Nov 30, 2013
Move over pumpkin. Greetings and welcome to peppermint and chocolate, sweet and salty treats only available during this time of year. Staying true to my southern roots, I admittedly prefer sweet potato over pumpkin. Every year I am amazed by the number of pumpkin flavored foods and drinks presented to us in every store imaginable. Well, the same can be said about the traditional candy cane and peppermint flavored goodies now appearing in a store near you. I may not be tempted by the pumpkin offerings, but the same can not be said about the peppermint season. I struggle with the strength to say no to a treat flavored with both peppermint and chocolate. I plan to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with peppermint this evening before I go to bed.
This recipe uses the candy cane Oreos available at Target. Imagine freshly popped popcorn, salty crunchy pretzels, and creamy chocolate Oreo goodness all wrapped up in a sweet candy coating of peppermint.
1 pack of Candy Cane Oreos
10 oz package of Wilton's peppermint candy melts
2 bags of lightly salted microwave popcorn (no butter)
6 - 8 oz of mini pretzels
Place the oreos in a gallon size plastic bag and gently break up the oreos. Melt the candy melts in 30 second intervals in the microwave. As you stir, the melts will give way to a silky smooth consistency. In a large bowl, combine the popcorn, oreos, and preztels. Add the peppermint candy coating to the mixture and stir gently until all ingredients are coated. Spread the mixture in one layer onto a sheet pan coated with parchment or a silt mat to help reduce clumping. Enjoy!
Nov 27, 2013
Are you a gladiator? Do you find yourself holding your breath during parts of the show like I do? This season of Scandal has not disappointed or been short on the shock factor. I recently styled a dessert table for a scandal viewing party for a couples date night. As the guests arrived, the football game was playing in the background to ease the fellas into the night's festivities. We played a fun game of Taboo - gals verses guys and enjoyed each other's company over drinks and desserts leading up the evening's episode of Scandal. Each team created their list of words around a specific theme, which made the game even more interesting and fun. Would you like to guess who won? Let's just say that I for one am a competitive person and loosing is not an option.
The Scandal winter season finale is coming soon. Thinking of hosting a Scandal Viewing party? More details on the food and table design are shared below.
I had so much fun designing this dessert table and enjoying a romantic night out with my hubby. Go ahead and host your own Scandal Viewing party for either the winter finale or for the return of the show after the winter break. Send me pictures of your event and I would love to share them on this site or the official Create Cook Capture Facebook page.
Oct 31, 2013
I am a southern girl obsessed with mason jars. I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to the topic to feed this love affair with the ever so versatile glass jar. I have a collection that I gathered over the years for various reasons, including my canning ventures and the cases of jelly made by my grandmother.
Have you seen the different color mason jars in the stores lately? Or have to seen them in pictures and wondered how to paint your own? It is simple and easy to do and provides such a pop of color to your decor. My purpose for painting the jars was to make vases. This tutorial uses wide mouth quart size
Quart Mason Jars
2 fl oz of paint per jar
Prepare your work surface by lining up your jars and paint. Depending on how many you are painting be sure to verify that you have enough space on the cardboard for all the jars and room for the paint to spread once the jars are removed. Pour the 2 ounces of paint inside the jar. Based on the viscosity or flow of the paint, slightly tilt and rotate the jar to coat the inside. Rotate until the entire jar is coated with paint. Place the jar upside down and wait 15 minutes. Pick up the jar and rotate (keep jar upside down). Excess paint will flow onto the cardboard. Do this for about an hour in 15 minute increments to give the excess paint time to drain. Allow jars to rest overnight and turn upright. Let them rest upright until completely dry before use.
Project Tip: During this project I had one container of paint that was thicker than the others and I did not like the viscosity. The paint was not coating the jar smoothly. I could tell this as I begin to pour it into the jar. Adding water to the paint allowed me to achieve the desired flow and decrease drying time.
Oct 25, 2013
Whether you love or don't truly get the mustache craze, there are a lot of great ideas and fun ways to incorporate mustaches into not only parties and events, but everyday life. If you are planning a party, you can incorporate the mustache into different themes such as father's day, little man first birthday, his and hers valentines party, wine and cheese gathering or a dinner party. Mustache party supplies and decorating items are easy to find and can be used in a variety of creative ways. I use a mustache sandwich cutter and food picks for my son's lunch. He thinks they are cool and fun to use.
I recently had the exciting opportunity to plan a cool mustache bash for an eleven year old. To keep it mature to match the birthday boy's personality, a black and white color scheme with pops of green and blue was chosen. More party details and where to find products used in this design can be found at the end of the post.
For the decorations, a rag banner was made with different patterned fabrics and varying textured ribbons. The bold black and white runner helped keep the look clean and mature. Mustache wrapping paper was used to display the mustache pops and decorate the letter J. As I do with all my parties, I created a theme specific personal item that can be used and displayed after the party is over. For this party, a painting was created incorporating the honoree's name and mustache. For the cake topper, the mustache clips and stripped straws were use to decorate the cake.
All the food choices were kept black and white to stay in theme. Patterned paper cones were filled with cookies and cream popcorn that were placed in ice cream cone stands. Mustache pops were made using a candy mold. Chocolate cake pops were decorated with striped black and white straws. One more treat was added. Who can resist powered doughnuts?
Party design: Rotricia Coley, A Sweet Touch by Rachelle Grace
Ruffle cake: McEntyre's Bakery
Invitations: Pretty Party Creations
Stripped Straws: Papers Straw Party