Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Caught in the act!

I was experimenting tonight.  I wanted to make some cookies but didn't want to drag out all the ingredients and I didn't want to make a huge amount.  So on to the internet I went and found several recipes using a cake mix to make cookies.  After reading several, I combined  a couple that sounded good.  You can see the result.  I caught him red handed this time!  The DH (Darling Husband) liked these so much he was going to help himself to my little photography sample.  Not to worry, he got to sneak off with a few.  Hopefully some of them will last long enough for me to put them into his lunches this week.

Here is the version of the recipe I used,
1 cake mix (any flavor, I used a white cake mix I had in the cabinet)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sprinkles (the valentine ones I forgot to use the other day)
Mix the first 4 ingredients together until all the dry mix is incorporated then mix in the chocolate chips and the sprinkles.  Use a small scoop and place rounded dough on to an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, let cool on the cookie sheet at least 5 minutes before removing.  That's it, easy peasy! I thinking these are cute enough to package up and give as quick little Valentine gifts too.

Going to a "what's new in children's literature" conference tomorrow.  It should be fun.  I'll talk to you again soon.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Valentine treat

Just a quick little treat to pack into the DH's lunchbox.  I picked up a small bag of valentine colored  M&M's and used up some left over pretzels, white chocolate, chocolate chips to make a pretzel candy treat.  Love the colors and the sweet and salty together.

It goes together in a blink.  Spread the pretzels out on a wax paper lined cookie sheet, melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over the pretzels.  While the white chocolate is still warm, liberally sprinkle the top with the candy and chocolate chips.  (I had valentine sprinkles but I forgot to add them to the mix.  I think they would add a little more sparkle to the treat.  I'll remember them for the next batch. Wait till the white chocolate is cool and everything is set, then break it apart in to manageable chunks.  I keep it in a small plastic container.

The weekend is shaping up to be quite full, I hope I can fit some creative time in.  I hope you have a great weekend and I'll talk to you again soon.

Monday, January 9, 2012

DIY Valentine Gifts

I've been creating away in my little studio the last few days and thinking of Valentine's day.  I wanted to make a sweet little container for a gift idea I had so I searched around the net for some ideas and found this site here.  This candy box is what I had envisioned but I assembled mine a little differently and I just used card stock because that's what I have on hand.  I made some coordinating felt flowers and a little tag to decorate the top.  Tucked inside is a little surprise.

I found the idea for the bracelet on-line too.  Right here, she even gives a great tutorial I how she makes them.  I did mine a little different, I'm not that good with nail polish.  I sprayed the candy (yes they're real conversation hearts) with several coats of clear lacquer, let them dry and then drilled the top and inserted the eye pins.  I had to warn the sweet-toothed DH not to eat them, they look even yummier shiny.  Not to worry, I'll be sure to give him his own little box of un-lacquered ones to eat on Valentine's day.

I had several folks at school ask me to make some for them to give as gifts so I'm off to make more.  I'll talk to you again soon.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Packages and twine

Happy New Year! 8 days late! I can't believe how easily and quickly the days have been slipping by.  I've been busy crafting in the little studio I just need  time to get the camera out to take pictures, then I'll post some of my projects.  Until then, I received some new baker's twine this past week and have had fun wrapping up some simple packages to put in the mail.  All the new colors are so fun and you know how I love to coordinate my colors!

I'll talk to you again soon.