{Sweet Treat Tuesday} Candy Corn Marshmallows

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m a little pressed for time so I thought why not introduce a quick treat that takes practically no time at all and is super cute.

Candy Corn Marshmallows!

 

All you need is your marshmallows, candy sticks, and some candy melts. I used Wilton.

Place a handful of the candy melts in 2 separate bowls and melt in microwave. Be sure to watch, it doesn’t take long. A little goes a long way. Insert the stick into the center of the marshmallow then dip into the orange candy.

(Hint: I scrape the bottom against the bowl after dipping.) Let set up until dry and dip again this time into the yellow. Let set up again and there you have it.

Super Easy and Super Yummy!

 

(Sew, So Sweet) Baby Girl Burlap Banner

Hurray, It’s a Girl!
I was just asked by a friend if I would make a baby girl banner. How could I say no and miss this opportunity for a baby fix? I’ve been wanting to do one ever since I made my little boy version. They are sooo sweet! Can’t wait to see where she will hang it.

Here it is…

Do you think she’ll like it?

I do too.    This item is available for purchase. Email us of leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.  Our Etsy shop will be opening soon.

 

 

{Sweet Treat Tuesday} Taffy Apples

Since we went apple picking this past weekend it got me thinking about taffy apples.  I actually made them when I was a kid with my mom and thought I’d try them again. Later this week, I’m having some friends over and thought this would be a nice take home.

What do ya think?

Here’s how I made them…

I like to melt the chocolate in Wilton’s Pro. It will keep the chocolate at steady temperature.

Insert the wooden stick. (hint: I found them at Whole Foods.) If you want to dress them up you can wrap them with ribbon and apply just a dab of hot glue to secure.

I also like to use the smallest apples I can find, they are just the right amount for an individual serving and are super cute!

Now you’re ready to dip. Lower and tilt from side to side to coat. (hint: if chocolate seems too thick, add a very small amount of Crisco and mix well. If you add to much it will clump on the apple and slide off and it won’t have a smooth appearance. Been there, done that.)

Let excess chocolate drip off and place on wax paper to set.

I like the bottom of the apple to get a flat surface. If the chocolate runs right off, it is too thin.

The apple on the left wasn’t as smooth as I’d like. This is what I mean about the clumping. Just trial and error. Don’t  stress however, nothing a little caramel or dark chocolate can’t hide.

Besides you always need atleast one to taste test now don’t you?

Now you’re ready to decorate.I used melted caramel, melted milk chocolate and chopped nuts.(I melted the caramel in the Wilton Pro and added a little milk to thin.When it’s completely melted put it in a little plastic bottle with a narrow tip. Start at top of apple and squeeze strands down the sides. Next, do the same with the chocolate. I melted mine in the Wilton Pro as well. Just had to keep washing it out when I finished with one. Really should invest in another one.  Add chopped nuts to the very top if you prefer and VOILA!

I have to apologize, I got so caught up with the decorating I didn’t take any photos of this step but I think you get the idea. Have fun with it and just use your imagination.:)

ENJOY!

 

{Sweet Inspiration} Candy Corn Baby

I thought we’d end Candy Corn week with a sweet treat of a different sort.

I found these photos on pretty kitty knitty city and they really made me smile. I hope it does the same for you!

Oops, don’t eat the outfit!

 

Didn’t I tell you it would make you smile?

{So Cute DIY} Candy Corn Decorating Ideas

Decorating with Candy Corn is really so simple and  super cute.  And it’s everywhere. Here are a few ideas from Woman’s Day  that I thought you might want to try.

 

For this simple project all you’ll need is a couple of clean branches from your backyard, a bag of candy corn, a hot glue gun and a styrofoam ball to keep the branches standing up straight and a decorative pot. (HINT: I’ve used the kind of brick that has holes in it and it has held up the branches perfectly.) Be creative with whatever you have around. Fill the pot with crunched- up paper then sprinkle the candy corn on top. Hot glue the candy corn in clusters of 2 and 3 to the tips and VOILA!

 

This one is so pretty on your table day or night. You’ll need a few bags of the candy corn, 2 glass containers, and 2 large candles. Place your candle in first and spread and candy around it and there you have it.

I hope you try these ideas and enjoy!

{So Cute DIY} Candy Corn Garland

Since I’m devoting this week to “Candy Corn” ideas, I was so happy to  stumble upon a great tutorial for a darlin’ garland on the Poppytalk blog. It’s so easy, give it a try. So here we go…

(Images via the Poppytalk blog.)

Candy Corn Garland Instructions

1.) First, you will need to draw the shape of a candy corn about 4-5 inches long and 2-3 inches across.(basically a triangle shape with rounded edges. See, that wasn’t hard). The size is really up to your individual preference.(if you’re using it for a backdrop—go larger, for table top—smaller.

2.) Get yourself some cardstock in white, orange and yellow.

3.) Cut out the 3 shapes and tape them together with clear tape.(make several)

4.) To assemble your garland,  sew the corn shapes together. Lay them out on the floor or  table top to determine how long you want them to hang. (you can use orange thread to sew on the back side. (no sewing machine–no worries, just tape the thread to backside.)  Space the corn  about 2-3″ apart. Decide how long you want the garland to hang and that will determine how many corns you will need on the thread.

5.) You’re ready to hang them up and have a Candy Happy Halloween!

I’d love to see your pics!

{Sweet Treat Tuesday} Candy Corn Cookies

Now that fall is in the air, well somewhat, and the pumpkins are officially at the grocery store, it’s time to start thinking about our fall and Halloween festivities.

Today, I made these cute candy corn cookies which would be great as a party give away or for your family to enjoy.

They are really, really easy to make (The only dishes you’ll dirty are the mixing bowl and the measuring cups. Yay!), and you’ll enjoy making them with the kids.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

Start with 2 sticks of  softened butter ( not melted). Mix the butter and 1 cup of sugar together until creamy. Add 1 egg, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Reduce the speed on mixer to low and add in 3 cups of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Beat until well mixed.

Divide the dough into thirds. I just eyeballed it.

 Line a bread pan with wax paper.

 Press one-third of the dough evenly over bottom of pan.

Next, you have to dye the two remaining sections of dough. There are two ways you can do this to avoid staining your hands: with gloves or with plastic baggies. I used vinyl gloves to dye the orange layer.

Drop a little orange food coloring onto the dough and start to knead. This is the really fun part. (I could do it all day!) Continue until all the color has saturated the dough.

 Press this orange layer on top of the first layer of dough.

Next, color the remaining third of dough yellow. I tried using a sandwich size baggie this time.

Ugh, too small.

I put it into a larger size, and it worked much better.

Of course you can always use your bare hands if you don’t mind staining them. I’ve done that before, too. Hint: I used golden rod yellow and decided it might be a little dark, but there was no going back. A sunshine yellow would have been a better choice.

Now spread this layer on top of the orange and seal with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until the dough is well chilled all the way through. Hint: If in a hurry, place in freezer but watch it, don’t let it freeze.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lift the wax paper to remove the dough from the pan. Cut the dough into 1/4 inch slices using a sharp knife.

Cut each slice into 6 wedges, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes.

Place the cookies on a cooling rack and sprinkle them with sugar.

Have a yummy Halloween!

{Sweet Treat Tuesday} Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Okay, who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookie dough?

Be honest, don’t you sneak a few teaspoonfuls of batter when making the cookies?  I confess, I do.

When I found this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes I knew I had to try it.

Don’t  you just love the little cookie on top? The center actually has a cookie dough filling. This recipe takes a lot of ingredients, but it’s well worth it.

Our friend over at Tidy Mom gets the credit for this great recipe. Thanks, Tidy Mom!

{Sweet Inspiration} Two Special Sisters and a Cupcake Truck

This is the second of many ”Sweet Inspirations” posts. Every week I’d like to feature  a story that hopefully will inspire, enlighten and give us that overall warm, fuzzy feeling. If you have  a story or know of someone doing something good, send us an email at PartyPatisserie@gmail.com.

This week, I’m so happy to share the story of two young women who are working to cure cancer, one cupcake at a time.

Kathryn Pekarik was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins T-cell Lymphoma in May of 2010. Later that year, Kathryn’s sister Laura baked 250 cupcakes to sell at a benefit held in Kathryn’s honor. The cupcakes were such a big success that the two sisters launched Cupcakes for Courage, a cupcake truck that delivers tasty cupcakes around the Chicago area.

(Image via)

A percentage of the proceeds from the sales go to cancer research and the Ride Janie Ride foundation. Laura and Kathryn sell about 100-200 cupcakes a day.

If you’re in the Chicago area and would like to buy a cupcake, keep an eye out for the bright green truck! You can keep track of the truck’s whereabouts on the Cupcakes for Courage  website, as well as on  Twitter and Facebook.

{Sew Cute} Tulle Embellished Linen Pillows

Tulle isn’t just for tutus any more. : )

When I was working on the Lemonade Photo Shoot last week, I got inspired to design these  super fun pillows. Since I’m a lover of tulle  and had several bolts of these yummy flavors just screaming to be used, I  decided to embellish the pillows with them.

I can’t decide which color is my favorite. Are you like that also? I’ve already decided where a few of them are headed. How about a nursery or a  little girl’s room …wait, why should they have all the fun? I want some in my room too!

The pillows are a beautiful  linen, size 16 x 16 inches wrapped in these gorgeous colors of shimmery tulle.  The poms give them just the right amount of pizzazz.! They will be available on my ETSY shop soon. Until then, if you are interested in purchasing, leave me an email at PartyPatisserie@gmail.com.