Green Tea Froyo (V)

Frozen yogurt has always been a favorite treat of mine. As a child, I recall frequenting TCBY with my dad and each time we went, like him I would always choose the white chocolate macadamia nut, in a cup with a few candy toppings. Fast forward several years and my love for froyo certainly still exists, but since I now limit my dairy intake, I no longer get to enjoy this delightful treat that brings back such wonderful memories for me. I’m now that girl who goes to the froyo place in search of sorbet and most times I come up empty, but when I do, it’s nice to know that I can recreate a little childhood nostalgia right in my own kitchen. Free of dairy, with no ice cream machine necessary and some added nutrients and antioxidants. Definitely not in the soft serve format and presented at TCBY, but a sufficient way for me to get my froyo fix nonetheless!

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As you all know, we’ve got St. Patrick’s Day coming up soon, so in honor of the holiday and all things green, I’m serving up this froyo infused with green tea, using a vegan coconut milk yogurt and shapely shamrock molds for a festive twist. Did I mention I don’t really care what the weather is doing outside?! This anytime treat is the perfect pick me up any time of the day and the individual molds also make them a fun party delight for your St. Patty’s Day celebration!

Green Tea Froyo (V)

The coconut milk yogurt has a natural tang and sweetness that is delightful when infused with the green tea. No additional sugars necessary, vegan and dairy free.

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Ingredients

2 10  oz containers plain coconut milk yogurt (I use trader joes brand)

1/2 cup coconut milk (for teabag use only)

Cheesecloth for removing all excess liquid from yogurt

3 bags of your favorite green tea or green tea powder (3 teaspoons of powder or more for desired flavor)

a few fresh spinach leaves for color and added boost (if not using green tea powder)

shamrock molds

magic bullet

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Instructions

Wrap cheesecloth around a deep bowl and pour coconut milk yogurt over the top to remove excess liquid. This will make the yogurt freeze at a better consistency.  Allow liquid to drain out of the yogurt over a 2 hour period.

Once the yogurt is done draining, place separated yogurt into a dish.

If using green tea bags, heat the coconut milk to desired temperature. Add all 3 tea bags and soak. Remove the hot teabags from the coconut milk and wring them out into the strained yogurt, to infuse the flavors of the green tea.

If you’re using the green tea powder, you can simply add it to the yogurt and skip the step above.

Place the ingredients into a magic bullet and blend away.

I discovered that with the tea bags, the green color really doesn’t come through as much as I would like, so if you’re making these for a St. Patrick’s themed celebration and are missing the soft green, toss a few spinach leaves into the blender with the yogurt infusion for an extra splash of color. You’ll never even taste the spinach and you’ll get an added nutrient boost by adding in the leaves.

Place yogurt and green tea blend into the shamrock molds and freeze for about an hour maybe a little more or less. If you wait too long, the froyo will harden completely and then take quite a while to soften. Place excess in a separate container and also freeze.

Once the froyo has reached the desired consistency, it’s ready to enjoy! Simply scoop into cute little dishes, and top with one of the froyo shamrocks for a decorative finish. Serve immediately.

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If you don’t have any issues with dairy, you can always try this technique with regular yogurt, or any yogurt of your choice. (makes about 4 servings)

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Festive frozen deliciousness!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

more to share soon.

xo

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Make: Hearts Day Partfaits (V)

There’s nothing I enjoy more for breakfast or brunch than fresh fruit and yogurt. Even better, I love combining the two to create a what we all know to be the yogurt parfait. I usually make one in the mornings based on what fruit I have on hand, and I’m certainly not picky, but since Valentine’s Day is coming up quick, today’s version features a few sweet surprise ingredients both healthy and dairy free, just right for celebrating the day of love with the ones you love! And if the grated dark chocolate and homemade crumble wasn’t enough already, I’ve topped them with the tiniest, and cutest little heart picks made from fresh strawberries and toothpicks, for a whimsical finish.

Love at first bite.

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Hearts Day Partfaits (V)

The coconut milk yogurt is layered between fresh strawberries & raspberries and a homemade crumble that adds just the right amount of crunch and a grated dark chocolate topping as a decadent garnish. 

Ingredients/Supplies

Four 8 ounce containers of plain coconut milk yogurt (use regular dairy yogurt if you wish)

32 Fresh whole raspberries and 10 fresh strawberries, rinsed and patted dry.

A few squares of dairy free Dark Chocolate (I find mine at Trader Joes)

1 cup Homemade Oat & Pecan Crumble (see recipe below)

1 ziplock bag

Cheese grater (for chocolate)

4 small glass serving bowls or parfait glasses about 8oz.

1 mini heart fondant cutter.

Instructions

Slice strawberries into 1/4 inch thick pieces and cut into heart shapes using a heart fondant cookie cutter. Set aside 4 of the shaped strawberry for the heart toppers. (This is an optional step. If you don’t own a heart-shaped fondant cutter feel free to skip.)

Grate dairy free dark chocolate using a cheese grater, or similar and set aside.

Give yogurt a stir and then pour all 4 containers into the corner of a ziplock bag.

Cut the tip off the corner of the ziplock and begin piping an even layer of the yogurt into the bottom of each glass. Top the yogurt with a layer of the Oat & Pecan Crumble, lastly adding 6 of the fresh raspberries and 6 of the strawberry cutouts to the outer edge of each glass in a circular fashion. Top with an additional layer of yogurt, followed by an even layer of crumble. Finish with 2 fresh raspberries and 3-4 more strawberry hearts. Garnish with grated dark chocolate and one Strawberry Heart Pick.

The picks literally take just seconds to make. Simply cut the strawberries into shapes using your heart fondant cutter and insert one toothpick into the bottom point of each heart. Place inside the center or center back each parfait glass to enjoy the edible cuteness.

Makes 4 Servings.

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Homemade Oat & Pecan Crumble

Ingredients

1 cup of uncooked oatmeal

3 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/3 cup chopped pecans.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Pour melted coconut oil over the top of dry ingredients.

Stir ingredients together and pour onto a parchment or foil lined baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden.

Remove from oven and allow to cool, then it’s ready to be used as a topping.

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How cute would these be for children’s Valentine’s parties, or as the starter, or the first course for a romantic breakfast or brunch with your love?! Such a great way to kick off the holiday!

Enjoy and Happy hearts day friends! Remember to check back soon for more.

xo

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Make: Maple Pecan No-bakes (V)

Hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday last week! Mine was super mellow, but still lovely! I just cooked for a small group of family members and everything turned out delish, especially the cornbread stuffing which I made in a vegan version so my youngest and I could enjoy! One of the other highlights from Thanksgiving were the vegan no-bakes that I whipped up as an alternative to pumpkin pie. I chose this cookie because I really didn’t have a lot of time on my hands, and I know how simple they are to make. Although I absolutely love the traditional no-bake cookie, I made this version with Thanksgiving in mind, adding the delightful duo of maple and pecans.

Only one word necessary…heavenly!!

Vegan Maple Pecan No-bakes by PLD

Maple Pecan No-Bakes (V)

The addition of the maple and chopped pecans adds a sweet crunch to this no-bake, reminiscent of a maple bar, or pecan pie. It certainly doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving to make these!

Vegan Maple Pecan No-bakes by PLD

Ingredients/Supplies

2 Cups raw or white sugar.

1/2 cup vegan butter/ or coconut spread

1/2 cup coconut, rice or almond milk

1/2 cup almond butter

2 tablespoons Maple Extract

 1 cup chopped Pecans

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups quick cooking oats

Parchment paper

Instructions

Heat sugar, milk and oil/butter together over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches a boil.

Boil mixture for one minute, remove from heat and add maple extract, almond butter, salt and chopped pecans and oats.

Stir all ingredients together until fully blended.

Drop spoonfuls of mix in a rounded shape onto parchment lined baking sheet, spacing each about 1 inch apart.

Place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

Enjoy!!

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No-bake cookies are so simple to make that they are the perfect party treat! You can add a posh finishing touch by topping a stack of cookies with handmade flags from toothpicks and washi tape, or by wrapping them in color coordinating bakers twine.

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What was your favorite dish from Thanksgiving this year? I hope you give this recipe a try!

More holiday posts coming your way soon!

Thanks for reading!

xo

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Make – Homemade Ice-cream Cones

Were you aware that this Sunday happens to be National Ice Cream day (the 3rd Sunday in July)?  I certainly wasn’t until I came across a bit of info while browsing my twitter feed. But you don’t have to tell me twice. I’ll take full advantage of the excuse to eat ice-cream all weekend. Dairy free ice-cream that is.

Most of you are aware that I eliminated dairy and soy from my diet a little over a year ago, so I usually don’t get the opportunity to enjoy the frozen treat, but I love that they have so many alternatives these days! Fruity gelato, sorbet and my favorite coconut milk ice-cream. It may not be typical, but I’m not your typical gal, so it suits me and my family perfectly. I can’t remember the last time I had ice-cream in a cone, but the thought of them brings me back to my childhood days. All those good memories got me thinking it would be fun to relive those moments by making homemade cones. Besides, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday!

But of course they wouldn’t be posh without a little twist, so I’ve added a few extra elements to the cones. I made them in minis (because everything’s cuter in pint size,) and dressed them up by dipping the tips in chocolate. I used vegan dark chocolate and nonpareil sprinkles for a final touch, then pairing them with vegan strawberry coconut milk ice-cream from Trader Joes. Perfect combo. My entire family loved them.

Homemade Ice-cream cones

 Homemade Ice-cream Cones (mini)

After I came across the idea to make homemade cones here, and discovered I had everything I needed to make them from scratch, I did a little happy dance! Believe it or not, the only bit of equipment you need is a Panini press….yes a Panini press (and electric mixer.) Such a genius idea, and probably the best cone I’ve ever tasted, especially right when they come off the grill. I think I could have eaten the entire batch warm. And to make things better, it’s one of the simplest recipes I’ve tried. The basic ingredients can be found in your pantry and fridge without having to make additional trips to the grocery store. I made these dairy free using vegan butter, but you could certainly use regular butter if you so prefer.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies/Ingredients

Panini Press (or baking sheet you can make also these in the oven)

Electric or stand mixer.

1 sheet parchment paper

1 half sheet of paper rolled to shape a cone (or other cone-shaped item.)

2/3 cups sugar

3 egg whites

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup melted vegan butter.

Vegan Coconut Milk Ice-cream in flavor of choice (or any ice-cream you prefer)

For dipped cones

6 oz vegan dark chocolate

sprinkles of choice

Homemade Ice-cream cones

Instructions

Place 3 egg whites in large mixing bowl with sugar. Beat on med for 30 seconds until frothy.

Mix in butter, flour and vanilla until smooth batter forms and all lumps have disappeared.

Heat Panini grill (or oven to 400 degrees)

Take 1/2 to 3/4 of a spoonful (teaspoon size) and drop it on the center of the grill.

Press down lid and allow batter to cook for about 60 seconds.

Open press and remove from grill once golden brown.

Place on sheet of parchment paper and roll cookie around the cone-shaped device, making a tight point on 1 end.

The cookie is much easier to form when still warm, so work quickly.

Set aside finished cones to cool.

Repeat steps until all cones are rolled.

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For Oven Instructions

Place 1 to 2 tablespoons batter onto parchment lined baking sheet. Spread the batter into thin circles. Bake for 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and quickly roll cookie into cone shape using paper mold for assistance. Set aside to cool. Repeat steps until all cones are rolled.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Spoonful

Chocolate Dipped

Homemade Ice-cream cones

Homemade Ice-cream cones

While cones are cooling, heat dark chocolate in microwave on 30 second intervals until melted.

Dip the tips of each cone in the chocolate (this also forms a seal for the cone so any melting ice-cream doesn’t drip through,) and top with sprinkles.

You can place the finished cones on parchment paper in the fridge for 20 minutes until the chocolate has set.

Then simply fill cones with your favorite flavor of ice-cream and serve!

Great for kids of all ages and the perfect bite-size cones for summer parties.

Homemade Ice-cream cones

If you prefer ice-cream sundaes instead, the cones can be cut into triangle shapes and used as sweet sundae topper. So cute and delicious too!

Homemade Ice-cream cones

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Everyone loves ice-cream! What’s your favorite flavor? If I still ate dairy it would be chocolate chip mint, hands down. I still remember the after dinner mint ice-cream from the 80s. My Dad would bring it home for us to enjoy as a treat literally after dinner. One of my best memories as a child. How do you plan on celebrating National Ice-cream Day?

Check back soon!

xo

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Make – Prosecco Infused Fruit ~ Red, White & Blue

One of the must serve beverages at a posh celebration is sparkling wine/champagne! The bubbles, fizz and pop of the cork represent everything that a party should be. And since it’s available in all price ranges it’s affordable for any type of gathering. Pour it in your best flutes or pair it with your favorite mixer and you have a party on your hands in a matter of seconds. Or if you’re up to trying something new you can pair it with some festive fruit for the Fourth of July holiday happening in just a few short days.

Prosecco infused fruit

Prosecco is the Italian and less expensive alternative to champagne. The sparkling wine is sweet to taste and usually a bit on the dry side. It’s a classic in bellinis and goes well with all sorts of fruits, which is why I chose to use it for this recipe. La Marca happens to be one of my favorite brands of prosecco. It’s good quality and well priced. I picked watermelon, pear and blueberries to tie in the colors of the Independence Day holiday. Cut the fruit into star shapes using a mini star cookie cutter and finished them with handmade ribbon toothpick flags.

Fourth of July Fabulous.

Prosecco Infused Fruit

Prosecco Infused Fruit – Red White & Blue

The Prosecco paired with the watermelon, pear and blueberry is light, refreshing and the perfect celebratory bite and palate cleanser to serve between an appetizer and main course, or as an after dinner refreshment.

Serves 12

Ingredients/Supplies

1 bottle Prosecco/Sparkling Wine

1  half of a miniature watermelon sliced into 2 inch thick rounds

2 pears sliced into 2 inch thick pieces

12 blueberries (or 1 for each guest)

Fresh lemon juice

Mini star-shaped cookie cutter (optional…you can always cut them into even squares or rounds – use what you have on hand)

12 Appetizer spoons

12 toothpicks and red ribbon.

Instructions

Slice watermelon and pear into even pieces.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice over sliced pear to prevent browning.

Using your mini star cookie cutter begin cutting the fruit rounds into star shapes.

Place all cut fruit into a medium size bowl adding the blueberries last.

Pour champagne over top the fruit until fruit is fully submerged.

Place in fridge to chill and soak for 1 to 2 hours.

Prosecco infused fruit

Meanwhile and if you’re feeling crafty, you can prep the toothpick flags.

Toothpick Ribbon Flags

Cut ribbon into 4 inch straight line pieces.

Place the toothpick to the end of each piece of ribbon and tie, double-knotting until secure.

To add the pointed edge, simply cut a small triangle from the end of each piece of ribbon.

Set toothpick flags aside until fruit is ready to skewer.

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Assembly

Once your fruit is fully infused (feel free to take a taste) it’s ready to be skewered.

Skewer the center of the blueberry first, followed by 1 piece of pear and one piece of watermelon.

Make sure your toothpick is not sticking out of the bottom of the watermelon otherwise your infused stacks will not stand up straight. None of the pick should be showing from the bottom.

Place each infused fruit stack onto a single serving appetizer spoon and finish by filling with a little extra Prosecco. A nice final note after the infused fruit has been eaten.

Repeat these steps and place in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Prosecco Infused Fruit

Prosecco infused fruit

Prosecco Infused Fruit

Enjoy!

Posh little tip: To make these kid friendly or non alcoholic, simply serve them as skewers by soaking them in sparkling cider instead of sparkling wine.

Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone has a safe and memorable one! Please do check back soon for more!

As always, I appreciate you reading.

xo

This concept and fruit skewer recipe is a Posh Little Designs original. Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Celebrate – Independence Day Soireé

Fourth of July is only 1 week away and we don’t have big plans, but I’m still looking forward to the holiday! We’ll most likely throw a quaint celebration at our home with a few family members and if the forecast holds true, we’ll have sunshine and warm weather to look forward to! This is a bit of a rarity where I’m from. Usually we say our summer starts the day after the fourth as each year we seem to have rainy days through the holiday and then it magically starts to transition to summer on the 5th of July. Classy Northwest…real classy! Anyway, I have my fingers crossed that we’ll actually get to enjoy some time outdoors this year and avoid the rain altogether. I’m expecting that we’ll forgo our tradition of watching the firework show at the bay, but we will get to revisit this next year once our youngest is a bit older.

What are your big plans for the holiday? If you’re still looking for patriotic party ideas for next week, I have some unique inspiration and suggestions that will make for a memorable and of course posh Independence Day celebration.

Independece Day Soireé

 Like what you see? Use the tips below to plan a Independence Day Soireé of your own!

Posh Little Tips

Send. Schedule the celebration for late afternoon, early evening to set your soirée’s tone. Opt for a clean and modern invitation like the one seen above from Etsy. If you don’t have time to send invites through the mail consider Evite. A great invite alternative where you can quickly create online and send out for free via email. All you have to do is sign up.

Decorate. Choose a subtle and sophisticated base color scheme of white and gold, with minimal blue and red accents to tie in the holiday. Tissue poms are affordable and offer the simplistic chic-ness to any celebration. Hang them in different heights above your dining space or dessert table. Use festive table confetti to spruce up your surfaces and add party flags as drink markers to cocktail glasses for a fun final touch. The ones above came from Minted.

Make. Set up an evening picnic theme with assorted appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Use trendy wood cutlery like the ones referenced above from the Sucre Shop to capture the vibe. To tie in more red and blue, you can intentionally create dishes that match the holiday color scheme. Last year for our Fourth of July dessert I made Shortcake Stuffed Strawberries. The perfect one-bite red white and blue treat, great for easy entertaining. These are a must try for your celebration! Get the recipe here.

Serve. Champagne/Sparkling wine for the Fourth seems fitting. If you’re able to find it in stores, the Limited Edition Chandon would be perfect! I fell in love with the bottle alone, and at a price of just $22.00 per bottle it’s still in the affordable range. Otherwise, check out your local grocery store for inexpensive options.

Give. Rock candy is a nostalgic treat that brings me back to my childhood, as does the Fourth of July holiday. Choose a color that matches the holiday, adhere a little party flag and give as parting gifts to all of your guests.

Save the firework show for the soireé’s grand finale.

Sources 1. Fourth of July Invite 2. Gold Chevron Wood Cutlery  3. Party Flags 4. Limited Edition Chandon 5. Rock Candy  6. Tissue Poms 7. Shortcake Stuffed Strawberries 8. Festive Confetti

I hope you’ve found some ideas you can work with for your upcoming Fourth celebration. I’d love to hear more about your plans so feel free to share!

Up next on the blog is a festive Fourth of July treat recipe. Be sure to check back in for that soon and thanks for reading!

xo

Pastel Peanut Butter No-Bakes ~ Easter

 No-bake cookies are a favorite childhood treat of mine. Not only are they yummy, but also very easy to make. This year for Easter, I thought I’d put a little spin on the traditional no bake cookie using white chocolate instead of cocoa powder to create a delightful rendition. Peanut butter is the shining star in this version, and to make them Easter-chic I cut them into shapes, dipped them in milk and white chocolate and added in some Spring color with pastel sprinkles.

Perfectly posh and deliciously divine.

Happy Easter!

Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Ingredients/Supplies~

1 3/4 cups Sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

8 oz white bakers chocolate

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

3 cups quick-cooking oats

1 teaspoon vanilla

White & Milk Chocolate for dipping.

Confetti Sprinkles.

Parchment Paper.

Directions~

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In medium saucepan, combine butter, milk, sugar and white chocolate. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for 1.5 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, peanut butter and oats.

Pour hot cookie mixture onto baking sheet, spreading evenly.

Allow to chill in fridge until hardened.

Once completely chilled, use an Easter cookie cutter to cut the cookies into shapes.

Dip cookies into melted milk and white chocolate.

Decorate with sprinkles.

Place decorated cookies back on lined parchment paper and chill in fridge until chocolate has hardened.

Serve and enjoy~

Source of pastel print: Pastel Canvas Prints 

“Kiss Me I’m Irish” ~ Peppermint White Chocolate Kisses

Today I made these adorable Peppermint White Chocolate ‘Kisses’, using St. Patrick’s Day and the term “Kiss Me I’m Irish” as my form of inspiration.

To add a posh dimension, I used an ombre color scheme, which is a trend that I absolutely love right now.  The shaded affect offers a unique element, which as you can see, looks beautiful when displayed.

And the best part of all…(other than eating them of course) is that they only require 3 ingredients to make! So simple.

Peppermint White Chocolate Kisses

Ingredients/Supplies~

1. Natural Peppermint Oil

2. 2  boxes Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Squares (10 squares total.)

3. Green Food Coloring.

Parchment Paper.

5 sandwich ziplocks.

Directions~

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Heat 10 squares of white chocolate in double boiler or in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.

Add in 1/4 tsp peppermint oil and stir well (you can always add more if you like a stronger peppermint flavor.)

Divide the chocolate between 5 small bowls.

For ombre shades:

Leave the first bowl of divided chocolate white. Add 1/2 a drop of green food coloring to the second bowl. Add 2 drops of food coloring to the third bowl. Add 4 drops of food coloring to the fourth bowl and 8 drops of food coloring to the *5th bowl.

Stir well until food coloring is completely incorporated.

*You may notice the chocolate beginning to seize up a bit on the 5th bowl however this is ok because it should end up being the exact consistency that you’ll need the chocolate at when you pipe the kisses.

Other than bowl number 5, you will want to let your chocolate cool for about 10 minutes so it is the proper consistency for piping.

Once cooled and thickened a bit, spoon each bowl of shaded chocolate into the corner of a ziplock bag.

Snip the corner of the bag with scissors and begin piping the chocolate onto parchment paper using a circular motion to form each kiss. Repeat for all 5 bowls.

Place in fridge immediately to harden for at least 1 hour.

These are best served chilled.

Enjoy!

St. Patty’s Pretzel Rods

Chocolate and pretzels equal a heavenly combination of sweet and salty. I am a sucker for both so I combined the two not only for a bit of pregnancy craving relief, but also with St. Patty’s Day day in mind. These chocolate dipped pretzels are in the ‘mini’ version if you will. I made them in minis because I adore anything pint sized, perhaps because they give the illusion of less guilt? Regardless of the reason, they are a perfect treat or favor for your next St. Patrick’s Day Fete, or any occasion for that matter.

To make them all posh and festive, I used a few drops of green liquid food coloring and then decorated them with my sprinkle mix. So simple to make, and adorable too. If you have little ones they will just love to help you make and eat them as well.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

St. Patty’s Pretzel Rods

Ingredients~

1 Bag Rold Gold Pretzel Rods.

1  box Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Squares.

Green Food Coloring.

Parchment Paper.

Sprinkles.

Directions~

Line Cookie Sheet in parchment paper and set aside.

Heat white chocolate in double boiler or in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.

Divide melted chocolate into two bowls, adding the food coloring to one of them until the desired color is achieved (I used two drops in mine.)

Dip pretzels in both green and white chocolate, then decorate.

Place decorated pretzels onto parchment paper and allow to harden in the fridge for at least an hour.

Enjoy!

Real Parties ~ Minnie Mouse Birthday

My sweet little girl had her 2nd birthday recently, and with her absolute love for Minnie Mouse, we knew it was the perfect direction for her celebration. I am an avid do it yourself-er, so I was determined to create everything on my own, down to the very last detail. My daughter couldn’t have been more excited for her special day and seeing her smiling face was worth every moment it took to create this party so near and dear to my heart.

I decided on a pink and yellow color scheme with polka-dot accents and of course a bit of sparkle for that posh flair. I hand designed the mouse ears via The Suburban Mom tutorial. The invitations, dessert table, labels, flower arrangements,  and all other decor that you see were hand crafted by me as well. The adorable Minnie Mouse Banner was a custom creation by my Mother Kelly.

We served an array of sweets and goodies decorated to match our theme and color scheme. Chocolate dipped oreos, or “Mouse Ears”, Magical rice krispies, pink and yellow sixlets, crushed pineapple and cotton candy jelly bellys and pineapple and cherry rock candy.

We also served homemade pink lemonade punch, red velvet Minnie and Mickey mouse cake pops and a homemade cake. 1st layer coconut with strawberry lemonade swiss meringue buttercream and 2nd layer, chocolate with double chocolate frosting.

We hand decorated the cake with pink, yellow and black fondant. For Minnie’s head, we wrapped the black fondant around a rice krispie mold. We used Oreo cookies for Minnie’s ears and adorned the top with a pink polka-dot bow.  I got the inspiration for the silhouette cake pops from none other than Bakerella. It was a bit difficult to get the ears on the cake pops to not melt while dipping them in the chocolate, but freezing them before dipping seemed to do the trick.

Other items on the menu: Minnie’s bow tie Caprese pasta salad, Mickey’s Chicken and Spinach meatballs, Mouse masala wings, Fruit Skewers in cutout shapes, Mouse shaped cheese ball with crackers, and cheese panini cutouts for the little ones.

Lastly, photos of my little “minnie” enjoying her special day! Happy 2nd Birthday sweet pea!! <3