Friday, April 24, 2015

Bride to Be Candy Basket


Wedding planning is fun, always very busy, and can get hectic at times.  There's so many things to constantly check off your to-do list, people to call, invitations to send, and favors to pick out.  I love being a Bride to Be and am enjoying my engagement to the fullest.  I cannot wait for the big day

It's always fun to receive parcels in the mail.  Who doesn't love a brown box addressed in your name?  I love getting packages and when one came addressed to "Chelley Candy" from Candy Crate, I was so excited to open it!  I thought it was Easter candy for me to review but to my surprise, it was an adorable Bride to Be Candy Basket!  

It was so thoughtful of Candy Crate to send this and I was so genuinely happy when I opened the box and saw my Bridal surprise that I couldn't stop smiling.  The basket was filled with wedding related candy including the following:


Candy Garter - Let me tell you, I definitely want to wear the Candy Garter at my wedding, we'll just have to see if I can wait that long to eat it myself!  

Heart Shaped Lollipops - Two tiny scrumptious lollipop hearts! 

Ring Pop - Who doesn't love to flash that big bling on your finger!

Sugar Daddy - Everyone needs a $ugar daddy in their life!

Big Hunk Bars - Delicious and totally describes my groom to be!

White Jordan Almonds - Almonds taste bittersweet so when mixed with candy sugarcoating, the tradition is to wish a newlywed's marriage to be more sweet than bitter!

White and Silver wrapped Hard Candies - Lemon flavor in the silver wrapper and a butterscotch taste in the white wrapper that was creamy and smooth! 

Just Married Candy Rolls - The Just Married symbol is subtle but once you notice it it's so cute!  I thought they were mints at first and then tasted the sweet rolls and to my surprise they tasted like Smarties!


When I get married, I know I want to have a candy buffet at my wedding.  I know the guests will love it and know how sweet love is!  I cannot wait!

Thank you to Candy Crate for making this Bride to Be so happy!  I loved this sweet surprise and all of the wedding related scrumptious candies!  So sweet of you!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookie Kit


There's not many people who don't love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.  Kimber's Cookies brings those two delicious flavors together in an easy to make cookie kit that makes three dozen cookies!  The design on the kit is so cute.  I loved the font and colors and the fun, simple, and easy instructions on the back.

Ingredients
1 Egg

1 C Unsalted Butter

2 Tsp. Vanilla

Instructions
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix Package 1 with 1 cup of melted unsalted butter (2 sticks)
3. Mix in 1 large egg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla
4.  Add in package 2 and 3 and stir

5.  Roll dough up into small balls and placed on engrossed cookie sheet
6.  Bake 12-16 minutes
7.  Cool and enjoy!

These cookies are fun to make on a night in with friends and the perfect dessert!  They're crunchy with just the right amount of chewiness and have a great texture.  Once again, the peanut butter and chocolate chip combo wins!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

How I (Ring) POPped the question!


On 12.24.14 my life changed forever for the better. My boyfriend of 7 years popped the question and pulled off the most amazing surprise proposal.  There was no detail unthought of and he gave me the most amazing proposal story to tell for years to come.  He involved my whole family, asking both my parents and siblings for their blessing to marry me almost two months before the proposal.   I could not have been happier with my proposal story and it was everything I've ever dreamed of.  Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days of the year, I love getting into the holiday spirit, and of course my family and now fiancĂ© mean the world to me so given the season and everyone involved it was absolutely perfect!


After my fiancĂ© proposed to me the wedding planning immediately began and I chose my bridesmaids quickly, but knew I had to ask them to stand by my side in a creative way.  Being that I love candy, I of course wanted to involve candy in some way.  I decided I'd use Ring Pops and "propose" to my favorite ladies by popping the question.  I went everywhere to find the perfect gift box they would open and finally found the perfect ones.  I stuffed the boxes with tissue paper and gold confetti, and printed out a note saying "Plan with me, stand with me, cry with me, laugh with me, will you be my bridesmaid/matron of honor/flower girl?"

(My flower girl and I showing off our bling!)

I topped off the box with sparkly and shiny ribbons, and was able to ask 6 out of my 7 bridesmaids and my flower girl in person.  They all loved the idea and all said yes!  There were many tears, smiles, excitement, and hugs.  It was awesome.  They loved their Ring Pops, especially my flower girl.  I can't wait for them all to be by my side on my big day! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hot Cocoa Cookies


I don't know about you but I love baking throughout the holidays! I already participated in a cookie exchange this year and just made a fresh batch of Hot Cocoa cookies.  I wanted to try a new recipe that would delight others' taste buds and put them into the Christmas spirit.  Sitting by the tree and drinking hot cocoa is a fun tradition and pastime so why not make hot cocoa cookies and eat them tree side!?

There are quite a few ingredients and these aren't the type of cookies that require zero prep time but they're worth it, pinky swear!  This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Ingredients
1 Cup Marshmallows
1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 1/4 Baking Soda
1 Cup White Sugar
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/4 Cup Butter
2 Eggs
1 Tsp. Vanilla
3 1/4 Cup Flour
4 Packs of Instant Hot Cocoa

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Melt butter in sauce pan
Once melted, mix sugar and butter into a bowl and stir until well mixed
In a separate bowl, mix hot cocoa mix, flour, baking powder, and baking soda until well mixed
Pour sugar and butter mixture into the flour mixture bowl and mix well
Add marshmallows and chocolate chips and continue to mix
Scoop tablespoon size mixture onto wax paper
Bake for 10 minutes
Cool and enjoy!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Krispy Cookies

Ho Ho Ho!  Tis the season for hot cocoa, wrapping presents, Christmas music, and cookie exchanges!  I went to a cookie exchange last weekend and made these Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Krispy Cookies and boy were they a hit!  

First of all, let me tell you that these are NO BAKE and are probably one of the most delicious cookies you have ever tasted.  Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter together!  

These cookies are the perfect mix of salty, crunchy, and sweet.  The chocolate and peanut butter are very smooth and rich, the marshmallows are fluffy, and mixing that with crunchy peanuts and Rice Krispies is an all in one delicious bite!  There's only 5 ingredients and all you have to do is melt the chocolate and stir in the rest of the ingredients and you're all set! 

Ingredients

2 containers of Chocolate Candy Dips (Found in the baking section of grocery stores)

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Dry Roasted Peanuts

1.25 Cups Marshmallows

2 Cups Rice Krispies

Instructions

1. Heat chocolate candy dips and stir on stove until completely melted

2. Add Peanut Butter, Peanuts, Marshmallows, and Rice Krispies after the chocolate has melted
3.  Stir until everything is mixed extremely well
4.  Scoop up mix with a TBSP and drop small ball shape cookies onto wax paper
5. Put cookies in refrigerator to harden
6.  Enjoy!

Wow your friends at your cookie exchange with these super easy no bake cookies that taste divine!  Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Grinch Kabobs


Merry Grinchmas and Happy Who-Lidays!  Even though he's a mean one, I'll always love the Grinch because in the end, we learn that his heart is full of love, joy, and happiness!  So in his honor, it's time to make Grinch Kabobs!  

They're sweet, fruity, festive, and couldn't be easier to prepare!  I showed up at an ugly sweater party with these and they were such a big hit.  Make sure you add this to your list for your upcoming Christmas parties and you'll be the most popular Who in Whoville!

Ok, now it's time to get down to the basics.

Supplies

Strawberries

Green grapes

Bananas

Marshmallows

Toothpicks

Instructions 

1.  Take the grapes off to stem and wash them

2. Wash strawberries and cut off the stem

3.  Make sure the strawberry is no bigger than 1.5 inches high (sized to fit on a toothpick with the rest of my the ingredients) so cut additional slices off until you've reached the right size 

4. Slice bananas into small slices

5. Take the toothpick and stack in this order: grape, banana, strawberry (and marshmallow on top!)

6. Repeat step 5 over and over again until you have a whole community of Grinch kabobs 

7.  Enjoy and share with all of your fellow Whos!

I had so much fun making and eating these with my Who friends.  Yahoo Dorray!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Candy Cornucopia


Happy Turkey Day everyone!  Hope you're enjoying your special time with your family and friends!  If you're looking for a last minute easy and fun candy craft to do while you're watching reruns of the parade or a football game, take time to make some Candy Cornucopias!  They're so festive, adorable, and they'll soon be your new fave horns!

Ingredients

Bugles

Reese's Pieces

Sprinkles

Frosting

 Candy Corn

Instructions
1. Put frosting on wide end of the Bugles


 2.  Dip the frosting side in sprinkles, Reese's Pieces, and Candy Corn




3.  Have a blast!

These will be the tastiest cornucopias you've ever had!  Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

Here is me and my niece and nephew enjoying our festive treats!  We loved making them!