7/9/15

S'more Pie Pops

s’more is a quintessential summer dessert. This pie pops recipe captures the goodness of s’mores in a flaky pie crust! (via The Gunny Sack)



With the arrival of warm weather, everyone wants to be outside. While I was driving around this weekend, I smelled so many bonfires. My nephew was super excited to report that they had their first campfire of the year. S’mores are the summer desserts that go hand in hand with fires. All summer long, we have graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars on hand so that we are ready when the mood strikes. This S’more Pie Pops Recipe has a flaky pie crust instead of the graham crackers. I though about putting a graham cracker inside each pie on a stick but my kids didn’t want me to so I left them out.


Cut a 4.4 oz XL Hershey’s chocolate bar into segments.


Unroll a premade Pillsbury pie crust onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the pie crust circle into a rectangle and cut out six rectangles of dough using the Hershey’s bar pieces as a guide for the size. Take the dough scraps, knead them together and roll it out to cut out two more rectangles. I was able to make four large S’more Pie Pops from one crust.


Put three Hershey’s chocolate bar segments on four of the rectangles of pie crust. Top the Hershey’s bars with Kraft Jet Puffed mini marshmallows.


Put another rectangle of dough on top of the marshmallows and add a lollipop stick.


Fold up the edges of the dough and press to seal.


Use a fork to crimp the edge together.


Brush the s’more pie pops with a beaten egg white.


Bake at 375°F for 14-17 minutes. The mini marshmallows will puff up and disappear but the crust will keep the shape of them. Some of the liquid marshmallows leaked out of the pie pops but it didn’t matter. When the s’more pie pops come out of the oven, let them cool for a couple of minutes and then press the lollipop sticks down into the chocolate. That way, once the chocolate hardens the stick will be embedded in it. My kids absolutely loved these pie pops. The like them even more than the peanut butter cup pie pops and said they tasted just like s’mores!


S’more Pie Pops Recipe
 
Cook time
Total time
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pie crust
  • 4.4 oz Hershey's XL Milk Chocolate Bar
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 egg white - beaten
  • Pinch of flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Unroll pie crust onto a lightly floured surface.
  3. Cut chocolate bar into segments.
  4. Cut crust into rectangles.
  5. Knead and roll dough scraps to cut out more rectangles.
  6. Put 3 chocolate bar segments and about 10 mini marshmallows on a rectangle of dough.
  7. Top with another rectangle and add a lollipop stick.
  8. Roll edges and crimp with a fork.
  9. Place pie pops on baking sheet and brush with egg white.
  10. Bake at 375°F for 14-17 minutes.
  11. Allow pie pops to cool for a couple of minutes before pressing the lollipop stick down into the chocolate bar to stabilize it.

7/1/15

July Home and Visiting Teaching Gifts

It's all about being patriotic with this month's visiting teaching gift. We've taken a bandana (red/blue assorted), and wrapped up the message from the Ensign, a package of Twizzlers, and a cute "10 Ways to Use a Bandana" handout! 
Jute twine ties it all together with a tag that reads, "A Packet of Red, White, and Blue For You." You can always add a personalized note and tuck it in with the other handouts to personalize. 


The home teaching message in July is entitled, "All is Well," and written by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. We have created a 5"x7" print (that looks great in a frame for a July home decoration) that reads, "All is Well, All is Well" (quoting the popular Pioneer Song "Come, Come, Ye Saints" - Hymn no 30). The full message from the Ensign, as well as a gourmet package of nuts & chocolate is also included. 

Buy in store or online here!

6/23/15

Summer Party & BBQ ideas!



1. Create festive party lanterns for any season. Count the bulbs on a strand of holiday lights and cut X's into the bottoms of the same numer of small cups. Then push a bulb through each cup's center and hang the string from a doorway or window. (idea from Real Simple)


2. Grill smores on the BBQ! Get waffle ice cream cones, fill with marshmallows, chocolate chips, bananas, strawberries, or any other thing you can think of, wrap in aluminum foil, and throw on the grill for a few minutes to melt. YUM!! (credit)


3. Make a squirt gun station. It is HOT. And DRY. And if you have kids coming, you need this. Between the BBQ, tiki lamps, fireworks, and the blazing sun, the kiddos (and adults) are sure to get hot. Cool them down and let them have a ton of fun! Simply fill a bucket or cooler with water, grab a 10 pack of squirt guns at the dollar store, and let the good times happen! (via First Home Love Life)


6/1/15

June Home and Visiting Teaching Gifts

Our June Visiting Teaching Gift is filled to the brim with cuteness! 



You will get a clear plastic cup filled with the message from the Ensign, a handful of opalescent frizzies, two flavored drink packets (ready to mix into water), a huckleberry candy stick, and of course ribbon and a little handmade love mixed in. We invite all sisters to "Sip in the Savior's Sweetness" as they read about another one of His divine attributes.







Our June Home Teaching Gift will not only make your job a little easier - you'll look good doing it, too! 



We've taken a theatre sized box of Good and Plenty's, wrapped it in a lime green chevron printed bag, added the message from the Ensign, and a tag that says, "Building GOOD relationships with your family will bring PLENTY of Eternal Blessings." The message from the Ensign is titled, "Families Can Be Together Forever"

5/22/15

Teacher Appreciation

The end of the school year is upon us! We have the goods to thank those special teacher in your life - come on in and check it out! Here are a few samples - plus we have the customer & teacher favorite SWIG gift cards, all wrapped up cute to go!




 We also have a small selection of teacher gifts online, check them out here! Have a great weekend!


5/14/15

Graduation!

From preschoolers to college, we have you covered! We have a good selection of gifts for grad for all ages - or we can wrap up money if that is what you are giving!



Our popular candy/gumball leis are back and better than ever! Customize colors or buy a pre-made one in store. Also, you can buy the tubing to make your own candy lei for .50 a yard (they use about 2 yards)


Happy graduating!

5/8/15

DIY Bath Bombs - perfect for mom!

We found the cutest easy idea for mom for mothers day! Who doesn't want to take a relaxing bath?! Head over to A Pumpkin and a Princess blog for the full tutorial.


from the blog: 

This recipe is similar to the peppermint bath bombs I recently shared. For the lavender bath bombs I used the plastic ornament molds like last time. You can also use silicone molds like I did with the snowflake mold. Have fun and play around with different molds and sizes.  I’ve been a bath bomb making machine lately and I can’t wait to give these to friends and family this holiday season. I plan to individually wrap them in cellophane bags and personalized gift tags. Want to make your own bath bomb gifts this year? Here’s an easy recipe with Amazon affiliate links to the products I used.
Supplies:
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons epsom salt
2 teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil
3/4 teaspoon water
15 drops Lavender Oil
a few tablespoons of dried Organic Lavender Flowers
plastic ornament or silicone mold
Step one: In a large bowl combine baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, epsom salt and dried lavender.
Step two: In a small bowl combine almond oil, water, and essential oil.
Step three: pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Mix with a whisk until fully combined. Test mixture by pressing a handful together. If the mixture doesn’t hold LIGHTLY, with a spray bottle, spray with water once or twice. Avoid adding too much water or the mixture will fizz and not form in the mold correctly. Once it’s the right consistency press mixture into mold and allow to dry at least 2 hours before removing. Set bath bombs on a soft towel to dry overnight. 

When you are done - bring it in to the store and we will custom wrap your gift just for mom!