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2431  COOKING / Dessert / Re: ALAKAZAM! Chocolate Covered Pretzel Wands! on: October 27, 2011 04:40:49 PM
Thanks everyone!

PS - I use the almond bark and then put chocolate stripes (or red ones) over the top - pretty AND fun.

Oooo, good idea!
2432  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Little School Days plaques on: October 27, 2011 12:44:51 PM
Those are lovely!  I really like the black & white stripes on the edges. 
2433  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fringed Handbag Gone XXL on: October 27, 2011 12:42:36 PM
Cute!!  The fringe is so nice and I love the fabric you chose for inside!
2434  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Clockwork Natura Embroidered Gown on: October 27, 2011 12:41:27 PM
Sweet loviness, that is amazing!  The embroidery is amazing, and the dress altogether is stunning!
2435  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Back to Base X spy themed game on: October 27, 2011 12:35:30 PM
That turned out so good!  It looks so nice!  Great job!
2436  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Halloween Monster Party on: October 27, 2011 12:32:53 PM
40 Monsters!  Wow!  That's a lot!  I bet it was a great party!  The theme is so cute and you did so good on all those monsters!
2437  COOKING / Dessert / ALAKAZAM! Chocolate Covered Pretzel Wands! on: October 27, 2011 12:19:01 PM
In my searches for finding treat recipes that would survive a trip through the postal service to my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, I found one for Candy Wands.  In that recipe, frosting and sprinkles were put onto pretzel rods.  Well, I'm a chocolate girl, so I decided to do chocolate instead.


These are so easy and really fun to make!  All you need is chocolate, sprinkles, and pretzel rods!  I used three different kinds of chocolate on these, because I just happened to have it all on hand.  I used Giradehli milk chocolate and bitter sweet chocolate, and Wilton's white chocolate candy melts.  I put one kind into a bowl and melted them in the microwave.  Make sure you are really careful if you use this method, because the chocolate can burn.  I would put them into for 20-30 seconds at a time, and stir and then more time.  I used a spoon to apply the chocolate to the wands.  That's also how I created those fun swirly patterns in the chocolate.  While the chocolate is still melty, apply the sprinkles so they stick. Then place your wands onto a waxed sheet of paper on a cookie sheet and pop in the fridge to set.  Then, VOILA!, you have wands!


These wands are husband approved!  He got quite a bit of them while I was working on them, for quality control purposes.  They are so fun and pretty!  And tasty, too!


To ship, I stuck them into a long tubbeware container with each layer separately by a sheet of plastic.  I originally was going to put them into treat bags, but I soon found that they just wouldn't fit!  They do sell pretzel treat bags in the Wilton section, but I found you can really only cram one or two of these in there.

These wands are great for pretty much any occasion!  Just switch out the colors of sprinkles to coordinate with the holiday!  They are not only a great treat, but also pretty on a table!

Thanks for looking!
2438  COOKING / Dessert / Caramel Corn! Mmmmm! on: October 27, 2011 11:49:19 AM
I've never really been a fan of caramel corn.  I'm kind of a picky sweet food eater.  But I wanted to make some treats for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap that would keep and transport easily.  While searching Allrecipes.com, I found a recipe for caramel corn that looked pretty good!  It had raving reviews, so I knew I must try it!  And, omg, I am not sorry I did.  Well, my body wasn't exactly happy, but my mouth was!  Mmmmmm!



The recipe I used is here:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/my-amish-friends-caramel-corn/detail.aspx

I used Orville Redenbacher's Tender White popcorn and instead of 1c of margerine, I used butter.  I believe I used either 2 or 3 bags of the popcorn.  I put the popped popcorn into a large paperbag, poured the caramel mixture in and mixed with a wooden spoon.  I then poured the bag into a large roasting pan covered in tin foil and popped it in the oven.  The caramel mixture spreads more when you stir it while its baking.  After baking, I dumped the caramel corn onto my counter that was covered in wax paper and separate the pieces.  Its so easy and so good!  I will be making this for Christmas for my family, for sure!




After it was all cooled, I put them into bags for my partner, her husband, and kids.

My sister even liked it, and she shares my same sentiments for caramel corn.  So, even if you aren't a caramel corn fan, definitely take a chance on this recipe!

Thanks for looking!
2439  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Candy! on: October 27, 2011 11:27:22 AM
For the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, I made my partner's two daughters each a bag of candy made of felt!


I kept getting strange looks when I was at JoAnn's and told people what I was making.  I'm making felt candy.  It also took my husband a while to grasp what I was talking about.  No, its not actually food or sugary felt that you suck on.  Its play food!  You play with it!  ^_^  lol!

Anywho!  They were pretty simple to make.  They are filled with batting that were either cut into squares, rectangles, or circles, covered in felt and sewed up with embroidery floss.  The suckers were the hardest ones to make.  They are a sucker stick that you can get in the baking area, poly-fil, and felt.  They were sewed up at the bottom and then pulled shut.  I also threw some hotglue inside to help keep the sticks on there and it all in one piece.



Thanks for looking!
2440  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R10 FOCR R10 GALLERY on: October 27, 2011 09:10:40 AM
Awesome seahorse!  He/She sounds like they had fun trunk-or-treating!

I just checked on my USPS tracking number and whomever I sent to received yesterday!  YAY YAY!
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