German Chocolate Ganache S’mores

To make up for the health kick that was the Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips from yesterday, I present you with they sticky, sugary, rich decadence that are these German Chocolate Ganache S’mores.

German Chocolate Ganache S'mores

Traditional s’mores are great. They are amazing. These are decadent! If traditional s’mores are for camping, then these German Chocolate Ganache S’mores are for glamping! You get the picture.

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German Chocolate Ganache S'mores
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Serves: 10
 
Prepare the German Chocolate Cake Filling and Chocolate Ganache ahead of time. It may help to keep the pecans separate and sprinkle them on before serving so that they don't get soggy.
Ingredients
  • German Chocolate Cake Filling:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • Ganache:
  • 2 Cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 package graham crackers
  • 1 package marshmallows
Instructions
  1. German Chocolate Cake Filling:
  2. Whisk together the 4 egg yolks in a saucepan, add the evaporated milk and sugars and salt and whisk throughly. Put the saucepan on medium-high heat and whisk constantly until it appears foamy and starts to thicken. This usually takes 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a separate bowl. Stir in vanilla and coconut. Let cool, then refrigerate until use.
  3. Ganache:
  4. Use a double boiler or place a glass bowl on top of a sauce pan that has a couple inches of water in it. Put the chocolate chips and the heavy cream in the double boiler and don't stir until the chocolate is melted. Once the chocolate it melted, stir thoroughly and then remove from heat.
  5. Coat the graham crackers with a layer of chocolate and stick them in the refrigerator.
  6. Roast the marshmallows; slap that gooey goodness on the chocolate coated graham cracker. Put a spoonful of German Chocolate Cake Filling on it and sprinkle with the chopped pecans. Place another graham cracker on top and devour!

German Chocolate Ganache S'mores

Now go brush your teeth!

 

xoxo

 

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Floral Imprinted Summer Coasters

Imprinted Clay Coasters

 

Hi y’all! Thanks for coming back  to check out my second project for the DecoArt and Stampendous blog hop extravaganza! See the first one here. Today is a large blog hop that should keep you busy all weekend. Don’t forget to leave a comment and check out all the other links, hopefully you’ll win the giveaway!

I loved making these imprinted coasters. They are going to look great on my summer brunch picnic table. It was fun and a little messy and the kids were able to make some of their own as well.

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I covered my workspace with freezer paper, shiny side up, so that the clay comes up easily. Roll out the clay to about ¼ inch (or about 6 millimeters for our metric friends) thick. Make sure it’s not too thick that it won’t dry, but not too thin that it will break. Dab your rubber stamp with paint with some sort of foam sponge or a makeup sponge. Place your stamp down on the clay and apply even pressure on the entire stamp. I found the best results were by gently rolling my rolling pin over the stamp.
Floral Imprinted Summer Coaster #DecoArt #Stampendous

Let-Me-Point-Out-The-Obvious-Tip: Wash the paint off of your rubber stamp after each use, particularly if you live in the hot desert. It dries fast and took some effort to get clean.

Imprinted Floral Summer Coasters

Cut out your coaster shapes with something round. I used the mouth of one of our drinking glasses. Then  use a butter knife to smooth the clay around the edges. Place the round shapes on a cooling rack if you have one. Another tip: Once the top of the coaster is dry, flip the coaster over so that it doesn’t start to curl on the edges and remains flat. I flipped mine 4 or 5 times during the drying process. It will probably take 24 hours to completely dry. Mine dried overnight, but remember, I live in an oven.

While it’s drying, cut your felt or cork so that it’s smaller than the coaster, and will fit nicely on the back. Once dry, gently sand the side and rough edges of the coasters so they are smooth. Paint the edges with a light coat of Champagne Gold metallic paint.

Once that is dry, paint a coat or two of satin varnish on top to seal the coaster so it can withstand a little moisture. After the top  varnish is dry varnish the bottom, and stick on the felt with the varnish.

Imprinted Floral Coaster #DecoArt #Stampendous

That’s it! You can package them up pretty for a hostess gift or customize them to the colors of your summer table. Cheers!

Now check out all the other amazing projects in the blog hop!

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Louise Crosbie (Scotland, UK)

Lea Kimmel (North Carolina, USA)

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Asia King (Oxford, UK)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Suzanne Czosek (Illinois, USA)

Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Angelica Stark (Hudiksvall, Sweden)

Mark Gould (West Sussex, UK)

Debbie Cole (California, USA)

Jamie Martin (Oklahoma, USA)

Tobi Crawford (BC, Canada)

Wendy Price (New Jersey, USA)

Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

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Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer

Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer I really wanted to get this project up on the blog before Father’s Day, but it just didn’t happen. Why didn’t someone tell me that summer break was going to be so busy??? Anyhow, it’s a fun and crafty gift, that’s completely customizable. I love the vintagy and distressed look of this project! Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer The French bicycle ad was ordered off of Etsy. I reversed the image using PicMonkey, then had it laser printed on an 8.5 x 14 piece of paper at Staples. For the transfer to work, the image has to be printed with a laser printer. Sorry, but ink jet printers won’t work. Vintage Inspired Bicycle Image Transfer   supplies Start by “aging” the wood. I mixed some brown and gray paint in a little bowl and added a splash of water to make a stain. I used one of my foam brushes and painted it on, then immediately wiped off the paint with a wet cloth.  Let the wood dry. When the wood is dry, grab your image that was printed out in reverse, particularly if there are letters on it. I cut off the borders of the image, but you don’t have to. Using a foam brush, spread the Acrylic Gel Medium on the wood, covering the whole surface area. Additionally, cover the image with gel medium as well. Carefully place the paper, image side down, onto the wood. Smooth out the paper so that there are no bubbles and it looks even. It helps to use something like a ruler or a credit card to smooth it out. I had an area on each side that the image didn’t cover, so I put a piece of plain white copy paper to cover up the gel medium. Vintage Inspired Wooden Bicycle Transfer Let the medium dry for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once it’s dry grab a small bowl of water and a wash cloth and start rubbing off the paper. You’ll start to see the image as the paper comes off. This is definitely the messy part. Vintage bicycle image transfer Once all the paper is off, let it dry again. Then grab your sanding block and sand away! Make it look as distressed (or not) as you’d like. This is where you can sand off any areas where the gel medium looks a little wonky ;) Wipe off the dust from sanding and paint on a little satin varnish to seal it all and even out the finish. It’s that easy! You can make this with any image you’d like!

Vintage Bicycle Transfer Art
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Falling Stars Patriotic Tea Towel

Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel Well hello! Are you enjoying the summer? I’m finding that summer break is just as busy as the school year, just more fun. Summer camp is getting the girls out for a few hours everyday, but I do feel like my uninterrupted crafting time is diminished. Though, I did find some time this week to make a tea towel for the kitchen to celebrate Independence Day. Remember the Falling Shamrock Tea Towel from back in March? Well this tea towel is very similar. Just the 4th of July version. I love using DecoArt Ink Effects on 100% cotton material, because it gives the design a watercolor effect. If you want bolder colors, make sure your fabric is at least 60% synthetic material. Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel Supplies You’ll also need an iron. Paint a bunch of stars in various sizes, using the red and blue Ink Effects. I did a quick Google search for star outlines and traced a bunch of them. There were about 60. I am so not talented enough to freehand draw the stars. Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel Let the paint dry for 45 minutes. Lay out your tea towel on top of another towel for ironing. Spray it with the base coat (if your fabric is less than 60% synthetic material) and let dry. Place your design painted side down, on the tea towel. Place a clean piece of paper on top of that. Iron on the cotton setting, with no steam, for about 3 minutes, constantly keeping the iron in motion.  Peel off the paper, and you should see your beautiful design transferred to the tea towel. Repeat process until done. I reused some of the stars I already transferred to layer a lighter transfer on top of the other ones. See photographic instructions here. Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel The whole project only takes a couple of hours. So make one today! Patriotic Tea Towel xoxo   {This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small compensation to help pay for the blog.}

 

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Orange + Carrot + Rosemary Ice Pops

Orange + Carrot + Rosemary Ice Pops www.sparklepantsgirl.com I can hardly believe that it’s the last week of school for my kiddos. Arizona schools get out for summer so stinkin’ early. I guess it has to do with the heat, but  heck, it’s still May! Of course no treat screams summer more than ice pops. It’s time to get creative, sneak in those veggies and introduce some new, yet subtle flavors into those little mouths. There’s no better way to kick off the summer, but with some ice pops! Orange Carrot Rosemary www.sparklepantsgirl.com That picture is way too serious. I mean we’re making ice pops here… Orange Carrot Smile www.sparklepantsgirl.com Thats more like it. Those gorgeous carrots and rosemary came from my Chow Locally box. Aren’t those colors splendid? You’ll need a juicer to make these ice pops. Or maybe not. Could you use a blender? I don’t know. I’ve never put carrots in a blender. You’ll also need popsicle molds. I use the Norpro Ice Pop Maker, but there are a gazillion different types of molds. Some are super cool, check some out here. Don’t forget popsicle sticks!

Orange + Carrot + Rosemary Ice Pops
Serves: 10
 
Ingredients
  • 4 oranges (I used the Cara Cara variety)
  • 8 carrots
  • 1 to 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup simple syrup (see instructions below) or sweetener of choice to taste
Instructions
  1. Juice the carrots with the rosemary leaves. Be sure to start with a small amount of rosemary and then add more if for more rosemary flavor if need. Pour into a separate container. Juice the oranges.
  2. Mix the two juices together, a little at a time, until you get the perfect balance between carrot and orange.
  3. Add simple syrup until you reach desired sweetness. I use less than ¼ cup.
  4. Pour into the mold leaving ⅓ of space at the top.
  5. Freeze 6-8 hours or overnight.
  6. ***For the simple syrup, put 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a pot. Heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Store in a mason jar in the fridge.***

Orange Carrot Juice www.sparklepantsgirl.com The juices may separate a bit while it’s freezing. But that just makes it prettier! Orange, carrot and rosemary ice pop | www.sparklepantsgirl.com

Stay cool!
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Eat Pretty Veggies – Not-So-Sweet-Pickled-Beets


Not So Sweet Pickled Beets

Howdy folks! Welcome to another installment of Eat Pretty Veggies, where I get creative with the the vegetables that come in my CSA box that I don’t quite know what to do with. {Like my Chicken Fennel Salad recipe.}

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For a couple weeks straight, there were beets from Blue Sky Farms in my Chow Locally box. In the past I have thrown them into my juicer, with some other veggies and made a delicious and nutritious drink. But I’m not so into juicing lately, so I had to figure out what to do with these rascals. Thankfully, they last for a week or two in the fridge, if stored properly.

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Pickling the beets was the first thing that popped in my mind. I’ve had pickled beets before, but they were sweet and had a cinnamon flavor. I like cinnamon in french toast and cinnamon rolls…not so much in my beets.

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Not-So-Sweet Pickled Beets
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Ingredients
  • 6 beets - medium size
  • 2 large red onions
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper (to taste - I like to use lots!)
  • 2 quart size canning jars with lids
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash and cut the leaves off the beets, leaving about one inch of stem on.
  3. Line a roasting pan with enough foil to make a tent over the food. Place the beets, whole garlic cloves, one red onion that has been quartered and sprigs of fresh rosemary into the foil. Drizzle with the olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Fold over the foil to make a tent and place in the oven for 40-50 minutes, until the beets are cooked and the peels come off easily.
  4. Once the beets are roasted, let cool until they are not too hot to touch. Gently rub the beets until all the skin has been peeled off. You can discard the rest of the roasting products.
  5. In a sauce pan, heat vinegar, water and sugar until boiling and sugar has dissolved.
  6. Thinly slice beets and red onion, and layer them into sterilized quart jars.
  7. Pour vinegar/water/sugar mixture over the beets, making sure they are submerged in the liquid.
  8. Tap the jars to make sure there isn't any air bubbles.
  9. Finger-tighten lids to jars and place leave on counter until they are cool enough to put into the refrigerator.
  10. Refrigerate for 1-3 days prior to eating.
  11. Keep in the refrigerator.
  12. Use within 3 weeks.
  13. Enjoy!

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Roasted Beets

Look at the color of those beets! I used regular white distilled vinegar. You could use cider vinegar, but I didn’t want the fruity flavor the cider would bring to the beets. Remember…not sweet!

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Yup they taste ahh-maz-ing! I can eat them right out of the jar, but I’m craving them on a salad. Stay tuned for a recipe of course!

Pickled Beets

 

 

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