Thursday, June 14, 2012

Marshmallow Chocolate Bites

I needed a quick and easy treat to bring into a large (indoor) beach party. I made about 50 of these little guys. I melted real chocolate pieces and then rolled in Mini-marshmallows. I had to make sure the chocolate wasn’t too hot or the marshmallow would have melted, which would have tasted great, but I needed to clump the mixture into little blobs so I could put them into paper cups for serving. I tried not to fully cover the marshmallows either so you could see part of the white peeking through the chocolate. Then I just tossed on some rainbow sprinkles. This was “quick” because it was easy to prepare, but they weren’t ready right away because real chocolate takes so long to set, especially when you don’t add crystals to thin out the morsels.  It took several hours before the chocolate was ready…. But it’s always worth the wait!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cake Pops!

I finally attempted making Cake Pops! It was so exciting to try, and I made my cake pops according to recipe and embellished them in typical Amazing Marshmallow style.  I had cake in my freezer, frozen. So I took it out the night before to thaw...and honestly, when it got to room temp it was as fresh as when I put it in the freezer a few months ago!

                            First I lined up all my sprinkles and confections.

Then I crumbled up the cake. Added the frosting and then rolled into balls and dipped in candy coating.

I had so many choices of embellishments to use however my favorite cake pop was this one below. This is one big giant bite of sugary yummy-ness!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Marshmallow Oreo Surprise

Whenever I don’t know what to call a new dessert or recipe I like that I can just add the word “surprise” to the end of it and BOOM! You have a name for your dessert.
I made a few of these red, white and blueberry treats tonight and they were super refreshing and sweet.  I started with a whole Oreo cookie at the bottom (next time I’ll crumble it) added a layer of whip cream and marshmallows, and added rows of blueberries and strawberries. The dishes were small so I couldn’t make ‘stripes’ with the fruit, but I thought they looked nice, and it was a festive dessert to kick of the long weekend with.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!

Below is the 'surprise' cookie that was at the bottom of the dessert.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Refreshing Ladybugs

Look what is crawling on my windowsill - An edible little ‘ladybug’ appetizer! I found this idea in my Taste of Home magazine and had to try it right away. I took a round cracker spread with cream cheese, cut a cherry tomato in half for the wings, used a black olive half for the head and then stuck chives for the antennae. I waited a little too long to take the picture so my antennae and olive wilted a bit, but his is just adorable. I can see a whole tray of these at my next outdoor gathering this summer.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Baked French Toast

Family and friends are starting to snicker that I haven’t fixed my oven yet. But not having a working oven makes me appreciate going elsewhere for the weekend and having the pleasure to enjoy the deliciousness of this amazing BAKED FREAKING FRENCH TOAST! Yum yum yum… YUM! It is boiled brown sugar and butter madness drizzled over egg-soaked Italian bread slices and then baked for about an hour until crispy brown on top.

Here’s a zoom in so you can see how the top became all crispy, which was my favorite part.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

I am hosting Easter Brunch at my house and decided to make marshmallow krispy birds nests. These are so fun and tasty. I made the rice krispy treat mix as ordered and then molded the gooey mixture into cupcake tins, I molded a little hole in the middle and placed Cadbury chocolate eggs *yum* inside. All the guests can have one and they make cute decoration next to the bagels and cream cheese! Its so spring-like too.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Paas Egg Color

It’s amazing what 99 cents can do for two dozen white eggs. I had so much fun coloring these eggs. Paas makes so many different packages of egg coloring kits…glitter, swirl, vibrant, maybe even more. I stuck with the traditional cheapest pack and I’m impressed.   I used three tablespoons of vinegar along with ¾ cup of water and waited for the dye pellets to dissolve (about 3 minutes) then gave each egg a nice colorful bath for a few minutes each. Believe It or not I didn’t hard boil the eggs first!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Opening Day

Blue skies, fresh green grass and a marshmallow!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hello Kitty Getting Ready to Work The Candle

I meant to post this yesterday! Here is the fondant Hello Kitty candle holder I made the other day in action! She’s ready to hold that candle steady…good job Kitty, you go girl!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Whole Foods Cupcakes - Wholly Delicious

I was setting up some cupcakes in my kitchen and after I put the first cupcake on the platter I just thought this looked like the most perfect picture. One single (very delicious) cupcake. I bought a whole bunch at Whole Foods Market, which has my favorite cupcakes. Rich moist cake with piled high frosting. I went out of my way to pick these up because I wanted to snack on a few myself, and since the baker at Whole Foods uses mostly ‘good’ ingredients (ie. less chemicals and preservatives), I don’t feel so guilty if I eat more than one at a sitting. Which I did..and they were DELICIOUS!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hello Candle!

Look who made a super cute candle holder out of fondants! It was requested of me to make an edible Hello Kitty cake topper that could also hold a candle.  You’ll see in past posts that I’ve made Hello Kitty on marshmallows before, so I followed the same idea only skipped the marshmallow part molded a body and made space on the top for a candle.
I also made a mini Hello Kitty head sized for a cupcake. Too cute! Now if only I had my oven working, I could offer to make the cake as well!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Glitter Sprinkles

I’m always on the lookout for new embellishments and when I spotted these “Glitter Sprinkles” I scooped up a few jars. They are made by Festival and this particular jar is Jewel Blend…Don’t you love that? They are the fanciest sprinkles I’ve ever worked with. I dipped my marshmallows into candy coating and rather than just shaking on the sprinkles I carefully placed the sprinkles onto the marshmallow, so it would be neat and perfect and so I wouldn’t waste any. Each little sprinkle has a pearly finish, I’ll definitely be seeking out more products from Festival!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Double pleasures

This is a simple and elegant marshmallow creation. White chocolate dipped marshmallows with a whole Lindt truffle on top. I used real white chocolate to coat the marshmallows, not candy coating. Since I was putting real (real yummy) chocolate balls on top, I wanted to make sure I used the good white chocolate on the marshmallow.
Simple. Simply delicious.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kiss Me I’m Irish…

...Or Kiss me I’m a scary alien vampire with a green beret trying to pose as a leprechaun.  I had a vision of what my painted marshmallow would look like and this…was..not..quite it. It could be worse, but could be better! But bottoms up, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chicken Cashew on Romaine

My oven has been broken for a few weeks now. The stovetop works fine but I can’t bake anything in the oven part. I finally had the repair man come to look at it and he said it wasn’t something he could fix and I need to get a new one! This could be exciting, or a real headache. Luckily for me you don’t need an oven to make amazing marshmallows.
 ….And you don’t need the oven to make an aaaaamazing chicken cashew dish with mushrooms and spinach. I sautéed the chicken, then added fresh chopped spinach and mushrooms, let it cook for a few minutes then added a few diced red peppers and chopped cashews with salt and pepper. I could have stuffed peppers and baked (but I don’t have a working oven) so I improvised by putting the mixture into crisp romaine lettuce leaves and serving them as wraps. Putting the mixture into the lettuce was much fancier than making it a stuffed pepper.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy (early) St Pattys Day

These are cute little mini-marshmallows that I decorated up with my edibile inks in honor (early) of Saint Patrick’s Day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mac Tonight

Amazing Marshmallows…not so amazing photography tonight!  I guess during my hibernation these past few weeks I forgot how to take good pictures of my treats! Unfortunately, I didn’t know this photo shoot was so blurry until it was too late. So this is all I have of my lovely little crescent moon.  I wanted a swanky sophisticated marshmallow piece and this crescent that I molded was perfect.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Marshmallows with the Sugar Sheets

I completely forgot to post this one from a few weeks ago. I had put all the marshmallows with babies onto my serving tray and it needed a little something to break up the pink. I took the sugar sheets and cut small circles to put on top of the marshmallows. This was a great and easy idea to give the dessert try a little more elegance. Here is what it looked like on the marshmallow up close.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Check out this nursery! I decided to mix it up by making some of the babies swaddled and some under blankets. You’ll notice that some are sleeping soundly and others are ready to eat!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Swaddled Baby

I have an important baby shower coming up, and decided to get a head start (literally) on my marshmallow display…This little swaddled baby came out so sweet! I used my appetizer pick to create the indentations for the eyes mouth and ears on the tiny heads.  I readied all the infant heads with their features and put in a sealed bag. I will construct the fondant babies and attached the rest of the heads tomorrow to put on top of white chocolate covered marshmallows.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sugar Sheets

I REALLY love to try new baking products! My latest ‘new’ item is Sugar Sheets! Just the sound of them sounds exciting. Basically, it’s a sheet of edible paper that you can cut out designs and put onto your cookies, cakes and of course marshmallows. I first tried the sugar paper onto some sugar cookies with a little butter cream frosting. What elegant looking cookies! I tasted some of the paper and it is really unique melting in your mouth.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Painted Marshmallow

After painting the eggs yesterday I had to try out this egg painting technique on my marshmallows using my edible food coloring pens. It is really pretty and the picture doesn’t do it justice. Hard to believe you can eat this!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Painted Egg

I have been eating a ton of scrambled eggs lately. I decided a few weeks ago to start saving the eggs so I could paint them this spring. I carefully made a tiny hole in both the top and bottom of the eggs and “blew” the egg white and yolk into a bowl. Then I rinsed the inside of the egg shell out with hot water and let it dry. I’ve had about ten of them lined up on my kitchen windowsill waiting to be painted. Today I painted the first one. I cheated a little and used sharpie markers instead of paint. I think it came out really nice and I put a ribbon on it too, although I’m not sure where I’ll hang this. I’ll probably paint the rest this spring to give out as gifts.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A blizzard of sugar snowflakes

There is snow in the forecast…and so I used the rest of my snowflake sugar decals to make a tasty little display. These sugar decals are so wonderful in a pinch, they are beautiful, easy to use and zero clean up. I just dipped the marshmallows in chocolate and placed the decals on top!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Marshins Vs. Martians

These are real MARSHins. I can’t believe I waited so long to use my new package of Americolor food writing pens…Santa was nice enough to bring (and I was nice enough to receive!) I’m not the greatest artist on paper so I assume my decorating will take some time with these pens. But they are perfect for making fine detail like mouths on these little alien men. Previously I would use my appetizer picks dipped in coloring and it would take FOREVER to get small lines made and it was never without error. These very cool pens make line making a snap! Next time I’ll add some more embellishments to my creatures…these guys don’t look too spacey!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Front Page!

Sometimes you open up a gift and you are just so stunned you are speechless. That’s what happened to me when I opened the package and saw this magazine cover.  Hello, can you say SO very excited?! Ok, ok, so my sister dreamed it up at PhotoShop…but it definitely took me a few minutes to figure it out. And honestly, isn’t this where my sweet marshmallow creations should be anyway? I have really great marshmallow ideas that are tasty, unique and some are sooo simple!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pinkies Up!

The marshmallow mugs have been a big hit this season…sooooooooo I made some more again. I like covering the marshmallow in white chocolate first and then inserting the candycane. Pinkies up, this is a dainty little snack!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Marshmallow Penguins (caution- very cute marshmallow post)

I was browsing the bakery department at my local supermarket and spotted these adorable little penguins on top of cookies! I just couldn’t resist coming home and attempting them myself. I love new marshmallow ideas and especially love it when I see other people and places coming up with new ideas for marshmallows too. To make the penguins I used bare marshmallows and piped black tinted frosting for the head and flippers then orange frosting for the nose and feet. I first piped white eyes but then decided to use candy eyeballs instead because I was afraid the black frosting would run into the white eyes. I had some little marshmallow snowmen leftover from the other day (that I had put in the freezer…so smart of me!)  and I decided to let it make friends with the penguins. Way too cute!  I think if someone has a winter themed cake going on, these would give it the perfect touch.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Windy Days

We have been having some serious wind the last few days and outdoor items are flying everywhere. When the wind is so strong that your wreath blows it right off your door, have a back up marshmallow wreath ready to hang. Like this one here:
I piped white chocolate onto parchment paper and lined with marshmallows, added M&M’s for the ‘berries’ and used nice red ribbon for the bow and hanging.