Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Giveaway Part 3 plus Cookies & Cream Bark

This was my first time making bark candy! How to?
All you have to do is melt chocolate under low heat in your oven, and then when it's melted you add in the toppings you want. When you're done with that you just let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours to harden. Make sure you use parchment paper on a cookie sheet. It will make clean up so easy! Break the bark with your hands or with a knife.

I used crushed up Oreo cookies (black part only) and crushed mini candy canes. Since I only used the black part of the Oreo I still had the filling left over. I chilled that and then rolled them up into little balls really fast before they got mushy and then rolled them in the Oreo dust. You can also roll them in the candy cane dust. Nothing goes to waste! I didn't include the "dust" from each in my bark for presentation reasons. If you do this make sure to crush up the "dust" so it's a uniform powder.

I know for sure next year I will be making even more bark! More different toppings too! If you want the recipe you can e-mail me. I tried making these cute bark boxes from the Martha Stewart magazine. The link to the templates is there. They are really cute but a little too small. Now for the bling...

Here is part 3 of my December Giveaway!
A pair of Swarovksi Crystal Snowflake Earrings on long sterling silver hooks.
Ends 12/31. Open Worldwide!

1. You must be a follower of this blog
2. Comment and tell me your favorite holiday treat! Can be anything from thanksgiving to new year's food.
3. Include in your comment your extra entries if there are any.
4. Check back to claim the prize on Jan. 1, 2011! 

Extra Entires
1. Twitter- you must follow me on Twitter and Tweet this text "Join @stephanie_tran 's December Giveaway for Crystal Snowflake Earrings!" (+1)
2. Post the NEW photo about my giveaway on your blog. (+2)
3. If you posted about the giveaway AND also post a photo of jewelry from my shop you like- you will gain an additional 5 entries. (+5)

Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giveaway Part 2 and The Best Cookies Ever

Like last year I decided to bake the winner of my newspaper's cookie challenge. I figure let them test out 100s of recipes, and I'll just choose from there. There's a reason this cookie won beat out the rest. It's amazing, easy to bake, scoop, and EAT! It's still soft the next day! yay! Last year's was amazing as well!

T's Toffee Temptations. E-mail me if you want the recipe. I may post it on my other blog. I had to track down this recipe from author directly because they did not publish this online. From the article comments, lots of people were wondering like I was.

Oatmeal Cranberry Delights - This was the runner up. It took me awhile before I could get the proper drizzling on these cookies. They're really tasty but a little bit more crunchy than I wanted them to be.

Monday, December 13, 2010

December Giveaway Part 1 - Tokidoki and Flowers

For last minute shoppers I am offering Free Shipping (first-class mail) Worldwide from now until the end of the year! There is no code needed!

Free shipping ends December 31. Only valid on First-Class Mail shipping.

If you want your package by Christmas I would advise ordering in-stock items by Friday! (US only) If you need an upgrade in shipping then please let me know!
For international orders today or tomorrow is the last day to make it by Christmas!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rainclouds and Pomegrante

Raincloud Earrings - The second storm [shop]
I debuted these cloud earrings at the Convention I went to this fall, but now I'm finally showing you here! The first pair was less dangly, so I thought I'd give it more of a rain feeling by using chain to dangle the beads. I think these are adorable, and I hope you rain lovers out there do too! The earring posts are sterling silver and so is the chain. Made with Swarovski crystals and pearls. The cloud is rhodium plated.

Royal Pomegranate Earrings [shop]
These are statement party earrings. The large cosmic cut swarovski crystal in fuchsia hangs from a handmade Vermeil wrapped ball. The ball was imported from India! 14K gold-filled ear wires.

It's way larger than pomegranate seeds though!