Fruit Straw Kabobs on Retro Party Straws

Fruit Straw Kabobs

I thought I’d share a quick and easy DIY project using our Retro Party Straws: Fruit Straw Kabobs! They took just a few minutes to make – all I did was poke holes through the fruit with an object smaller then the straws, then slide the fruit onto the straws! It’s as easy as it sounds!

Our retro party straws are Made in America with non-toxic, FDA Approved food safe materials. They contain no BPA and are 100% Chlorine Free! They are also compostable in 45-60 days, but durable for several hours in liquid!  Buy them at littlefreeradical.etsy.com

TIPS:

  • Since the straws are paper, I wouldn’t recommend doing it the night before your party! Wait til an hour or two before!
  • *a paintbrush, meat thermometer, or plenty of other random utensils in your kitchen drawer would work for poking the holes!

 

15 Minute Peeps Marshmallow Ghost Pops

If you’re looking for alternatives to packaged candy for Halloween “Trick or Treat” favors, these Peeps Marshmallow pops are quick, cheap and easy to make!

 

Supplies you need:

  • PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies – sold in the Halloween Candy section at most grocery stores, department stores or drug stores – Typically 2/$3 for a package of 9 ghosts
  • Retro Paper Stripey Straws – we have them available in 13 colors in our Etsy shop $3 for 12 – which would make 24 pops.
  • 3″ x 4″ Plastic treat bags  (I got them for about $3 for 100 at Michaels)
  • Ribbon or Raffia to tie them
  • Scissors (to cut the straws & ribbon)
  • Knife with a sharp tip

Start by cutting the straws in half. Your Pop Sticks will be approximately 4″ long.

With your knife, poke a hole in the bottom of each to make a hole, then insert the stick.

 

Next, put a food-safe baggie over top of each ghost.

Then cut a piece of ribbon and tie it around the bottom of the bag to secure it.

And you’re done!
Wasn’t that easy? It took me 15 minutes to make 18 of them! :)

 

DIY: 30 Minute Marshmallow Pops Tutorial

Need a quick treat for a shower or party? Marshmallow pops are cheap, quick & easy!

My friend and I made these this week in about half an hour. We got 25 party favors which doubled as baby shower table decor for $12!

What you need:

 

First, insert the Paper Stripey Straws into the marshmallows.
Then put them in the freezer for 10 minutes.
By freezing them, the sticks stay ‘stuck’ better, and the melting candies will harden faster!

While they were freezing, I found a box and used a screw driver to poke holes in it so I could stand the pops up as they cooled so they didn’t get a “flat edge” and so I could work quickly before the candy hardened.

Next, melt the melting candies using one of the manufacturers suggestions

Then dip the marshmallows in. If you are using sprinkles or other toppings, immediately put them on before the candy hardens. Then set them in the “box stand” until they harden! If you are using additional melting candies to drizzle, add them once the first color hardens! I used Wilton’s Candy Decorating Bags to drizzle pink on top.

Once they are complete, you can use food-safe bags to cover them for your event!
Wasn’t that easy? :)

Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Filled Strawberries!

Remember the  cheesecake filled strawberries I made with Tupperware back in April for my friend’s going away party?

 

I thought I’d change them up a bit in celebration of Independence Day:

I made them the same way I did the first ones (click here for my recipe & step-by-step photos), but instead of drizzling chocolate and sprinkling them with graham cracker crumbs, I used blue Wilton Candy Melts & star sprinkles I got from the bakery at Stop & Shop!

 

It took about 15 minutes, start to finish!
How’s that for an easy treat to bring along to a 4th of July Picnic?

Pink Lemonade and Pretzel Pie

Looking for a great sweet & salty recipe? Try this pink lemonade pie with pretzel crust!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups broken pretzels (approx 4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

Filling

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 3 boxes instant pudding and pie filling mix – (either white chocolate, cheesecake or vanilla flavor)
  • 1 can (12 oz) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 or 3 drops red food color

Whipped Cream Topping

  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

    Pretzels in Smooth Chopper

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Recommended Tupperware Products:

Making the Crust:
First, heat oven to 350°F.
Next, using either the Quick Chef or Smooth Chopper, crush your pretzels.
NOTE: I found that the Smooth Chopper took less time then the  Quick Chef to get them finely crushed, though either tool would do. (The Quick Chef is ON SALE for the month of June)!

 

After the pretzel’s are crushed, place the paddle whisk in the Quick Chef Pro, and mix the sugar with the crushed pretzels.

Tupperware Products Shown: Quick Chef® Pro, Counterscaping Dry Seasoning Container, Measuring Cups

Next, melt your butter, and attach your funnel to the Quick Chef Pro.

Pour your melted butter in  and mix well.

Quick Chef Pro with Funnel.

Next, spread the crust in the bottom of an ungreased  pan or glass baking dish.
Bake it for 5-8 minutes, then let it cool completely.

Making the Whipped Cream:
Since we need some whipped cream for the filling make your whipped cream first!
To do this, you just need your Whip ‘N Prep! Just combine your Whipping Cream, Vanilla & Powdered Sugar, turn the handle til it’s whipped and you have easy homemade whipping cream!
                                                     NOTE: The Whip’N Prep is ON SALE til June 8th!

 

 

 

 

Making the Lemonade Filling:

First start by softening the cream cheese (microwave on medium for 1 min or til softened).

Once it’s soft, either use the Quick Chef Pro or the Whip ‘N Prep to mix the cream cheese with the pink lemonade concentrate.

Once it’s well-blended, add the pudding packets & red food coloring. Mix until it gets fluffy! Then add 2 cups of whipped cream, mix again and spread it over the crust (once it’s cool).

Then, add the whipped cream on top & spread it. Refrigerate for 2 hours then ENJOY! :)

 

 

Adapted for Tupperware from a Betty Crocker Recipe

How To: Make Cheesecake Filled Strawberries with Tupperware!

I was in the grocery store this morning and saw the strawberries were on sale buy one get one free! I have a going away party to attend tonight so I figured I’d get some to bring. I was trying to think of something else to bring with them, but there wasn’t very much “party-worthy” in my cupboards. Though I did find a box of No Bake Jello Cheesecake!At first I thought I’d make strawberry cheesecake. Then I remembered having seen people on pinterest pinning cheesecake-filled strawberries and thought, “hmmm I could fill the strawberries with the cheesecake!” I looked to see how they did it. People mentioned filling them with cheesecake mix with a spoon… but I had a better idea!Here’s how I did it in under 20 minutes start to finish:

First I used a paring knife to cut the tops of the strawberries off, and then cut the middles out. This was the step that took the longest (10 minutes for 2lbs of strawberries).*

*NOTE It may have taken me a bit longer then it will take you since I do have neuromuscular disease & I’m on coumadin (blood thinner) so I cut slow plus didn’t want to bleed all over the food. ;)

When I’m not busy creating stuff for my etsy shop, or working on D.I.Y. Projects for my daughter, I also sell Tupperware! It’s not your grandmothers Tupperware though.

They have some fabulous new stuff including the Whip ’N Prep™ Chef and my latest favorite gadget, the Squeeze It™ Decorator!!! I used both of these items to make it quick and easy!

I used the Tupperware Whip ‘N Prep™ Chef  to mix the Jello NoBake cheesecake mix. Took me under a minute to mix it!

Next I poured the cheesecake mix into the Squeeze It™ Decorator. It took me under 2 minutes to fill all the strawberries with this! it would have taken far longer by spoon and been far messier!

The other advantage to the Squeeze It™ Decorator over a spoon is it comes out looking fantastic! It comes with 5 tips (fine threads, closed star, open star, shell and filler) and I used the open star.

NOTE: Squeeze It™ Decorator is on sale til April 27th for $14 – regularly $23.50!

Next, I sprinkled the graham cracker crumbs on top that came in the box.

NOTE: If I didn’t have a boxed mix, I could have used my favorite Tupperware gadgets – Chop ’N Prep™ Chef or Smooth Chopper – to make the same mixture quickly from graham crackers!

Finally, I drizzled  chocolate on the top! You can do this with the Squeeze It™ Decorator fine threads tip! :)

It’s in the fridge cooling before the party in an hour! With just 20 minutes of time and a few awesome gadgets to make it quick and easy, I have a great treat!!!

Now I’m just sad to go say goodbye to my friend, who is moving to Brazil on Tuesday. :'(