With all this snow lately, I've been feeling especially crafty (well, not much to do when there is yet another foot of snow falling...again), which is a contributing factor in my choice to make some more snacks this week.
The other contributing factor is Valentines Day, and the excuse to create something with a theme (random fact #2 about me - aside from lists, themes are another one of my favorite things).
One of the things I love about these particular snack choices is that you can make them as a sweet gift for someone else, or you can make them as gift to yourself (whose better to "share the love" with than you?!), but no matter who they're for, it's a lot of fun to see how they turn out.
The first snack I made was "Wine Gummies". Amazing thought in theory: chewy, delicious, treats made out of alcohol.
Pretty simple to create too. Just keep in mind that if you want to make fun shapes, getting a mold (or a few) is kind off necessary.
Seeing as I only had one cookie cutter, I stuck it in the center of my creation and let it set, leaving me with one awesome shape (and a lot of other boring squares).
Of course you can't just have a love of wine to enjoy these...it probably benefits you to enjoy jello at least a little as well considering the ingredients. Random fact #3 - I don't like jello. Weirds me out (ever since I saw a commercial with the catch phrase "It's Alive!", I have had no desire to have a fake fruit flavored, slippery, substance squish around my mouth. Gah.), meaning while the flavor was nice, I couldn't quite get over the texture - somewhere between jello and gummy bears.
But fear not! For any of you who do enjoy jello and wine, this is a great snack to try.
My second snack idea, Strawberry Roses, was not only tasty, and simple, but pretty as well.
It also went much better because there was no mixing or checking the temperature on anything - just carving...carefully.
It does get a little tricky with the first layer - you don't want to cut too deep or else the "petal" falls off, but not enough and it won't look like a rose blossom...more like a tulip.
Luckily I had at least 12 to make, and the poorly made ones can always be hidden in the back (of course when a petal falls into the bottom of your vase, that does throw your display off a bit).
I'm very pleased with how these came out and feel like they'd make a great "breakfast in bed" center piece/gift (Random fact #4 - I love food...so food in gift form is like, a double gift).
Overall, I think my attempts were a great success!
Do you have any Valentine's traditions?