Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Shot Glass Mold Treats - Candy and Cookies

Doesn't the idea of making edible treats in the shape of cups or shot glasses sound delicious? Yes, I thought so, that's why I decided to make a treat using shot glass silicone molds for Day 11 - Sweet Treats!. After all, how hard could that be? I had already made little cheesecakes using silicone molds for Day 5 with much success.  But .  .  . this is what had happen .  .  .
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Here's a recap of my holiday ideas for our 12 Days of Christmas event:
Day 1   - DIY Wreath
Day 2   - DIY Gift Ideas 
Day 4   - Kids Christmas Crafts
Day 5   - Christmas Party Food
Day 6   - DIY Ornaments
Day 7   - Decor
Day 8   - Christmas in a Jar
Day 9   - Pretty Presents
Day10 - Christmas Trees

It's Day 11 and we have been in the kitchen making something sweet to share!

Shot Glass Mold Treats - Candy and Cookies
I thought I would zip through this sweet treats challenge! Between looking at a couple of videos and a few tutorials, I knew this would be easy peasy! A winner! BUT, not completely. The concept is really cool and it's quite impressive if you can pull it off. But, and there is a but! Making these silicone treats is not as easy as it looks. 

I started with a bag of different flavors of red jolly ranchers - and called myself packing each mold tightly to avoid any air pockets - according to directions. Yes, that's what I did! We don't eat candy here anymore so I didn't want to buy a whole lot and thought a 13oz bag would be enough.  But I could only fill exactly four molds.  
And then the directions said to place the mold on a baking sheet in a 350 degrees oven for about 9 minutes. And DON"T let it bubble since they show up on the finished cup.  But if they do, press down with a spoon. Well a regular spoon stuck to the candy. What a mess! So I used a silicone spatula. 

Luckily, once cooled, the overflow was easily removed.

Now, getting back to stuffing the candies in the mold. The directions said not to worry about bulges - just cram them in. That they'll melt together to fill in the air pockets. NOPE - mine didn't!  The first one came out looking ok. Not perfect, but presentable. 


But not the others! Air pockets, chunky pieces along the sides, missing parts!

Just one worked! And it does looks adorable. But what a waste!

On to the Gingerbread Cookie Cups: Recipe from Wilton.com

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (plus additional for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
Directions
In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar and molasses. Blend in egg. In a separate bowl, blend dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture. 
Press cookie dough into molds, filling each cavity completely. Place mold on a baking sheet to keep it level.


Bake  for 20-25 minutes, until cookies are puffed and exposed edges are firm and dry. 
Remove from oven and use a weighted baking sheet to press the cookies down  into the mold and keep them flat.
Chill. and then gently remove from mold. They were tight and hard to pull out!
 And, no matter how hard I pressed the batter into the mold there were still open pockets around the tops(bottom portion of the mold) But that could be solved with adding whipped cream to cover up!

 Salvageable!

And finally, my favorite and easiest way to use the shot glass silicone mold:  Candy Melts! Now this is truly easy to do!

Just melt the candy melts at 30 second intervals - at 50 percent power in the microwave, stir until completely melted. Pour in molds.
I used dark chocolate and purple candy melts. The flavor of the dark chocolate was delicious, the purple one, not so much! One bag filled four molds. Let chill for at least 20 minutes or more.

 The candy melts were easy to pull out and .  .  .
 looked great! With no holes or gaps. A winner - ding, ding, ding!
I filled the shot glass cups with a delicious Eggnog Whipped Cream: 
Here's the recipe, courtesy of Allrecipes.com 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Directions
Pour whipping cream into mixing bowl and whip on high speed until soft and fluffy. Add sugar and nutmeg and whip until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla and rum, whip to stiff peak stage again. Serve immediately or chill and serve within 4 hours.

I hope with practice all of my shot glass molds will come out perfect! 
They are very impressive!

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Dollar Store Ornament Transformation


It's that time again for our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!

I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you a monthly challenge blog hop. On the 2nd Monday of each month we share our themed creations for the month, be it Upcycling, Family Recipes or Dollar Store Crafts.  For the month of December, it's the special edition of Dollar Store Christmas Craft Challenge!  
It's amazing what can be created with items from the dollar store and especially Christmas crafts!  For this month's theme, I'm transforming a plain dollar store ornament into a beautiful buffalo plaid trendy showpiece! You've seen those ornaments at the dollar store that have no character - a plain ornament that's quite large and painted in a dull gray color! One that blemishes quite easily! Yuck! 

 And, you won't believe that I'm using left over buffalo plaid fabric from my last year's dollar store Christmas craft challenge, too! I know, that's sounds a little weird! I didn't realize it at first! But believe me, it's a great way to use up leftover scraps and other dollar store items to make this beauty! 
Materials:
Large Ornament - $
Rubber Bands/Paper Towel/Pencil
Buffalo Plaid Fleece Fabric Scraps - $
Fabri-Tac Glue
Metallic Foil-edge Ribbon - $
Mod Podge
Epsom Salt - $
Glitter/Seed Beads
Hot Glue
Tiny straight pins
7/8" Ribbon - $
Embellishments

Let me start off by saying that it's a bit tricky to cover ornaments evenly and smooth using plaid fabric. I'm not talking about gathering the fabric and tying it together at the top or cutting strips and haphazardly gluing them on. I'm talking about trying to match the lines and pattern - so you'll have a more cohesive finished look.  I've tried it before with no success. Until now, I think! 

And the secret is .  .  . the type of fabric to use. Something that gives so you can stretch it a bit and make it lay flat around curves. 

So let's get started! First, use rubber bands to segment the ornament in order to make a pattern out of the fabric. You can adjust the bands to make the sections even all around.
Next, take a paper towel (it's flexible) and use a pencil lead tip to rub out the outline of one of the sections.
 I tweaked the drawing, making the ends into points and cut it out for a template.
Cut out one section of the fabric and match up the lines or pattern of each additional section with the first section pattern of the fabric. (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of that)
Next, position the first fabric section on the ornament and add fabric glue underneath, along the fabric edges - from one end to the other and smooth out the fabric on the ornament.
For the second section, run a bead of fabric glue along the edge of the first section and partially on the ornament. Take the second fabric piece and match up the pattern (stretching a bit to match) while gluing them together onto the ornament. 
Continue adding sections by running a bead of glue on the edge, 
matching patterns as before .  .  .
until the ornament is completely covered.
I know this isn't a perfect matching of the fabric but it does look cohesive and neat.  
To start embellishing the ornament, 
cut off the metallic flat side edges of dollar store ribbon -
 two to three inches (you judge how long you want them) .  .  .
and form a V shape with the ends, gluing the tip with a dab of hot glue.
Make seven of them!
Next, use tiny straight pins to hold the V shapes  .  .  .
while evenly spacing them around the top of the ornament.
This design looks so cool, don't you think!
Next, add a snowy look to the top by mixing Epsom salt, glitter, seed beads and mod podge together.  
Paint on a bit of mod podge to the fabric first before adding the snow
mixture to the top so it will adhere better.
This can get quite messy!
And let dry for a few hours.
Next, tie on a hanging wire loop to the center and glue down the tips of the "Vs" 
Glue on additional embellishments (added smaller V shapes) -  stems, berries, and bow ribbon 
 to complete the look!
Here's a pic of my 2017 Dollar Store Christmas Craft Challenge
 (Plaid Decoupage Candle Holder) on the left with this years'!

Don't forget to visit all of the co-hosts participating in this month’s challenge. You'll find lots of awesome Christmas craft ideas and inspirations!





Bow Ribbon Christmas Tree

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There's something about seeing bows all over a Christmas tree that livens up the holiday atmosphere in a room!  And it's surprisingly easy to decorate the most beautiful of Christmas trees with bows!

Welcome to Day 10 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!
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We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!
GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!

Here's a recap of my holiday ideas for our 12 Days of Christmas event:
Day 1 - DIY Wreath
Day 2 - DIY Gift Ideas 
Day 6 - DIY Ornaments
Day 7 - Decor

It's Day 10 and we are sharing our Christmas Tree!
Bow Ribbon Christmas Tree
Bows aren't just for presents!  You've heard the saying, "put a bow on it?" How about putting lots of bows on it for a lovely decorated Christmas Tree! Impress your guests! Get that "WOW" factor this holiday season! And complete your tree trimming session by making a huge statement with bows!  You can't go wrong!
Look how my flocked tree is enhanced with handmade double-sided plum color ribbon bows scattered alongside vintage inspired ornaments in the same color palette. How gorgeous is this! But I must admit that I used the Bowdabra, a bow making tool, to make these fabulous bows!
From the very top  .  .  .
and throughout the tree!
Bows, Bows and Bows!
Bows are the beautiful finishing touch to just about everything! 
You know it!

Scroll down for many more Christmas Tree decor ideas you can use this holiday season!