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ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Make Your Own Skull Cookie Cutters

DIY skull cookie cutters

DIY skull cookie cutters
photos: DIY Skull Cookie Cutters from Hello! Lucky

That is a clever idea from Hello! Lucky. It is so simple that I wonder why I didn’t think of it before. They turned a round cookie cutter into a skull cookie cutter. Pliers will create a more defined bend. But don’t worry if you don’t have pliers, you can use your fingers to pinch the sides.

Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to make your own Skull Cookie Pops. Hello! Lucky suggests to use the Perfect Sugar Cookie (and Cookie Pop) from Sweetapolita. Have fun baking!

While we are on the topic of skulls, you should check the  DIY Sidewalk Skulls that first inspired these cookies, this is another project from Hello! Lucky.

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Three Hostess Gift Ideas for Bakers

hostess gifts for bakers

hostess gifts for bakers
Gingham Spatulas on sale at $3.00 to $5.99 at Sur La Table | Progressive Brown Sugar Keeper $14.95 at Sur La Table or Chefs Catalog | Chicago Metallic Individual mini pie pan $24. 95 USD at Sur La Table or Crate & Barrel

I suggest pretty, useful and stylish for these mini gift round up. The Gingham Spatulas will add pretty in your kitchen. It reminds me of something that the girls in Pushing Daisies who uses to bake.

I read good things about the next product. Who does not look for a solution that prevents its brown sugar from drying out? There is nothing more annoying than to find out in the middle of a recipe that your brown sugar is hard as a rock. A moist terra cotta disc does the trick. Remember to re-soak the disc every 3 months for 15 minutes if you do not wish to have a bad surprise. You can store the disc in the airtight lid of Progressive brown sugar keeper when not in use. I own a few Progressive products and they work well.

Last but not least, have a look at this individual mini pie pan set that will enables you to serve beautiful savory and sweet pies to your family and friends. It comes with a neat two-sided dough cutter that will assure the perfect top and bottom crust size. The best part is the festive design.

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-899286/Sur-La-Table%26%23174%3B-Gingham-Spatulas

KITCHEN design ORGANIZING

New Uses for Old Things: Baking Sheet Magnet Board

Baking Sheet Magnet Board

Baking Sheet Magnet Board

Yesterday’s easy end-of-the-year teacher gift project got me thinking about everything else that comes with the end of the school year: piles of projects, artwork and report cards making their way from the classroom to every room in the house.

A little spray paint gives everyday kitchen baking sheets a new life as wranglers of colourful artwork and rainy day creative projects. Photos and display-worthy drawings are held to the baking sheet with magnets glued to the bottom of fluted metal tart cups, which are filled to the brim with pretty, stacked sewing notions.

This idea would look at home on the wall of a kitschy kitchen, in a kid’s bedroom or a craft room – whether you choose a colour that adds punch, or leave the sheets unpainted for a more modern look.

For full project instructions, check out the Crave Paper Blog.

SOURCING:
+ DIY Baking Sheet Magnet Board from Crave Paper Blog

CAKES + desserts ENTERTAINING

Cool Tools | Layer Cake Slicing Kit

cake slicing tools layer dessert

cake slicing tools layer dessert

Ever aspired to create a beautiful, multi-layered cake that rivals your favourite pastry shop – only to end up with a lopsided dessert resembling the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Well hold on to your cake stand!

This 3-piece layer slicing kit comes with an adjustable slicing mold to fit cakes with a 10″ or 11″ diameter. Use the serrated baker’s knife to slice up to 8 layers and the accompanying cake lifter to move and stack layers while you add filling.

If you’re on dessert duty for an upcoming spring event, such as a bridal/baby shower or a Mother’s Day brunch, make this cool kitchen tool your next must-have baking essential. Wowing guests will be (dare we say it?) a piece of cake.

SOURCING:
+ Cake Slicing Kit from Kitchen Krafts, $59.95 USD
+ Photos: 14 Layer Cake by Bakerella

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

My New Cupcake Decorating Tools

cuisipro Cupcake Corer and Decorating Set

cuisipro Cupcake Corer and Decorating Set

I went shopping to Linen Chest last night. My husband and I wanted a Nespresso machine – I will tell you all about that later. I couldn’t go there and not take a look at some of their merchandises. I ended up buying a Decorating Pen and a Cupcake Corer and Decorating Set, both by Cuisipro. I will be all set for kids parties and birthdays.

cuisipro Decorating Pen

You can use the Decorating pen not just for decorating cookies and cakes. You can style your plates or put the finishing touch to a potage or a soup.

SOURCING:
Cuisipro Cupcake Corer and Decorating Set $19.99 CAD at Linen Chest
+ Cuisipro Decorating Pen $11.99 CAD

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Home Made Cookie Stamp

cookie stamper home made baking tool

cookie stamper home made baking tool

If your baked goods rival the fare found in fancy sweet shops (and why wouldn’t they?), this cool kitchen tool may be just what you need to remind snackers your creations are the real home made deal.

The 2.75″ stamp is made with food-grade silicone and features a sturdy wooden handle made from sustainably harvested trees. It even comes with a special peanut butter cookie recipe, but the stamp would also work well for shortbread and sugar cookies.

SOURCING:
+ Home Made Cookie Stamp $14.95 USD at NerdSeven
+ Home Made Cookie Stamp by Suck UK

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

Holiday Baking Tip: Lining Pans with Parchment

Parchment Paper Lining Tip

Parchment Paper Lining Tip

Started your holiday baking yet? Me either. Though in between choosing my recipes and preparing my ingredient shopping list, I’m on the hunt for tips to help make the baking process a little sweeter.

If you’re not already using parchment paper to bake, let this be the season you start. Parchment paper is similar to wax paper – minus the wax, so it’s oven-safe. Use it to line cookie sheets and baking pans to eliminate the need for greased pans (and, ahem, a few extra calories too). Parchment paper also helps to make clean-up easier.

To ensure your pans are perfectly lined, try these simple tricks from goodLife {eats}. Place your pan on the parchment paper to ensure the correct size, then snip the corners of the paper. How sweet is that?

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ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

DIY Advent Calendar Idea Using Kitchen Tools

Bakeware Advent Calendar

Bakeware Advent Calendar

Advent began on the 1st of December, but if you haven’t created a calendar for the countdown to Christmas here are two easy and adorable options using tools from your kitchen.

Turn a baking or cooling rack into a colorful display for photos and notes. Use stickers, wrapping paper or even old Christmas cards to create special sentiments for each day in December. Tie them to the cooling rack using pretty ribbon or – better yet – baker’s twine.

A muffin tin is the perfect receptacle for sweet treats. Whether you choose a mini or full size pan, be sure to use a 24-count pan to countdown every day leading up to Christmas. Alternatively, you could use a 12-count pan to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. Magnets are decorated with stickers and decorative wrapping paper to cover each cup.

Both are easy projects that require minimal effort but deliver a daily dose of holiday delight.

SOURCING:
+ Cooling Rack Advent Calendar from Kerry Barker at Two Peas in a Bucket
+ Muffin Tin Advent Calendar from OZ-somestamps
FOOD + DRINK FOOD presentation

Lékué Decopen is a Must for Dish Plating

Decopen by lekue

Decopen by lekue

If you like to decorate your plate like a Chef, you need good tools. Sure, you can use plain plastic bottles but they are not as stylish and fun as DECOPEN. It is as easy as to write or draw with a pen. DECOPEN lets you put the finishing touch on food from appetizers to the dessert. Simply fill your favorite sweet and savory sauces and work your magic. There is a model that comes with 4 nozzles to give you more options on how to decorate food or plate your dishes.

It will make an awesome Christmas gift or hostess gift. For anyone interested, a green 4-nozzle DECOPEN is on my wish list. Watch the video to see how easy it is to use.

SOURCING:
+ Lékué Decopen $24.50 CAD at Linen Chest
+ Lékué Decopen $27 at Arthur Quentin
+ Lékué Decopen 16 EUR
+ Lékué Decopen with 4 nozzles 19 EUR

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Five Halloween Cupcake Decorating Kits

halloween cupcake decorating kits

halloween cupcake decorating kits

Making your own show stopper cupcakes is simple if you get festive cupcake liners, wrappers and cake toppers. There are many classic Halloween themes to choose from.

For the Family

Your kids can help you decorate your cupcakes with Williams-Sonoma’s Halloween Cupcake Decorating Kit. The kit includes 24 orange spider-web liners, 6 spider toppers, 6 bat toppers, 6 ghost toppers and 6 pumpkin toppers.

meri meri trick or treat halloween cupcake decorating kits :: something wicked

Or you may prefer the witch toppers and Frankenstein toppers that you find inside the Meri Meri Trick or Treat Halloween Cupcake Kit. it also comes with ghost toppers and pumpkin toppers.

Spooky and Haunted House Themes

Something Wicked include 24 cupcake cups in two patterns, 6 skulls, 6 ravens, 6 spiders, and 6 Happy Halloween pics. The collection is suitable for kids and adults.

wilton halloween cupcake wrappers and pics

Wilton proposes 12 wrappers and 24 pics set are the most affordable option. And they  are as cute as the others. Wilton wrappers are more refined. You will need to bake the cupcakes in a standard cupcake cups. Solid orange liners work the best. I like the Pick your Poison Cupcake Wraps ‘n Pix and the Haunted Manor Cupcake Wraps ’n Pix. But you would have to find them at a local store because they are out of stock at the Wilton online store.

SOURCING:
+ Halloween Cupcake Decorating Kit $12 USD at Williams-Sonoma
+ Meri Meri Trick or Treat Halloween Cupcake Kit $11.95 at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Something Wicked Halloween Cupcake Kit $7.95 at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Pick your Poison Cupcake Wraps ‘n Pix $3.99
+ Haunted Manor Cupcake Wraps ’n Pix $3.99