November 1, 2009

DIY Oreo Truffles

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:39 am by Dory

Happy Day-After-Halloween! Today is the day that all that candy goes on sale, and those with children don’t see the light of day (on account of all the tummy-aches from too much candy the night before). Go and get the Oreos at a discount, and make this delicious treat!

 

Ingredients:

1 package Oreos

14 oz. can of condensed milk

1 bag of candy melts for dipping (or chocolate chips)

 

Instructions:

1. Crush Oreos in a food processor or in a ziploc bag.

2. Mix crushed oreos in a bowl with condensed milk.

3. Form little balls with the mixture and place in freezer for 10 minutes.

4. Melt candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments until melted. It won’t look like it’s all melted, but just mix it a little, and the rest will melt down. You do NOT want to overcook chocolate. Be careful to not get water in the bowl you melt the candy melts in.. it will mess up the chocolate!

5. Take balls out of freezer, dip in melted chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper to allow to harden.

 

Enjoy your tasty treat! I think this is going to be my “cookie” for a co-worker’s cookie exchange.

August 8, 2009

Shower/Wedding Alphabet Details

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 8:06 pm by Dory

I am a teacher, and because of that, I love alphabet touches. My initials were always important to me (DMT), and I love my new ones (DTD). When I saw these featured on Martha Stewart, I knew I had to include them here. Maybe I’ll be able to use some of these in the future:

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“Homespun white cupcakes are crowned with fondant hearts cut with a cookie cutter and imprinted with the bride and groom’s first initials using a new rubber stamp. Those bearing a B are paired with napkins marked with an H, and vice versa.”

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“Letters found in vintage books or print shops can inspire beautiful cakes. If you find a monogram you’d like to use as a cake decoration, you can transfer the design from paper to a rolled fondant-covered tier.”

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“To create these special cookies, monograms can be made by cutting dough into letters or twisting ropes of it into shapes. An initial could also be crafted in contrasting dough, or piped onto still-wet icing.”

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Prior to arriving, the guests at this shower came up with words to describe the bride. They were used to decorate these cookies.

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Mmmmmm… truffles!

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I love how the little candies are shown off in coffee cups. Also, notice that the little jelly candies have pictures sticking out of each of them. The “R” cookies are adorable!

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“Make an impression on guests by adding eye-catching detail to basic cookies with ordinary rubber stamps, which come in a wide range of designs, or ceramic cookie stamps. Since rubber stamps can be custom ordered, create your own, like our monogram. To yield the best results, use the stamps on cookie dough containing no leaveners, such as shortbread.

Tools for the Task: Rubber and Ceramic Stamps
Use inexpensive ready-made rubber stamps with graphic patterns (polka-dot stamp by Outline, stripe stamp by Hero Arts). Or order a custom rubber stamp; ours from Wax-Works has the monogram recessed, so the letters will be raised on the cookie. Ceramic cookie stamps, such as the bird cookie stamp by Rycraft, come in many pretty motifs.”

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“Powdered cocoa forms a monogram on these stenciled chocolate cakes.”

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“The monograms on these French patisserie-style charlottes, or molded sponge cakes, consist of piped chocolate batter baked into almond-flavored cake.”

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“Silk flowers spell out a couple’s initials on a silk faille banner. Start with a 30-by-40-inch piece of fabric. Hem sides; sew 1-inch casing at top and bottom; insert 1/2-inch dowels. Hot-glue silk blossom to banner; hang with ribbon.”

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“A chic pearl monogram tied with a satin bow hangs from a sconce. To make, string pearl beads onto 16-gauge wire; make loops at ends and shape into a letter 20 inches tall. Secure junctions with finer wire.”

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“Personalize the entrance to the shower in an instant with store-bought wooden initials.”

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One of my favorite gifts (which we didn’t register for) was a monogrammed kitchen towel.

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The typical shower ribbon bouquet has an added touch with hanging letters.

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“As everyone arrived at the party, they stacked their gifts marked with their assigned letter. As it grows, the present pile spells out the guest of honor’s name. “

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“Cards written by guests are bound into an accordion-fold book.”

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“The bride stands with a banner made of rosemary, which stands for remembrance.”

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“Name tags for the favors — ranunculuses in espresso cups — are tied to Italian nougats, which are traditional wedding candies.”

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“A clip-art letter can be scanned into your computer, or you can use a letter from its word-processing program. Make the letter or name a detail in the envelope of your shower invitation. A single repeated letter or the bride-to-be’s name is a treat for the invitees when they open the envelope.”

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“To fashion these monogrammed labels, print on adhesive or regular paper and cut out with a 3-inch circle punch.”

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“Give a glimpse of the favors inside with monogram-punched boxes. They make an impression and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Boxes, B.T. Eelements. Alphabet punch set, Quilling Superstore. Cellophane bags, U.S. Box. Jelly beans, Jelly Belly. Ribbon, Tinsel Trading Company, 212-730-1030.”

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I think the most thoughtful gift I got from one of my students after my wedding was a set of notecards with my new last name. How wonderful would it be to give this to a bride at her shower?

Thanks, Martha, for your amazing ideas!

January 21, 2009

Where to Buy Candy?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 7:18 pm by Dory

I thought that my first official post would be about candy buffets. After going back and forth with a lot of different ideas for favors, Tim and I decided to have a candy buffet. We were able to find the jars and scoops second hand, and so all we had to do was to get the candy.

First, we decided the types of candy we wanted. We then started by going to our local Costco just to get a base price. Here’s what we found:

  • About 3.5 lbs of chocolate raisins for $9.79
  • 200 York Peppermint Patties for $11.59
  • 3.5 lbs of M&M’s for $7.09 (Peanut M&M’s were the same price)
  • 3.75 lbs of Hersey Kisses for $8.79

We then went to some online stores to price compare. Here’s the breakdown of M&M prices to show the difference at each store:

  • Bulkfoods.com: 2 lbs 13 oz for $13.33
  • Candydirect.com: 2.8 lbs for $18
  • Candywarehouse.com: 3.5 lbs for $15
  • Groovycandies.com: 5 lbs for $26.95
  • Metrocandy.com: 3.5 lbs for $11.43
  • Sugarstand.com: 3.5 lbs for $16

So if you are going to buy candy online, it seems like Metrocandy.com might be the best place to shop. Otherwise, stick with a local bulk store like Costco or Sam’s Club.