Friday, September 22, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Treats w/ Pretzels Dipped in Chocolate

So, for the first day of Fall-yay!-I'm sharing with you, Sugartown Sweets' lastest creation!

I mean, who doesn't love mellowcreme pumpkins?!
Same great taste as the much loved candy corn only waayy cuter. Especially when you add these adorable candy eyes, and plant them on top of chocolate dipped pretzels all covered with crushed Oreos for dirt!

Say hello to these sweet pumpkin patch treats and then just go ahead and take a big ol' crunchy, chewy, chocolaty bite!

If you need more pumpkin patch ideas, I've got a few here.
I used pretzel rods, candy pumpkins, chocolate melting wafers, candy eyes, Oreos, and green squeeze icing.
First, I attached the eyes to the pumpkins with a dab of icing.
Next, I melted chocolate wafers. Microwave at 30 second intervals on the defrost setting stirring each time until melted and smooth.
Scrape cream off cookies, place in a Ziploc bag and crush them. 
Dip pretzels in melted chocolate, placing two together with sides touching, and sprinkle with crushed cookies.

Next, pipe a green vine with squeeze icing. Finally, dab a little melted chocolate to pumpkin bottoms-te he-and place them on pretzels.
 How stinkin' cute are these fall guys?! 
I can't even!
 PICK ME! PICK ME! NO...PICK ME!
 I think I'll be snacking on these while watching one of my favorite Charlie Brown shows..soon!
 Happy Fall, Y'all!

Stay sweet, Karen 😊

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Chocolate Moose

Yum..Chocolate Moose!

I saw a moose in Cape Breton one day! Actually it was night..but first, let me share a quick "slideshow" of our last year's anniversary trip.

Last summer, my hubby and I took a two week tour of the Canadian Maritimes, and Ogunquit and Bar Harbor, Maine. It was an amazing vacation! It was also an epic road trip as we traveled in excess of 4600 miles!!

The Hopewell Rocks had topped my travel bucket list for ages and they did not disappoint! There's just something about looking up at, and walking among those flowerpot rocks on the ocean floor when you've just seen them surrounded by water..and kayakers!  

We visited at high tide and returned a little later in the day to view the rocks at low tide. Just Wow!
Next, Prince Edward Island. We allowed only one day to see and stay on the island and honestly, I should have done more research. We did tour the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place (photo below), but we really didn't see much else, and early the next morning we left the island.
We caught the ferry for Nova Scotia on an early, foggy, and chilly June morning! 
After arriving in Nova Scotia, we made a beeline for Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail.
Around every bend..
Around every turn,
Was beautiful scenery,
Pretty vistas,
And amazing views!
After a full day of sightseeing, I was so excited to arrive at our destination..The Keltic Lodge.
Set on a rocky peninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the views were simply stunning.

It's peaceful here and just so beautiful that we never wanted to leave.
So, the next morning after a wonderful breakfast in the Purple Thistle dining room,   
 we headed out for more!
Look at this! I think we need a red boat!
Can you believe I've barely mentioned food, or sweets even once? Well, we tried several candy bars whilst in Canada, I mean, why wouldn't we?! 

The Wunderbar was the most delicious, unique and unforgettable bar of candy. So much so, that we bought a case before leaving the country. It is a tasty, crunchy, chewy blend of peanut butter, caramel and chocolate. This one is a keeper! Yum!
Onto Peggy's Cove!
The fog and drizzling rain have followed us for over 300 miles..
 But it matters not..
For it is still beautiful!

Now it was time for lunch and we just happened to find Shaw's Landing which featured three pound lobsters and lovely views!
Hubby even made their "Wall of Fame" with his massive crustacean! 

He also said it was delicious!
Moving right along, all the way back to the U.S., you can find Perkin's Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, by walking along the incredibly beautiful Marginal Way
And in Perkin's Cove, you will find adorable shops..
 (my favorite!)
 ..restaurants and even more beautiful scenery!
Lobster is in supply aplenty on our coastal getaway, so we enjoyed the Lobster Shack in the quaint, Perkin's Cove more than once!
Just across the street you will see the draw bridge.
So pretty!
I gave my fitbit quite a workout as we walked the Marginal Way several times in the couple of days we spent here!
I chose the Beachmere Inn for our stay after I found it on Google. The location, the setting, the view..did I mention the view?!! This is the view from our balcony! This is also where we actually began our trip.

We would have liked a room closer to the ocean front, but we only booked a month out, so this was totally okay!
We ended our trip with a stay in Bar Harbor, Maine at Moseley Cottage Inn in the Strath Eden Room. Loved this quiet, romantic room!
Bar Harbor was lovely, offering picturesque views, but if you drive through Acadia National Park all the way to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, you will be rewarded with magnificent views. After all, you are now at the highest point on the eastern seaboard!

Look in the center left of this photo. Do you see that boat. That is a cruise ship!!
There was so much to see in the park and when lunchtime rolled around, we made our way to the Jordan Pond House where we enjoyed yummy soups and popovers with strawberry jam! It was perfect!

Back down the mountain and we are in downtown Bar Harbor.
In my Mom's younger days, she traveled to many places. 
Among them are, Bar Harbor, Maine, Halifax and Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. These were on our itinerary as I wanted to retrace those same steps she took many years ago. She is no longer able to travel..I feel very blessed to have been able to stand where she once did.

I've got tons more photos, but I'll stop here and hope I haven't bored you to tears!
So now, I will get back to the task at hand. And that is to show you how I created these Chocolate Moose.

Oh, but first..remember when I told you, I saw a moose in Cape Breton?

Well, I have no photo, but...it was a dark and stormy night..haha, no kidding, it really was!

We were driving late one evening, around 10:30. No street lights, it was raining and just before we got to Neil's Harbor, there it was! A ginormous moose just standing in the middle of the road! I was so shocked, excited, freaked out that I did not get to my camera in time to get a picture! But we will never forget it!

I looked for a moose cookie cutter the rest of our trip and finally ordered one online from Fancy Flours.

I've had the cutter for long enough, and so now I've made my own moose to relive that fun memory! 

Snack size Kit Kats, full size Hershey bars, mini M&Ms, black Jelly Belly jelly beans, candy eyes and a moose head cutter are the items I used to make my candy moose. 
Unwrap room temperature Hershey bars and gently press cutter through candy. Gently press to remove from cutter.
I was able to get two moose heads from each chocolate bar.
Melt chocolate scraps in microwave to use as the "glue" to attach candy pieces.

Cut mini M&M in half to use as the nostrils and attach.
Attach eyes to head and the head to Kit Kat. Attach jelly bean "hooves".
Ooh..ain't he cute?
These moose may look wide-eyed, but I can promise you the real life one we saw did not! 

Happy moose hunting..if you're into that sort of thing! I know I am!

Have a sweet day, Karen 😃

Before you leave, say hello to my moose friends!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Santa Starfish on the Beach~Christmas in July!

Two of my most favoritest things!

Christmas and the Beach.

I have several friends that are enjoying those wonderful sea breezes and oceans waves as we speak..err..read. As for myself, I am preparing this post with the holiday movie, "A Dream of Christmas" 
playing in the background with dreams of our own beach trip next month!

Thinking to myself..toes in sand..toes in sand..

Anyways, several years ago, my sister-in-law brought me back a Santa starfish Christmas ornament from her trip to the Caribbean. I thought it was thoroughly adorable and have thought many times to make it into a craft.

I have also recently seen the cutest Santa starfish images on google and since it is "Christmas in July", now is the time!  
 Here are the items I used to make my starfish treats.
Graham crackers, Bugels, black and white fondant and white petal dust. Also, red, blue and peanut butter flavored candy melts.
 The list of tools I used are: fondant roller, sharp knife, food use only paintbrush, Wilton sea life fondant mold, starfish candy mold (not pictured here) and a tiny little sunglasses cutter.

I have not been able to find a link to the set of cutters my sunglasses came with, but there is a photo of the package they came in from an earlier post if you click on this link. 
A couple of years ago, I made my first Santa hats using Bugels and Sixlets for my Grinch Candy Spoons.

Today, I'm using white fondant rolled into tiny balls for the hat topper as I didn't realize I was out of Sixlets. I mean, how does that happen? 😜

Dip Bugels into melted red candy melts and attach fondant toppers. Let candy set. Then attach cut strips of white fondant for the hat cuff.
Are you feeling jolly yet?
Ho! Ho! Ho! Hats off to Christmas!
I must say, I'm really happy with how these starfish turned out. The peanut butter candy melts are the perfect color for these sweet sea creatures. I think the salted caramel melts would work great as well.

Melt candy in 30 second intervals at 50% power, stirring each time till melted smooth.

Fill each well and gently tap mold on counter.
Place into freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Turn mold upside down and gently pop out finished candies.
I'm outfitting my Santas with sunglasses. If you don't have the cutter, I think your craft will be cute even without them.
But if you do, just roll out the black fondant and press cutter through.
Now here is my all-time favorite mold. The Wilton fondant sea life mold.

To make the seashells, roll white fondant into a ball, press into mold, then gently pull back on mold and lift the shell out.
I applied dry white petal dust with a dry brush to give my shells a pretty sheen.
For the beach background, I covered the graham crackers in blue candy melts and dipped the bottoms into crushed grahams.

I can almost smell the salty air!

If you are reading this and you live by the sea, you are Blessed! Living the dream! 🌊🌊
Let's get these guys dressed!
Using melted candy, place hats onto starfish and attach fondant pieces and let candy set to dry.
If you want another Christmas in July treat, click here for my Snowcapped Lollipops.

We wish you a Merry Christmas in July!🎜🎜🎝

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Have a sweet day, Karen