Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fortune Cookie Favor Tutorial

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For the polka dot shower I recently threw, I made personalized fortune cookies and take out boxes as party favors. I found the idea on interest and gave it a shot, its not difficult but its not super easy either. I decided to share my adventure with you guys in the form of a tutorial.

Here's what you need:

For 12 cookies:
2 egg whites
1/2 cup flour (sifted)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

You'll also need your phrases for the inside of the fortune cookies. Mine were about little baby Owen.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Beat your eggs with the vanilla and almond extract until the eggs are foamy. Then add your sifted flour. 

Add sugar, almond, and vanilla. Mix.

Stir in your water by hand until its all mixed in.
So here's where it gets tricky. I didn't have a silicon mat so you don't have too, but it will really really help. Using nonstick spray makes your cookies change shape, but not using it makes them difficult to get off the baking sheet. Test it out and make the call for you.

Place the batter on cookie tray one tablespoon at a time. Smooth it out into a circle until its about 5 in around. Start with only two or three cookies on the sheet. You only have a few seconds to shape them before they cool and are too hard to shape.

 There aren't a lot of pictures from the shaping process and the ones I have are blurry because you have to work really fast. Sorries.

Bake cookies until they are browned around the edges. Start watching closely at about 4 1/2 minutes, but don't pull them out too soon or they will be doughy.

Once they are golden brown, take them out. Working quickly, put your paper in the center. Fold your cookie in half.

Then, fold your cookie over the edge of a cup. See below.

That's it! You have a fortune cookie. To help them keep their shape while they cool, I put them in a muffin tin. You  don't have to, but I really think it helped them keep their shape.

You can package your cookies however you want. Wrap them individually in colored plastic wrap. Put them in a bag with tissue paper. Or! You can put them in mini takeout boxes like I did.

You can change yours up however you wants. Different color boxes, melt chocolate on the outside, add food coloring to the batter.

But whatever you do, don't freeze them. I froze mine and it made the texture all chewy when they thawed. They still tasted yummy though!

If you do make your own, make sure to leave me a photo comment of it below!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Polka Dot Baby Shower!

I recently hosted a Baby Shower for my adorable friend Rachel. It was a co-ed shower for both of the proud parents to be and it was super fun to put together. We played some fun co-ed games and had some yummy food. Let me know if you guys want to see a post about games!

Here are some pictures for you all!

As you can see the colors/theme was blue and green polka dots. The party favors were mini takeout boxes with personalized fortune cookies.

If you all are interested, I can put together a tutorial for the fortune cookies. I think I'll post one either way in a week or two.

Mmkays gotta run, packing for a weekend in Santa Maria for a Bridal Shower. So many showers so little time!

Don't forget to leave me some love via the comments below!
<3 miss emily!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tie and Suspenders Onesie

Hey lovelies!

I know I promised a little to for the crafts I made for my friends shower a few weeks ago and I've been MAJORLY slacking on my little bloggity blog. I went on vacay and threw a baby shower for a friend and yea yea yea you don't care about my excuses get on with it, right??

Ok Here we go! Its super easy to put together!

Here's what you need:

-Fabric for the tie
-Ribbon for suspenders
-Vest Buckles 

What now?

String your vest buckles onto your ribbon. Sew ribbon into onesie to look like suspenders. Attach the ribbon to the onesie under the shoulder flap to hide your sticking.

Next: Cut out your tie shape. I free handed mine, but you can find your favorite online and trace it. Then sew on your tie.

That is IT! You're done. Easiest custom gift right? It was a big hit! You can totally customize it too, make it a bow tie, change the colors, add a vest. 

Make it yours! <3

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think and if you have any tips for how I can make it better!

<3 miss emily!