Saturday, February 26, 2011

Picture Frames

 This is a really fun and easy project.  All you need is a picture frame (use whatever old/dollar store frame cause you will just be covering the whole thing anyway), a colorful magazine or newspaper, and a hot glue gun.

  Begin by rolling the magazine/newspaper in small tubes.  My sister and I had a hard time getting the tubes to hold their shape so we ended up folding them.  After they were folded I just ran a little streak of glue down the back so it wouldn't come undone.

After that you just start gluing the strips onto the picture frame.  I started at the corner and 
worked out.  I tried to make sure the strips were varying lengths and colors.





This is another one we did for a baby girl shower.  Originally it was a basketball frame. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Divine Caramel Apples

  If there is one thing I love in this world it is caramel apples.  These apples take caramel apples to a whole new level.  Apples dipped in caramel, dipped in chocolate, dipped in your favorite whatever... YUMMMMM.  Here is how to do it:
 
Large Granny Smith Apples.  You can use whatever kind of apple you want but I love the green-ness and tartness of the Granny Smith.

 Put a popsicle stick in each one and dip it in caramel.  I just used the caramel wrapped in those little plastic squares.  On the back of the package it says to add water but I found that it sticks better to the apple if you do NOT add water.  Melting in the microwave is fastest.
 Set on wax paper to set up... about 20 min.

Take the carameled apples and dip it in chocolate (either white or milk).  I like using Almond Bark because it is easy to melt and re-melt and it goes on really smoothly.

This is where it gets tricky. The chocolate has to be set up enough so the toppings wont drip off but not too hard or it wont stick at all.  Just watch until the chocolate is done dripping and is starting to set up around the top.

Fun toppings: 
Cinnamon sugar (my personal favorite)
Coconut
M&Ms
Cocoa Powder
Any candy bar (cut up)
Toffee
Gram Crackers
Oreos

 If you are doing the one with the chocolate flipped over the solid background, just wait for the base chocolate to dry completely. Then use a fork to flip the chocolate on top.




* These are pretty much impossible to eat off the stick.  Its easiest if you cut it off the core.