Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a 2 qt. sauce pan. You definitely don't want to use anything smaller. Cook it over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is melted. Bring it to a boil and then boil it for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. It will look something like this:
Remove from heat and add the vanilla and baking soda. Stir it really fast as it will foam up. Pour that over the popcorn and stir it up to coat the popcorn. You don't have to worry about coating it too evenly it at this point.
Bake at 250 for a total of about 45 minutes. Take it out in 15 minute intervals and give it a good stirring. It will continue to even out the coating as you do so. And be sure to set your timer each time! My mom has a terrible habit of never setting the timer and I learned that from her. Luckily, my husband helped me break free of that.
Spread two big pieces of waxed paper on your counter. After your 45 minutes are up, stir it up one last time and then spread it out on the waxed paper to let it cool.
Monday, November 30, 2009
So several coats of spray paint and some new fabric later, wah-lah!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I first tried these several years ago, but without the sticks, so they were just cake balls. Then along came Bakerella, (I love her, btw) and I'm not sure if she added the stick or what, but she pretty much made them famous. She even went on Martha Stewart and made them.
I am a show off, what can I say? I wanted to make something impressive to take to our church's Trunk or Treat, so I decided on these.
To make them, you'll need:
1 cake, baked and cooled - 9 x 13 is perfect
1 tub of frosting (or an equivalent amount of homemade)
Almond bark or candy coating discs (I used orange ones from Wilton's and chocolate Almond Bark)
Start by crumbling your cake into a big bowl, like so:
Then add your frosting and mix it up well. Note: You don't have to have a whole cake. This would be a perfect way to use up cake leftovers. Just add frosting a little bit at a time to get it to the right consistency.
Then roll them into balls, whatever size you want is fine. Mine were probably about 1 1/2" in diameter and I liked that size. Place them on waxed paper and pop them into the freezer for an hour or two. At first, I put them in the fridge, but I found that they softened up too much, too quickly. So a trip to the freezer made them all better.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Unfortunately, I don't have anyone to try the skirt on right now since Jenna, my 6 year old, is at school and I won't be home when she gets home and goes to the party. I tried to get Jack to try it on, but he just wouldn't!