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Halloween Goodies :: The Eyes have it!

I just love Halloween and it’s such a great time for making some festive treats for adult and kids alike. Thought I’d show you some ideas you might want to try.

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Spooky Monster Treats

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 Creme Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

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Candy Corn Halloween Oreo Cookies

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Halloween Candy Bark

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 Googly Meringue Eyes (by us)

Happy baking:)

 

Caramel Apple Hand Pies

Hello everyone,

We have been having such a beautiful Fall here in the Midwest, which is perfect for apple picking! It’s such a great tradition to do with your family, and one mine really enjoys! In my case, our whole (extended) family went, and we had a blast! It was fun seeing my sisters and their families!

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We came home with quite a few apples, so I decided to make petite hand pies.

If you know me,  you know I love individual desserts. I just think they’re convenient and oh-so-cute! It’s like a  little treat for each person.

So, I decided to make petite hand pies. They really do fit in your hand. They’re just the right size to enjoy without feeling too guilty.

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If you’re one who doesn’t like making crust, you just might want to give this one a try. I have to say, it’s one of the best crusts I’ve eaten, and goes together beautifully.

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After mixing the dough, wrap it in saran wrap and refrigerate until chilled. (Chilled dough is easier to roll out.) After about 30 minutes, roll out the dough. I used a 4-inch circle cutter. You can use a smaller one if you’d like.

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Place the circles on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or a silpat mat.

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Put a scoop of the spiced apples and caramel pieces in the center of dough, and sprinkle a little salt on top. Rub a little egg wash around the outside of the circle to adhere the top crust.

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Place the dough circles on top, and crimp with your thumb or a fork–whatever works for you. I used a tiny apple cutter to make some little apple shapes to put on the top of the pies. I also poked lots of holes in the top crust (with a cake tester) so the steam could escape.

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Bake and there you have it. They are simple and heavenly!

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Ingredients:

For the dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup cold sour cream

For the filling:
2 cups small diced (peeled) apples. Tart are best, like a granny smith.  Cut no larger than corn kernels to insure fast baking.
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
8 store-bought soft caramels, roughly chopped (I used , and sprinkled with large flake sea salt
Egg wash (1 egg lightly whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)
Sanding sugar (optional)

Make the dough:

Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl.

Add the cubed butter to the bowl, and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture is moist.

Stir in the sour cream (the dough will be wet), and turn out the dough onto a well-floured work surface.

Knead the dough a few times until it comes together. You can add a teaspoon of flour if the dough is too sticky to handle. Next, roll the dough into an 8×10-inch rectangle, and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds as if you were folding a letter.

Wrap the dough securely in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, you can make the filling.

Make the filling:

In a small bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and unfold it onto a well-floured surface, rolling it out to about a 14×14-inch square.

Using a 3- or 4-inch circular cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as possible. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out circles until you run out of dough, ensuring you end up with an even number of circles. (You should have approximately 16 4-inch circles.)

Place six of the dough circles on a Silpat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Scoop a small portion of the apple filling into the center of each circle, sprinkle with caramels and top them with a little salt.  Place a second dough circle atop each filled circle, and crimp the edges together to seal each pie. I cut little apple shapes out of the dough and topped each pie with one.

Brush the pies with the egg wash and poke tiny holes around the top  of each pie. Next, sprinkle the pies with crystal sanding sugar (optional). I like the extra sweetness:)

Bake the pies for about 15 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.

Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Repeat the filling and baking process with the remaining dough circles. You can serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for extra yumminess!

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Be sure to add our free printable, YOU’RE SWEET AS PIE, to the milk bottles, or box up the pies and put the label on top for a sweet surprise. (P.S. This cute tableware will be coming to the shop soon!)

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Be sure to follow us on instragram and pinterest and our shop for more great ideas and new products. ♥

Fun & Easy Costume Idea

Hello everyone! Okay, here we go! We’re all thinking about and looking for some great costume ideas this time of year for the parties, get togethers and of course, trick and treating we’ll all be doing. Well if you’re in a time crunch and looking for an easy and adorable idea, here’s one that we’re in love with….

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Fruit Loop Halloween glasses by Ashley of Sugar & Cloth.

Adorable right? Such an easy idea if you’re looking for something simple. Of course, you can always build on this as well.

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You can get the full tutorial here:

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Sweet Inspiration:: Black & White Striped Bowtie Boxes

Hello everyone! I’ve been wanting to share this with you and keep forgetting, so today’s the day. A few months ago an event designer ordered our Black & White Striped Bowtie Popcorn Boxes.

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He  promised he’d send me a photo of how he was going to use them and I was thrilled because I love to see how our customers use our products.

Well, he kept his word and sent them to me.

Want to see? Here ya go… a gorgeous table, right?  This blew me away! Black & White is always so elegant and our Bowtie Boxes work perfectly here!

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He sent another one…

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Well done Peter!!! I just love these photos and hope you do too!

You can find the Black & White Striped Bowtie Popcorn Boxes in our shop here:

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Halloween Round-UP

Hello everyone!  Boy, the temperatures sure have plummeted around here the last few days  and I’m starting to actually believe it’s fall. Of course, we know how fast Halloween sneaks up on us  so I’m gathering my ideas for some fun projects this year and thought I’d first share some of my projects from past Halloween’s.

Poison Apple Recipe book Such a fun kitchen decoration or for any table for that matter.

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Poison Candy Apples (Not really poison) If you’ve never made them before, you should.

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Hope about a drink with your apple? Our Witches Sour Apple Brew is sure to hit the spot!

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Hope you can use some of these ideas this year! Watch for more fun ideas coming.

Individual Fruit Jars :: Tip of the week

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share my Tip of  the Week, Individual Fruit Jars, that we put into action this past weekend.
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My daughters and their friends invited us moms to the Carrie Underwood concert with them.Yep, that’s right.

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Carrie is adorable and sounded wonderful! It was such a fun afternoon and evening with my girls! The concert was held at a great outdoor venue, Ravina, which you Chicago friends will be familiar with.

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Everyone arrives early evening to secure a perfect spot on the grass to set up a picnic. No picnic tables here. Blankets on the grass with our Ravinia table in the center.  Crate and Barrel actually sells a table just for the concert goers which is small, portable and low to the ground. Genius!

We packed lots of goodies to eat but the one I wanted to share with you today was our individual fruit jars. I purchased a bunch of delicious fruit and filled a jar for each of us.

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It was perfect to nibble on whenever you wanted it…

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and close it up when you didn’t.

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People sitting around us thought they were cute and loved the idea! (that was sweet of them) and we did to! Not only convenient but a fun way to  eat! Much better than putting it in a plastic container for everyone to pass around. Don’t ya think?

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Making individual servings is always a favorite of mine. Makes it easy for people to move around to mingle and still eat.

(Remember to make up some extras for the guys at home. It’s a fun way to eat and watch the football games.) Hope you’ll try it soon!

 

Party Time Linky

Hi Everyone, I hope your week is going well!  It’s that time again, Linky Party 11, to link up so YOU can be in the spotlight and we showcase your work. I love all things pretty, party, recipes, DIY and inspirational and want to see YOUR work! Your work will be featured on 8 blogs and give you great exposure. Your hosts are the following:

Missy & Kristen of Sweetly Chic Events
Cheryl of Moms & Munchkins
Stephanie of Spaceships & Laserbeams
Karen of Forever Your Prints
Debbie of Party Patisserie
Paula of Frog Prince Paperie
Nikki of Tikkido

So before we do, let’s take a look at some favorites from last week.

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 Construction Party

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Tool Topper Cupcakes

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Dr. Suess Party

Ok, now it’s your turn to shine!  To be featured, you must have a link (text hyper link or my linked button) to my site. PLEASE VISIT 2 OTHER LINKS SO I KNOW WHAT INTERESTS YOU!

A few rules:

1. Please be a follower of Party Patisserie blog. RSS

2. Link directly to your idea not your home page.

3. Insert a text hyperlink back to my blog or grab my button and link it back.

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Linky Party

Hi Everyone, Boy this week is getting away from me.  It’s that time again, Linky Party 10, to link up so YOU can be in the spotlight and showcase your work. I love all things pretty, party, recipes, DIY and inspirational.

Love all the entries but here are a few of the most viewed.

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Simply Suzanne’s At Home

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Ok, now it’s your turn to shine!  To be featured, you must have a link (text hyper link or my linked button) to my site. PLEASE VISIT 2 OTHER LINKS SO I KNOW WHAT INTERESTS YOU!

A few rules:

1. Please be a follower of Party Patisserie blog. RSS

2. Link directly to your idea not your home page.

3. Insert a text hyperlink back to my blog or grab my button and link it back.

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Bubblegum Martini

Hello everyone! This is one of my favorite posts to date, and I’m really excited to share it with you! Bubblegum has always been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. All those beautiful colors in a perfectly round, shiny little treat.

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And did I say yummy, too?

Over the weekend I stumbled onto a great find that made bubblegum even better. Did you know there’s such a thing as bubblegum vodka? Yes, that’s right! Now, don’t burst my bubble (no pun intended) and tell me you already knew that, because I’m still soaking in the thrill of my discovery.

So, on a particularly hot summer afternoon—it felt like Chicago’s hottest of the summer so far—I mixed, concocted, sipped and splashed my way to a sweet and refreshing summer drink: The Bubblegum Martini.

Ta da!

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This recipe only has three ingredients, which means you can quickly whip it up for parties. And it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. Just look at how cute it is!

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You don’t have to reserve this drink specifically for summer events. It will taste great any time of year. Adding candy—bubblegum, in this case—to any treat or occasion can be a fun, unexpected and a youthful twist your guests are sure to remember. They will just love this sweet drink!

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Ingredients (makes one drink):

  • 1 oz. Three Olives Bubble Vodka (the brand I used)
  • 1 oz. yellow lemonade
  • 3 oz. pink lemonade
  • 1 orange, sliced (for garnish)

Directions:

Pour one ounce of vodka into a glass. Add the yellow lemonade, and then the pink lemonade. Give it a gentle stir, and add an orange slice and crushed ice.  Top it off with a bubblegum stirrer.

That’s it! (I used both pink and yellow lemonade to get the pretty color.)

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So refreshing and delicious! CHEERS to you!

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To make the bubblegum stirrers: You’ll need white candy sticks, gumballs and an awl. (Make sure the awl is clean.) Push the awl gently into the gumball, and then insert in the gumball. That’s it! Check out my gumball necklace here: http://partypatisserie.com/2013/10/diy-youve-been-boo-ti-fied/

Enjoy!

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Macbook Pro Laptop Giveaway

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since we’ve had a giveaway here, at Party Patisserie, and thought it was about time. With the beginning of school what better time to giveaway a laptop. An Apple Mac Book Pro Laptop that is!

We have teamed up with several other blogs and business to bring this to you:)

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