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How to Brighten Up Your Summer Party Punch

by in How-to, View All Posts, August 14th, 2014

Here’s a fun (and probably healthier) way to use mini doughnut molds. To get through these dog days of August, make pretty individual ice rings to cool down and brighten up glasses of punch at summer parties. Read more

How to Decorate Cookies for Spring

by in How-to, May 20th, 2014

If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?

Yes, Mayflowers do bring pilgrims, as this grade school riddle so memorably illustrates, but May flowers bring joy — the kind of joy that inspired me to break out my brushes so that I could paint and capture what I saw on … cookies!

Not only is it easy and fun to celebrate spring with these hand-painted watercolor flower cookies, but you can do your pretty decorating without the use of artificial dyes and additives. Herbs, fruit juice and plant dyes all can be used as food coloring, and companies like India Tree even make premade versions available for purchase. What other natural food colorings can you come up with?

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How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Sprinkles

by in Holidays, How-to, April 17th, 2014

Sprinkles turn regular old eggs into amazing, dye-free, edible works of art, with minimal effort and maximum fun. These hard-boiled eggs bejeweled with pastel-colored nonpareils make an extra-special addition to any Easter egg hunt or Easter basket. Here’s how to make them. Read more

How to Decorate Truffles for Valentine’s Day

by in Recipes, February 12th, 2014

Love and chocolate. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. Go beyond the boring box of store-bought chocolates and wow your valentine with spicy homemade truffles decorated with sprinkles, candies, sparkling disco dust and glimmering edible jewels.

My go-to recipe for Spicy Brazilian Chocolate Truffles is extremely easy. The secret is constantly stirring the chocolate over low heat until it becomes very thick. Make a batch for your sweetie and check out step-by-step instructions below for decorating each of the truffles in my assortment.

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How to Make Frosted Olympic-Ring Cookies

by in How-to, Recipes, February 4th, 2014

The Olympic rings symbolize peace, goodwill and global solidarity. Get into the spirit of the winter games in Sochi, Russia, by celebrating with these cute and colorful Olympic-ring cookies.

I used my tried-and-true gingerbread recipe after experimenting enough to learn that most sugar cookies, including those made with store-bought premade dough, spread out too much in the oven. Gingerbread also adds a touch of warmth to these games set in a snowy winter wonderland. This recipe is almost as easy to make as with a prepared mix, though it does take a little muscle to roll out. Pressing the dough thin before refrigerating helps to reduce some work later.

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How to Beat the Winter Blahs — with Sprinkles

by in How-to, January 22nd, 2014

How to Beat the Winter Blahs with SprinklesBrighten up even the grayest winter days and beat those winter blahs with these five fun ways to add more color into your life with sprinkles.

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5 Fun Things to Make with Sprinkles for the Holidays

by in Holidays, How-to, December 4th, 2013

5 Fun Things to Make with Sprinkles for the HolidaysDuring the holidays, I want everything to have an extra layer of sparkle, even the food — okay, especially the food. Sprinkles, from the silver BB-like dragees to edible glitter and shimmering sugars, deliver that extra layer of over-the-top, spectacular visual joy to my holiday expectations. These colorful, shiny confections add some glamour without much extra effort, not only to desserts but also appetizers and drinks, and they balance out savory dishes with just a touch of sweetness. Here are some ideas for fun and easy ways to add sprinkles to your holiday creations.

1. Eggnog Party Rims
Dressed up with red and gold sugar and tiny white nonpareils, these vintage cut-glass mugs brimming with eggnog are ready to party.

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