Parfait Martini

I’m trying to eat more healthy foods but I need a little inspiration to do it.

If I’m going to eat healthy, the food has got to have something going for it!  That’s why I made this pretty breakfast Parfait Martini!

Its simple: layers of sliced strawberries, blueberries, and non-fat greek yogurt topped with a dollop of yogurt, a shallow teaspoon of jam, a sprinkling of chia seeds/hempseed/buckwheat mixture, walnut pieces and a whole strawberry.  Serve it in a martini glass!

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I honestly believe that when food looks good, it tastes better.  (And who doesn’t want an excuse to have a martini at breakfast!)

Love,

Candy

Stained Glass Cupcakes

These cupcakes were made for a stained glass artist.

I wanted to include the stained glass theme in an edible, artistic and simple way.

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I made some plain chocolate cupcakes and piped them with vanilla butter cream icing.  Then I crushed jolly rancher candies.

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I then spooned the crushed candy onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

I tried a few different patterns….

…geometric…

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….and stripes with a mixture of colours at the bottom.

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No matter which pattern you choose, don’t leave any spaces between the candies or any layers too thin.

I popped the cookie sheets in the oven at 350 for about 5 minutes.  When they came out they looked like this:

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Then I swirled the candy together with a toothpick while the candy was still warm.

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They both turned out to be really beautiful and resembling stained glass.  The second one had a tie-dye feel.

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I let the candy cool and harden then broke it into shards of “glass” with my hands.

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I stuck each shard of “glass” upright in the cupcake icing.

I used silver cupcake cups to resemble the lead that goes between the glass pieces in stained glass artwork.

Each cupcake was unique!

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These were a fairly easy cupcake that had a great overall effect!

Happy Baking!

Love,

Candy

Baby Photo Blocks

I think Hubby has caught my DIY bug!  He made these amazing baby photo blocks!!!!

The point of the blocks is that you can make any combination of 2-digit numbers with them and then the third block says “week” “weeks” “month” “months” “year” “years”.  The idea is, that you take a picture of your baby with the blocks each week/month/year and the blocks tell you how old the baby is.  They are also a consistent size so you can see how much the baby has grown.

We don’t know if the mom-to-be that we gave these to is going to have a boy or a girl so hubby made some number cubes with girl colours and some with boy colours.

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Hubby had a little fun with the blocks.

His own age…

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The year…

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And here’s the mom-to-be with the blocks that show how far along she is in her pregnancy.

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The mom-to-be seemed to love the blocks and I love my Hubby!!!  What a great guy!!!

Do you have any creative baby shower ideas?  Share them in a comment!

Love,

Candy

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

I was looking for a yummy recipe to use up the pumpkin pie filling that I had left over from my pie pops. I found this recipe for muffins that uses whole wheat, oatmeal and and pumpkin. Don’t be fooled, they’re not EXACTLY healthy, they have a whole cup of sugar in them. But they don’t have a lot of fat because the pumpkin substitutes some of the fat. The recipe asks for pure pumpkin puree but I used pumpkin pie filling and it worked perfectly. It made 18 muffins.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

I love any excuse for a party, so with St. Patrick’s day coming up on my holiday week from work, you know I had to have a St. Patrick’s Day Party!

The theme was clearly green!!!

Green Cupcakes…

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Green Candy…

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Green Veggies…

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Green Guacamole and Green Tortilla Chips…

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Psst…Did you notice I cut the tortilla chips into the shape of shamrocks?

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Spanikopita…(They’re green inside.)

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Green Tortellini Skewers… (Find my previous post on Tortellini Skewers here.)

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Green Grape and Cheese Skewers…

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And of course, a few Green Decorations…

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All of my guests wore green too!  🙂

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Love,

Candy

Tortellini Skewers and DIY Mugs

I was invited to another Pinterest party!!!!!!   Unfortunately a snowstorm hit the day of the party so I was the only guest who could make it.  We still had fun anyways!

I made tortellini skewers as my food contribution.  They are a cute and colourful finger food for a party!

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I used tricoloured tortellini noodles.  I cooked the noodles and then poured cold water on them to cool them.  I skewered them in a pattern with fresh basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes.  These pictures are taken before I drizzled the balsamic dressing over them.  I did it just before I served them.

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We decided just to make one craft at the Pinterest party since there were only two of us there, so we did DIY mugs with sharpies!  (There are a million tutorials on Pinterest for these.)

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It was a fun way to spend a snowy day indoors!  What are some of your favourite Pinterest finds?  Comment and tell me!

Love,

Candy