Friday, December 7, 2012

Visions of Sugarplums Day Five

Welcome back to the very last day of
Visions of Sugarplums!!
 We have WINNERS...and here they are:
1 set of choice from Paper Sweeties: Sarah Biswabic
1 set of choice from Moonlighting by Mary: Karen Letchworth
Christmas Creation from Mitra: Sue D.
Please contact Lori to arrange your prizes 
Congratulations to everyone so far and a huge thank you to everyone who has spread the Christmas cheer along the way!
We really hope you've had a blast this week seeing every one's crafty Christmas holiday ideas, prizes, tips, recipes, traditions and did I mention prizes???
Here is my final offering for the week.  A mixture of vintage stickers, miniature alphabet stamps, ribbon and assorted snowman and bird embellishments. All would work wonderfully on your cards, tags, or presents.
This completes the week of accumulating prizes and you'll have to come back tomorrow to see who the lucky winner is.  Just remember to leave comments to be eligible.
Before you go, I'd like to share two recipes that I love to make at Christmas. The jello cookies are my sons FAVORITE. These little cookies are so yummy and very, very rich! Hope you enjoy the recipes and following that, you'll find the list of the blog hop participants you'll definitely want to check out today!
Christmas Recipes
Jello Strawberry Shaped Cookies...
Christmas Strawberries. Photo by Chef Dee
1 (12 oz). can of Condensed Milk
1 (6 oz.) package of Strawberry Gelatin
14 oz. fine coconut flakes
Red and Green Colored Sugar Crystals
Combine Condensed Milk, Strawberry Gelatin packet and fine coconut flakes together in a bowl.
Mix them well.
Chill mixture for about 30 minutes.
Once chilled, begin shaping mixture into strawberry shapes.
Pour red and green sugar crystals into separate bowls.
Roll the body of the strawberry cookie in the red crystals and then dip the end in green crystals. (This picture shows green icing for the tips, which you could use too, but crystals stick very well.)
Cake Balls
...OMGosh....You'll flip over these!!!
1 box cake mix (Whatever kind of cake you like!) (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can frosting (again whatever you like) (16 oz.)
1 package almond bark (regular or white chocolate)
wax paper

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can of frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)
4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)
I also only melt a few pieces of chocolate bark at a time because it starts to cool and thicken. It’s easier to work with when it’s hot.
If you google "cake balls" you will be AMAZED at how creative people are when it comes to this dessert. The innovative ideas are endless!!
Thank you so much for spending this week with me during the Visions of Sugarplums and I hope you've thoroughly enjoyed all the wonderful and crafty links to the very talented people involved in this entire hop. 
Be sure to stop in tomorrow to see who my winner is and until then, enjoy visiting the following links and hugs to you ALL!!
Lisa xx
 Visions of Sugarplums:
 Nicecrane Designs - $20 Gift Voucher
Moonlighting by Mary - 1 set of choice
Paper Sweeties - 1 set of choice

See you tomorrow for my winner announcement! :)



Karen Letchworth said...

What a blessing! I am so excited. Thanks for all the inspiration and a super fun hop!

May said...

Wonderful recipes they both look so yummy.. Thank you for sharing!! WOW, Look at all those wonderful Christmas goodies.. Thank you so much for the hop I have enjoyed every second!! Lovely food & creations! FULL of inspiration... Hugs May x x x

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Oh my yummy for my tummy - they look like fabulous recipes:-) Thanks for a very inspirational 5 days:-) Have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

Holy Cow, I gained 5 lbs. just reading this post lol. Rich indeed but oh so yummy. Good thing I am going grocery shopping tomorrow. ;-) Your blog candy looks yummy too! Thanks for all of your hard work and amazing projects/recipes L2! This hop has been a blast. :) Hugs

Tammy said...

Hmm, yummy!

Tammi said...

Never heard of these, interesting how you make those cake balls...crumbling the cake and stirring in the frosting, yum! My 3 year old granddaughter would have a blast making it and of course licking her fingers every chance she got, lol! Thanks for sharing and making the hop so fun! ~hugs

Lori said...

Thanks for the recipes - those strawberry cookies are the cutest! You've had such fun projects this week - thank you so much!

Nicecrane Designs said...

These cake balls look delicious,,,,,,I want, I want , UI want,,,,,mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Miriam Prantner said...

Oh wow, those treats look delicious! And what a great prize pack, thanks for all the great ideas this week!

Words and Pictures said...

Those cake balls look insanely decadent! And what a fabulous last set of ingredients in your accumulating prize...
Alison x
(Thank you for checking my TTT status - I was linked up but for the challenge before! Kids and Teens...)

Unknown said...

wow, wonderful recipes and I love the strawberry shape which make so much more fun to them. Another wow for the great prize you prepare. Lots of thanks beforehead.

Stop by from craft us crazy

Unknown said...

I also love your red brick christmas tags :)The mimic wall and snow and leaves are so great together.

Linda W. said...

I loved spending the week with you Lisa. You really inspire me. I'll pass on those recipes, I'm a Type II diabetic - but wow, am I craving those strawberry delites! Have a great weekend.

Linda Simpson said...

Hello Lisa, just popped by to follow and have a look at your blog which is fabulous. Looking forward to working with you at Squigglefly. Have a great weekend.

Linda xxx

Sue D said...

Great prize pack and thanks for the yummy recipes!

Nikki said...

mm cake balls look delish thanks for the recipe I might guve it a go :)

Laurart said...

I LOVE the sound of those recipes! I have got to make those. Thank you so much for doing this blog hop - I have had so much fun. There have been so many brilliant things to see and ideas to find. xxxxxxxx

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

What FABulous gifts you're giving, Lisa! Super sweet!!!
The cake balls & Jello cookies both look yummers! Thanks for sharing the recipes.
Happy Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~

Shelby said...

thanks for the great recipes! I've printed them out and hope to give them a try.


Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I'll take a dozen cake balls to go please!!!! If there was art to be seen here I've totally forgot about it!!!

Sandy said...

Thanks for the recipes Kid and hosting such a wonderful week.

Lexi said...

Love how you made the brick on your tag!