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Easy DIY Magical Mermaid Bark

on June 21, 2017

Dive under the sea with some Magical Mermaid Bark! Inspired by your favorite mermaid, this sweet treat is a must have for your summer parties or treat table!

Dive under the sea with some Magical Mermaid Bark! Inspired by your favorite mermaid, this sweet treat is a must have for your summer parties or treat table!

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In case you didn’t hear there is apparently a mermaid trend this summer. Does it look like I’m caring about that?? Okay maybe a little. But seriously folks, I was watching The Little Mermaid with a friend (because that is what we do okay?) and we were both feeling the need for some sugar and well, this happened. I feel no shame or guilt about any of it. None at all. So yeah, be a mermaid, get that swimsuit. Eat some chocolate and just embrace that -ish okay? Okay!

Easy DIY Magical Mermaid Bark

Time:20-30 minutes plus cool time
Cost: $15 or less depending on what you have on hand
Magic level: Titus Burgess as Sebastian magical.

Supplies:

Dive under the sea with some Magical Mermaid Bark! Inspired by your favorite mermaid, this sweet treat is a must have for your summer parties or treat table!

Wilton Candy Melts in Light Blue, Teal and Lavender
Piping Bag
Sanding Sugars in purple and blue. – Learn how to make your own here!
Sugar pearls
Small seashell candy mold
Coconut chips
Microwave safe bowls

If you’re up to making your own sanding sugars go ahead and make those first.

Dive under the sea with some Magical Mermaid Bark! Inspired by your favorite mermaid, this sweet treat is a must have for your summer parties or treat table!

Make your purple seashells! Place 1/4 cup lavender candy melts into a piping bag. Twist the top closed and microwave for 30 seconds. Pull it out and squish around. Microwave again in 15 second bursts, mixing and squishing in between until it’s all melted. Cut a hole in the tip of the bag and fill each cavity in the mold. You may not fill all of them, but fill as many as you can. If you have any overage, simply use the edge of a spatula to smooth out. Place in fridge or freezer for 10 minutes.

Dive under the sea with some Magical Mermaid Bark! Inspired by your favorite mermaid, this sweet treat is a must have for your summer parties or treat table!

Make your base!
In separate ceramic bowls, melt your candy melts. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Return to microwave and zap in 15 second bursts, stiring in between until fully melted. Do this for each color you’ll be using.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place dolops of each color next to each other on the parchment paper. This is where I like to get my agression out and sometimes act like Jackson Pollock. Just go with it.

Dive under the sea with some Magical Mermaid Bark! Inspired by your favorite mermaid, this sweet treat is a must have for your summer parties or treat table!

Next, use a butter knife or spatula to smooth out and swirl the colors until you’re happy with the design. While the chocolate is still kinda melty, spread your place the seashells on the base bark and sprinkle with the coconut bark, sanding sugars, and sugar pearls.

Dive under the sea with some Magical Mermaid Bark! Inspired by your favorite mermaid, this sweet treat is a must have for your summer parties or treat table!

Place in the freezer for 10 minutes or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes until the chocolate is set.

Break it up while jamming to your favorite version of Under The Sea and eat your mermaid bark with your equally mermaid obsessed best buds!

 

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Make your own Custom Colored Sanding Sugar Sprinkles or Edible Glitter

on June 17, 2017

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

This post may contain affiliate links, that means I make a few pennies if you purchase through my links….but the price for you stays the same!

Let’s talk sanding sugar sprinkles. You guys.. it’s like glitter for cupcakes. I’m serious! Unfortunately having a variety of Colored Sanding Sugar Sprinkles can get kinda expensive and really frustrating when you can’t find the color you need for a particular party theme or inspiration. Sound familiar? Thought so.

Did you know you can make your own custom colored sugar sprinkles? Yep. You can make it in just about any color you like in 20 seconds flat. And then you can use this really cool tool to make all kinds of custom designs!

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Okay so this is going to both blow your mind and save you a ton of cheddar… you ready?

Cost: $1-5 makes a ton!
Time: under 1 minute
Fun level: 10!

DIY Custom Sanding Sugar Sprinkles

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Supplies:
Granulated Sugar
Gel food coloring in choice color
Ziplock bags
Wax or Parchment Paper and a baking sheet (optional)

4 things! I’m sure you can do it! The coolest thing with making your own colors is that you can do it with just about any gel coloring. I used the neon Wilton Food colors because I happened to have them on hand but really, the sky is the limit.

How to make Custom Sanding Sugar Sprinkles

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Place 1/4 c Granulated sugar (or more.. I just eyeballed how much I would need) and a few drops of food coloring into a ziplock bag. Seal it shut ( I like the ones that slide shut to avoid mess) and shake and squish. Really go for it. You want to make sure all of the food coloring is incorporated and there are no lumps. If you accidentally put too much food coloring in there just add a pinch or two of corn starch and that should soak up the moisture or you can always add more sugar!

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Spread out on a wax paper lined baking sheet to let it dry out for a bit longer – 20 minutes-ish.

Transfer into an air tight container. If you want to use something to sprinkle it on I’ve also found that spice jars are both cheap and pretty awesome. Heck, I’m pretty sure I’ve got my own personal rainbow them in the cabinet right now… lemme check.

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

If you want to make metallic sanding sugars, you’ll need one more ingredient and that is Lustre Dust. For gold, combine the lustre dust with the granulated sugar and a few drops of yellow food coloring. For silver use silver lustre dust and a few drops of alcohol – I usually go with vodka since I have it on hand or you can use metallic food paint.

This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!

Go forth and make your custom colored sugar sprinkles!

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Boozy Tropical Cake Push Pops

on June 10, 2017

Kick off your summer luau by making these fun boozy tropical cake push pops! A sweet addition to your flamingo, pineapple, hawaiian party!

Kick off your summer luau by making these fun boozy tropical cake push pops! A sweet addition to your flamingo, pineapple, hawaiian party! Flamingo pineapple party | Luau food | treat pops | Cake pops | pink and yellow

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Summer is in the air and that brings about two of my favorite things… flamingos and pineapples. Put them together and you’ve got one classy luau or some mayhem. Either way it’s gonna be colorful and pretty. These boozy tropical cake push pops (or tube cakes) use a basic cake mix, crushed pineapple, watermelon vodka and buttercream icing to give you a flavor mix that will transport you back to the island (but not like LOST okay?).

Boozy Tropical Cake Push Pops

Kick off your summer luau by making these fun boozy tropical cake push pops! A sweet addition to your flamingo, pineapple, hawaiian party! Flamingo pineapple party | Luau food | treat pops | Cake pops | pink and yellow

Cost: $20 – but you’ll use the treat pops again so it’s kind of an investment
Time: 2-3 hours
Fun level: 9
Makes about 15 pops

Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C crushed pineapple
1/4 C pineapple vodka
2 eggs
1/2 c oil

Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 C Butter (at room temp)
1/2 C Butter Shortening
1/4 C Watermelon Vodka
4 C Powdered Sugar
Pink food coloring

Supplies:
Push pop containers
Jellyroll pan
Parchment Paper
Piping bags or ziploc bags

Kick off your summer luau by making these fun boozy tropical cake push pops! A sweet addition to your flamingo, pineapple, hawaiian party! Flamingo pineapple party | Luau food | treat pops | Cake pops | pink and yellow

1. Make the cake: Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Make the cake mix and bake according to directions on the box or until you put a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. Take the cake out and let it cool.

2. Mix the buttercream. Cream the butter and shortening together. Add the vodka. Once everything is mixed, slowly add the powdered sugar until you get to the desired consistency. Spoon into a piping bag.

3. Assemble the cake pops: With the plunger in the bottom of the treat pop container, use the rim as a cutter and push the end cake to the bottom of the container.

Quick tip: use a second plunger to push the cake down into the tube.

Pipe the icing in a thick layer on top of the cake, then layer again with cake. Add a final layer of buttercream to the top and garnish with sprinkles if you like and place the lid on top.

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Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes

on April 28, 2017

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these decadent Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes! Filled with cheesecake filling and topped with cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon sprinkle!

This post may contain affiliate links, that means I make a few pennies if you purchase through my links….but the price for you stays the same!

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these decadent Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes! Filled with cheesecake filling and topped with cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon sprinkle! | Cinco de Mayo | Cinnamon cupcakes | Fiesta cupcakes - Do It Your Freaking Self

Let me start this story by saying that my room mate and I once took a midnight Churro run and it was the best decision we ever made. There’s a place down the street from our apartment that makes them fresh and fills them. You can even get a churro ice cream sandwich!

I’m a little obsessed with Churros, so if you thought you were the only one – Fear not! You’re not alone! On my first trip to Disneyland (I was 27 thank you!) I ate way more than I’m comfortable with admitting. There is just something to be said for that crispy outside, gooey inside and a hefty sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. And well, I wasn’t on any type of diet so I pretty much ate my way through Disneyland and all of my happy feelings. It was amazing! These cupcakes? Well they’re kind of my homage to those wonderfully delicious tubes of yum. The cream cheese icing? It pairs perfectly with the cupcakes since it’s not too sweet and compliments the cinnamon sugar!

Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these decadent Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes! Filled with cheesecake filling and topped with cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon sprinkle! | Cinco de Mayo | Cinnamon cupcakes | Fiesta cupcakes - Do It Your Freaking Self

Ingredients:
1 box white cake mix
2 tbl Cinnamon
3 Eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream

Filling:
1 box cheesecake pudding
1 1/2 cup milk

Frosting:
8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk
2 tbl cinnamon sugar

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Two Hearts Jammie Dodgers Recipe

on April 5, 2017

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

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Sometimes a Jammie Dodger is just a cookie… but sometimes its a TARDIS self destruct button. Usually though, its just a cookie and a ploy to make Daleks believe its a self destruct button. Yep. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff. Shout out to all of my Doctor Who, Torchwood, Adventures of Sarah Jane, and Class fans. This Jammie Dodgers recipe is for you!

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

Okay, so flash back a few years. I had just met my dear friend Natalie (who makes awesome jewelry! Check it out) and she was having her 30th birthday party. I had NO CLUE what I was walking into but I ended up finding my tribe… or one of them. You see, Natalie and all of her friends were Doctor Who fans and well, so did I and that was the start to a beautiful geeky friendship. Isn’t it kind of amazing how you find your people when you’re least expecting to?

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

If you’re unfamiliar with Doctor Who… well that could take a while to explain so I’m just going to direct you to Amazon Prime where you can stream it all to your hearts content. Start with BLINK then go back. Trust me on this one.

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

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Boozy Shamrock Shake FreakShake

on February 22, 2017

In the mood for an adult version of the shamrock shake? This recipe is for you! Go a step further and stack up a freakshake with all your favorite treats!

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In the mood for a more adult version of the shamrock shake? This recipe is for you! Go a step further and stack up a freakshake with all your favorite treats! | Shamrock Shake Recipe | McDonalds | Alcohol | DIY | How to make a freakshake | Mint chocolate | St. Patrick's Day - Do It Your Freaking Self

Shamrock Shakes are back and I am one happy camper. Okay, maybe thats a lie… but I’m close! One of the many joys of being an adult is the addition of alcohol to otherwise normal foods. Like Cupcakes or coffee. Because YUM! So of course I had to present you with the wonders that is the boozy shamrock shake! Even better…. I made it into a freakshake!

This project is intended for makers ages 21+. If you are under the age of 21, please omit the alcohol.

I’m sure a lot of you are asking what exactly is a freakshake? Well… its kind of like a milkshake that’s been turned up to 11 or maybe 111. You know… somewhere in between. It’s where you take whatever drink you like and load it with all the tastiness of foods that compliment it. And let me tell you, it is a total feast for the eyes and the stomache. Just make sure to share with a friend because you’ll both be in a sugar coma after eating one.

In the mood for a more adult version of the shamrock shake? This recipe is for you! Go a step further and stack up a freakshake with all your favorite treats! | Shamrock Shake Recipe | McDonalds | Alcohol | DIY | How to make a freakshake | Mint chocolate | St. Patrick's Day - Do It Your Freaking Self

Boozy Shamrock Shake Freakshake

Supplies Needed
Shamrock Shake:
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla vodka
Creme de Menthe or Mint simple syrup
Milk
Blender

Freakshake:
Chocolate Pocky
Donuts
Brownies
Rainbow sprinkles
Lucky Charms or just the marshmallows!
Whipped cream
Any other toppings you want to put on!

Time: 15 Minutes
Cost: $15-20 – makes a lot
Adult meter: 5 – it’s like adult meets inner child?
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Strawberry Candy Bark with Valentines Treat Boxes

on January 12, 2017
This post may contain affiliate links. Purchasing through them helps support this website. Disclosure:  I’m a proud Oriental Trading Blogger, and I received free products to faciliate today’s post.  The opinions are my own.

Valentines day is just around the corner… or as I like to call it “Singles Awareness Day” or SAD for short. Because this year especially, it gets sad around these parts. But thankfully… a wonderful woman named Leslie Knope has given me something else to celebrate! Let me introduce you to Galentines Day.

“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Basically it’s like Valentines Day, but instead of getting smoochy with your significant other, you’re spending it being awesome with your favorite gal pals. Get with it! The inspiration for today’s 3 Ingredient Strawberry Candy Bark? Well, I love the taste of strawberry and milk chocolate together and well, when I’m sad I’m eating chocolate. So this more of a selfish project, but who doesn’t want to eat chocolate for breakfast when they’re sad or celebrating? Win Win guys! I’m also giving these away as party favors for our Galentines day party this year!

Treat Yo' Self and your Galentines to some delicious strawberry candy bark! Just in time for a delicious treat for valentines day!

For my Galentines Day Party, I teamed up with Oriental Trading to help you guys with all of your party planning needs. If you’re in need of some cool boxes, craft items, or valentines for the kids Oriental Trading has your back with their Valentines Shop! Stay tuned for the full party reveal soon!

Strawberry Candy Bark
Cost: $10 or less
Time: 30 min
Skill Level: Ridiculously easy

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New Years Eve Dessert Chocolate Bark

on December 27, 2016

Ya’ll!!! 2016 is almost over! And it couldn’t come soon enough. Go home 2016, you’ve been drunk, hung over, and now you’re drunk again. Anyway, I promised myself I wouldn’t work over the holiday break – I’ve had a lot of plates spinning this year, and not all of them the same color/size/type if you know what I mean. I think one of them was a bowl or something – but I made this New Years Eve Dessert Chocolate Bark for a friend’s pre-New Years Eve photoshoot and it was too cute and festive not to share!

Dress up your New Years Eve Dessert with some easy and classy chocolate bark! Use it as a cupcake topper or part of your party candy buffet! Recipe | Fancy | Edible cupcake topper | New Years Party Food | Easy chocolate bark - Do It Your Freaking Self

Not to mention that I found the mini-marshmallows that usually come in hot chocolate, you know the ones, yeah, those get sold separately. They’re called Mallow Bits and they are the new staple at all of my parties. Hot chocolate bar? Mallow Bits. Chocolate pretzel station? Mallow bits. Anything with s’mores? Mallow Bits. Cupcake bar? Yep. Mallow Bits. I’m having them on everything and you can’t stop me. Day = made.

New Years Eve Dessert Chocolate Bark
Cost: $10 or less
Time: 30 minutes
Skill level: Beginner – Make it with kids!
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How to Make Oreo Peppermint Bark

on November 3, 2016

Is it officially okay to order peppermint everything? Because it is seriously beginning to be my favorite time of the year! Now, of course, I absolutely do NOT start Christmas prep until after Thanksgiving… because I actually really like Thanksgiving.. BUT I adore peppermint. And this is the time of year that it all comes out of hiding. I totally stock up. Anyone else a flavor hoarder?

Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer you some tasty peppermint treats right? So here is some fun Oreo Peppermint Bark to help get yourself into the holiday spirit (even if it is 85 degrees out right now!) Planning on giving some edible gifts for the holidays this year? Try some fun and easy bark recipes!

Time: 20 Min + chill time
Cost: $10
Festive level: 9

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Dark Chocolate Orange Cranberry Bark

on October 20, 2016

This might seem like sacrilege and try not to fall out of your seats when I say this but….I think I may be pumpkin spiced out. Whew. That felt good to get off my chest.

But seriously though you guys, I love fall and all that it brings. I love sweater weather and pumpkin spice and pumpkins and all that stuff but I think I hit pumpkin spice overload what with the latte’s and cheerios among other things. So… what is a girl to do?

Super into chocolate this season? Click here for more chocolate bark recipes!

Set your tastebuds alight with this spiced dark chocolate orange cranberry bark! Great for holiday parties, desserts, and gifts. | Dark Chocolate | Holiday Desserts | Orange Zest | Dried Fruit | Edible Gifts | Easy Bark | Do It Your Freaking Self

I turned to all things rich and tangy and whipped up some dark chocolate orange cranberry bark to satisfy my sugar and my spice cravings and you know what? It hit the spot! This bark is makes a perfect addition to any party, as a holiday gift or just because. With hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, this bark is sure to bring a smile to anyone looking to dig into the more tangy flavors this holiday season!

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