So, I’m a little tardy for the party. But, now that finals are over and grades are entered I have some time to blog about some of the projects I have worked on this season.
A bit of background. In November, my cousin, Kendra, began organizing a fun blog series where friends and family across the states are creating Pinterest inspired projects. Of course this sounded fun, but I am hoping next year I can be a better participant!
So, where to begin? I think I’ll keep it simple and share some yummy treats I made yesterday.
The original posts can be found here
These were easy and look so festive! It was hard to get pictures, because it was pretty messy! I crushed some Oreos via a Ziploc and rolling pin. A food processor would be much easier. After the Oreos were crushed, I mixed cream cheese and a few drops of peppermint flavoring and then blended it in with the crushed Oreos. After mixing the cream cheese and Oreos, I formed 1 inch balls and stuck them in the freezer for about 20 minutes. In the mean time, I tried another Pinterest idea. I feel I am somewhat of an expert in melting bark or candy melts for projects, and thought this sounded like a good idea.
I boiled some water and transferred it to the crock pot. My mistake was, I filled it a bit too full. When I put the bowl of dipping chocolate in, water spilled in and if you know much abut melting bark or candy melts, this equals failure.
So, I went back to my trusted method of microwave melting. If you have never melted candy melts or bark, find a nice glass bowl and microwave on 50% power for 3o seconds, stir and repeat. Now, I was ready to dip the Oreo balls.
After I dipped a few balls, I sprinkled some crushed candy canes on top and voila!
From the same blog, I made some super easy Christmas Crunch! This again, was very easy. The mix contains popcorn, pretzels, MM’s, Wilton Candy Melts and sprinkles. I was excited to find a good use for this Christmas Sugar I found at TJ Maxx.
Seriously, this is is so easy. First mix popcorn, pretzels and MM’s in a large bowl. I then melted Wilton Candy Melts using the technique described above.. When he melts were ready, I poured them over popcorn mixture and stirred (hands work best). After the mixture was evenly coated, I laid it on parchment paper and SPRINKLED it with the Christmas sugar. I wish I would have used more sprinkles… Here is the final product and it’s so tasty!
I have some more goodies to finish today and will be making some deliveries to neighbors, the NICU and doctor’s offices.
Hopefully I will have time to blog more about the other holiday projects I’ve worked on. Until then, be sure to check out these cool projects!
Misha & Amanda’s Paper Tree Forests
Kendra & Michelle’s Yarn Trees
Maggi’s Random Crafts