Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DIY Felt Ice Cream Truck Quiet Board

I'm constantly finding new ways to entertain my little tot while I try to get work done. This adorable felt ice cream truck quiet board will keep the little ones busy, plus they can work on their counting skills, colors and building skills. And remember, felt naturally sticks to itself so the fun never ends!


Stuff You'll Need:

- a 20" x 15" foam board
- scissors
- box cutter
- hot glue glue
- white felt
- felt in assorted colors for your truck accessories and ice cream treats

Directions
One:


Two:


Three:
Cut out an ice cream truck canopy, window, truck divider & wheels out of felt (in your choice of colors).


Four:
Glue all the above onto your felt-covered board using your hot glue gun.


Five:
Create your ice cream treats! This is the fun part and the possibilities are endless.
Here's Emma's "Menu" of ice cream treats I've made:


happy creating!
xo




Cotton Candy Baked Donuts


Cotton Candy Baked Donuts
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 salt, 1/2 buttermilk
1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
1 egg
 4 teaspoons unsalted melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cotton candy

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda & salt. In small bowl, whisk buttermilk, sugar, egg, butter & vanilla until smooth. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; whisk until blended & smooth. Fold in pieces of cotton candy. Spoon batter into a large zip-lock bag. Cut off a corner & squeeze batter into each donut cup, about 1/3 full. Tap pan on counter to evenly spread batter into cups. Bake 10 minutes or until tops of donuts spring back when touched. Cool in pan 3-4 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely before decorating.

Glaze: 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, 1-2 drops cotton candy flavoring, 1-2 drops red food coloring. Combine all ingredients until smooth. Dipped cooled donuts into the glaze and allow excess glaze to drip back. Place on rack until glaze is set. Top each donut with more fluffy cotton candy. (Optional blue glaze- I used the same recipe above but added blue coloring).





Tuesday, February 16, 2016

5 Glamorous Bites For Your Oscars Party

Hosting an Oscars party? Think glamour, decadence and small bites. 
Here are five treats to try. Don't forget the bubbly!


 ONE // GLITZY MINI DONUTS "CAKE" 
Vanilla Donuts: 1 1/4 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 salt, 1/2 buttermilk, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1 egg, 4 teaspoons unsalted melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla. 
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray mini donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda & salt. In small bowl, whisk buttermilk, sugar, egg, butter & vanilla until smooth. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; whisk until blended & smooth. Spoon batter into a large zip-lock bag. Cut off a corner & squeeze batter into each donut cup, about 1/3 full. Tap pan on counter to evenly spread batter into cups. Bake 4-6 minutes or until tops of donuts spring back when touched. Cool in pan 3-4 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely before decorating.
 Vanilla Glaze: 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.  Combine all ingredients until smooth. Dipped cooled donuts into the glaze and allow excess glaze to drip back. Give your donuts a gold glittered touch with disco dust. Place on rack until glaze is set. 
 Arrange the mini donuts like a cake and top with DIY cake toppers (optional) made from gold stickers (Michaels) and skewers.


TWO // CRAB RANGOON DEVILED EGGS
Ingredients: 6 hard boiled eggs, peeled, chilled and cut in half, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese, 6 oz. can crab, 1/4 cup sliced green onions, Sriracha, squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Directions: Remove the yolks from the egg halves into a small bowl. Mash the yolks with a fork until fine. Mix in mayonnaise, cream cheese, crab and green onions. Season with salt, pepper and Sriracha and a squeeze of lemon. Fill the egg halves with the yolk mixture and garnish with sliced green onions.


THREE // GARLIC THYME & PARMESAN POPCORN
Ingredients: 1 bag of microwave popped popcorn (natural), 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic (minced), 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt, pepper.  Directions: Place popcorn in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Place all ingredients in oil  (except  cheese) and heat for a minute or two, remove from heat. Pour mixture onto popcorn and add cheese, toss to combine. Serve in fun popcorn containers.


FOUR // TUXEDO BARK
Melt 12 ounces of good dark chocolate and spread onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Melt 12 oz. of good white chocolate and drop spoonfuls onto the melted dark chocolate. Using a toothpick, make swirls throughout chocolate. Sprinkle with dark and white chocolate chips. Allow bark to set completely before breaking into pieces. Serve in champagne glasses.


FIVE // TERIYAKI TURKEY MEATBALLS
 Ingredients: 1 lb. ground turkey, 1/4 cup Panko, 1 egg,  2 green onions (sliced), 2 cloves garlic (minced),  1 teaspoon soy sauce, pepper, your favorite store-bought  teriyaki sauce. 
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place onto a baking sheet; set aside. in a large bowl, combine ground turkey, Panko, egg, green onions, garlic, soy sauce and pepper. Roll out tablespoon-sized meatballs and place onto prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown for about 20-25 minutes. Toss meatballs in teriyaki sauce. 
Serve on individual tasting spoons and garnish with sliced green onions.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DIY Valentines - Felt Lip Pins

Gettin lippy wit it! 
Na na na na na na na nana
                                                             Na na na na nana
                                                             Gettin lippy wit it!

DIY Felt Lip Pins - Stuff You'll Need:


Trace lips on a piece of red felt scrap using your template. Cut out shape. Apply pin back with hot glue. Allow glue to set before wearing.







Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DIY Felt Cactus & Succulent Valentines

You don't need a green thumb to keep these plants around.These felt cactus & succulent valentines are utterly adorable and you can keep them around even after Valentine's day. They make a fun & colorful addition to any room and you can't kill them!


Stuff You'll Need:


Make a template of a cactus and hoya succulent. Cut out two layers of felt with your cactus template. Sew all the way around your shape with a needle & thread, leaving the bottom open. Fill with batting material and stitch the opening closed. Use embroidery floss to make knots and cut off the ends for the "needle" detail. You can make a little flower or heart for added cuteness- just use a little hot glue to attach it to your cactus. For the "heart-shaped" or hoya succulent, cut out two layers of felt with your template. Glue both pieces together with hot glue. Place your cactus and succulent in your tiny pots then fill them with colorful rocks. You can also make fun little flags out of toothpicks and paper and write fun messages on them.