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Crafty Kitchen: Owl S'mores

Here’s a fun recipe for adults and kids alike–owl smores! Let’s just start off by saying, when the items below are the ingredients, you know the final product is going to be good! To make these owls you’ll need graham crackers, Reese’s peanut butter cups, candy corn, M&Ms, and large marshmallows. Line the PB cups up on half a graham cracker so the rounded part hangs just off the bottom. Tear a large marshmallow in half and place above the PB cup on the graham cracker, sticky side down. Microwave until the marshmallows start to puff up. Lastly, press in M&Ms for the eyes. Keep going until your flock is complete! For a different style of owl without the PB cups and different eyes, check out this post at Living Locurto. Also, check out this cute Hello Kitty Cake Pops recipe from CraftFoxes.

Cake Batter Recipes Round-up! Whenever I hear “cake batter“, I look up faster than my new little puppy does when he hears the food bowl being filled.FAST! Cake batter is one of my absolute favorite flavors, and I’m OH SO HAPPY that there are so many recipes being created to enjoy this sweet cake batter taste in everything from candy bark to cupcakes – and even pancakes! So take a little tour with me of some of my favorite recipes for cake batter flavored treats…. CAKE BATTER PANCAKESvia How Sweet It Is makes about 12 pancakes 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2/3 cup yellow cake mix 1 tablespoon sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking powder pinch of salt 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-2 cups milk assorted sprinkles Combine flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix. Preheat a skillet on medium heat. 1 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tablespoon milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract assorted sprinkles Mix milk, extract and powdered sugar until glaze forms. CAKE BATTER BARKvia How Sweet Eats Melt while chocolate. Ingredients:

tiny gingerbread houses, a few variations Earlier I made gingerbread houses meant to perch on the edge of a mug, but I wanted to work on a few more things. First, since these are meant to be eaten I wanted to cut down on the amount of royal icing. I still used it to assemble the houses, but to get sugar decorations to stick to the roofs I decided to use simple syrup. I heated one part water and one part sugar and let it bubble for a while on the stove just so it would thicken. Second, I added a chimney. I think it turned out very cute, though I found that the taller chimneys looked incongruous, so I’ll stick to very short chimneys. Third I decided to see what whole happen if I moved the door shape, the part that fits over the mug, off to one side to allow more of the house to hang on the outside of the mug. Last I wanted to see if it would work out using sugar cookie dough.

Hogwarts Express Pumpkin Pasties This recipe will give us one 9" crust. From that, we can use a 4" circle-shaped cookie cutter to get the necessary rounds to make the pasties. To get a flaky crust, the key is COLD. I refrigerate all of my ingredients, including the flour, salt, and sugar--especially the butter and water need to be COLD. It is also key to work quickly to keep your dough from warming. (I should mention that many of these pictures for the crust dough are reused from another of my instructables, Night Sky Blueberry Pie, as the ingredients and steps are all the same except doubled. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. granulated white sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces 1/8 - 1/4 cup ice water Combine flour, sugar and salt in a food processor (or bowl, if that is what you have to work with). Shape the dough into a flattened disc, wrap into plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

fortune cookie favors I needed a favor for my friend Emily's baby shower recently, and decided to make some personalized fortune cookies. I'm not a fan of the crunchy stale fortune cookies you usually get after a meal in a chinese restaurant, but these homemade fortune cookies not only look cute, they actually taste pretty delicious! I came up with as many fortunes as I could for this new baby girl, things like "Baby Wight will never cry" or "Baby Wight will grow up to be a famous trapeze artist" or my favorite, "Baby Wight will be a boy! Surprise!". The fortunes were printed and cut into strips, mine are about 1/2" high and 7" or so wide. The recipe I used is a traditional tuile batter, which you drop by spoonful onto a Silpat. Once the cookies come out of the oven, you need to work quickly to add the paper fortunes and form the cookies. It takes a few batches to get all this figured out. Welcome little one.

How to Make a Valentine You Can Eat Yesterday we decided to combine two of our favorite things about Valentines: paper + cake (singing along to sappy love songs is also on that list). We stopped by a local bakery and asked if they had any wafer paper. They did. We’d never tasted it plain before so we all snipped of a slice. When we got home we poured out a little food coloring. and the kids ran for their paintbrushes. We made and frosted some cakes (we baked them in ramekins and used this trick for keeping the frosting smooth), snipped our designs a bit, and found ourselves with three edible Valentines. I think my 4-year-old’s turned out to be my favorite. Stop by tomorrow to see what we came up with to display them on. UPDATE: Since this was our first time every playing with rice paper, I thought I’d add a few extra words of advice from here: “In order to make the rice paper stick to the cake…, you need to use some clear gel.”

DIY Vanilla Extract with Ashley Pahl a note from bonnie! happy monday, lovelies! since ashley pahl’s drink recipes have been such a huge hit, i’m very excited to share with you today that she’s coming on board as a weekly contributor- this time for a weekly diy project! I’ve been cooking a lot more lately, and I’ve just started to realize how expensive real vanilla extract is – almost $4.00 for one ounce! ingredients 1 vanilla bean 3 ounces of vodka air-tight container directions Starting 1/2″ from top of vanilla bean, slice length-wise down the bean, and stop 1/2″ from bottom of bean. fold bean in half, and place in air-tight container. Glass containers with corks would work perfectly – I used a plastic, screw-top bottle I picked up at Hobby Lobby. My extract started out clear as vodka, but within two days it has already darkened some – I can’t wait to try it out in a couple of months. Have you tried making your own vanilla extract before?

{DIY sugar cubes} Why not spruce up the way you serve coffee or (iced) tea? Last night I played around with sugar a little and made my own sugar cubes. It’s really easy to make and so cute to look at! You should give it a try! What you’ll need: granulated white and/or brown sugarwaterbowlteaspoonice cube tray or candy mold How to: Pour about 1/2 cup of sugar into a bowl.Use a teaspoon to pour small amounts of water on the sugar, little by little, and mix until it is a paste-like consistency. I decided on just using the sugar plain. I’m partying here! Seed Paper Tutorial | I first heard of seed paper–or hand made paper that has real flower seeds embedded in the pulp itself and is actually plantable–about a year ago while browsing through a stationary catalog. It was the coolest idea I’d ever seen–and so incredibly spring-y! Well, who knew that you could make this funky stuff all by yourself? And dang we had a good time! First Step: Making the Screen Frame Here’s what you’ll need for the screen frame: 6-12 wide craft sticks–think tongue depressors Craft glue 1 or 2 pieces of mesh or screen about 6″x6″ electrical tape Glue four sticks together–like this. Lay the screen over the sticks and glue in place. Now glue two more sticks–one on the top and one on the bottom. I rested a glass bowl over the frames to hold everything in place until the glue dried. Your frame should look pretty much like this. Now wrap the whole frame with electrical tape, making sure to cover all the exposed wood. Second Step: Making the paper pulp Here’s what you’ll need to make the pulp: water

Hot Chocolate Pops! You’ve heard of cake pops, cookie pops, brownie pops, doughnut pops and even pie pops— but have you ever tried a Hot Chocolate Pop? Creamy chocolate surrounding a marshmallow surprise center- pop it into a cup of hot milk and YUM- a perfect yummy creamy cup of cocoa. Wrap them up and they make the PERFECT winter gift! Ingredients: Wilton White Candy Melts and Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts. Hot Chocolate Pop Labels Hot Chocolate Pop Labels- Mint Hot Chocolate Pop Labels- Instructions for use. Instructions: Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth.Spoon melted candy into a zip-top bag and seal.Clip a corner off and squeeze about a teaspoon of chocolate into the bottom of each cup. My thoughts: I love these so much…I love to come up with fun and creative edible gifts each year for giving in bulk (Bible studies, family get-togethers, hair stylist etc…) and these are just FUN!!! Enjoy– and a very Merry Christmas to you!!!! Like this: Like Loading...