Looking for a last minute holiday or hostess gift? Try making this pretty marbleized chocolate bark...
It's a slight twist on the classic candy bark and it's super easy to make! Here's how:
Pure White Candy Melts (Wilton) or white chocolate chips
Food coloring (liquid or powdered)
Parchment paper or Silpat
Lay out a sheet of parchment paper or Silpat on a flat surface. Begin by melting the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl according to the package directions.
Once smooth and melted, divide the chocolate into two bowls. Add a small drop of peppermint extract and mix well. Next, add the food coloring to one or both bowls of chocolate and stir until well incorporated. I used two different color combinations for my bark - pink & mint and aqua & white.
Now, the trickiest part of this project is that you have to work rather quickly so that the chocolate doesn't set up before you finish marbleizing it. I have found that setting the bowls of the melted chocolate in larger bowls filled with very hot water helps to keep the temperature up. Place large spoonfuls of one of the chocolate colors onto your parchment paper or silpat in a random pattern - make sure to place them close together, but not touching. Next, place large spoonfuls of the second colored chocolate next to the first ones, filling in any voids.
Working quickly, use a toothpick to swirl the two colors together - a figure-eight motion work well. Be careful not to over-mix the colors.
Allow the chocolate to cool completely (you can place it in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process) and then break or cut it into chunks.
This pastel candy bark is so pretty and tastes delish! Just wrap some up in a little cello bag with a pretty tag and ribbon and your gift is good to go!
I baked them over the weekend and I think I could seriously become addicted to making them.
They are sooooo easy, super, super cute, and taste yummy. These are baked, not fried, so you will need a mini-donut pan. I found mine here. The pan only makes 12, so you may want to buy several if you are baking in quantity. And you will need to, as these go very quickly (They are only about and inch and a half wide!).
The donut recipe can be found on the package and it only takes a few minutes to whip it up. I would recommend using a round pastry tip to fill the donut cavities or else you will end up with batter all over the place! And just fill them halfway. The donuts bake in just about five minutes, so watch them carefully. I glazed mine with pastel colored icing and sprinkled them with some custom-colored sprinkles (how-to found here).
You really, really need to try these. Like, right now!
Well, I wish you all a very happy Tuesday! I am off to warmer pastures for a few days, but I'll be back soon...
This holiday gift wrapping idea is so simple, but I just love the results. All you need is some glossy white wrapping paper (I found mine at the Container Store) and some of Martha's new Pom-pom stickers.
I just wrapped up my gift boxes in the white paper (making sure the edges were all very crisp and neat) and then stuck on the colorful pom-poms (everywhere except the bottom of the box).
The three-dimensional "dots" add lots of visual interest...
And look so cute and happy!
If you can't find pom-pom stickers, you can try making them yourself out of tissue paper or try gluing on real pom-poms from the craft store.
Well, I am signing off for a few days to enjoy the long holiday weekend with my family. I thought I'd leave you with some pictures of my Thanksgiving table...
This year, I decided on a pink and brown color scheme. I always try to mix some traditionally-hued elements (the brown and cream toile tablecloth from Anthropologie) and some non-traditional ones (the vintage pink floral plates).
I always have lots of flowers around (these are in my Target votive holder vases from yesterday). Roses are so pretty...and reasonably priced at most local supermarkets.
And I also like to leave each guest a little favor at their place-setting...
What's in the box? Well, a turkey, of course! :-) It's a family tradition (of sorts) to give the girls chocolate turkeys each year. If you can only find the foil-wrapped ones, you can carefully unwrap them and place them in clear cello bags. To dress them up a bit, I just added some pink ribbon and a velvet millinery flower to mine. The cute gold boxes are from Michael's (only $1.00 each!).
I want to wish you (and all your families) a very Happy Thanksgiving!
If I were to advise a friend (or one of my own daughters someday) on what qualities to look for in a good husband, the list would undoubtedly include loyalty, honestly, kindness, a sense of humor, intelligence, and good looks (always a plus). But, if one finds a man who travels far away on business, is busy all day with a million exhausting meetings, is suffering from severe jet lag and is coming down with a cold, but still waits in line for an hour just to bring you home these...
I had planned a Target Tuesday post for today, but the weather has just not been cooperating. It's rainy and dark, so no photos for me today. :-( Instead. I thought I would share some gift wrap that I found at Anthropologie over the weekend. Have you seen Anthropolgie's new gift wrap collection? It's really rather fabulous - from papers that look like gold mesh to lace to tree bark, it's all pretty cool. But, my favorite has got to be this pretty pink and white blossom-strewn paper.
It's handmade from Lokta paper and cotton - sweet flowers on a mesh background. I will definitely be using it to wrap some holiday gifts this year, but I think it would also look pretty as part of a table setting - either as a runner or place mats. The mesh backing gives it a fabric-feel.
Three sheets sell for $10. And, frankly, it's so beautiful, it could truly be a gift in itself!
Did you all know that Anthropologie has opened it's first ever "accessories-only" shop? Like many of you, I am a huge fan of Anthropologie's beautiful clothing and home decor, so I was very excited to check out their newest offering. Luckily, the shop just happens to be located in Chevy Chase, MD (just outside of D.C), so it was super convenient for me to take a peek in person. It's a lovely, boutique-style shop filled with a colorful and well-edited selection of high-end jewelry, bags, accessories, and shoes.
But, for me, the best part had to be the shop's decor...there was a "candy and sweets" theme throughout the store.
Personally, I think shoes should always be displayed on a plate of colorful macarons...
Too bad these were faux!
I also loved the shabby, vintage touches everywhere. How incredibly cool is this wall of vintage framed floral oil paintings...
Everything in the shop was artfully displayed. I fell in love the the hand-painted screen below...
And these delicately beaded tops looked like they came out of a antique-clothing shop.
So, if you find yourself in the Chevy Chase area, Anthropologie Accessories is definitely worth a visit!