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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Flower Arrangement .....Attempt #1 :)

Murtle has the most beautiful flower arrangements and she can put them to together in minutes. How she can make them so quick and they look so fabulous... I HAVE NO IDEA????!  After examining, taking pictures, planning, pre-looking, shopping and finally the actual purchase. I was ready (sort of) to try one on my own.  

Here are a few of Murtle's




And my attempt....







Still needs a little work but so far I'm pleased. 


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Friday, November 23, 2012

No FEAR and definitely FEAR :)

This makes me smile

On a field trip with our boys.....yes it was for them but Moms can have fun too! I *might* have pressured Murtle a tiny bit and *might* have made all the kids chant her name and *might* have made a chicken noise or two until she had no choice but to zipline.



I went first, then Murtle :) She had fun despite her face in this picture. 




Saturday, June 30, 2012

PATRIOTIC dipped oreos - TUTORIAL

I made these before for teacher appreciation week and they were such a big hit. I thought these would be cute for 4th of July.




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Supplies:
Oreo cookies
Candy Melts
Chocolate Transfer sheets (optional)
Sprinkles
Wax paper

 The white polka dot sheet is a chocolate transfer. It's printed with cocoa butter making the design edible. It can be transferred from the plastic backing to melted chocolate while wet. When the plastic sheet is pulled away after it has dried, the design is left behind on the chocolate. I purchased these at a local bake shop but they are available online as well.
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Measure and cut with just a little excess on the sides since the chocolate spreads when you press down

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Melt chocolate until smooth. I usually microwave for 30 seconds and stir (mash) and then another 15-20 seconds. This all depends on the amount of melts you use and may melt faster if you are using a smaller amount

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Dip oreo and flip until covered. Use the side of the bowl to tap the fork to remove excess chocolate. Then slide oreo to the tip of the fork and lay it on wax paper. 

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Apply transfer sheet with design print down and gently press it flat. This will get any air bubbles out and make it a flat surface

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I did the same process with the white candy melts and red polka dots sheets

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The key to the transfers working is being completely dry and even that sometimes doesn't work.  I place the oreos in the freezer for about 2-5 minutes and remove transfer sheet just after taking out of the freezer. That ALWAYS works :)

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For the sprinkles I dipped only the top. After the chocolate I grabbed the oreo already dipped by the very bottom, pressed in sprinkles and returned it to the fork to re-dip just the bottom I touched. Then slid it off the fork to wax paper

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I found this packaging at my bake shop and only wish it came in silver :/
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Added a bow BUT I WASN'T FINISHED....
Remember the free downloadable 4th of July tags from this post?




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Added the tag and NOW it's complete! :)
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