Christmas Ribbon Candy
If Christmas was just one day I couldn’t eat Christmas ribbon candy today. So today, on New Years Eve, I not only celebrate the new year but the season of Christmas, which will last through Epiphany.
Week 4: Project 52
In honor of National Chocolate Day, National Candy Day, or Valentines day (hey you pick, I don’t need an excuse for chocolate) I’m presenting one of my favorite candy recipes. Chocolate covered cherries. They are a favorite and even people who say they don’t like chocolate covered cherries like these.
I normally make them at Christmas, but this year was a little busy and these take a little time. It’s not a mad almond bark dipping marathon with these delicacies. Enjoy, I don’t think mine will make it to Valentines Day
- 30 maraschino cherries (one jar)
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1 pound chocolate confectioners’ coating (I use good chocolate almond bark)
- Drain cherries and set on paper towels to dry.
- In a medium bowl, combine butter and corn syrup until smooth. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and knead to form a dough. Chill to stiffen if necessary.
- Pinch off a teaspoon bit of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten in your palm
- Wrap each cherry in about 1 teaspoon of dough. Gather the excess sugar dough on the ends and pinch off. You want the thinnest layer of sugar paste around the cherry without any juice seeping through
- Place on waxed paper and place in the freezer to chill for one hour or until firm.
- Melt confectioners’ coating in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Dip each cherry in by its stem, and place on waxed paper lined sheets. Chill until completely set. Wrap in candy foil squares
- Store in an airtight container in a cool place.
- Best after 1 or 2 weeks when the sugar paste melts and merges with the cherry juice. (yeah, if they last that long!)
Don’t have the patience, or time, or ambition to try them yourself, then you can buy Chocolate Covered Cherries and no one will complain. a
Easy Chocolate Trifle
Food, chocolate, rich chocolate covered in Cool Whip and Heath bars. Decadent and actually not as rich as it appears. Thanks to Pampered Chef I made this wonderful Easy Chocolate Trifle for my party and it was a hit. My kids fought over it and said I had to make it again.
You expect a recipe maybe? Ok, here it is
- 1 pan of brownies
- 1 qt (4 cups) cold milk
- 2 pkg (4 serving size each) Chocolate Instant Pudding & Pie Filing
- 1 tub (8 oz) Whipped Topping, thawed
- 4 pkg (1.4 oz each) Heath Bars
Bake brownies. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes. ADD mild to dry pudding mix in medium bowl. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. LAYER half each of the brownie cubes, pudding, whipped topping and crushed chocolate bars in large glass trifle bowl.
REPEAT all layers, Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Favorite at the Graduation Party
Don’t these strawberries look delicious? Not even a word to describe how good they actually taste. Just like Christmas, I still dip everything in almond bark chocolate. Strawberries are in season now and just in time to have on the dessert table at my son’s graduation party.
I made about 60 chocolate covered strawberries and it wasn’t nearly enough, could have made three times that many considering how popular they were. Maybe next time. Mothers Day is always around graduation time don’t forget Mom on her special day. She would love some chocolate covered strawberries.
For the next week I will be highlighting pictures from my son’s high school graduation celebration from Elmwood-Murdock high school. I may be breaking the 365 Project “rules” but I’m making my own rules, and give myself the option to bend the rules.
The photos may not be from the correct days, or in order, but they will be from the week, and have been processed during this week with a post a day.
- Strawberry Salad (3QuartersToday.com)
- Strawberry Tuxedos (machita75recipes.wordpress.com)
- Strawberry love heart cup cake for mother’s day (cupcakepedia.wordpress.com)
- Strawberries Covered in Chocolate (stmsignificant.wordpress.com)
- Chocolate filled strawberries (superstevied.wordpress.com)
Peep Photoshoot (Olympus E-10)
I know it’s after Easter, and this photo goes out of order, but I had to include my Peep Photo Shoot
Yellow and sugary, soft and gooey, enough sweetness to send you into a diabetic coma. But, they are so good. I have to eat just one a year around Easter time, just like Cadbury Eggs, Peeps are a ritualistic tradition.
After I broke these little chicks free from their cellophane wrapper I posed them on my springtime table cloths for a photo shoot. My soon to be 18 year old son did not find the humor in this, he rolled his eyes (I get that a lot from my kids) and anxiously awaited when I would be finished playing, so he could eat them. Which he did, all three boxes.
He was quick to point out that the sugar free Peeps tasted terrible. I agree, if you’re going to eat something as nutritionally void as a Peep then just go for the sugar.
Photography Notes: taken on my Olympus camera, I’m finding it hard to know where to set the exposure, the viewfinder isn’t intuitive and it’s a little like a film camera, I don’t know what it’s going to look like until I get it into the computer.
Day 120: Easter Peeps
You know it’s getting close to Easter when the Marshmallow Peeps show up on the store shelves. This treat of pure sugar has a cult following and there are many ways to use them other than just for getting a sugar high. They now come in all sorts of colors, aside from the original yellow, although I’m a purists.
There is a whole website dedicated to Peep Recipes, Peep Crafts, and multiple contests including one from the Washington Post called the “Peep Show” I won’t even go to a subject that comes to mind. Heck there is even the official PEEPS Facebook page, well of course, why not?
There is even dog photo contest for Peep fans at the Peep N’ Pet Photo Contest. Seeing how most of my work day is taken up with thoughts of dog products and pet product marketing I thought I needed to include that. Honestly, how do they get their dogs from eating the props? I guess I’ll have to try that with Brody.
I bought a few to play with, had to eat the chocolate covered one right away.
Day 80: Gumballs & Playing in Photoshop
Yes, my photo opportunities disappeared with the setting of the sun so I went into my daughters room for inspiration. This led me on a 30 minutes exploration into different Photoshop effects to brighten images and make my images “Pop”. What better image to try this on than a container full of gumballs. All the colors of the rainbow.
I tried the Shadow/Highlight function which works well, and also adding a select color layer. I like that layer and might add it to my actions. You can tweak just certain colors in an image, like make the green or blue deeper or richer without affecting the whole image.I have another gumball image that I’ll post in my Flickr account. Should show up below in the right hand border soon.
I welcome Photoshop tips, I have CS2, no light box or anything else fancy, but I am looking to stretch.
Can you tell my kids aren’t home tonight? Otherwise I wouldn’t be on the computer.
Cookie baking is over for the season. They are ready to ship and distribute. Tried a few new recipes, one I will definitely keep is the Molasses Spice Sugar Cookies. Wow! They are delicious, especially dunked in milk. Recipe will be following, so subscribe to the RSS feed at the top and it will be arriving shortly.
Couldn’t decide on one picture today, so here are two.
Day 13/365: Christmas Cookies, Ready to Ship
Day 13/365: Getting the tins ready
I promise food and treats are nearing an end, that is until the next time I walk down the aisle at the grocery store. Oh I HAVE to make those, it’s a tradition. Three ingredients Ritz crackers, peanut butter and chocolate, simple ingredients to a tasty treat. I call them Homemade Twix Candies
Day 10: Ritz Candy
Starting right after Thanksgiving nothing is safe from almond bark. Just about everything gets dipped, because everything is better when covered in chocolate.
Peppermint sticks (rather than candy canes) make a perfect chocolate mint treat by themselves or can be dipped in hot chocolate (there is the chocolate again) for a extravagant chocolate experience.
Day 8: Christmas Candy Sticks