How-To: Chocolate Spoons

I recently found these sweet treats on Pinterest and decided to try making them to hand out as favors at our Christmas party next week. They were really easy to make and I can’t wait to dip one in my coffee tomorrow morning!

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Here’s what you need:

Pack of plastic spoons

milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, peppermint bark, etc. to melt

SPRINKLES! JIMMIES! JELLY BEANS! WHATEVER ELSE YOU FEEL LIKE!

Optional: pretzel bags (if you want to gift)

Step 1:

Melt your chocolate of choice in the microwave or on the stove. If you need it to be thinner/runnier, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil (not olive!)

Step 2: 

Use a spoon to pour chocolate into the, uh, other spoon. You want the chocolate to be nice and level in the spoon, so don’t add too much. You may need to shake the spoon around a little to get the chocolate evenly distributed. The most important part is to prop the handle of the spoon up on a plate, tray, or trivet so that the chocolate will be level when it sets.

Step 3: 

Add all decorations and treats you want. I highly recommend adding a jelly bean. The Jelly Belly Ice Cream Parlor mix has great flavors for this project. I picked colors that would coordinate with my Christmas party theme (all peacock colors, teal, purple, green, and gold). If you’re adding chocolate, wait until the chocolate is a little more set so it does not melt into the spoon.

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Step 4: (Optional)

Cut the pretzel bags so that the edge of the plastic reaches halfway down the handle of the spoon. Secure with some ribbon or raffia and voilà! What a sweet little present.

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I’m adding these to my Culinary Compilation Board!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Franken Nails

Courtesy of nailfilesfromthebasement.blogspot.com

How fun are these for a Halloween Party? Find some bright green polish and use a nail art pen (or a thin sharpie!) to paint on the stitches. I have found a lot of great Halloween nail ideas…perhaps another Inspiration Board is on the way? These are on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Cheers,

Caroline

Inspiration: Pumpkins!

It’s not Halloween without pumpkins. While carving them up is the classic route, I found tons of creative ways to dress up these seasonal favorites without getting out the carving set. Don’t forget, if you use real pumpkins you can throw in the silica gel from shoeboxes to keep them from molding. They’re all saved to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Glowing Polka-Dot Pumpkins, courtesy of strawberry-chic.blogspot.com/

Mouse Motel Pumpkin, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Crayon Drip Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com

Pumpkin Twig Tree, courtesy of aprimitiveplace.blogspot.com/

Monogrammed Pumpkin, courtesy of sisusa.blogspot.com/

Glitter Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

Spray Paint and Stencils, courtesy of allyou.com

Color-Blocked Pumpkins, courtesy of chatelaine.com

Striped Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Gilded Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Glitter Chevron Pumpkin, courtesy of kappaprep.com

Glue & Epsom Salts for a Sparkle Pumpkin, courtesy of davisdaybyday.blogspot.com/

Instagram Photo Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com/

Easy Polka-Dot Pumpkin, courtesy of homestoriesatoz.com

Lentil-studded Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

More gilded pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com

Lacy Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Cookie-Cutter Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Glam Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Button Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Monogram Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Painted Pumpkins, courtesy of lacquerandlinen.com

Rhinestone Pumpkin, courtesy of flickr.com/photos/frykitty/6191774556/

Candy Corn Pumpkins…great for a weirdly shaped pumpkin! Courtesy of BHG.com

Pastel Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Spraypainted Doily Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Dressed Up Pumpkin, courtesy of centsationalgirl.com

Pearl Studded Pumpkins, courtesy of fabulouskblog.com

Message on a Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Washi Tape Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Chalkboard Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Silhouette Pumpkin, courtesy of HGTV.com

Intricately Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of alisaburke.blogspot.com/

Vinyl State Decal Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Burcu Avsar

Decoupaged Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Miki Duisterhof

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a classic. Courtesy of freshhomeideas.com

Whew.

Cheers,

Caroline

Inspiration: Halloween Decor

OK, we’ve covered all the important stuff about the party: the food and drinks. What comes next? Oh, right – the decorations. If you think this list is long, wait until you see my upcoming post on pumpkins. Just so much fun stuff out there! These are all pinned to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board along with all my Halloween loves!

Mason Jar Luminaries, courtesy of jedicraftgirl.blogspot.com

Witch’s legs from pool noodles! Courtesy of halloweenforum.com

Pumpkin Tea Light Holders, courtesy of candleandsoap.about.com

Pumpkin Door Decor, courtesy of thebeehivetimes.blogspot.com

Snake Wreath, courtesy of mcillecespot.blogspot.com/

I mean, you must have a green door. Bur, Franken-door. Courtesy of mel-designs.typepad.com

Paper Pumpkins, courtesy of iheartnaptime.net

More Mason Jar Lanterns, courtesy of thepartydress.net

Candy Corn Vases, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com

Spider Topiaries, courtesy of craftsbystarlight.blogspot.com

Candy Corn Hurricanes, courtesy of womansday.com

Candy Corn Tree, courtesy of womansday.com

Tin Can Lanterns, courtesy of twoofakindworkingonafullhouse.com

Halloween Soaps, courtesy of thatswhatchesaid.net

Milk Jug Luminaries, courtesy of dreamingdecor.com

Spiderweb Doormat, Courtesy of countryliving.com; photo by Seth Smoot

Ghost Garland, courtesy of dreamingdecor.com

Click link for paper cutout templates! Courtesy of countryliving.com; photo by John Kernick

Cheesecloth Ghosts, courtesy of countryliving.com; photo by John Kernick

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary Printable, courtesy of craftily-ever-after.blogspot.com

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Monogrammed Keychain

In the mood to spend between $35-50 on a keychain? Me neither. However, if you ARE, I would recommend these without hesitation:

These cuties are from Invite Cottage and for $34.95 +$9.00 shipping, they could be yours. If you want to punch it up a bit, they will craft you one from a Lilly Pulitzer fabric too!

It’s a prep explosion.

These are heading to my Gifted Giving Board. I think this could be a fantastic wedding shower gift with the bride’s new initials!

Cheers,

Caroline

Review: Stila Spring Palettes

As part of my June Bloom Beauty Ambassador Kit, I got to try out 2 of Stila’s Spring Palettes: In the Garden and In the Moment. They are $39 at Bloom.com. I think it’s a great price for an assortment of 10 eyeshadows.

In The Garden Palette

In the Garden is a collection of botanical- inspired shades. They are all shimmery, which was not my favorite – I like matte eyeshadows as well and when you are buying a collection of 10 different eyeshadows, I would prefer some variation. Here is a look I did using “nectar”, “sage”, “moss”, and “juniper” shades:

 

I love posting creepy close-ups of my eyes. Next…

In The Moment Palette

In the Moment has light baby pinks, pale lavenders, deep plums, mid-tone neutrals, and sparkly black. It was definitely my favorite of the two. Here is the look I did using the “instinct”, “impulse”, and “glance” shades:

Like I said, I liked them both, but In the Moment was definitely my favorite! As someone who does not wear heavy makeup everyday, I was pleased that these are not super potent and to get them very dark you need to apply quite a lot. Perfect for spring!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Crayon Art

June is here! This month is bringing a lot of excitement for me: a trip to Boston to start it out and then a trip to New Orleans at the end, plus I am starting the HUGE summer program at the Science Center on Monday! I feel sure there will not be a single dull moment this month.

June is going to be a great month for The Rainy Day Box, too. First of all, it’s raining! Not some wimpy shower, either – I heard the rain before I saw it which makes me feel very cozy and crafty. Naturally I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. This cheerful DIY art looks like a lot of fun to make and I do believe it will be the perfect thing to add some color to my office!

I found a wonderful tutorial here. Her pictures are spectacular and so happy! Basically you get some crayons (personalize it, people!), hot glue them to a blank canvas, then use a hair dryer on high to melt the wax to your satisfaction. Voila! I am pinning it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board and it’s so do-able I think I might just do it today!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Memorial Day Pretzels

Tonight’s just a quick post with a sweet idea that has been all over Pinterest today! I’ve seen the pictures on blogs all over the internet, but I found an actual post with instructions and ideas over at cupcakes and cashmere.

So sweet and easy! If you haven’t made dessert for your cookout tomorrow, you could whip these up so fast and save the day. They’re already on my Independence Index Board!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Independence Punch!

Memorial Day is fast approaching, as is the 4th of July! This punch is completely adorable and I think it would be a big hit at any party!

Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Big Bear’s Wife:

Supplies:
Cranberry Juice
Blue Gatorade Frost
Diet 7-Up
Ice cubes
What to do:
Fill the glass or drink dispenser with Ice.
Pour In the Cranberry Juice.
Next Pour in the Blue Gatorade Frost, BUT make sure that when you’re pouring the Blue Gatorade Frost that you pour straight onto some of the ice to gently add the layer. If you pour it directly into the juice it will mix!
Next, pour in the Diet 7up, also pour onto an ice cube to prevent them from mixing.
The trick is to use drinks with varied sugar content so they will layer nicely. I’m pinning this to my Independence Index Board.
Pinterest strikes again!
Cheers,
Caroline

Pin of the Day: OMBRÉ!

Maybe I’m way behind the times here, but I just asked myself…what EXACTLY is ombré? I have pinned a couple gorgeous examples of ombré without being completely clear what it was. So, I googled it…and I LOVE it! According to an online dictionary, it is “having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark”. I define it as gorgeous! This article (yes, from 2008…I am behind) from Martha Stewart gives some great tips and ideas. Here are a couple of my favorite examples from all over the web – they’re also on my Culinary Compilation, Decor Digest, Style Selections, and Party Pins Boards.

eddieross.com

mommadanddaboyz.combeantownbaker.com

vanessachristenson.com

bunchesofbliss.com

alloftheaboveblog.com

stylemepretty.com

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

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