Favorite Stuff in 2013

Today … the last day of 2013 … I’d like to say THANK YOU!!!  Thank you to each and everyone one of you … for stopping by, reading and leaving your comments.  This has been a great year and I’m sure 2014 will be even better!

I thought that it would be nice to share the top 10 favorite (most viewed) recipes edible crafts … OK, I don’t know exactly what to call it … it’s stuff … a mixture of recipes, holiday treats, peanut butter, chocolate and sugar.

In David Letterman fashion … let’s start with …

# 10  Nutter Butter Acorns 

Nutter Butter Acorns

# 9  edible cupcake box

Cupcake Box … that’s edible!

#8  ding dong the witch is dead

Ding-Dong, the witch is dead!

#7  Peeps on skateboards

Skateboarding Peeps

#6  m&m's Chicks

m&m’s Chicks

#5  pecan pie cupcakes

Pecan Pie Cupcakes

#4  Nacho Cupcakes

Nacho Cupcakes

#3  ooey gooey pumpkin cake

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake

#2  Nutter butter bats

Nutter Butter Bats

#1  Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Tree

Peanut Butter Christmas Trees

Thank you again!  I wish you and your family a happy and safe New Year!  :)

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Bubbly Cupcakes in Silver and Gold

It’s hard for me to believe that the year 2013 is reaching its end and a new year will be beginning!   The older I get … the faster time flies ;)

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve?   Will you be attending an adult affair or one that includes the entire family?  Will you toast with champagne?  I have a bottle of “the bubbly” that can be shared with everybody … pssst, it’s not really champagne … it’s chocolate shaped like a champagne bottle …

chocolate cocktail bubbly cupcakes

I was very excited when I opened a box of goodies from SweetWorks that included this chocolate bottle and even happier with the gold and silver candies!  I am sure that you have seen cookies and cakes decorated with silver and gold dragees … you know those little silver balls that most of us have eaten at some point in time.   Well … let me tell you that they are virtually impossible to find in California … most distributors will not ship here, due to legal action quite a few years ago!  I was very happy to have a great alternative …

Chocolate Champagne Gumballs, Sixlets & Pearls Cupcakes


This is what I used to make my bubbly and sparkly cupcake platter …

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Make some curly silver and gold decorations by wrapping the chenille stems around a knitting needle (pencil or whatever you have) …

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I gathered five of these curly stems, wrapped another stem around the ends and attached them to the top of the bottle with hot glue.

champagne bubble cupcakes

I frosted my cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting in a pastry bag and a #22 tip … added gumballs, Sixlets and pearls randomly … then I added the sparkle …

champagne new year's cupcakes


I dip a brush in the Disco Dust and tap the brush … a little goes a long way!

Happy New Year Cupcakes


These cupcakes are fun, sparkly, kid friendly and versatile …


Bubbly Cocktail Cupcakes

I wish you a happy and safe New Year!

♦  I share my stuff with these fun parties  ♦

Thank you to SweetWorks for the box of surprises!

















Cupcakes for New Year’s Eve

The year is almost over and a new year ready to begin … time to party!

Cupcakes for New Year's Eve

Are you hosting a party or going to a party?

These cupcakes are sure to fit in at an adult party or one that includes children.

Make your favorite cupcakes … make ice cream cone hats … throw in some candy noise makers … you have got cupcakes for a sweet New Year’s Eve party!

This is what you will need …


  • Frosted cupcakes
  • Sugar ice cream cones
  • Melted white chocolate (candy melts)
  • Edible confetti
  • Air Heads Extremes
  • Sugar coated sour tape type candy
  • Fruit slice jelly candies
  • Blue sugar
  • Granulated sugar (not in photo)

Make the noise makers/blowers … use a paring knife to cut the Extreme strips in half, then cut strips to create “fringe” at the end of each piece.   Shape the fruit slice candy to look like a mouthpiece.  As the candy gets gummy, dip it in the granulated sugar.  Use a knife to make a cut and insert candy tape.

Hint – I could not get the Extreme strips to stay rolled up (so they cut into strips)  but the red sour tape candy rolled up fine.

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Make the party hats … place the melted white chocolate in a tall container, dip cone and shake off excess chocolate …




Add some edible confetti and set on wax paper …


When chocolate has hardened, dip the edge of the cone in chocolate, then in colored sugar …


Warning – this tassel takes patience!

Make a tassel for the hat … cut one strip of Extreme candy into 4 pieces, then cut to create fringe …


This is where patience is needed … attach the tassel to the tip of the cone with a few dots of melted chocolate and hold it in place … maybe hold it some more … then pray … and smoosh it in place! 

I think the tassel is quite cute, but I did call it names while I was trying to make it stick ;)


So … are you ready for a party?

New year's hat noisemaker cupcakes

I look forward to your comments!


Clocks and Top Hats for New Year’s

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Today is December 28, 2011 … in a few short days it will be 2012 … time is just flying by!

Can you tell that I recycle?  I am not talking about cans and bottles … but crafty ideas.  Yes, I know … another marshmallow hat and I used the same concept from the snow globes to make clocks.   Hey, don’t judge me … I just do simple stuff.  OK, I promise … no more marshmallow hats … at least for a while;)

This is what you will need …

  • White Fudge Oreo cookies (or dip your Oreos)
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Wafer Cookies (Famous from Nabisco)
  • Small Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties (York)
  • White Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Edible Sparkly Stuff (such as Disco Dust or sugar crystals)
  • Lollipop sticks

First, let me show you Disco Dust … I have used it before .. it is available at cake supply stores (or online) in many colors.  It truly reminds me of craft glitter.  Using a dry brush, dip it in the dust and then tap the brush … it goes a long way … but it isn’t exactly cheap … so I catch the leftover on a paper napkin to save every bit I can.

To get started on the hats … put a stick in a marshmallow … dip it in melted dark chocolate and place it on wax paper … pop in the fridge to harden up …

Now dip the chocolate covered marshmallow in melted white chocolate and sprinkle some sugar on it (I used silver sanding sugar and white crystal sugar) to give it a little sparkle.  Then place it on a chocolate wafer cookie.  Several people have asked me where to find these chocolate cookies … I get them at my grocery store on the cookie aisle but some times they are with the ice cream cones.  If you can’t find them … how about making a puddle of dark chocolate on wax paper about 2-1/4″ … or dip a “sugar” cookie in chocolate?

To make the clocks … use an edible marker to draw on the white Oreo … and a paring knife to trim any uneven edges …

I used a squeeze bottle to draw a rim of white chocolate on the edge of the clock face and add gold Disco Dust … and don’t forget to do this on a paper napkin so you can save the excess Disco Dust …

When the chocolate has hardened, use a clean brush to remove the excess glitter and save it …

Put a little melted white chocolate on the small peppermint patty … place a clock face on it … and hold it for a minute …

Here are some more easy peasy cupcake ideas …

Just put the cookie clock face on a frosted cupcake!

Or better yet … put the whole clock on a cupcake!

Do you have any plans for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day?  Are you staying home with family … or going to a “fancy schmancy”  party?

Whatever you are doing … these little treats will fit the bill!  I hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

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