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

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Pin of the Day: Oreo Cake Pops How-To!

Are you ready? I have already posted once about an incredibly simple way to make Oreo cake pops here. This takes a couple more steps…but it’s totally worth it! Here’s what you need:

Pack of Oreos (classic or golden; can also use reduced fat)

8 oz. block of cream cheese (can use low-fat)

white chocolate or chocolate to melt

Lollipop Sticks

Sprinkles of your choice

* You can use golden Oreos for “vanilla” cake pops, and regular Oreos for “chocolate”. I have hard tales of using nutter butters for “peanut butter” flavor but I haven’t tried it yet. YET.

Step 1:

Place Oreos in food processor and blend until they are a powder. Break them apart as you place them in the food processor, or they won’t turn to powder as easily. My food processor could only hold one row of Oreos at a time, so I had to do 3 rounds.

Use Golden Oreos for “Vanilla” Cake Pops!

Use Regular Oreos for “Chocolate” Cake Pops!

After blending in the food processor.

Step 2:

Add the entire block of cream cheese to the powdered cookies and mix together until completely blended.

Add cream cheese to powdered cookies.

Mix together until completely blended.

Step 3:

Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, create 1″ balls of dough and place on cookie sheet.

Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, create 1″ balls of dough

Place on a cookie sheet.

Step 4:

Place cookie sheet in freezer for 15 minutes

Step 5:

As the cake pops are setting in the freezer, melt the chocolate (or white chocolate) that you have chosen. Mix in a bit (start with 2 TBSP) of vegetable oil or shortening to make it thin enough to easily dip the cake pops.

Step 6:

It is best to use a deep bowl that is not too wide so you make the most of the melted chocolate you have. Get the pops out of the freezer and get your sticks ready. You can either dip the stick in the chocolate first, then put the stick in the cake pop, then dip the whole thing in the melted chocolate, or you can just put the stick in the cake pop and dip the whole thing. If you dip the stick in first, you have to wait for it to harden before you dip the whole thing in the melted chocolate. I have done it both ways.

Step 7:

Once it’s covered in chocolate, put it on wax paper (on a cookie sheet) and drop whatever decorations you want on them right away. if you don’t they will harden and you will not be able to add any sprinkles. Then put them back in the freezer or fridge until you are ready to serve. I leave mine upside down so they have a flat bottom. Do not panic: they taste just as good.

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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 Party Favors

I love to give party favors, even when it’s totally unnecessary to do so and/or I have 100 people at my house and have to come up with – you guessed it – 100 favors. So here are my favorite ideas from across the web for inspired Halloween party favors and packaging. They’re all on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board. Enjoy!

Personalize tin buckets full of candy, courtesy of countryliving.com

Owl treat bags, courtesy of lisastorms.typepad.com

Treats in Beakers- use as awards for best costumes! Courtesy of lisastorms.typepad.com

Netted Bags for treats, courtesy of barbschram.blogspot.com

Halloween Paper Treat Bags, courtesy of etsy.com/shop/OhLaLaPaper

Coffin-shaped boxes, courtesy of BHG.com

Ghost Chinese Take-Out Boxes, courtesy of makingfriends.com

Candy Corn Dots, courtesy of marthastewart.com, photo by Kate Mathis

Cheese Ball Bags, courtesy of blowoutparty.com

Brownie Pretzel Marshmallow Skeletons, courtesy of blowoutparty.com

DIY Glow-In-The-Dark Slime, courtesy of domesticcharm.blogspot.com

Witch’s Broom Favors, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Ghostly Popcorn Bags, courtesy of BHG.com

Creepy Crawly Play-Dough, courtesy of BHG.com

Batty Take-Out Box, courtesy of BHG.com

Halloween Poppers, courtesy of homespunwithlove.blogspot.com/

Test Tube Favors, courtesy of hwtm.com, photo by Sadie Days Photography

Goody Witches, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Punched Favor Bags, courtesy of marthastewart.com

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

Inspiration: Halloween Party Drinks

One more element of a great party: the drinks. You can keep them simple and nothing’s amiss, or you can pump them up a notch with ideas like these and make your party truly spectacular. There’s just something about having a “fancy drink” in your hand that makes the night. Halloween is a great opportunity to use some really wild ideas for drinks and drinkware alike! These are all on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board. Cheers!

Creepy Hand Punch, courtesy of simplystated.realsimple.com/

Jack-o-Lantern Orange Soda, courtesy of paperjewels.blogspot.com/

Bubbling Cocktails, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Boo-Nilla Shake, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Ghost in the Graveyard, Screwed-Up Screwdriver, and Berry Scary Martini, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Halloween Cat Cocoa, courtesy of goddesshobbies.blogspot.com/

Monster Cups, courtesy of goddesshobbies.blogspot.com/

Bat Straws, courtesy of lisastorms.typepad.com/

Pumpkin Party Cooler, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Drink Dispenser, courtesy of furniturefashion.com

Water bottles, courtesy of blog.hwtm.com

Spider Cider Mason Jars, courtesy of torispelling.com

Halloween Paper Straws, courtesy of etsy.com/shop/OhLaLaPaper

Love them all!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Switchplate Story

I have moving on the brain, although the universe is trying to make it clear to me it’s just not happening anytime soon. If I ever do, though I think this idea from Make Projects is a must-try. If you head over to their post, there is a template you can download to type in your message to the future homeowners. You simply type your story, cut it out, and apply the label to the back of your switchplate. The first line of mine would probably be “So, you didn’t like this paint color, huh?”

I’m saving it to my Handmade Hodgepodge board….hopefully I can make one of these soon!

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: DIY Monogrammed Doormat

Another sweet DIY post…that I have not actually done myself. Ah. Once the summer program at the museum is in full swing maybe I will have a semblance of a normal schedule back. Until then, I’ll be posting all the projects I dream of completing…like this one!

If you’re like me, you still have your Easter doormat outside. I love the idea of always having “seasonally appropriate” decor outside but I fail with the execution of this idea. Repeatedly. I want to make this mat so this year, even when I don’t ever get around to finding the perfect 4th of July mat, I can have something cute and welcoming that is “Rainy Day Box – Approved”: simple, easy to personalize, and you probably have the supplies at your house!

Like many wonderful ideas, this comes from the folks over at Better Homes and Gardens. This would also make a wonderful gift! I’m adding it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board. Here are the (so easy) instructions from their site:

“Print a letter onto cardstock and cut it out. Pin the cardstock stencil on the mat and cover the letter with spray paint. To add dots, repeat the process, masking off the letter before painting the dots.”

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

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