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How to make hard candy jewels

How to make hard candy jewels
Jo and I have been doing lots of projects over the last month or so for Little Jo’s birthday party, and I want to show you one of the projects I did for part of the party decor. We found ourselves needing some round gems in just the right color of teal. If they could be edible, all the better. So I did some shopping and some research and came up with everything I needed to make hard candy jewels. By the way, there was a lot of trial and error as I figured out just the right techniques for making hard candy, and I’ll tell you about that at the end of this post. You’ll need to pick up a couple of custom supplies for making hard candy. Before we even think about turning that stove on, we’ve got lots of prep work to do. Fortunately, it’s very easy to calibrate your candy thermometer. I urge you to please not skip this calibration step, because it can save you so much frustration. Once your thermometer is set, then you need to spray the molds with the non-stick cooking spray. Related:  Baking

For the Love of: Mason Jars <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to <a href=" rel="nofollow"><strong>subscribe to the RSS feed</strong></a> for updates on this topic.<div style="clear:both"></div><div class="greet_block_powered_by">Powered by <a href=" title="WP Greet Box WordPress Plugin" style="text-decoration:none;">WP Greet Box</a><a href=" title="WordPress Plugin" style="text-decoration:none;">WordPress Plugin</a></div><div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> Let’s check out some of the beauties I found… mostly with the help of my BFF, Pinterest . Herb Garden Lights

How to Make a Bird out of a Plastic Straw (with pictures) Edit Article Normal Straw MethodLong Straw Method Edited by TOHGIN minako, Wyvernbait, Meta Knight, Lois Wade and 17 others This project is a fun and easy example of plastic straw art. Ad Steps Method 1 of 2: Normal Straw Method 1 Cut the straw. 19 Display the bird on a glass by putting the rim between the two legs. Method 2 of 2: Long Straw Method This method is the same basic steps as the one above, however the images show what the bird would look like with the use of a long straw. 1Cut the straw. 19Display the bird on a glass by putting the rim between the two legs. Tips Illustration. Try not to cut your fingers.Wash your hands before starting.

Paper Fortune Cookie Favors | Flickr - Photo Sharing! - StumbleUpon 50 Tips for Baking Better Cakes Happy American Thanksgiving! I was sitting here planning a bunch of upcoming baking posts, when I realized that we’ve never really chatted about some of the basic steps that make for consistent baking and caking. I thought that it may be helpful to post these tips now, before we get too hot and heavy into more cake recipes. This collection of tips and tricks is made up of suggestions that happen to work for me, that I have either learned from the pros, read in books, or figured out along the way (and am still learning). I can say that implementing these steps completely changed my life as a baker, and I thought it would be fun to share. I hope that even one of these tips will help you along too. {print} Recipe Ingredients: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1 large egg white = 37 grams, 1 large egg yolk = 20 grams. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Mixing: 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Baking Cakes: 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. Cooling & Frosting: 41. 42. 43. 44. 45.

Candy Bar Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches Candy Bar Cookies? Have I gone mad? Well, no but was craving some chocolate….sorry for those of you who are so good and still dieting I used the same technique I’ve been using with those giant Oreo Stuffed Cookies and am just loving it. I used 3 of my favorite snack size candy bars as pictured above. First up, Reeses Peanut Butter Cup….my absolute favorite :) Place a nice big scoop on top and… …..a nice big scoop on the bottom Use both hands to press and seal edges. Do the same with your Snickers, one giant scoop on top, one on bottom…press and seal edges! Same story for your Kit Kat Bar. Ready for the oven. Bake at 350 degrees F, 14-16 minutes! Can you just die?! The inside of the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cookie, mmm! …and the fabulous Kit Kat Bar Cookie. Candy Bar Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches Ingredients Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Makes about 24 LARGE Cookies Other recipes you may enjoy... Bakery Style XXL Chocolate Chip CookiesYou Feeling Blue?

DIY Planter Box Centerpiece Hey friends! After finishing my mirrors in the dining room, my table started to look naked! So… I dressed her up today. This is a super easy project and I LOVE the results! This is the wood I used for the project… 2 – 1x6x4 whitewood boards 1- 2×4 stud Total for wood was under $10… Yippee! I also used Gorilla Wood glue to attach it all together. I cut my 2×4 the same length as my other 2 boards (4ft) I used wood glue and nails to attach the 1×6′s to the 2×4 like this… Then I cut 2 small pieces of from my stud to finish off the sides. I made some dings all around the whole box, and I also used some furniture upholstery nails around the whole thing because I like the way they look. I decided to try a new product out to finish my box. It’s Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain. I LOVED it. The Rust-Oleum stain dries in no time. It’s also much less stinky and sticky than the others I have used. Once it dried I was all finished. I used the 12 ounce sauce bottles from their site (SAU12) What do you think??

5 Halloween Pumpkin Whole Pumpkin Decorating Ideas A few weeks ago, I featured 5 No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin ideas in case you were looking for alternatives to the traditional jack 0′ lantern. Well, there are so many cute ideas out there that I just wanted to share a few more ideas that could help you turn a pumpkin into something else like a bat or a ghost or a cat! 5 Creative Ideas for Halloween Pumpkin Decorating 1. Turn your pumpkins into bats with a little paint, some craft foam, and miniature pumpkins! 2. Any color paint works for this no-carve alternative although black definitely makes the jewels stand out. 3. These adorable pumpkins are some of the easiest to make. 4. One of the most kid-friendly way to decorate Halloween pumpkins is to stop by your local craft store or scrapbook supply store and pick up up some of the great Halloween themed stickers they have to offer. 5. You can easily add a decorative touch to any of your Halloween pumpkins using metallic paint pens and jewels from the craft aisle!

Paint chip greeting cards | Chica and Jo - StumbleUpon Like most of you, I’m sure, I tend to go through a lot of paint chips when trying to decide on a color to paint a room. And when the project is done, I toss the paint chips into a box I keep in my craft room. They are the perfect “I’ll use these one day” items, right? Well I stumbled upon the box a few days ago and realized just how many I’d collected over the years. Oh the memories this pile brings back! No matter how I got this collection, I knew it was time to finally do something with them. Can you believe those were made from plain white cardstock and boring old paint chips? First I cut some ordinary 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock in half crosswise, then folded it. For the square mosaic design, I grabbed a bunch of smoky blue paint chips and cut them into 1 inch squares. For the green card, I cut all my green paint chips into strips of random widths. For the orange card, I took the same strip idea but turned it on an angle. I spent a lot of time on the final card.

Root Beer Float Cake Before I made this cake on Sunday afternoon, I sat down with a nice, tall root beer float. Sure, it was 10:30 in the morning. I suppose that technically that means I had a root beer float for breakfast. Something about a root beet float puts me on a conveyor belt back to some really random childhood memories. But cake!? Answers and cake, just a click away. Here’s what you should know about the Root Beer Float Cake. The cake doesn’t have the same memory inducing effects as a real root beer float. Try this cake. Root Beer Float Cake Baked: New Frontiers in Baking Print this Recipe! 2 cups root beer (don’t use diet) 1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs Preheat even to 325 degrees F. In a small saucepan, heat the root beer, cocoa powder and butter over medium heat until butter is melted. Chocolate Root Beer Frosting

How to Make Marshmallow Fondant This time I decided to make it with those mini fruit flavored marshmallows. I had to sort them by colour first. I figured they would add a little bit of flavor to the fondant so I wouldn't have to add much flavoring oil. I use gel colours to dye my fondant but regular food colouring will work too. You won't be able to get really dark colours without making your fondant sticky, but for lighter colours you can just even it out with more icing sugar. I also had lemon oil and coconut flavoring on hand.. oh la la the value brand (which still works fine). Step One: Take a couple of handfuls of marshmallows and put them in a microwave safe bowl. I like to make smaller batches because its easier to add the colour to the melted marshmallow than it is to work the colour into the fondant later. Step Two: Stick the marshmallows in the microwave for ten seconds at a time until the are puffed up and easily stir into a goo with a wooden spoon. Step Three: Step Four: Fondant with the icing sugar kneaded in.

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