Sunday, December 23, 2012

Peppermint Patties




For the past several Christmases, I have been making homemade peppermint patties. They are always a big hit with my family, and it is now expected every year that I will make them. This year I have decided to share my recipe with you.


PEPPERMINT PATTIES

1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
6 cups of powdered sugar, plus more for working surface
1 tablespoon of peppermint extract
a couple drops of green food coloring
1-1/2 pounds good quality dark semisweet chocolate

First, you need to make the minty part. Mix the sweetened condensed milk with the peppermint extract and the food coloring. Then, add the powdered sugar cup by cup, thoroughly mixing in each cup with an electric mixer before adding the next cup. When you have all the sugar mixed in, your dough should be soft but not sticky.

Put a generous amount of powdered sugar on your work surface, and press out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. I like to use a little Christmas tree one.


Then, lay them all out on parchment paper, and let them sit out several hours or overnight. They need to be hard before you can dip them in the chocolate. It helps if you flip them over at some point during their drying process.

Then, and this is the most important part...

Use the best quality dark chocolate you can find for the dipping. The better the chocolate, the better your patties will taste. I like to use Scharffenberger, because that is what I can find locally. Semisweet is best. (Remember - the minty part is almost all sugar so you don't need really sweet chocolate.)


Now, melt your chocolate in a double boiler. or a pyrex bowl set over a saucepan of water. Lay one of the mints on a fork, and lower it down into the chocolate. Flip it once, lift it with the fork, and tap the fork a few times on the side of the bowl to remove the excess chocolate. Then lay the finished patty on a piece of parchment paper to dry. You have to be pretty quick with your motions, so the mints don't soften and fall apart while submerged in the warm chocolate. The first few that you dip will be a little awkward, but you will find your own technique and rhythm with practice.

Then, just wait for the chocolate to harden, and Voila! You have delicious, homemade peppermint patties!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Crafty Afternoon - Snow Dome Ornaments

On Sunday, my sister and I spent the afternoon making these snow dome ornaments.


The domes are made using plastic wineglasses with the stems cut off.
We used this tutorial from "My So Called Crafty Life". 


They were pretty easy and fun to make.


Cerri over at "Little Pink Studio" made some awhile back too. You can see hers here. Her blog is where I first learned of the tutorial.

If you have a little time before Christmas, I highly recommend this project. You can get everything you need at the craft store, except the plastic wineglasses. I was lucky to find those at my regular grocery store in the picnic section. If you make some, please post some pics and let me know!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Some New Ephemera Kits and...

I listed some new themed ephemera kits in my Etsy "fancylinda" shop for those of you who have been waiting. There is a French one, a "Fancy Lady" one, and a children's one. And then there's this:


This is a tin of Loveliness. It is the largest, most special, jam-packed full of inspiration kit I have ever made. It is kind of like those enchanted tents that they have in Harry Potter, which on the outside seem small and unassuming, and then...






I had to collage together some of the photos to fit it all in the Etsy listing, and even so, I missed a few items altogether.

This kit is expensive but worth it, and there will never be another one just like it. If you are so inclined, you can find it HERE.
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