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 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: Quickly Age Garden Pots
Give plain terra-cotta garden pots weathered style with our three easy techniques.with our three easy techniques. Before starting, wipe the pots with a damp cloth to remove any debris. The first project uses garden lime to create a mottled finish. Gather the following materials. Combine one cup of garden lime with one cup of water in the glass jar . Secure the lid and shake to mix the garden lime and water. Remove the lid and stir the mixture with a paint
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: Make a Garden Chandelier
Create a unique garden chandelier, using a shallow tray, canning jars, votive candles, moss, a flowerpot, rope, chain, and birdseed.use just about any shallow tray, pan or basket found at a flea market or in the corner of your garage. Before you start to assemble the chandelier, youâll need 12 quart-size canning jars along with 12 votive candles; a bag of sheet moss; a 6-inch-wide flowerpot without a drainage hole; four 3-foot lengths of linkinterior of the basket with a layer of sheet moss. Place the canning jars around the edge of the basket, and tuck small pieces of sheet moss between them for stabilization. Place the flowerpot in the center. Filling it with a fresh arrangement. Finish your chandelier by filling the canning jars one-quarter full of birdseed, placing a votive candle in each one. Itâs finally time to hang the chandelier, light the candles and
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: Build a Rose Bouquet
In this casual country arrangement, we combine Patience and Juliet roses with fresh-cut lady’s mantle, hydrangea and coneflowers in a white enamel bucket. Let your garden inspire a similar nontraditional arrangement!flowers, pick colors that work well with each other and the container, paying special attention to scale and texture. Patience and Juliet roses are wide and dense with petals. Hydrangea and ladyâs mantle are ideal companions because
How To: Plant a Cottage Garden in a Pot
A colorful cottage garden in a big container will thrive throughout the summer. Plant a pot with some of our favorite flowers and herbs, or simply use what’s available in your garden.tuck the Gomphrena and variegated oregano into the front of the pot. Water well and enjoy your colorful new creation.