Posts Tagged ‘pink’

07/14/14

Gilded Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Over the weekend, I played around with some edible gold leaf, and embellished cookies in different designs. Let me tell you…instantly hooked. I can’t get enough.

There definitely was a little bit of a learning curve to the process, similar to when you first experiment with regular gold leaf. The technique is basically the same, though, minus the glue of course. So, if you can work with regular gold leaf, you can totally work with edible gold leaf just as easily.

Plus, you can buy the gold leaf on Amazon, so it’s easy to find. They come in teeny tiny sheets, which are kind of pricey considering how small each piece is. BUT I think it’s worth it, for entertaining, and little projects like this one.

Materials + Ingredients:

Edible Gold Leaf (about $16 on Amazon) // Decorating Brush (used mainly for cake decorating) // Iced Cookies or Royal Icing Cookies *Make your own royal icing cookies with this recipe, that I love, from ABM. Or head to your local bakery and pick up some fresh made cookies, like I did.

Gold Leaf Embellished Cookies

How-To:

Note: I would recommend that you do a test run first, just to get a feel for it, unless you are already a pro with gold leaf. So, start with a cookie that maybe has a couple of imperfections. That way, if you mess up, it won’t matter. And you’ll feel more free to experiment.

1. Using a brush or your fingertip (which is what I did), brush a tiny bit of water onto the iced cookie in the design or pattern you want to create. You can also probably use something aside from water, like corn starch, etc if you prefer.

2. Then, apply gold leaf gently, over the design. *If you use the edible gold leaf that I shared a link for in the materials section above (which is exactly what I used for these cookies), you can do this by opening up one of the paper pockets and carefully turning it upside down (over the cookie) before tapping down on the paper. That will release the gold leaf. It doesn’t work every time (I had a couple of rogue pieces of leaf), but for the most part, it works great.

3. Next gently pat down the gold leaf with a completely dry brush to help it stick to the surface, in the areas you intended. This will also be the method you use to remove the gold leaf from areas it shouldn’t be. You can use a soft sweeping motion for gold leaf removal as well.

4. Wait for the gold leaf to bond to the cookie, which is generally just however long it takes for the water to dry / evaporate, then brush off any excess that didn’t stick with a dry brush or your fingertip.

Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple. You just have to be okay with things not being perfect, as far as the designs go and/or the crispness of the lines. That’s just how gold leaf is – imperfectly pretty.

Serve these on a platter, drop them into clear cellophane bags as party favors, or (my favorite) turn them into gilded ice cream sandwiches. It is still national ice cream month, after all. Right?

More ice cream DIYs here, including one of my most popular DIYs to date (donut ice cream sandwiches).

DIY Gilded Cookies + Ice Cream Sandwiches

DIY Cookies with Edible Gold Leaf Designs

DIY Gilded Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make Gilded Cookies with Edible Gold Leaf

Gilded Cookies + Ice Cream Sandwiches. Yum!

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

These gilded cookies would be perfect for weddings and other events…or when you just want to make something a little bit fancy.

Think you might give these gilded cookies a try?

07/07/14

Coffee Ice Cream Pops with Bacon Sprinkles. Yum!

Over the long weekend, I did some experimenting…which led to me combining two things I love into one of the most decadent combos ever, aside from this combo, of course: coffee ice cream and bacon.

Okay, hear me out.

If you want your shorts to continue fitting, this may not be an everyday kind of popsicle. BUT on special occasions…like Saturdays…these are a must-try. I made them into popsicles, to make it feel more summery, and control the portions a little bit. They are soooo delicious.

Want to make your own? You’ll only need two ingredients!

coffee-bacon-popsicles-18

Ingredients: coffee ice cream (approximately one very large, oversized scoop per popsicle) and 4-6 strips of bacon

Materials: popsicle mold, popsicle sticks, paper towel

How-To:

1. Cook bacon until it’s extra crispy. Once cooked, dab off excess grease. You’ll need approximately one piece of bacon for each popsicle.

2. Wrap the bacon in a paper towel, and break up the strips into tiny ‘sprinkles’ with a kitchen mallet.

3. Scoop out ice cream into a bowl and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes until melted. Next, mix in some of the bacon sprinkles into the ice cream mixture (if desired) and stir.

4. Then pour the melted ice cream into popsicle molds. Put in the freezer for 30-45 minutes before adding popsicle sticks.

5. Let the popsicles freeze overnight. When ready to serve, run the molds under warm water for 10-15 seconds and pop them out.

6. Top each popsicle with bacon sprinkles on both sides and serve.

Coffee Ice Cream Pops with Bacon Sprinkles

Recipe // Coffee Ice Cream Pops with Bacon Sprinkles

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

What do you think? Will you be giving this popsicle recipe a try? It is only two ingredients, so you don’t have much to lose. Right?

06/26/14

Pink Peonies + DIY Mirrored Glass Mini Vases

Yesterday completely got a way from me. Like completely!

I was running around all day trying to find items for a styled shoot (one of my freelance gigs) and then came back, styled it and started taking photos. Almost immediately after I started shooting, a storm rolled in. Which meant that natural light was basically non-existent – it was nearly dark outside.

I took photos anyway. They were horrible, but there wasn’t really anything I could do about it.

After I finished editing all the photos (again, still awful), I took a break and noticed that it was suddenly sunny on that side of the house again. So, I decided to start fresh and reshoot all of the photos. Mission accomplished. The photos were much better the second time around. But when I finished editing and writing that article, it was after midnight.

Which means…I didn’t have time to put together the post I had planned for today because I was working so late on that other project. The crazed life of a DIY blogger. Not complaining though. I swear.

All is not lost, though, because this give me a chance to share some outtakes from a recent DIY that I created for Project Wedding. Bonus! It involves peonies…

DIY Mirrored Glass Mini Vases

Peonies + DIY Mirrored Glass Mini Vases

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

They’re mirrored glass mini vases made out of votive candle holders.  And I made the small flower arrangements with peonies (blogland’s favorite flower), tulips, wax flowers, calla lilies, and pink dianthus.

See the tutorial breakdown and more photos on Project Wedding.