Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Summertime Treats: Orange Creamsicle Truffles






                             Summer is around the corner. I mean, literally, it's next month. How did the school

year go by so fast? Soon backyard BBQ's and cool treats will be in full swing. Are ready for the

onslaught of pool parties and picnics? I don't know about you, but I am always on the hunt for a new

sweet treat during the summer months. Ice cream flavored treat and just ice cream in general seem to

be the most popular choices.

                             Growing up orange creamsicles were one of my favorite treats. the orange outer

shell mixed with the creamy vanilla center. I kinda want one right now. I wanted these truffles to

remind me of those yummy treats and they do! Even my daughter was excited to try them. And if

you like them you will probably like my Blueberries and Cream Truffles too. Okay, here is the

recipe. I hope you like it. Wait! I have a question for you. What's your favorite summer time treat?

Tell me in the comments below.


Ingredients:

1. package of orange candy melts, about 11 oz.

2. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

3. 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

4. orange candy flavor


Instructions:

1. Heat heavy whipping cream in a small sauce pan until simmering.

2. Pour whipping cream over candy melts in a heat safe bowl and stir until completely melted.

3. Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator for about an hour, or until the mixture is set.

4. Roll mixture into balls and place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Freeze until set. About 30 minutes.

5. Melt white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or mug and microwave in 10 second intervals until smooth.

6. Drizzle white chocolate onto the truffles and place them back into the freezer until set.

Store them in an air tight container in the fridge for about a week. Makes about 20 pieces. Enjoy!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rose Quartz Garden Bracelet and Simple Drop Earrings



             A few weeks ago I was standing in my craft room staring blankly into the closet.

I was looking to see what I had and what would spark inspiration. Have you ever had one of those

days where you want to be creative but you don't know what to make? Well, that was how I was

feeling. Let me tell you, I get stuck, really get stuck. I will find myself looking at those

wonderful things to create with and no ideas at all. Nothing. A creative void of emptiness and there

no escape..... Okay that might have a little bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea.
     
            After pulling myself out of my funk I decided to take all of  my beads out and see what I had

to work with. Turns out I had quite a bit. Looking at greens, purples, and pinks and then looking at

them again; (dramatic pause)and maybe a few more times after that. I found the perfect color

combos for my next couple of projects.


        Now to lay out all the pieces and put it all together. You know, putting jewelry together is a lot

like putting a puzzle together. You lay the pieces out, organize and start assembling . Then you make

a huge mess and then look for all the pieces, find you are missing some and spend half an hour

looking for all the tiny pieces. Finally, you get everything together and you are super excited.



            The earrings are very simple and elegant. They were so simple to make. Just take a headpin ( 

these have a little ball on the end). Add some beads in a cute design and attach to the fish hook 

earrings with some pliers by making a loop. So easy and you can customize the colors.

              The Garden Bracelet has a cute little rose dangle on one end and in the middle is a nice 

tree branch or vine. Just string some Rose Quartz on two pieces of jewelry wire and attach them to 

the branch with a crimping bead. Do the same to secure both ends. I always give a little tug to make 

sure all the ends are secure. I made and added the dangle or drop the same way I made the earrings. 

Make sure to measure your wrist before you cut the wire to make sure it's the right size.

Now, go to your craft room and get creative. If you get stuck that's okay. Inspiration is everywhere, 

even in your craft room closet. What's your favorite project to work on when you have the creative bug? Have a sweet day!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Green Aventurine for Spring




                                     Green Aventurine is on of my favorite semiprecious stones. It

helps with stress and we all need a little stressful relief every once in a while. The

little red ones next are garnet chips. Aren't  they pretty? Let's just sit here for a

moment and appreciate the beautiful deep red color. What semiprecious stone

speaks to you the most?

                                      When I was little I loved them all. I even had a small rock

collection. I loved examining each one to see what was hidden in them. I still can't

get enough of them. Now, I make jewelry with them. Let's  get started with this

tutorial.  You won't need much and it's  super easy to make.


                  Supplies:
   
              Green Aventurine beads

               Garnet chips

               Glass pearls

               Stretchy jewelry string.

                Brush on nail glue


        Note: You can get all of these these things at your local bead store or craft store.

The nail glue you can get at any retail store.

                  Step 1: measure your wrist to make sure you have enough string and cut the string.

                  Step 2: Sting the Green Aventurine until you are happy with the amount.

Remember, not to put to many or you won't have room for the other beads.

                  Step 3: Add the Garnet then the glass pearls. Test it out around your wrist

before you tie it.

                  Step4: Tie the string in a know a few times. And then brush the glue onto

the knot to make sure it doesn't come untied. Be careful and don't touch to glue. Let

it dry for a few hours and now you have a beautiful stretch bracelet to wear.

There you have it super easy and fun to make. I would love to see your finished

projects on Instagram. Tag droposweetness to share you finished projects. Have a

sweet day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Top 3 Favorite Teas - Spring Edition




                   Spring is the most beautiful season of the year.Flowers are blooming, grass is growing

and new life is forming. Spring is also a great time to try new teas.There's black tea, green tea, herbal

tea just to name a few. The bitter beverage has been around for thousands of years and has grown

very popular in recent years. It's used in place of coffee, goes well with snacks and and desserts.

Some are also used for medicinal purposes.... but we won't be talking about that today.

                  Today, I want to share with you three of my favorite tea flavors. We'll talk about what they
taste like, how long to steep them, and the best way( in my opinion) to drink them. This is my own

opinion.

                  Jasmine Green Tea: This has to be my absolute favorite tea.Green tea has so many

antioxidants and is so good for you. Now, Jasmine just brings your green tea up to a whole new

level...or two. It's amazing hot, but you can drink it with ice too. I don't add any sweetener to my

teas, but it would be great with honey. Steep for about 2 to 3 minutes. Enjoy with rice dishes slightly

sweet treats.

                 Peppermint: Peppermint tea is an herbal tea. It has no tea leaves in the mix. Just good old

fashioned peppermint leaves.The fresh taste of peppermint is just ans refreshing as mint gum. It's the

best  tea to enjoy on Spring afternoons and tastes best over ice. Steep for about 2 minutes. Don't

steep this one for too long or it will taste bitter; I found this out the hard way.

                Peach: Peach tea is also and herbal tea. It's usually made with peach blossoms and is mixed

with other herbs and flowers. It's best enjoyed cold over ice with yummy snacks. Steep it the same as

the others. Honey is a great choice to sweeten this tea.

                 Well, there you have it. My Top 3 favorite teas for Spring. Teas are nice and refreshing,

perfect for warm Spring days. I like to drink mine outside in the sunlight. How do you like to enjoy

your tea? What's your favorite part about Spring? Let me know in the comments below. Have a

sweet day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Personal Note



                First of all I want to apologize for not posting these last couple of weeks. I've been a little

discouraged in my writing lately. It's frustrating knowing that some people don't support you in your

dreams or don't agree with your ideas. How do you deal with discouragement and frustration?

                Sometimes, I think, people don't see beyond their own opinions and don't try to understand

where you are coming from. So, trying to work on things you love when the other person is not

around seems like the best option. But, it should it shouldn't be this way.  Being able to do what

makes you happy without worrying about what the other person thinks shouldn't be a problem. So,

from here on out let's declare that we don't care about the opinion of others and just do what makes

us happy. If you want to write, then write. If you want to dance, then dance. If you want to start your

own bakery then do it. The point is that if you feel deep in your heart it is something you are meant

to do and it makes you happy then do it.



             On to other news. I also want to touch on what is coming up for the blog and I think you are

going to like it. I'm going to start doing some reviews once a month, starting in March. Now, these

reviews are going to be my personal opinion. I'm not working with any companies for these reviews.

I'll also share with you my favorites from time to time. Don't worry there will still be recipes and

crafty fun.

           Now, my question for you is: What would you like to see reviewed? Baking products, candy

making products, candy in general etc.? Let me know in the comments below. Have a sweet day.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Strawberry Hearts




                        Valentine's Day will be here before we know it. It's the holiday of love, expressing

your feelings to the ones you love and your appreciation of your friends. To me Valentine's Day is not
just for couples. It's for families and friends. To show the ones you love and care for how much you

really do care for them. We give each other flowers, cards, and chocolate. I have something a little

different to share with you today. It's close to chocolate but not technically chocolate. But first story

time.


                        When I was a kid I remember my parents including us kids in a little Valentine's fun.

Besides getting the usual thin cardboard cards with funny sayings and silly characters we would also

get a small gift. I got a few little things, nothing that cost too much, things like pencils and candy.

The one thing that stands out the most and I will probably never forget is a special heart shaped

lollipop that we seemed to get almost every year. To anyone it was just a cherry flavored lollipop

with Minnie Mouse on the wrapper, but to me it was the best lollipop ever. For two reasons; First, I

only got it for Valentine's Day. That made it special in itself. Second, it was a gift from my parents;

the people whom I looked up to the most and I still do. What's your favorite Valentine's Day memory

as a  child?


                     These hearts are yummy and bring back childhood memories. Although they are not

cherry strawberry is the next best thing.



Ingredients:                                                         Makes about 30 candies

1 bag of red candy melts. or white chocolate that you would dye red

sprinkles of course

strawberry candy flavoring

heart candy molds




Directions:

1. Melt candy melts at 30 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth.

2. Add sprinkle the the bottom of each heart mold.

3. Add 10 drops of candy flavoring. Stir well.

4. Put mixture into candy molds tap molds to release air bubbles. This will make the candy smooth

and pretty. And place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until set.

5. To remove the candy just turn the mold upside down and the candy should fall right out. If they

seem to be a little stuck just give the mold a tap or two on the counter and they should pop out.

Enjoy!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Simple Nachos with Grilled Chicken


                                                     

                          I know I said I was only going to post once a week, but I just had to share this with

you. This is how we make our nachos. Now, I know the ones in the picture look a little plain. That's

just how I like mine. You can always add other things and we will get into that on the actual recipe.

First, the story then the recipe.


                         It was game day and. of course, we had to have nachos. What's football without junk

food, fight? Originally, my husband was the first to arrange this wonderful mountain of gooeyness.

He seasoned and grilled the chicken. He also talked me into adding beans. Since then I have taken

over the duties of nacho making. Yes, I realize that bean are usually on nachos, but I never cared for

them until my dear hubby talked me into giving them another try. Now, I can't go without them.


                       The game itself wasn't very exciting to me. I guess I was still a little bitter after my

team lost horribly that last playoff game. Can you guess which team? I'll give you a hint: Green and

yellow are their colors. That's right. The Green Bay Packers! They were so close and it seemed like

they just gave up that last game. Oh well, there's always next year.


                      This recipe is super simple and very yummy. The kids will love it just as much as the

grown ups.



Ingredients;

3 Chicken breasts

1 jar of Queso

1 30 oz. can of refried beans

1 can of sliced olives

1 bag of Tortilla chips

sour cream, guacamole, salsa etc. (optional)

garlic salt


Directions:

1. Season both sides of chicken with garlic salt. Cook on grill pan or grill until done.

2. Place chicken on cutting board to cool.

3. Warm refried beans in a medium sauce pan until hot. Warm up queso.

4. Cut chicken into cubes and assemble your nachos.

Add any other toppings you would like. Smoked paprika would a nice addition. Enjoy! Serves 4

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Not Your Ordinary Cupcake Cupcakes

 

             Who doesn't love a good cupcake? They make great gifts and they're yummy. And perfect for Valentine's Day. There is a slight twist to these cupcakes. There is no frosting.

              Let's get into the recipe, shall we?

       Ingredients:

  1 box cake mix and the ingredients from the the box instructions.

   1 bag of white chocolate chips

    Raspberry jam

    and some really cute Valentine's sprinkles!


          Directions:

       1. Mix cake mix according to the directions on the box.

        2. Bake and cool cupcakes completely.

         3. Fill piping bag with James and fill cupcakes.

          4. Melt white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals stirring after each until smooth.

           5. Spread white chocolate on top of cupcakes as you would frosting.

           6. Immediately decorate with those cute sprinkles. And Enjoy.