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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gift Idea and Printable at Yellow Bliss Road


Hey guys! In yesterday's post, I mentioned a little gift idea for packaging up those yummy hot chocolate sticks I made. I'm over that Yellow Bliss Road today sharing that idea plus some new printables.


I'd love it if you came by and said hi. Click right HERE. :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hot Chocolate on a Stick With Salted Caramel Marshmallows

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A couple years ago, I made hot chocolate on a stick as neighbor gifts. They were super yummy topped with homemade marshmallows. This year I decided to try them again - this time with a twist.

I added a swirl of yummy salted caramel to my marshmallows, and they are super delicious melted into a cup of rich hot chocolate.


I finished my treats off with cute little tags that you can download and print off for your own treats. Here's how to make your own:


Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Slightly adapted from Makes and Takes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 fourteen oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chocolate chips (the first time I made this it was a little too dark for our tastes, so this time I used 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate, 1 cup semi-sweet, and 1/2 cup 60% dark chocolate)
  • 1 four oz dark chocolate bar of chocolate broken into pieces
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or other flavoring), optional
  1. Prepare 8x8" pan by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Add cream and sweetened condensed milk to saucepan and warm over medium heat until it begins to steam, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Remove from heat. Add chocolate. Let sit for a few minutes. Stir until chocolate is melted and shiny. Add vanilla or flavoring, if desired.
  4. Pour/spread into prepared pan.
  5. Let set over night (or about 12 hours) before cutting. Cut into 36 squares.

Salted Caramel Marshmallows

Adapted from Allrecipes and Food Network

Ingredients
Salted Caramel
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 heavy cream
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Marshmallows
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs pure vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Begin by making the salted caramel. Place 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium high heat. Cook, stirring continuously, until sugar melts, begins to turn golden brown, and all chunks are dissolved, about 10 minutes. Stop stirring and let cook for 3-8 minutes more until it darkens to a deep amber and begins to smoke. Remove from heat.
  2. Add butter, and stir to combine. Slowly pour in heavy cream. Sprinkle in salt and stir to combine. Set caramel aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer combine 3 packages unflavored gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water. Let sit while making the syrup.
  4. In medium saucepan fitted with candy thermometer combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Cook over high heat until the syrup reaches 240 degrees. 
  5. With the whisk attachment and the mixer on slow speed, slowly pour the syrup into the gelatin. Turn the mixer to high speed and whip the mixture until it is opaque, fluffy and nearly tripled in size. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. 
  6. Generously dust 8x12 glass pan with powdered sugar. Pour marshmallow into pan. Spoon the salted caramel on the top of the marshmallow mixture. Use a knife to swirl the caramel into the marshmallow. Smooth top and dust with powdered sugar. Let marshmallow sit uncovered overnight. Cut into squares the same size as the hot chocolate blocks. Coat marshmallows with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking to everything. 

To put your hot chocolate sticks together, push a marshmallow onto a lollipop stick , and then add a hot chocolate block. Put each stick in a little cellophane bag and tie with bakers twine or ribbon on top.


Too add tags to your hot chocolate on a stick, print the FREE PRINTABLE off on cardstock. I used kraft cardstock.


Cut the tags out, punch a hole in the top, and tie them onto your hot chocolate sticks. They make a perfect little gift stuffed into a mug.


Come back tomorrow for another printable perfect for any gift tucked into a mug.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Black Friday Silhouette Giveaway

'Tis the season for giveaways and winning awesome prizes! I am really excited for this one! I love my Silhouette so much, and I would love for you to win your own!

Cat from The Rustic Willow has organized this awesome giveaway along with 12 other bloggers. We are so excited to be giving away one Silhouette Portrait thanks to our friends at Silhouette America! First, let me introduce you to the other awesome bloggers in the giveaway:

silhouette giveaway

Make sure to head on over to their blogs and hop around! They're some of my favorites.
Now for the Silhouette! If you haven't heard of one before, it's a really awesome cutting machine that has been the source of a lot of the beautiful signs and projects floating around Pinterest and other social media sites. It cuts a lot of materials including card stock, fabric, heat transfer material, transparencies, paper, vellum, adhesive vinyl and magnet paper. In other words, it's seriously awesome.
Portrait angleAnd now you have the chance to win one (actually you have 39 chances to win one!). The best part is, you get the chance to win one right before the huge Black Friday sale that Silhouette is having. Make sure you head to Silhouette America on Black Friday (especially if you already have a Silhouette) and check out their amazing deals.

I love my Silhouette and will keep my fingers crossed that you win one so we can do awesome projects together!

Now how to enter: Below you will find the Rafflecopter where you can follow us all on three social media channels. For each channel you follow, you get one entry into the drawing. You get up to 39 entries in the Silhouette giveaway, which are pretty amazing chances if you ask me. The winner will be announced on Black Friday, November 28, at 8 am EST. I can't wait! Good luck, friends.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DIY Watercolor Wood Letters Tutorial

*This project was originally created by me for Darice. This post includes affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase, it doesn't cost you any extra and you help to support Persia Lou. Thanks!




If you have been around here much (or even if you've never been here before and just looked at my blog header), you probably have figured out that I like watercolors. I have already tried watercolors on fabric, so it was only a matter of time until I tried them out on wood, right? Well, that day has arrived, and good news guys - it's awesome.

A while ago I pinned a beautiful watercolor wood clock from Maker's Society, and I couldn't wait to try the technique out myself. I decided to apply to some wood letters to hang in my daughter's new room.

Here's what you need to make your own!


Start by wetting the portion of the letter you want to paint. You can use a wet brush or just stick it under the faucet like I did. When the wood is wet, the colors will blend and spread more easily.




Load your brush with colors and paint the portion you have wetted. I used a darker magenta color on the bottom and blended it up into a bright pink. 



Use a brush loaded with clean water to blend and spread the color. I went for a kind of uneven, organic shape. I love that you can see the wood grain through the watercolor. So pretty!





When your letters are dry, you can put them on a shelf or attach them to the wall using command strips. 


If you make your own letters, I would love to see them! Be sure to tag me on instagram or post them to my facebook page!





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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homemade Watercolor Christmas Cards at Darice


I've been playing around with my watercolors again! This time I've made some watercolor Christmas cards. These guys are super easy to make, even if you haven't done much painting or think you aren't "artistic."


Come by the Darice blog to get the full tutorial. See you there!
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