In my blog I plan to chat about nature, crafts, baking, gardening, beekeeping, and anything else that happens to pop into my head. Sit back, relax for five minutes of a day, and enjoy!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter preparations

 Things are moving along nicely with the Easter dessert preparations.  These will be adorable when I'm finished with them, thanks to a Pinterest idea.
The eggs are getting stuffed...
This is a very simple marshmallow dipping recipe that I made about 30 years ago with regular marshmallows.  I decided to give it a try with some peeps.  The recipe was on a Kraft marshmallow bag.  You take 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of peanut butter and melt them.  You can dip the marshmallows in ground nuts (of your choice) if you want to. I'm planning on putting them on sucker sticks.  It takes quite a while for the chocolate to harden so don't panic.  And wax paper works better than foil.

White chocolate with pastel coloring would have been adorable, but at this point....I'm just dipping the chocolate.

I made some cobblers (strawberry and black raspberry) another recipe I found on Pinterest.  Here is the recipe  What?  I'm not typing it all out!  I don't have time!  Click on the word recipe.  I will say I haven't tasted them yet though so I'll let you know after tomorrow.

I might be adding in some Florida succulents or some violas for color on the table for color.  (I know they aren't really Florida succulents, but they are to me.  I bought them on vacay in Florida.  You can buy them anywhere.)
Sorry Wendyroomcreations....I had to throw out the balloon eggs.  I just don't have time to 'cry over spilled milk' girlfriend...I got stuff to do!

Cindy Bee

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Martha help!

I've been preparing for Easter. 

 I bought this wire thingy at the Winter Woolen Workshop this past year.  I'm not sure yet exactly what I'm going to do with it besides grow rye but I have ideas!
 Not sure yet what I'm going to do with these either, but I have ideas!
 We are going to Mom & Dad's for Easter dinner, then to our house (room) for dessert and the egg hunt.  We've also been stuffing eggs....lots of eggs with candy and treats. 

We used to have the meal at our house too, but since we are living in one room right now, we have a progressive type dinner/dessert situation! Here is a good recipe for ham.  After years of getting up in the wee hours of the morning, we started cooking the ham the day before, let it cool, slice it,  refrigerate it until the next day.  Then heat it up, put it on a platter, and serve.

 So anyway, I'm getting my "Martha" back right?  And I decided to make the ice cream look pretty.  So I got out my new molds I bought a couple of months ago.  I let the ice cream soften, and filled the molds. 


 I used a warm cake decorating tool to push the ice cream firmly into the molds.  (I dipped it in hot water first)  Kind of messy looking as the hot icing tool melted the ice cream quickly, but it was going into the freezer and when they pop out you won't see the messy part.
 I took an ice cream break!
 I then took to stuffing balloons with candy.

I melted chocolate.
  And put it all over the egg-shaped balloons.
 As I was dipping the chocolate...
  and bouncing it off of the balloons....I found if you bounce the balloon, the chocolate will be smooth looking on the balloon....
 I was visualizing our local choclatier (delicious bakery - J Edwards) finding out about these, and wanting to hire me to make them for Easter....

I was visualizing taking orders.  EW! - I'll have to do a better job of the air bubbles I see....
I put them in the fridge to make sure they were extra hard.  The plan is to pop the balloon and pull it out.  And wow everyone with hollowed out eggs with candy inside!
 Only the balloons are stuck to the inside of the chocolate! I've made chocolate nests before and they never stuck.  I'm wondering if bouncing the candy inside the balloon, made the balloon stick to the chocolate too much. 

Back to the ice cream....

Then I got to thinking....we don't need chocolate ice cream anyway...we need vanilla.
 I'm thinking about serving the chocolate eggs like this!!!!!!  
What can I do?
Martha help!!!!

Cindy Bee

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Garden shopping

A week ago today my Sister asked Mom and I to come over and go shopping.  Well, her and Mom and Taylor (her daughter) were getting their nails done. They don't even ask me to get manis/pedis anymore.  They take me somewhere to shop while they go about their torture! (teehee)  So, I thought it would be a perfect time for me to use these gift cards that I won.  Remember Diva night!

And after looking around, I decided I was going to "Garden" shop.
I want to put her at the bottom of a tree....
And this is already in my little flower garden.  

This flower is made out of silverware ends...welded together, then painted.  I put it in a pot in hopes to encourage some seeds I've planted!   I love shopping in Noblesville (except that you can only park in the same spot for two hours or you'll get a ticket, which is stupid)  They have a lot of very cute stores.

We then headed for a local mall (where you don't have to worry about parking) so my niece could get a couple of summer outfits.  She did NOT get these shorts...she didn't even ask for them.  It took me a minute to realize that they made them look like they had paint spatters on them!

I'm thinking two things....
One - Why would anyone want clothes with paint splatters on them?  I have tons and I don't care for them! And two - if my kid wanted clothes with paint splatters on them, then he/she would have to paint!

Cindy Bee