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More Holiday Hacks

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3 more Holiday Hacks

 

1) Dip grape stems in chocolate to make realistic trees for a gingerbread house.

2) Turn an old bulletin board into a pin-the-nose-on-the-reindeer game for the kids’ table.

3) Freeze whipped cream on a cookie sheet and use a cookie cutter to make hot chocolate hearts.  This one below you need to lay the whipped cream thick on the cookie sheet and freeze it for at least overnight. Then when you use the cookie cutter, the heart will not break apart. whipped cream

Coming up…. Next Blog post….  Some delish cookie recipes plus some easy peasy holiday treat recipes.

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Some Holiday Hacks and Quickies

It’s that time of year: Baking For Christmas!

Here are a few hacks to help you get through the season:

1) Using store-bought cookie dough to make Christmas cookies isn’t cheating if you add a personal touch. Take pre-made sugar cookie dough and let it soften. Then, sprinkle in any flavor you’re craving: cinnamon, orange zest, almond extract, vanilla extract, nuts, pure peppermint extract, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips. Your guests will never know the difference.

2) No rolling pin available? Wine and liquor bottles make great substitutes for rolling pins. Just wipe them down, dry them completely, and cover them in flour like you would a normal rolling pin. You can also wrap the bottle in parchment paper to be extra sanitary.

3) When it comes to making cutout gingerbread or sugar cookies, the dough often sticks to the cutter and deforms what you’re trying to create. Talk about a cooking disaster. Flouring your cookie cutters before each use lets the dough slice easily and keep its shape once it’s placed on the cookie sheet.

 

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4) Add gingham print to cookies using Wilton’s Color Mist and a DIY card stock stencil.

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5) Have a batch of cookies to decorate, but don’t have enough decorating tools? Use an infant syringe (like one that comes with liquid medication) to add fine details to your confections. For best results, use a thinner icing.

 

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Let’s Hop Towards Easter

Easter is just around the corner; literally.  Here are 2 fun and easy #DIY projects that you can do for either an Easter treat or an Easter Decor.

On the left are Easter Baskets using mason jars.  Now if they young you can use plastic jars that they sell in dollar stores and even craft stores.  But I find these are best, because who really wants to spend money on a stupid basket that the kids are not going to even care about?  All they care about are the treats inside!

On the right is a fun bunny you can make either using marshmallows or white gum balls or white colored Easter candy! Then you can draw a face on the jar, and use thick felt to make the ears. You also will need to use a glue gun to glue them to the top.

Overall, Easter is a fun time and these two DIY projects make it even better!

 

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A DIY Snack For Easter

snack for kids

Easter is all about chocolate and fattening treats. Sometimes we just want an alternative for our kids. Here is a not only a great treat for them to eat, but you can make it creative as a special “gift” that you can give out.

Ingredients

Goldfish crackers

Sandwich bags

Green Yarn

Directions

Place the crackers in the plastic bag but don’t fill it to the top, you want to fill it about 3/4 filled and just leave room for tying it together.  Then you need to twist the top and take the green yarn and tie it on. I take about 12 pieces and tie them on and lay them on both sides so they look like the green leaves you find on the carrots. It’s all up to you how long you want them and how many you want to put on the bags.

That’s the fun part about DIY….. you create something.

 

 

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A Fun And Quick DIY Project for St. Patty’s Day

I can’t believe that tomorrow is St. Patty’s Day!  That means Spring is right around the corner!

Here is a quick and fun, ( I might add) DIY project that anyone can do, including kids over the age of 3.

 

You will need Model Magic, Glue, Fine Green Glitter, Shamrock cookie cutter, thread, and a stick with a point on it.

All you need to do is roll out some part of the model magic, use the cookie cutter, when you get the shamrock out make a hole for the thread, and then keep going until you have as many of these as you want/need.

Then you will spread a pea size amount of glue on the shamrock and then sprinkle the glitter on it.  I throw out the excess that gets on it before it dries by shaking it in the garbage.

They will look like these:

St Patty

When they dry, you can insert a small piece of thread ( any color you want) in the hole, tie a knot, and them you can hang them anywhere you would like to show them off in your house.

Of course, while you do this, you can be eating the Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies that I made earlier this month.  The recipe is posted here in the blog or on my Facebook page or Twitter page.

Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone!!

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Valentine’s Day Treats

valentines day cakes

Pictured above: Raspberry-filled golden butter heart cakes. ( Not iced…yet)

Golden Butter Cake:

 

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Baking Spray

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.  Pour into your heart pans which have been sprayed with baking spray.  Bake at 325° until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 21 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Invert pan onto a wire rack over waxed paper and hit the hearts with a spoon to loosen the cakes to fall out.

Raspberry Filling:

Combine raspberries, sugar, 3/4 cup water, and lemon juice in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Pour mixture back into the saucepan.  Mix remaining water and cornstarch together in a bowl until dissolved; add to raspberry mixture. Bring mixture to a boil; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Cool filling in refrigerator, at least 30 minutes.

OR… here’s a HACK: Get a can of raspberry pit filling in your grocery store. ( It’s easier and no one will know!)

I then used a small heart cookie cutter to cut a hole into each cake and fill it with the fruit filling. Then I placed the heart I cut out back inside.

Go to my Facebook page tomorrow and see the finished cake!

 

valentines day cookies

Another treat that you can make that is much easier than the cakes, are sugar cookie hearts.  It’s your simple sugar cookie recipe and then frosting is a cinch!  Frosting hack: Get a tub of vanilla or white icing and melt it in the microwave. You don’t want it to be soupy. Melt it at 21 seconds, check and then add 5 seconds until you get a good consistency.  Then I scoop it into a pastry bag and design the cookies. I have heart sprinkles and place those on the cookies.  Oh, how did I get pink cookies? Simply, separate the dough and with half the dough I add some pink or red food coloring and mix.

Check my Facebook page tomorrow for how I created the DIY bags to put these lovely cookies in.