Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easy Salted Caramel Brownie Bites

 This was today's baking experiment and it turned out pretty well!

Easy Salted Caramel Brownie Bites

What you'll need:

~ 1 box of your favorite Brownie Mix
~ Coarse Sea Salt
~ Mini-muffin pan liners (I got my foil ones at Walmart on super-after-Christmas-clearance)
~ Approx. 1/2 pound of Caramels (try your local bulk foods retailer)
~ Approx. 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Mix up your brownie mix according to the packaging's directions and fill each mini-muffin cup to about three quarters full. Bake in 325 degree oven for approximately 19 minutes (or until a clean toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean). Let cool.

Meanwhile, unwrap your caramels and put them in a stainless steel saucepan with the 1/4 cup of whipping cream. Turn on heat to low and occasionally stir the caramels until they've melted. Remove from heat.

'Frost' your mini-brownies with the caramel and add a pinch of sea salt to each one, gently pressing the salt into the soft caramel (otherwise the salt may just fall off).

And that's it! Easy and delicious!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Halloween 2012 - Tinker Bell & Rapunzel

Still  working on stuff I did last year... Someday I will catch up. But I'm finally getting around to the Halloween costumes I made for the girls last year. 

Miss Tinker Bell herself.

I didn't plan as well this time, so instead of getting done a month early, I was literally hot gluing flowers to Madeline's wig the DAY OF Halloween. I'd only finished Madeline's dress the day before. My stress level was pretty high. In my defense, I was a little distracted with my infant son, but this year I'm determined to start and finish early again!

I used McCall's pattern number M4887 for the fairy dress and made my own pattern for the wings, using the method outlined in the pattern (I thought the wing pattern included was too round!). I also made some bloomers that go to the knee to wear underneath the dress, which you can sort of see in the second picture from the top - those weren't part of the pattern either. 

For Rapunzel, I used Simplicity pattern number 2065. I didn't bother making the yarn wig. I just bought a long blond wig from Amazon (and glued flowers into it, as I mentioned earlier). 

With the wig.

Did I mention this is an adult sized wig? And it STILL didn't quite fit. My child has the biggest head ever.

Trick or treating.