Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Candy Cane Joe-Joe's Truffles



I've seen, and made, the Oreo Truffle recipe before and always received compliments. I was at my sisters for dinner, and for dessert she brought out Candy Cane Joe-Joe's from Trader Joe's. They were so yummy! My mind just wandered - Joe-Joe's, Oreo, Oreo Truffle, Joe-Joe's Truffle. But, I hated that the Oreo Truffle recipe called for cream cheese since my hubby hates cream cheese, and the truffles need to stay cold. I wanted to make some to take for work, and they needed to be able to be left out on a counter. So, I did some Google searching and found a substitution by Beantown Baker that satisfied both issues. I brought these into work today for my co-workers and they went bananas. They remarked that they were "light", "effervescent", "delicious", and "well-balanced minty". They couldn't believe they were homemade either.

Here's the recipe (but you may not want to know :)

1 box peppermint Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joe's

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1 bag milk chocolate chips

Crushed candy cane

Crush Jo-Jo's in food processor until all fine crumbs.

Mix in sweetened condensed milk with a spatula.

You'll know you've added enough because the mixture adheres and forms one ball.

Spoon out enough to make a one-inch ball using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon. Roll into a ball and set aside onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Continue until all the mixture is used up. Refrigerate one hour to set.

Melt chocolate chips according to package directions. (Mine said to mix one cup chocoloate chips with one tablespoon vegetable shortening over a double boiler.)

Roll balls in melted chocolate, one at a time, using two forks to remove the ball and let excess chocolate fall off, then set back on wax paper.

Sprinkle crushed candy cane or drizzle melted chocolate on top. Refrigerate at least one hour to set the chocolate. Before serving remove from fridge at least a half hour so they aren't cold when they are eaten.

Enjoy!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Etsy Shop Grand Opening!

I'm still tweaking the design of the shop, but the onesies are all in there. I am so excited! Please share this with anyone you think who might be interested.

Visit me at: http://LubAtHome.etsy.com

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fishy T-shirt



I sold a custom order for a Fishy t-shirt for an 11-month girl. I think it turned out much better than the onesie. I'm still playing around and experimenting with the stitch settings and tension. I'd love to take a sewing class to really learn how to do it, right now I'm kinda faking it till I make it. My mom taught me the basics growing up, and I do know a lot, but doing projects like this and the infamous quilt just make me realize how much I still don't know.

I'm working on setting up my shop on etsy.com, so stay tuned for the grand opening!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Craft Fair 2009


First, the good news. My office craft fair was yesterday and I sold two onesies and one pillow! I was a bit sad to see the ice cream cone go because it's so dang cute, but then again, what am I going to do with a 3-6 month onesie?? I got an order to do the fishy on a 12 month onesie and will be filling that order this week.



The two pillows (same size, different photos) turned out fabulously and I didn't want to bring them for fear of selling them :) Well, I got an order to do another one, so I didn't have to lose them. But, I felt like they were too expensive. The pillow, fabric, notions, and time really can't beat what you can find at Target for cheaper. So, I don't plan on continuing to sell those. For now I'll stick with what I know and experiment here and there with other crafts and ideas (coffee sleeve, running sleeve, etc.).


Now, the bad news. I almost finished the baby quilt, but messed it up. The first round of machine quilting went perfectly, but the second round totally bunched up the top (but not the bottom, weird). It went from bad to worse and I totally lost it at 10:00 pm Sunday night because I was so close and it was looking so cute and then it turned out so horribly bad. I felt like such a failure. My hub was so sweet and talked me through the tears and sobs. I now have enough distance from the catastrophe to decide to learn a lot more about machine quilting, picking out ALL the stitches, and re-doing it. It's now on my back burner. Still, any suggestions on machine quilting at home would be GREATLY appreciated. I'll post a photo of it here later today so you can see exactly what I did wrong.