Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Getting Crafty

Well, see, the thing is, we discovered Pinterest. And everything changed from there.

And we figured, well, if we keep up with that old blog, we can use our own photos on pinterest.

So here we are.

Let me start with some great recipes I found on pinterest and used for a holiday party. And let me tell you, they. were. delicious.

Cake Batter Fudge

This fudge was DELICIOUS! But be warned, also very sweet. I have an enormous sweet tooth, so I loved it.


1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

12 oz. white chocolate chips

3 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

Rainbow sprinkles

1. Line a 9x13 in. pan with parchment paper. Butter parchment paper.

2. Heat condensed milk and white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second increments, stopping to stir between each, until melted and smooth.

3. Add vanilla and almond extracts and stir in thoroughly.

4. Add desired amount of rainbow sprinkles (I used about 2 tablespoons) and mix quickly. If you over mix, the colors will blend and your fudge will turn into an ugly gray. Ew!

5. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with more rainbow sprinkles. Let set in fridge or at room temperature until solid. Slice and serve!

(recipe altered slightly from http://pursuitofhippieness.com/2011/10/01/funfetti-cake-batter-fudge/, a blogger I love because of her cake batter fetish.)

Southwestern Pinwheels

These pinwheels were DELICIOUS, and could be served at any time during the year. I used this Christmas tree design because I brought them to a holiday party!

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup (8 oz.) diced green chiles
1 cup (about 6) sliced green onions
1/2 cup chopped black olives
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 1/2 tsp. Southwestern seasoning (optional. I used Pampered Chef brand.)
Deli sliced turkey
8 12-inch spinach tortillas
Salsa (for dipping)
One slice of toasted bread
Cherry tomatoes
Yellow bell pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chiles, green onions, olives, bell pepper, and seasoning.

2. For each tortilla: Cover tortilla with a thin layer of turkey. Then spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixure across turkey. Roll tortilla tightly, then roll with plastic wrap. Place rolled tortillas in the refrigerator for one hour, or until firm.

3. Remove plastic wrap and cut into 1-inch thick slices. Place on a large platter in tree formation. Decorate with cherry tomatoes and yellow bell pepper as ornaments, attached with toothpicks. Cut toasted bread into a star for tree topper.

(recipe altered from http://realmomkitchen.com/736/chile-and-cheese-spirals/)


  1. Hello! I love the pin wheels tree. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing. Pinning it!

  2. I like the funfetti fudge idea, although I'm going to try it with peppermint instead of almond, and they've got those cute holly/berry sprinkles out now!

  3. Fresh chilies or canned? A cup is a lot.. wouldn't fresh end up being too spicy!? Let me know! I have a christmas party to host in 5 hours!!

  4. Can you tell me approximately how many pinwheels were used to make this tree?

  5. Great tree appetizer idea. Think I'll make for Christmas Day!!

  6. Great idea using it as a Christmas tree.