Never To Late To Show A Little Love! Last Minute V-Day Gift Idea:Chocolate Lollipops!!!

Instagram Lollipop Picture

Instagram Lollipop Picture

Hola My Creative Foodies,

As you know Valentine’s Day is just ONE DAY away and if you already have your gifts (most of us foodies like to show our love by baking!) that’s awesome, but some of you may be scrambling for time! (Which is OKAY because with busy lives some may not have time to shop let alone bake). One of the things I make for not only Valentine’s Day but for every major holiday is chocolate lollipops. There ares soo many awesome molds and this is a great treat idea for children. I make them for my mothers students all the time and they LOVE them! It is soo quick and easy and is pretty inexpensive.

Heart Shape Lollipop Mold

Heart Shape Lollipop Mold

Most craft shops sell these molds for under two dollars and around the holiday season the melting chocolate is on sale for 2 dollars or less even (Bought my chocolate for $1.99 per pack!).

Example of melting chocolate (Image from:countryliving.com)

Example of melting chocolate (Image from:countryliving.com)

Chocolate lollipops are an awesome and quick idea, it takes minutes to melt the chocolate and you can set the molds and pop them into the freezer and in 10 minutes there are ready to go! I like to pack them in decorative small cellophane bags. I usually find really cute ones at a dollar store or a craft store like AC Moore and Michaels.

Heart Designed Plastic Bag (I bought this for a $1)

Heart Designed Plastic Bag (I bought this for a $1)

With these simple and easy directions and tips you will be making these all the time!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Melting Chocolate (I use Wiltons Melting Candy)
  • 1 package of Lollipop Sticks
  • 1 Chocolate Lollipop Mold
  • Cellophane Plastic Bags (Optional

Directions:

  1. Melt some of your chocolate in a microwave proof bowl and set for one-two minutes (1 minute usually does the trick)

    Melted Chocolate

    Melted Chocolate

  2. Pour your melted chocolate with a small spoon or squeeze bottle into your molds. (I usually fill it 3/4 of the mold) and add your stick

    Chocolate in Mold

    Chocolate in Mold

  3. If you want to make a marble chocolate pour a little bit of one type of chocolate than another and swirl with a toothpick

    Making a marble chocolate lollipop

    Making a marble chocolate lollipop

  4. Put your molds into your freezer for about 10 minutes or till harden
  5. The lollipops will than pop out easily once than. Repeat the same process till you have the desired amount of lollipops

    Chocolate Rose Lollipops

    Chocolate Rose Lollipops

  6. You can put your chocolate lollipops in your small cellophane bag or just eat and enjoy 🙂

    Lollipop in Decorative Cellophane Bag

    Lollipop in Decorative Cellophane Bag

I hope you guys enjoyed this last minute V-Day gift idea, especially for kiddies to big kids ;-). I love making these awesome and easy lollipops and I hope you one day try it and be creative with your molds and different types of chocolate. So show some love to your favorite person and give them some chocolate!

Happy V-Day and Chocolate Making 🙂

Chocolate Quote! (Image from: iheartinspiration.com)

Chocolate Quote! (Image from: iheartinspiration.com)

It’s The Month Of Love – Jazz Up Your Work Space!

My Kitchen Door All 'Jazzed' Up :-)

My Kitchen Door All ‘Jazzed’ Up 🙂

To All My Creative Minds,

So this week I was inspired to jazz up my kitchen door at work. I am not a  HUGE valentine’s day person (No bitter feelings LOL) but working with children inspired me to make my door more welcoming and festive for the holiday.

The kitchen is called Pookie Cafe (Do Not Ask Me Why LOL)

The kitchen is called Pookie Cafe (Do Not Ask Me Why LOL)

I went to my favorite craft store and bought some really cute scrapbook paper (Which was on sale for 19 cents!) and wanted to use them as a base for made up frames.

Frames with Foam Hearts

Frames with Foam Hearts

I had bought foam glitter hearts and stencils all which were for a dollar each. This by far was the most inexpensive craft  project I have done!

Another Heart Frame

Another Heart Frame

So my friends whether it is Valentines Day or any day of the year jazz up you workspace. Not only do you get your creative juices flowing but you liven up your work environment. I know for me when I was done decorating my door it put a big smile on my face and the compliments were great. So let’s get creative my friends and inspire yourself  in your workspace 🙂

Creativity Quote (Image from: behance.net)

Creativity Quote (Image from: behance.net)

DIY: Inspire Yourself With Your Own Inspiration Board!

Write what inspires you!

Write what inspires you!

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” – Albert Einstein

Hello my culinary girls and friends of all shapes and sizes!

I wanted to first off say how excited I am that I am gaining a following and that I am enjoying writing so much!  I hope you get some sort of inspiration through each post. I know for myself I am just by writing what I know and love. So thank thank you thank you and I hope anyone who stumbles upon this enjoys the blog and gets inspired!

So about two weeks ago I had created an inspiration board for the new year. I had gotten the idea in an old magazine while waiting for my car to get an oil change a while ago (Soo boring but it turned a success! LOL) and thought it was an awesome idea! I had heard in the past that putting up any ideas whether notes of future projects, pictures of items you wanted, or whatever it may be often puts the idea in your head and can lead you to accomplishing your goals. I thought this year since it is the year for change let me make an inspiration board. Making the board was def not hard. Growing up I loved creating collages of pictures of friends or subjects that I was really into like fashion, music artist, make-up and beauty, the list goes on. What I always loved about collages was the fact that I could be as creative as I want and make this keepsake that I could keep for as long as I wanted. So when I made my inspiration board I treated it with the same concept as a collage.

Photo collages I have created

Photo collages I have created

I had started with just going into a crafts store for stickers, colorful scrapbook paper, etc. to fill my board. I wanted it to be like a chalkboard almost, putting things on as I go. Here are some of the things I bought or found around the house:

Board supplies

Board supplies

  • Poster board – I bought black but there are an array of colors and styles in the store you can choose from.
  • Glue – either stick or the gel (I prefer the gel since it holds better for a poster)
  • Stickers – I loveeee stickers and depending on your theme they can add flavor to your board
  • Magazines /Catalogs/Newspapers– You can find all kinds of inspiration in these
  • Paint pens – Great investment if your into crafting, not only can you write with awesome colors for poster board but also glass, ceramic, the list goes on. I usually have an array of colors for different projects 🙂
  • Scissors – well you will need to cut of course!
  • Great music! – listen to what gets you going, I always have Pandora in the backround if I’m working on a project, cooking or baking

Now that you get an overall concept of making your own inspiration board, now go for it and make one! Pick a day where you have some free time to really think about what you would like to accomplish within the year. I always say that inspiration comes when you least expect it, it could happen while your surfing blogs, or having an outing with friends, a previous dream, listening to a lecture, watching your favorite TV show, reading your favorite book, the list goes on. For me it honestly took me a while to find the time to really sit down and make one, and it is still a work in progress. Life changes everyday and so do our dreams. So get inspired and display what you love and want. You never know what you can accomplish! So happy inspiration board making and always remember that with lots of effort and determination, and the belief in yourself ANYTHING is possible 🙂

My Inspiration Board!

My Inspiration Board!

So happy inspiration board making!

Norah 🙂