How To: Make Chocolate Shapes
Make any dessert go from ordinary to extraordinary with a chocolate shape garnish. To see the recipe, go to midwestliving.com/recipe/white-christmas-peppermint-layer-cake/.easier than you think. Let's start with the chocolate. I'm using chopped dark chocolate because it melts really nicely, but chips will work in a pinch. For white chocolate shapes, candy melts work better than white chocolate . You can buy them at crafts stores. Transfer the chocolate or candy melts to a microwave-safe bowl or a double-boiler. If you're using chocolate, add a little bit of vegetable oil or shortening to help the chocolate harden nicely later. Just a teaspoon will do the trick. Melt the chocolate, and let it cool slightly. Fit a pastry bag with a small tip, or just snip a tiny corner from the edge of a zip-top bag. To fill the bag easily, I like to fold back the top and set it in a glass so I have both hands free. Spoon the chocolate into the bag. Now the fun part starts! Pipe any shape you want on a pan lined with parchment or wax paper . You can do squiggles, hearts, spirals, stars—anything you want! I like to do several extra shapes, just in case some break. If
How To: Make Marshmallows
Homemade marshmallows are a fun do-it-yourself treat. Learn how to create and customize these soft, fluffy delights.sugar and gelatin in marshmallows is egg white. So let's add our egg whites , vanilla, and salt to a mixing bowl . We're going to beat on high speed and then gradually add some sugar one spoonful at a time, just like you're making a meringue. When the egg whites reach stiff peaks you're going to gradually add the gelatin mixture with the beaters still running on high. Now add vanilla. If
How To: Create a Soft, Plum Eye Look for Winter
Achieve a beautiful soft, plum eye with products from Sigma Beauty and these easy application techniques.easy to achieve with a few products from Sigma Beauty, a Minnesota-based cosmetics company known for its high-quality synthetic brushes and gorgeous eye shadow colors. Here's how! Start with a shadow base. We're using Persuade, a peachy nude color, which blends with model Debra's skin tone . It goes on easily with the F70 Concealer brush, a small slightly tapered flat brush. Apply the shadow base all the way from the lash line to the brow. This will keep eye makeup in place and prevent creasing. Notre Dame , a taupey plum shadow, will give the eyes a soft and natural look. Apply it with the E55 Eye Shading brush, a nice general brush for all-over eye shadow application. Tap brush to remove excess eye shadow . Extend shadow from the lash line to the eyelid crease, blending upward until it fades. This gives the eye a soft wash
How To: Make a Sweet Tea Old Fashioned
James Tortoreti of The Hive in Bentonville, Arkansas shows us how to make the restaurant's signature Sweet Tea Old Fashioned with bourbon, sweet tea syrup and lemon juice.Bentonville in Bentonville, Arkansas. We're going to make for you today the Sweet Tea Old Fashioned. This cocktail pays great homage to the original 21c in Louisville, Kentucky with its use of Old Forester bourbon, sweet tea syrup and fresh lemon juice . The first thing you'll do is fill your mixer tin three quarters of the way with ice. You'll add two ounces Old Forester bourbon. And then you'll combine one ounce of sweet tea syrup, which we make in-house, and steep for 20 minutes to really get a concentrated amount of tea flavor in there. Then we reheat and add equal parts sugar to make a nice, thick syrup. Then you'll add three fourth ounce lemon juice . You'll go ahead and stir that 40 times to get the proper dilution. What we want to do is we want to
How To: Grow Pips in a Pocket
Cultivate the essence of spring in a pocket pot by growing fragrant lily-of-the-valley weeks ahead of the usual gardening season.house where you can enjoy your blooms, or place it outside if weather permits .
How To: Create a Tabletop Garden
Create a potted centerpiece that brings spring indoors. Start by purchasing a small weeping pussy willow tree, which is available in many big-box stores in late winter. Next, gather the following materials. Line the bottom of the container with a sheet of plastic or set the planter on a tray topotted centerpiece that brings spring indoors. Start by purchasing a small weeping pussy willow tree which is available in many big-box stores in late winter. Next, gather the following materials. Line the bottom of the container withand top with bits of preserved moss. If you like, add miniature wire fencing for a rustic touch to your garden. In late spring, transplant the pussy willow tree into your outdoor garden where you can enjoy it for years to come.
How To: Create a Succulent Arrangement
A cake stand and some florist’s moss provide a simple foundation for this stunning succulent display that works great as a centerpiece.
How To: Make Hand Pies
Hand pies pack all the flavor of traditional fruit pies into a cute, portable package. They’re perfect for picnics and potlucks.to cut circles from the pastry. Set the circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet . For round pies, spoon 2 big tablespoons of fruit into the center of the circle. Now letâs brush the edge around the
How to: Make a Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
Fall means pumpkins, and what's a more dramatic or delicious dessert than Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake. The recipe comes from the blog iambaker, and it’s a real showstopper.imagine a more dramatic board delicious it's there and it's chocolate pumpkin layer cake . -- recipe comes from the -- I and acre and it's a real stop. This cake has three components. Moist cake layers milk chocolate can notch and fluffy pumpkin whipped cream will start with -- In a small bowl mix canned pumpkin and -- Said that inside and in another bowl combine the flour cocoa baking powder baking soda and self. Now in a large -- let's be better brown and white sugar and Vanilla until late in life. Add eggs one at a time. Now we'll add the dry ingredients and the pumpkin mixture alternately eating up those. You can see this is very similar to traditional chocolate cake -- But at pumpkin make it extremely and that's another layer they spread the batter in grief eight fade in Spain. And bake for about thirty minutes until it toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let it -- -- ten minutes and then turn them out onto wire -- as well those cakes cool let's make our milk chocolate an option. Start -- it warming heavy whipping cream over medium high. When the cream just starts to boil remove it from the heat and milk chocolate pieces -- just let the chips often not in the after about five minutes -- in Washington bullets in his. Critical forThis will give you a nice -- -- for tight end because whipped cream isn't as stable as better for us think -- should wait to assemble this cake until it goes to serving time. Start replacing one key player on a clay court peaks fan. Since -- players are pretty heavy you might want to put a little extra support inside thinking of it drinking straws of them. Now it's better killed -- whipped cream on top carefully say your other cake layer on top don't pressed down too hard. Now use your -- back nine big
How To: Make Tiny Pumpkin Torcheres
With a handful of garden stakes and some simple hardware, you can transform palm-size pumpkins into a bouquet of magical torcheres in minutes! All youâll need are miniature pumpkins, an apple corer, a grapefruit spoon, nails, washers, tea-light candles in metal cups (or battery operated teacorer, a grapefruit spoon, nails, washers, tea-light candles in metal cups (or battery operated tea lights) and bamboo garden stakes. Start by snapping the stem off each pumpkin. Using an apple corer, cut an opening the