Friday, January 31, 2014

Chocolate Strawberry Footballs

Ready...Set...Hike! It's time to start prepping for Superbowl Sunday--the one day of the year where Americans can pile their plates with nachos, hot dogs, guacamole, pizza, and pretty much anything fried in oil, without judgement and without shame.  I. Love. It. Buuuuut, if you're looking for some healthier options, or just something cute and festive to add to the snacking area, check out these adorable football strawberries that I whipped up today.  5 minutes tops.  No joke.


What you'll need:
1 Pkg. of fresh strawberries
1 cup of bakers milk chocolate (my favorite brand is Ghiradelli)
1/2 cup of bakers white chocolate

1. Line a cookie sheet with saran wrap.
2. Rinse strawberries under cold water and pat dry.
3. Heat 1 cup of milk chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power.  Stir.  Continue this in 30 second intervals until melted (careful not to overheat!!). 
4. Dip strawberry in melted milk chocolate, then place onto saran wrap.  Continue until all strawberries are dipped in chocolate.
5. Heat 1/2 cup of white chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power.  Stir.  Continue this in 30 second intervals until melted.
6. Cut small tip off of bottom corner of a ziplock bag.  Pour white chocolate into bag and pipe football pattern onto strawberries.
7.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

TIP: You can also buy the colored melting chocolate (available at Michael's and JoAnn's)  in your team's colors for more team spirit!

XOXO,
Bella C

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Miniature Cheesecake Tea Cups

Today, I made these darling miniature cheesecake cups for an afternoon tea party and I love how they turned out! This recipe really only takes 5 minutes (plus 2 hour setting time) and is so easy to follow.  Quick and easy--the two perfect ingredients for mamas in a hurry!  Check out the recipe below...

Miniature Tea Cups

Ingredients:
1 cup Vanilla Wafer Crumbs
3 Tbsp. Melted Butter
4 Cups Sliced Fresh Strawberries
1 Pkg. (250g) Softened Philadelphia Cream Cheese
2/3 Cup Sugar
1/4 Orange Juice
2 Packets Gelatin (Unflavored)
1/4 Cup Cold Water
1 Pkg. Cool Whip

-Combine vanilla wafer crumbs with melted butter, then press 1-2 tbsp. into each of the lightly greased miniature tea cups.
-Set aside 1 cup of strawberries, and crush the remainder in food processor.  Then, add cream cheese, sugar, and orange juice to strawberry mixture and process until smooth.
-Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water and let stand 5 minutes to soften.  Next, stir gelatin over low heat to dissolve.
-Blend gelatin into cream cheese mixture, and fold in 1/2 cup of cool whip. Then, pour mixture evenly in tea cups.
-Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
-Top with remaining cool whip and strawberries.
-Serve!

*Modified recipe from Kraft Canada.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Party

So excited to announce my Thing 1 and Thing 2 Party is being featured on Kara's Party Ideas today!  I am absolutely on cloud nine! Kara's Party Ideas is one of the top party planning websites and I am so humbled by this feature.  This is such a fabulous opportunity for me. Thank you Kara!!!  

View all of the fun party details, here!



XOXO,
Bella C.

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