Monday, February 2, 2015

A Fun Week of Thank You's!

 I wanted to make some thank you treats for my dear friends who helped throw my baby showers.
 I made these buggy tags super quick with my "Life's a Party" Cricut cartridge.  It was meant for a card but I just cut it into a tag instead, added some washi tape and string.
Treat #1 I added these to the bottom of all the boxes and cups.  I found them on the PlainChicken website.
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispies
(Printable Recipe)

  • 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal*
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts*
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows*
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 pounds white chocolate chips (2 12-oz packages plus 1 1/3 cup) or 1/2 pkg. white almond bark.
In a large bowl, combine cereal, peanuts and marshmallows. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter on High for 1 minute and then in 30 second intervals until fully melted. Stir chocolate into cereal mixture. Mixture will be slightly runny. Drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper. Let set until firm, 2 hours. Store in an airtight container. 
*I added more cereal, peanuts, and mallows to the 1/2 pkg of almond bark and 1 cup peanut butter so that it wasn't so runny.  I just added until it looked good (maybe a half cup more of each)
 I added some chocolate drizzle so they weren't so bluh!
 Treat #2 Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bark.  I found this on the Cravings of a Lunatic website.
  • 1 1/2 cups (250 g) milk chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli brand) 
  • 1 1/2 cups (250 g) peanut butter chips (Reese's brand)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) shortening (I used 3/4 tsp. coconut oil instead)
  • 1/2 cup (250 g) skor toffee bits (I ended up using more because thats my favorite part- I just sprinkled until I was happy)
  • Instructions
    • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
    • In a microwave safe bowl melt the milk chocolate chips on medium heat for about 1 minute, check the chocolate by stirring it, if not melted you can turn on again for 30 seconds. Check and stir again. Repeat if necessary. The chocolate should be smooth.
    • In a second microwave safe bowl combine the shortening and peanut butter chips and microwave on medium heat for 1 minute, check the peanut butter chips by stirring it, if not melted you can turn on again for 30 seconds. Check and stir again. Repeat if necessary. The peanut butter chips should be smooth.
    • Spoon each one alternately in lines on the pan you line with parchment paper. Just add it randomly, doesn't need to be any rhyme or reason to it. Continue until all the melted chocolate and peanut butter is on the sheet. Now take a butter knife and start to pull it through the colours to create a marble effect. I like to do mine in lines and pull straight through. I like the look of it. But design yours any way your little heart desires. It sets up quick so you may want to do this halfway through the process.
    • Toss the skor toffee bits on top. Then use your hand and press the bits into the chocolate a little so you don't lose them all when you break it up.  That's why I like to add more!
    • Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for about an hour to set up.
    • Remove from the fridge and break into pieces.
    • Serve with a big old chocolate and peanut butter smile!
 This is what it looks like after you break it up.  I learned that you need to break it as soon as you take it out of the fridge because the chocolate chips become a little soft once they get to room temp. again which makes it harder to break.
 I found these little boxes at Hobby Lobby!  I love the colors!
 I also found these little cups at Hobby Lobby too!
 This week I also made a thank you plate for my kid's dentist.  I included some of the white chocolate peanut butter krispies but made chocolate covered berries too!  Have you ever had chocolate covered raspberries?  They are the best!  They don't look as pretty but I think they taste better than the strawberries. You have to try it!
Thank you friends for the wonderful baby showers!  You are so kind!  I can't wait to meet my new little guy and use all these awesome gifts!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

You're So Sweet, I Could Squeeze You!

I just got released from my youth calling at church and I wanted to do something for all the girls to show them how much I love them and will miss them.  I found this lemon idea online from The Multiple Blessing website.  I love being cheesy and thought this sounded most like me.  
 You're so sweet, I could squeeze you!  Yep, right up my alley! And since I love hugging the girls it was perfect.
 This is what I put into the cups: lemon (I found these small Meyer lemons at Sams Club), lemon flavored drink mixes, lemon heads, lemon Jolly Ranchers, Lemon Drops, a heart straw, and most importantly I made a little bookmark that included my testimony and something I loved about each of the girls.  I really wanted them to remember this most about me!

I am really going to miss these amazing girls! I hope I got the point across that I adore and love them!