Wow, this year has been SO amazing and I feel very blessed! Sweet Little Thang is close to hitting 1000 LIKES on our Facebook page and this could have never happened without all of your support!! Thank you!!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 36,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals
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Nutter Butter cookies, Tootsie Rolls and decorative nonpareils candy.
- 24 large fresh strawberries
- 8 ounces chocolate candy coating
- 1/4 cup white candy coating or white chocolate chips
Step 1-Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with waxed paper
Step 2-Wash the strawberries and pat them dry. Make sure they’re truly dry and don’t have any wet patches, otherwise you’ll have trouble dipping them.
Step 3- Melt the chocolate candy coating in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds until it is smooth and fluid.
Step 4-Hold a strawberry by the stem and dip it in the chocolate until it is almost entirely covered. Hold it over the bowl and let the excess drip back into the bowl, then scrape the bottom against the lip of the bowl. Place the berry on the prepared baking sheet.
Step 5-Repeat the process until all of the strawberries are covered with chocolate. Refrigerate the tray until the chocolate is set, for about 15 minutes.
Step 6- While you’re waiting for the chocolate to harden, melt the white chocolate. Pour it into a paper cone or plastic baggie with a small hole cut in the corner.
Step 7-Draw a white chocolate line around the top and bottom of a strawberry, then add the white “laces” in the middle to make it look like a football. Repeat until all of the strawberries are decorated. Let the white chocolate harden completely.
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 3 1/2 cups Reese’s Puffs cereal
Step 1-In a large pan melt corn syrup and sugar on medium high heat until sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and stir in peanut butter, white chocolate chips, and orange food coloring. Add the orange food coloring to desired color. I like the Wilton brand colors because they are very bright. You want to mix it quickly so that it doesn’t cool down too fast. If it does cool down too fast turn the heat back on for a second. Stir in the Reese’s Puffs and coat as well as you can. Don’t worry, when you form your pumpkins it will get more incorporated.
Step 2-Let the mixture cool slightly.
Step 3- When it is cool enough to handle start making golf sized pumpkin balls, forming well with your hands.
Step 4-Form them around the pretzel sticks for pumpkin stems. Place on waxed paper to set.
Step 5- Quarter the green gumdrops and use two slices for the pumpkin leaves.
Sweet Little Thang for the day! Think amazing cakes are out of your element? Think AGAIN! Have a bundt cake pan? You have a pumpkin cake! Make two cakes and place one on top of the other. You can make the stem out of fondant, tootsie rolls, or depending on how large the center is, an upside down, flat bottomed, ice cream cone! Easy right!?
Stained Glass Leaves
Step 1-Tear off a piece of waxed paper and lay it on a hard flat washable surface. If you are going to make specific shapes, you might want to mark your shapes on the paper prior to adding crayon shavings so you can strategically place the wax. Black permanent marker works best.
Step 2-Begin by sharpening crayons and placing all of the shavings on the area that you intend to cut out for your stained glass.
Step 3-Place a second piece of wax paper on top of the shavings.
Step 4-With an adult’s help, lightly press an iron (set on its lowest setting) over the shavings.
Step 5-Allow the wax to cool before handling.
Step 6- Cut out desired shapes (leaving wax paper in place).
Step 7- Hang in window and enjoy!
Paper Bag Pumpkin
1 brown paper lunch bag
Acrylic paint: orange and leaf green
¼ sheet brown construction paper
6- 12” pieces of green raffia
Step 1-Paint the outside of the lunch bag with orange paint.
Step 2-Paint the inside, top portion of the bag with leaf green paint.
Step 3-Paint a second coat of orange paint on the bag, only this time, paint the top outside portion with the leaf green-colored paint.
Step 4-When paint is completely dry, fringe the green section of the bag with your scissors, strips should be approximately ½” – 1” wide.
Step 5-Fill bag with crumpled newspaper (if using as a decoration) or candy and treats.
Step 6-Gather top of bag with your hand and tie a piece of raffia around it, just below the green section.
Step 7-Continue tying pieces of green raffia around the neck of the bag until all of it has been used.
Step 8-Cut a 1.5” wide strip of brown construction paper and roll up into a tube. Insert the tube of paper into the center of the green portion of the bag as the stem. If these bags are used as decoration, you can glue the stem in place.
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