Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy Blogging Anniversary!

    Today, I was writing my blog topics for the upcoming year and noticed that my blogging anniversary was this month.  I looked to find that it had already past.

    I started this blog on July 3, 2011 hoping to share my many ideas and recipes for sweet treats. It has been 3 years and I love sharing my creative side with all of you. Thank you all so much for your support. Please continue to check back for new recipes and crafty things.

     I would love to hear what you would like to see on the blog in the year to come. Whether it be crafting ideas or more sweet recipes; please let me know. Have a great rest of the summer and I look forward to sharing more sweet recipes and creative ideas with you.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mother Daughter Necklace

This is a simple mother daughter necklace that I made recently.  The rose color is my daughter's and the glass pearl is mine. They are really easy to make.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Orange Crochet Blanket

It's finally finished!  I have been working on this project on and off for a couple of years and it's finally finished.

This blanket is a double crochet stitch with a really pretty edging.  I hope you all like it. Have a great Monday.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Chocolate Coconut Cups

Another sweet recipe for another beautiful day. This one is made of one of my favorite flavor combinations. I'm not going to talk very much this time. Lets get right to the recipe today.

Ingredients:

18 oz. pink candy coating

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk ( the canned kind)

Sprinkles

Directions:

1. Pour 1/3 of the candy coating into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth.

2. Put candy coating into mini cupcake liners just covering the bottom. Let harden.

3. Add chocolate chips into a heat safe bowl.

4. Heat coconut milk until simmer and add it to the chocolate chips.  Stir until smooth.

5. Add shredded coconut to the chocolate mixture.  Mix well.

6. Cover and chill just until it's cool enough not to melt the candy coating.

7.  Add chocolate mixture on top of the coating.  Make sure to leave enough room for another layer of candy coating.

8. Let set for about 30-45 minutes.

9. Melt the rest of the candy coating and top the cups. Add sprinkles and let set.

Makes 30 cups. Refrigerate in and air tight container.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Bit of Sparkle

I hope everyone is have a wonderful Saturday so far. I wanted to share this bracelet that I made yesterday.  I always like to add some semi precious stones and a little sparkle to my jewelry.  It's a 7 1/2 inch bracelet made with glass beads, rose quartz, glass pearls and income crystals.  Let me know what you think. Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Iced Black Tea with Hibiscus

It's probably way too late for a new post for the day but I just had  to post a new recipe tonight.

Lately, I've been stressing out because I haven't posted in a while. I just didnt know what my next post was going to be about. Thanks to this miserable heat I have been inspired to give you a super easy recipe for iced tea.

If you love the tartness of the hibiscus flower then you are going to love this tea. If not don't worry I have added some sweetness to tone it down a bit.

So, lets get to it.

The Recipe:

10oz. Hot water

1 black tea bag

1 hibiscus tea bag

Ice

1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

Raw sugar to taste

Directions:

1. In 10 oz. of hot water steep the black tea and the hibiscus tea for 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Pour tea into a glass filled with ice.

3. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla

4. Add raw sugar to taste.  Stir well. Also add more ice if need.

And there you have it, a nice refreshing glass of iced black tea with hibiscus.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

4 Things I've Learned While Working with Chocolate

One of the many things I love to do is make homemade candy. Chocolate, by far, is my favorite thing to use. Melting, dipping,  and pouring chocolate is so much fun and the things you can add to it are limitless.

Today I wanted to take some time and share with you some of the things I have learned about working with chocolate and candy coating.  This list is from my personal experience and is not influenced by anyone else.

If you have a tip that you have learned while working with chocolate or candy coating I would love it if you shared in the comments.

1. While melting chocolate in the microwave keep and eye on it. If it's in there for too long it will seize and the chocolate will be ruined.

2. Dipping things is a lot of fun, specifically for the kids. However,  if it is in a regular bowl and not a fondue warmer it will cool quickly and harden.

3. When adding flavor use an oil based flavoring and only use a little bit. A little goes a long way.

4. Oh yeah, and don't fight the messiness.  It comes with the chocolate.

That's it for now. Have fun! As I learn more I'll keep adding to the list.  Have a great day everyone.