Hershey 's Kisses Hugs (or any flavor Kiss)
3. Candy corn

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 250F degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Align pretzels on the sheet. Unwrap Hugs and place one on each pretzel. Stick in the oven until the hug begins to melt down. Mine takes about 4 minutes.
  3. While the Hugs are melting in the oven, get your candy corn ready because you will have to move quickly once the pretzels are out of the oven.
  4. Remove pretzel hugs from oven and gently press a candy corn down on each one. The Hug should flatten out when you press the candy corn on it. If it is not flattening out, place the pretzel hugs back in the oven for 30 more seconds.
  5. Let the pretzel hugs cool completely and let the chocolate set for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator. These are a great make ahead treat: make them 1-3 days before you need them and store covered in the refrigerator.


Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites by SallysBakingAddiction

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Bites (7 of 1)
Ingredients:
  1. 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  2. 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  3. 1/2 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  4. 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  5. 60 pretzels
  6. 8 oz semi-sweet Bakers Chocolate Baking Bar OR 8 oz chocolate melts

Directions:

  1. 1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium size bowl, mix together peanut butter and butter with a spoon. Stir in sugars until thick dough forms. Roll peanut butter dough into 30 small balls. If it is too sticky, add more powdered sugar.
  3. Sandwich balls between two pretzels and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 20-30 minutes.
  4. While the pretzel bites are chilling, break up the chocolate and melt for about 1 minute in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds. Dip the pretzel bites halfway into the melted chocolate and place bite back on baking sheet. Refrigerate the dipped bites for at least 10 minutes for chocolate to set. Pretzel bites are fresh up to 10 days, stored in the refrigerator.

Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies by Averie Cooks


candy corn cookies.. I'm so making these, but only once a year!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, soften
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cream or half-and-half
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 1/2 cups candy corn (1o to 11 ounces)
1 cup white chocolate chips (or salted peanuts)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric hand mixer), cream together the first 5 ingredients (through vanilla) on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the next 5 ingredients (through optional salt), and mix on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute; don't overmix.
  3. Add the candy corn, white chocolate chips (or peanuts), and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping two-tablespoon mounds (I made 20). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter. Important note - Strategically place candy corn so that it's not baking directly on cookie sheet because it will melt, burn, or turn runny if it is. The candy corn pieces need to be in the interior of the cookies, shielded and buffered by dough.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not overbake because cookies will firm up as they cool. Baking longer than 10 minutes could result in cookies with overly browned undersides. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet  for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooking. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{FREE Download} Halloween Wine Bottle Labels

Hosting a Halloween Party?   Dress up those bottles with our FREE downloadable Halloween Wine Bottle Labels.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Candy How-Tos

So I decided that it will be cool to share some creative candy ideas I found online. These look really tasty and fun. So I hope you guys try them out at home:

How to Create a Candy Tree by lookiewhatidid:
Supplies:
Small Terra Cotta Pot
Styrofoam Cone
Styrofoam Ball - 5" fits perfect into the Terra cotta pot
Paint
Stick
Washi or Craft tape
Candy - Fun Size or Snack Size
Hot Glue Gun
Food coloring
Clothes pins
Bamboo skewers



Directions:
1. Glue the Styrofoam Ball into the bottom of the pot.
2.Wrap the stick in Washi tape. Insert it in the Styrofoam Cone. Than insert it in the Styrofoam Ball. 
3. Start by applying a small dot of hot glue (set on the lowest setting) to the top of the wrapper and press it onto the cone.  Leave about an inch hanging off and repeat this step until the entire bottom row is covered with candy.  After the first row is full, start repeating the steps for the second row making sure there is a slight overlay from the other row and continue all the up until you have reached the top.

How to Create a Crayon Candy Dish by :
Supplies:
1. Crayon
2. Hot Glue Gun
3. Glass Jar
Crayon Candy Dish Supplies
Directions:
1. Attach crayons to the glass jar with the hot glue gun. 
Inside of the Crayon Candy Jar
2. Insert candy in the jar!
Candy in the Candy Dish

How to Make Rock Candy by Paging Fun Mums:
Supplies:
A bag of sugar
Water
Jars/Champagne Flutes
Pegs
Saucepan
DIY Rock Candy!
1. Add your water to the saucepan and bring to the boil
2. Start adding the sugar a 1/2 cup at a time, until it no longer dissolves (making a saturated sugar solution). The more sugar you add, the longer it will take to dissolve. Be patient and try to get as much to dissolve as possible.
3. Take your mixture off the heat and allow to cool – approximately 15 minutes.
DIY Rock Candy!
4. While you are waiting, take a plate and add some sugar to it. Get your skewers and dip them into the liquid sugar mixture then dip it into the plain sugar to coat the stick. This will give your Rock Candy something to ‘grow on’. Let them dry for a few minutes until they are completely dry – if they are still too wet when you put them into the hot sugar solution, all of the sugar coating will fall off, and the new crystals will have nothing to grow on.
5. Set out your champagne flutes/jars and add a few drops of food colouring to the bottom of each. Carefully add the sugary solution to each glass/jar and give it a little stir. 
DIY Rock Candy!
6. Take your sugary skewers & place a peg at the top of each and place into the glasses (make sure they do not touch the bottom or sides as this will hinder the ‘growing process’.
7. Now it’s time to be patient. The crystals will start growing in 2 – 3 days, but depending on how big you want your Rock Candy sticks will depend on how long you will need to keep them in the glasses (we let ours grow for 2 weeks). 
8. When you are ready to remove them, gently break the top with a butter knife or other sharp object. Gently remove the skewer and hang it upside down until the excess liquid drips off and it dries. You can pour out the liquid from the glass and use the glass to hang the skewer and catch the excess liquid.
DIY Rock Candy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness FREE Download

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

Visit the National Breast Cancer website to see what steps you can take to prevent breast cancer and also what you can do to help others!  http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

We have also attached a free download of a candy bar wrapper which can be used as thank you gifts or party favors.  Just click the image below to download.




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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

For the Kids: Fall Fun Night!

Leaves changing and weather getting cooler are signs that Fall is here! So there's opportunities to use the season as inspiration for party ideas, like a Fall Fun Night. Do you have any kids or do you hang around children? If so, I think having an Autumn inspired party night will give them much joy. Here's how to create one:

Setting:
I think using an outdoor patio or balcony would be best for the gathering. If you don't have either of these I suggest using an indoor living room. You can decorate the setting with colorful candles. Fall colors include red, orange, and yellow.

fall decorations by caroline
Via Pintrest
Activities:
You can spend time creating arts and crafts. Kids love these. I chose some fall inspired activities that are easy and available online. 


fall-tree-craft-for-kids-using-a-toilet-paper-roll

You can create a Popsicle Stick Scarecrow

popsicle-stick-scarecrow-craft-

You can also create an Apple Tree Paint Plate

Fall Preschool Crafts


Food:
I think participating in creating creative food ideas it would be ideal for kids. Here is how to create a Candy Snack Mix:
Better Than Bleep: Halloween Candy Snack Mix
Ingredients:
2 cups coarsely broken pretzels
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup dry milk powder
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 regular bag Reese’s Pieces
1 Hershey bar broken up into small pieces
1. Preheat oven to 275F. Line a small baking sheet and set aside.
Directions: 
2. Melt the butter and pour it into a large bowl. Stir in the sugars and milk powder until fully combined. Stir in the pretzels and spread them on a lined baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes until light brown and fragrant.
3. Allow the pretzels to cool completely before breaking them apart and adding them to a small bowl and tossing them with the Reese’s Pieces and Hershey Bar pieces. Serve.
How to create a Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail
Healthy Halloween Snack Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail - Family Fresh Meals
Ingredients
Pineapple, cut into  bite sized chunks
Oranges, cut into  bite sized chunks ( or I used small Cuties)
Whipped cream
Candy corn

Directions:
In a clear glass, layer pineapple, then oranges and top with whipped cream and a couple pieces of candy corn. Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to serve

Fall Fun Night!
I hope you like the ideas and try them for yourself. Sweets and crafts are great combination to make keep kids happy for a while. Comment below to tell us what you think!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

{Prescription for Love} Bridal Shower


{Prescription for Love} Bridal Shower 



I was asked to design a prescription pad invitation for a bridal shower along with a custom logo design to be used on the bride to be's stationery. After designing the invitation and receiving many requests for it, I took it a step further and designed an entire printable set. For this shower I chose to use colors of turquoise, hot pink, pink, white and orange. Since I work in the medical field it was fun and easy do this shower theme. 


The prescription pad invitation is enclosed inside of a metallic petal card, tied with a ribbon using the David's Bridal ribbon tying method, embellished with pink and silver rhinestones from Michael's Craft Store
















The inspiration this shower was quite simple and that was to combine wedding and medical together.

When I am doing a party set up I love for all of the stationery to have the same design, you will see that as you go through the set up of the table.






















Of course you can't have a medical themed shower with out your "Happy Pills". I use screw top containers and added pearlescent sixlets from Party City.








Custom Wine Glasses are so popular now and these adorable bridal gown glasses make great party favors. You can order them from Vinyl Eloquence along with your wedding info on them or each guests name or initial and they can take them home after the shower is over.





A cupcake a day keeps the doctor away! I jazzed up some Walmart cupcakes by using custom made acrylic cupcake toppers from Ten23 Designs and also a set from my printable collection.















Let's not forget about the "Sterile Utensils' when serving your guests. These bling spoons, forks and knives are one of our signature bling items and make a item to use if you want to add some "Bling" to your candy buffets or tablescape.















Who doesn't like cookies? These adorable Hearts with stethoscopes and pill cookies were made by Creating Awesomenessity and complimented the theme just perfectly.













Who says you can't have your own wine? As a Novelty item only, we love to personalize our wine bottle labels to match them theme of the even. The name of this wine is "Marry Me Moscato". After all this is a bridal shower right? When choosing a wine I chose Moscato because the top of the wine was orange and perfectly matched the colors of the event.













Ring pops inside of a crystal ring box was a great way to display your candy ring jewelry.












Where did she get that?

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