April 2012Occasionally Crafty: April 2012

April 30, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Rice Krispy Treats

This post deserves a thank you and you're welcome.

Thank you to Duck and Decanter, a local Phoenix restaurant, for providing the recipe that is about to make you fat.

And, you're welcome.  Because I know you are going to make these and love them.  If you have someone you can make them for, your waistline might thank you, too.

This is a simple recipe- but it adds something to the everyday Rice Krispy Treat.  Don't get me wrong- even though I'm 30-something, I still like a good RK Treat.  But add some gooey caramel.  And some creamy peanut butter.  Rich chocolate.

Okay, getting to the recipe, I promise.

Here's your ingredients:

Rice Krispies- about 7 cups
3 Tbsp butter, plus more for buttering dishes and utensils
1 10 oz bag of marshmallows
14 oz bag of caramels
2 tsp water
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz bag of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (there are two in my pictures because, apparently, I had two half-full bags in my pantry.)

Start out like you usually make your RK treats.  Melt your butter and marshmallows together in a pan, then stir until smooth.

Add the vanilla.

Add the cereal and stir until well coated.  

Press into your prepared 9x13 pan.  I usually butter the back of a wooden spoon and press, but you could certainly butter your hands and do it.

Chill RK in the fridge.

Unwrap your caramels, and add them, along with a few tablespoons of water, to a saucepan.  Stir frequently until all melty and smooth.

Add 1 cup peanut butter

And stir until well combined.

Remove RK from fridge, and spread the peanut butter/caramel layer over the top. 

Stop and lick the spoon.  You'll thank me. It's amazing.

Return RK treat to fridge.  In ANOTHER saucepan (yes, you'll have a lot of dishes to do), melt the chocolate bits, being careful not to scorch the chocolate.  Keep the heat on low.  

When it's smooth, add the 1/2 cup peanut butter and stir until well combined.  Delicious.

Remove RK from fridge AGAIN, and pour the chocolate layer over the top of the caramel layer.  Try to cover evenly.  

You might want to lick the spoon again.  Really.  

Return RK to the fridge AGAIN, and let chill for at least an hour.   Remove and cut into squares or rectangles.

These are much less messy to cut if you do it right out of the fridge, but my poor RA-riddled wrists had a hard time with it.  

However, these are best eaten at room temp or only slightly chilled.  


Here's the recipe (right click to save to your computer):

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April 26, 2012

Guest Posting @ Naptime Crafters!

Hi all!  Just a quick note to let you know I'm guest posting at Naptime Crafters today!

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I'm taking a break from my usual crafty talk and sharing some thoughts on motherhood.  I'd love it if you would stop by and read my post- and maybe even add your input in the comments over there!

Have a great weekend, everyone!
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April 23, 2012

Bow Tie Baby Shower

My sweet friend Nichole has all sisters.  When she got married, she had two girls.  Now, this woman of all things girly is expecting a BOY!  My friends and I thought it would be appropriate to throw her a Bow Tie-themed shower to celebrate all things boy!

We chose black and red as the colors, as her husband is a HUGE AZ Cardinals fan (that's football, for the uninitiated!).  Their nursery is being decorated in these colors, so we thought we'd carry them over into the shower.

Nichole wanted a brunch, and since we had a large amount of people coming, we kept it very simple: Cinnamon Baked French Toast from The Pioneer Woman, lots of fresh fruit and dip, and cinnamon roll pops.

We finished with mini-cupcakes for a treat.

Here's a few shots of the table and decor.  We had originally planned an outdoor brunch, but the day dawned cold and extremely windy.  A last minute decision moved everything inside.  

We handed out favor bags filled with Snickerdoodle White Chocolate Popcorn from Picky Palate.

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It was a success!  We had a really fun morning, and can't wait to hold that little baby boy!

Tell me- what does my friend NEED to know about boys?  Share in the comments below!

Linking up to some of the parties listed here


April 18, 2012

Pin-spiration: Stenciled Wall Sign

This is the post where I am going to show my social-media ignorance.  What is a Tumblr, and how does it work?

A few weeks ago I saw a quotation "pinned" on Pinterest that I really liked.  Not only did I like what it said, but I really liked the visual impact of the way it was showcased.

Would make a great wall sign

The pin links back to All Things Girly and Beautiful, which is a Tumblr site (?), and that's as far as it goes, so I can't credit the original source. 

Anyway- this happens to be the one of the colors of our master bedroom, and I just happen to have a 12x24 piece of plywood just waiting for me to put something on it.  I knew I could take this and make it into a cute wall sign. Here's how it turned out!

I painted my plywood white, so the text would eventually be white.

I designed my design on my Silhouette Cameo software (using the font Pea Girly Girls Script, in case you would like to know), then cut the words out in vinyl.

I laid it out how and played with it until I found where I wanted to go, then applied the vinyl to the board.

The red on white is kind of cute!  I almost stopped, thinking this would make a great Valentine's day gift or decoration!  But, I soldiered on, because I really, really need a cute sign in my bedroom.  And, you know, Valentine's Day is kind of a long ways off....

I painted over the entire board with two coats of Hydrangea paint, then let it dry.  I peeled up the vinyl, and it looked amazing!  I only had to fix two spots where there was a noticeable bleed-through.

Now I have the perfect little sign for my bedroom.  I can't wait to hang it up.  First I have to clean the wall of some old gunk from a poster we had up about, oh, three years ago, that I never bothered to clean off.  I'm awful.

Anyway- this was my first attempt at using vinyl as a stencil, and I LOVE it- so easy, and it comes out so clean.  What's your favorite way to stencil?

 I'll be sharing this at some of these parties.   

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Have a great week!

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April 13, 2012

Ruffle Cake

My daughter's birthday was yesterday!  I can't believe she's 7- time surely does fly in the overall scheme of things.

She loves everything pink and girly, so I decided to make her a pink ruffle cake.  I've never done anything like this before.  I turned to this video for guidance, and here's how it turned out:

I love it!  It's perfect for her.  While my technique needs a little work to be a little more precise, I love the overall effect of the ruffles.  Although, I should've gone up just a little bit higher and it really bothers me when I look at it!

I also made this little paper dress cake topper, inspired by this one at Composing Hallelujahs.  I just made it a little shorter so it looks like a tutu.  Love it!

I'm sharing this here:  come along with me!

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