Deviled Cadbury Eggs

To many people, one of the joys of Easter time is the Cadbury egg. For one brief month out of twelve, they can find this yummy holiday treat. But I found myself wondering what else could be done with them. I ended up taking Cadbury eggs and putting a picnic favorite twist on them. This is what I came up with.

Deviled Cadburry Eggs

Ingredients:
10 Cadbury Eggs
Buttercream Icing
Orange Sprinkles

If you don’t have my buttercream icing recipe, I make it by mixing1 stick softened butter with 1 cup confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Then I add another cup of confectioner’s sugar, beating it until fluffy. Stir in two tablespoons milk, one teaspoon vanilla and a sprinkle of salt. That’s pretty much all there is to it.

Anyway…I didn’t have any yellow food coloring with me when I made these at work. So I ended up using 1-2 drops of green and some extra vanilla to try and get a yellow tint. It came out pretty good considering.

While I made the icing, I stuck the Cadbury eggs in the refrigerator to help thicken up the “yolks.” After they were in the fridge for about an hour (no it does not take this long to make the icing) I unwrapped them all and sliced them in half lengthwise. There’s already a crack there, so it’s not too difficult. I ended up cracking a couple halves, but it’s no big loss.

See, not too complicated. Here are all my little split Cadburries.

Next, I took the icing and put it into a cake decorating bag with a 1M star tip. I simply piped the frosting on in a circular motion, similar to the way you would do it with a cupcake.

After I got done icing them I sprinkled some orange sprinkles over the top. I thought this would give the impression of paprika.

Pretty awesome, right?

Have fun making these!! They are an awesome treat to take to an Easter get together or snack day.

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Butterflies, Butterflies

I am pleased to announce that I FINALLY got one of the butterfly pillowcases done! It seemed like it took me forever, lol. I just wish I had more hours in my day…or that sleep wasn’t a necessity…sigh.
I had so much fun doing this! Despite the fact that I received criticisms for being too young to embroider. Psshhh I say! I quickly learned that it’s rough on your fingers until you build up calluses orrrr get a leather thimble.

Here is a close up of the butterfly, sorry if it’s blurry.

Here are a couple tips that I picked up along the way:
1. When it comes to pillowcases, make sure you have the back of the case pushed away from the section you’re embroidering. You don’t want to accidently embroider the back to the front. :-p
2. Using two strands of embroidery thread makes the piece look more delicate than three.
3. The overall appearance of the piece is benefited if you keep your stitches going the same way. By this I mean if you make one X with \ on the bottom and / on the top, make them all that way. Don’t flip flop which level the stitches go. I hope that makes sense! The key is consistancy!
4. Always have back up skeins of thread. It sucks to be almost done with something and then realize you are out and can’t finish!

I hope you give embroidering a try! I’m going to continue working on the second pillowcase in my spare time but I doubt I will feature it as a blog simply because I have nothing more to say about this particular set. Have fun!

Hobos, it’s what’s for dinner

Yes, I know I haven’t written lately, but I have good reasons for not! It’s called time…for some reason I never seem to have enough of it. Classes have been kicking my butt, I can tell the end of the semester is coming up. Have no fear, I have not forgotten about being crafty.
On top of classes, work and taking care of a five year old, I’ve decided to go on a low-carb diet. Said diet has led me to this post. 🙂
I am allowing myself approximately 20 carbs a day. Yeah, that’s not much. Anyway, I’ve been loading myself up on protein and veggies and wasn’t really sure what I was planning for dinner tonight and came up with a spin on a recipe my grandma used to make. If I’ve copyrighted someone it is totally unintentional. As I said before, I have a habit with not measuring stuff…so I apologize in advance.

Hobos (I guess cuz it’s a bunch of stuff in a pouch?)

Ingredients:
approximately 1 pound ground beef, raw
shredded cheese
vegetables of your choice
Worchestire sauce
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Salt
Pepper
any other seasonings you want

Directions:
Take a piece of aluminum foil, about 16 inches by 18 inches big and place a serving size lump of hamburger in the middle of it. I moulded mine into a type of pond, used the seasoning on it and then put a handful of shredded cheese into that cleared out spot. Next take a smaller clump of hamburger and flatten it, kind of covering up the cheese. Next goes on the veggies. This is totally what you like or sounds good to you. For Jay I put chunks of peeled potato, carrots, onions, mushrooms and green peppers. He doesn’t like green peppers but it does help with the flavor. For my own I put cauliflower, broccoli, onions, carrots, mushrooms and green peppers. After you have this done, season it up again and squirt it with some Worchestire sauce. (Sorry again for not measuring!)

Now, it’s time to wrap these bad boys up. I came close to not being able to close mine, if yours won’t close just get more foil.

I baked these at 350 degrees for about an hour. Depending on what kind of vegetables you choose, you may be able to cut the cooking time as long as that hamburger is done! Be careful of steam when unwrapping these, btw.

Next, just plate it up! You can tell I added more pepper.

Be experimental with these! Try different veggies, seasons, sauces and meats! Yum!!!

Gathering my thoughts and amazing deals

I’ve went four days without posting a blog. Ahhhh!! I’ve been so busy with classes and work I’ve hardly had time to think about creativity. Note: I said hardly. 🙂
I had an amazing find last night! I ran into Hobby Lobby to check out some new cake pans and found this awesome caddy for cake decorating!

This picture is courtesy of Wilton.com.

As I looked at it I realized that there was no price tag and of course it was the only one. So I took it with me and my newfound cakepans (which were on clearance mind you) to the check out lane. The cashier finally got someone to answer her page for a price check and then we waited some more for the person to actually figure out what they were supposed to be looking for. Anyway, low and behold they priced it at $24.99. I was down with that and promptly pulled out a 40% off coupon to use with it, taking it down to roughly $15. Great right? Well, I was in a different Hobby Lobby today and just happened to see the same kind of tote that I had gotten last night. Any guesses on the price? $59.99!! Wow, they messed up!

On another note, I went out to dinner with a close friend of mine today and as we were sitting there eating I looked down at my plate and was struck by my muse. I had decided to try clam and had a couple mini type of shells on my plate. I thought, “Huh, I could do something with these.” With this thought I went back up to the buffet and loaded a plate with them in order to keep the shells. The empty shells are now soaking in my kitchen sink. Here’s my crazy friend playing with one. Haha, I love her.

I don’t know what I’m going to do with all these things, but I will think of something! Any ideas are welcome!

Cupcakes With Some Color

Not too long ago a friend of mine made rainbow cupcakes which I thought was pretty amazing. When I asked her how she did it she responded with a simple “It was time consuming.” Clearly she didn’t want to share her recipe. So, naturally I took this as a challenge and began my mission of figuring out the method used to make these brightly colored delectables. It’s great that I’m nice enough to share how I got them!

I started by making a white cake mix according to the package directions. I figure Betty Crocker has been making cake longer than me, so I’m not going to mess with making it from scratch. I then divided the batter up into six bowls, putting about a cup into each one. I dyed the batter in each bowl a different color using Betty Crocker’s gel food coloring. Obviously you will have to mix colors in order to get orange and purple. Use as much or as little as you want until you get the color you’re going for.

Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and choose one end of the rainbow to start from. To avoid too much bleeding together of the batters it’s easier to go in order. Use a pattern of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple or the opposite. I ended up doing one pan of each. Place approximately one tablespoon of your first color into each cupcake liner. After you’ve gotten through the first color, go through with your second and place about a tablespoon of it directly on top of the first. Continue this until you’ve gotten through all the colors, layering them. They should look something like this.

Bake them as directed on the box and let cool. Here’s what mine looked like when they came out. Don’t mind the messed up ones in the back, the potholder bumped them when I pulled them out. :-p Hey I said I would share all my mistakes!

My son loves cupcakes without icing so here he is displaying my nifty creations. He’s such a goober!

Here’s a close up, sorry it’s blurred.

I let them cool and made some icing using the following recipe, I did not come up with this on my own. I give complete credit to Wilton.com.

Buttercream Icing

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Now, these are the changes I made to the recipe: I didn’t have vegetable shortening on hand, so I doubled the amount of butter I used. I didn’t have clear vanilla extract so I used regular. The only reason it calls for clear is to avoid the tint that regular gives the icing. It tastes the same.

Cream the shortening and butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the vanilla and then gradually add the confectioner’s sugar. Add the milk until light and fluffy. If needed, you can thin the icing out with additional milk.

This makes about 3 cups of icing and any left over can be stored in the refrigerator.

I divided the icing in half and dyed one bowl of it yellow and the other blue, that away if they bled together I would at least end up with green and not some hideous color. I filled a decorating bag with blue on one side and yellow on the other. Using a 1M Tip, I used the swirl method to pipe the icing onto each cupcake.

This was the first time I’d used this method, and it definitely didn’t come out perfect. But for a first try, I think it came out pretty good. It was simple and alot quicker than icing the cupcakes using a regular method.

Here’s a close up. But, same as before, it came out blurry.

These cupcakes come out so amazing! They’re cute, colorful and are great for any occassion! Have fun!

Centerpeeps :-P

Wow, this has been a crazy busy weekend! I hope everybody enjoyed theirs! This weekend I worked on the first of my Peeps creations and practiced cake decorating. The peeps centerpiece idea was a huge success and I’ve actually made a couple for other people. They’re easy and don’t take a long time. So go for it!

All of the ingredients, are–get this, edible! You can buy them just about anywhere. My chosen store was Wal-Mart. The vase is just a simple glass one, nothing too spectacular. Note that the brands I chose to use do not affect the outcome of the centerpiece as a whole. Most likely they were just the cheapest or most convenient.

The first layer to go into the vase is made of jelly beans. Starburst ones actually. 😛 Just open the bag and pour them in. It’s not an art, unless you’re overly concerned about too much of one color in a certain place. If not, whatever.

Then came the edible grass which, by the way, is pretty gross! It has little rabbits in it that I thought were not meant to be eaten, but I was wrong. Go head and chow down if you’re into that styrofoam texture. I slid the rabbits into the vase between the grass and the glass.

After I had my grass situated I slid the Peep pops in. These Peeps CAME THIS WAY. I did not skewer each individual one myself. Although, if that’s what you want to do, go for it. I’m all for cheating to make a craft easier. I enjoy creating things but I do have other stuff I should be doing. Arrange the peeps as you like. I went for five around the outside and one in the middle.

And you’re done! How easy was that? And I mean really easy, not Martha Stewart easy. You can definitely change things up with this centerpiece. If you want to use different colored grass, or M & Ms instead of jelly beans, feel free. I considered putting a pretty ribbon around the vase but decided against it in the long run. If you have any questions just leave me a message! Have fun with this one!

What am I doing?

I haven’t written in a couple of days so I thought I would do an update post. The pillowcases (I’m just about done with the first one) are pretty awesome. They’re cute and actually fun to do. I’m thinking about getting a leather thimble though because dang it my finger hurts. I highly recommend a cross stitch pattern for anybody who’s interested in getting a start at embroiderying.
I got a crapload of stuff at Wally World to use for a few projects that I have in mind for the next couple weeks. As I get each done, you know I’ll post it! I just hope I get time to work on them between classes, work and my kiddo. :-/

Peeps!!!


I’m on a mission to go to Wal-mart today. What’s at the top of my grocery list? PEEPS! I have been marveling over the many creations that can be made with these delectable little globs of marshmallow for the better part of my night. There are so many uses (edible or not), but I’ve narrowed it down to a few that just keep bouncing around in my head. And as a bonus, what better time of year to try some of these craft ideas and/or recipes than now? Hello Spring! I will keep you posted on how it’s going! Also, if you have any ideas that you’d like to see tried, let me know!

In case you’re wondering, the pillowcases are still underway! My poor finger needed a break. :-/

Pillowcase Mission Accepted

While in Branson I visited Dick’s Oldtime 5 & 10. I love, love, LOVE this store. I’m not sure if it’s the random merchandise they have that I dig so much or just the crazy, cluttered atmosphere which I feel at home in. Either way, they have an entire row of embroidering materials. If anybody is familiar with embroidering, they know that this is an extremely rare find.

As, I wandered the store (especially this aisle) I came across a simple set of lace-edged cross stitched butterfly pillowcases. I have embroidered in the past but it’s been a long time, I thought perhaps these would be a good start to get back into the craft.

Here’s a close up.

If a person has never embroidered before, this is the perfect sort of thing to start with. It has the recommended colors and color codes on the back of the packaging so you can easily get the colors you need. If you want, you can completely blow off the colors. But hey, be warned that the creators pick these colors for a reason, they know what looks best. This particular style of pillowcase also has a key of what color goes where, which is always nice. Excuse the wrinkles in the paper, it got mushed on the way home.

So, this is the creative task I’m planning on accomplishing, hopefully in the next week. I guess we shall see how it goes! I’ll keep you updated on it and any other things I try.

Brainstorming

I got to thinking the other day that I need to be careful of the topics I blog. This is only because I know that I could easily be distracted into the world of edible creativity, leaving behind any other kind. I know that I will probably have more food blogs than other tasks, but hey, I like to eat.
I’m currently on my spring break vacation in Branson, Missouri. What better town to entice my creativity/hobby muse to come to the surface? This town is full of entertainment and bursting at the seams with creativity. I have made a promise to myself (that my dear mother rolls her eyes at) to find some sort of creative outlet while I’m here. I’m unsure of a basic topic yet, but I will find something!
We went to Silver Dollar City today, where I had my high hopes of creative idea finding dashed. Don’t get me wrong, I love going there. We have season passes and visit several times during their open season. I just didn’t find anything that screamed, “hey, check this out” or “you can do this.” But, fear not, for we are here til Saturday and I am on a mission!

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