DIY Holiday Syrups

Post by Rae Ann of Rae Ann Kelly.com DIY Holiday Gift: Homemade SyrupsWith the holiday season in full swing, we’ve been indulging in everything warm and cozy. Snuggly blankets, homemade soup and flavored steamers to name a few. Below are recipes for three of our favorite syrups to get you feeling warm and festive! Simply add a tablespoon or two to warmed milk or coffee for a yummy treat. To make it extra special top with whip cream and sprinkles, cinnamon or shimmer sugar. As a fun bonus, I’ve included cute drink syrup labels so you can package them up and give to friends!

DIY Holiday Gift: Homemade Syrups 2Recipes & how-to’s are below.

White Chocolate Syrup – also delicious as a topping on ice cream and other desserts.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract

Here’s How:

  1. Stirring occasionally, heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. When hot add white chocolate. Remove from heat and stir until chocolate has melted. Stir in vanilla.
  2. Allow syrup to cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Cinnamon Dolce Syrup 

You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Here’s How:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisking frequently, heat through until sugar has dissolved (about 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat.
  2. Allow syrup to cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several months. Stir before using!

Vanilla Syrup

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise and seeds scraped (optional, but delicious)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Here’s How:

  1. Combine sugar, water, vanilla seeds and pod in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring frequently until sugar has dissolved. Let simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Discard vanilla bean pod. Remove seeds using a strainer if desired.
  2. Allow syrup to cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several months. Stir before using!

Print out the drink syrup labels, cut & add to mason jars for an easy gift! Hope you indulge, enjoy and share!

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Rae Ann blogs at Rae Ann Kelly and is a kid wrangler, graphic designer, food & craft nut. Her blog features little tidbits about her day to day life & design projects, tutorials for DIY’s, free downloads, yummy recipes, lots of kid friendly ideas and outfit inspiration. 

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Written by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving CupcakesIt’s time to gather up the family and embrace the season and spirit of Thanksgiving! I’m capturing the essence of the season by creating these charming Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes. You’ll need cake mix in your favorite flavor (and the ingredients listed on the box), white frosting , orange and yellow sprinkles, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, and fudge stripes.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes SuppliesFirst, prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Line the cupcake tins with liners of your choice, festive or simple! Fill each liner about 2/3 full and bake according to the directions on your cake mix box. After the cupcakes have finished baking, let them cool for 10-15 minutes.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes 2While the cupcakes cool, use frosting to “glue” a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup to the center of the bottom of a fudge stripe. Create your own frosting bag by using a plastic baggie and scooping a small amount of the white frosting into the bag, then snip small section off of the corner. Squeeze the frosting out of the hole and pipe around the base of the mini Reese’s cup to add the finishing touch on the hat.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes 3After the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost each and add sprinkles to the tops. Place the pilgrim hat on the cupcake to your liking (we angled ours on the side!) With a season meant for being thankful, your friends and family will definitely be thankful for these delicious and festive treats!

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes 4Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits

Blog post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM

Pumpkin Pie Gelato ParfaitsWe developed a serious thing with gelato this past summer — trying out every gelato shop, truck and cart we came across. I love that it packs so much flavor and richness, that just a little bit is enough. And even though the weather has started to turn cooler, we’re not ready yet to give up our favorite dessert. So we thought we’d try our hand at mixing up a yummy gelato treat full of seasonal flavors. There are plenty of recipes out there for making pumpkin gelato from scratch, but we chose to keep it simple and doctor up one of our favorite local gelatos with pumpkin. Add in our other favorite pumpkin pie ingredients and we had a huge win. Delicious!

(And super super cute when topped with one of our Jack O’Lantern macarons, if I do say so myself)

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pint Cinnamon Gelato
  • 1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup Crushed Graham Crackers
  • 1 cup Whipped Cream
  • Pecans for garnish
  • Pumpkin Pie Sugar + Spice*

Directions 

  1. Let gelato sit at room temperature until it just starts to soften (about 5 minutes). Scoop gelato into a large mixing bowl and gently fold in canned pumpkin. Place mixture back in freezer until well frozen.
  2. Layer gelato, crushed graham crackers, and whipped cream into parfait glass. Press each layer gently with the back of a spoon.
  3. Top with pecans and sprinkle with pumpkin pie sugar + spice.

*To make pumpkin pie sugar + spice, combine: 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 3/4 tsp ground allspice, 3/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp turbinado sugar.

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits 3 Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits 5Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM

Acorn Cookies

Post written by Corri McFadden of corrimcfadden.com and Glitter & Bubbles

What would Fall be without all the yummy treats and delicious snacks that come with it! If you’re in need of a simple kid-friendly recipe idea, look no further than to this adorable acorn cookie snack. Mixing a beloved classic, Hershey kisses, with yummy mini Nutter Butter cookies, and chocolate chips, this delectable cookie treat is sure to get you and your family in the mood for Fall! The recipe only takes 5 minutes to make and will cost you about $10. Just follow these easy steps and you’ll be on your way to a Fall–inspired snack!

You will need the following ingredients: mini Nutter Butter cookies, Hershey’s chocolate kisses, and chocolate chips.

Acorn Cookies Recipe

First, warm the bottom of the Hershey kiss, using a small lighter. Hold the Hershey kiss under flame for about 4-5 seconds until slightly melted, as it will make it easier to attach to the middle of your mini Nutter Butter cookie.

Using the same process, hold the chocolate chip under the flame, this time for about 1 second.  Attach the chocolate chip to the flip side of the mini Nutter Butter cookie.

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Repeat until your have your desired amount of acorn cookies. Enjoy!

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Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”,  and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.