Food

Easter Food Art

by Christy on April 17, 2014 in DIY/Crafts,Food,Holiday,Kids,Uncategorized

Easter food art with Yogurt & Fruit

I’m excited to announce that Selena from How About Cookie has joined the All Things Target team!    Each month she will be sharing fun ways to feed your kids with food art and Bento lunches all with items you can find at Target.    Please make sure to check out her How About Cookie blog and follow her on Instagram.   She has so many fun ideas!

Make your kids Easter breakfast fun with these easter egg-shaped yogurt on top of plain yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • plain yogurt
  • green apple slices (grass)
  • chobani champions yogurt tubes for the Easter eggs (frozen blueberries and raspberries added for deeper color)
  • Jell-O Jigglers Easter Mold Kit

Jello Jigglers

Selena Kohng is a mom of three by day and freelance writer and blogger by night. She started making fun food for her kids to encourage them to eat healthier, and it’s her most addicting hobby. Clearance shopping at Target is a close second.   She posts her bento lunches and food art on her personal blog, How About Cookie, and on Instagram.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I love to make chocolate covered pretzels! They are super easy and I love the sweet and salty combo. The fun thing about making these is you can dress them up to match any holiday just by using different colored sprinkles. I made some for a Valentine theme and I used sprinkles and packaging I bought at the Target Dollar Spot to make them perfect for gift giving.

Pretzel ingredients

Here are the things you need:

  • Snyder Pretzel Rods
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles (I got mine at Target One Spot)

pretzels cut in half

You can dip the big long pretzel rod in chocolate, but I like to cut them in half, it makes it much easier for gift gifting and you also get more that way. I use a serrated knife to saw a little notch in the middle of the pretzel and then break them in half. This makes for a nice clean break.

pretzels double broiler

I recommend using a double broiler to melt your chocolate chips (on medium/low heat). Make sure you stir when they start to melt to make sure there is no scorching. I don’t have a double broiler, so I create my own by sticking a smaller pot on top of a slightly larger one. Works like a charm!

pretzels coat in chocolate

Once you chocolate chips are melted, you can begin covering the pretzels. I find it works well if a take a spatula with some chocolate and roll the pretzel until it is covered on all sides.

pretzels wax paper

Place chocolate covered pretzels on wax paper and cover with sprinkles. Let them cool and harden, should take a couple hours to be complete. You can speed up the process by sticking them in the freezer.

I like to lay my wax paper on cooling racks, it makes it easier to move them around and into the freezer if necessary.

Target dollar spot items

If you want to pass these out as gift, I recommend checking the Target Dollar Spot for packaging, they usually have some kind of cute packaging for any holiday that comes along. Here are the items I picked up for Valentine’s Day.

  • Cello Bags
  • Twine
  • Heart Tags

pretzel target dollar spot bags

Here are the pretzels all packaged up and ready to give as gifts!

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Sleigh S’mores Kit (Easy Gift)

by Christy on December 18, 2013 in DIY/Crafts,Food,Gifts,Holiday

Sleigh S'mores Kit - Quick and easy gift to put togehter

I made these Sleigh S’mores kits to give as gifts to friends and neighbors. These are super cute and they are so quick and easy to make!

sleigh s'mores supplies

Here are the supplies you need:

graham crackers and marshmallow

Add Graham Crackers and Marshmallows inside the 3×3 box.

add candy canes

Use glue dots to attach the candy canes each side of the Hershey candy bar, to make a sleigh.

Sleigh S'mores Kit - Gift

Use glue dots to attach the clear box to the back of the candy bar (sleigh).  Tie with Baker’s Twine and add a tag.    Super simple!!

These cute treats were not my original idea, I spotted them on the Faith’s Cookie and Crafts Facebook page.  They didn’t have any instructions, so I re-created them with some instructions for you.  I love them!!

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Gifts in a Jar: Salted Caramel Sauce

by Christy on December 17, 2013 in DIY/Crafts,Food,Gifts

Salted Caramel Sauce - Great for gifting!

I love the flavor of Salted Caramel. YUM! This sauce is perfect for gifting. You can use this sauce on top of ice cream, cheesecake, apples, or pretty much anything.

Salted Caramel Ingredients

Here are the simple ingredients you will need to make this Caramel Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup light Corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

salted caramel process

Here are the steps to make the sauce:

  1. Place corn syrup in a medium pan and heat on medium heat.
  2. When corn syrup is heated (starting to bubble) add sugar and stir until well mixed.
  3. Let syrup cook without stirring until it turns a golden color.
  4. Remove from heat, add butter and stir until blended.
  5. Slowly add cream while stirring constantly to blend.
  6. Add salt and stir until dissolved.

Salted Caramel Jar

Add to jars for gifting or for home storage. For decoration, you can garnish the sauce with a little of the salt. It’s best to keep this refrigerated.

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To print the FREE Salted Caramel labels, just click the image above or follow this link to print the labels.

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Toxic Treats - Made with containers from the Target Dollar Spot

Have you checked out the Target Dollar Spot recently, there are so many cute things for fall and Halloween. I will be making a few fall gifts and treats out of these items to share with you over the next couple of months.

Target Dollar Spot treat holders

I made some fun treat holders out of the Test Tube Shot Glasses that I found in the Target Dollar spot.   These come in a 3-pack for $1.00.   These didn’t require much effort at all.   I simply filled the test tubes with fall colored M&Ms, added a cork to the top (I picked these up at JoAnn Fabric & Crafts.)   I made a tag using my Silhouette machine, if you don’t have a Silhouette you can easily make tags with your computer or a rubber stamp.   I finished it off by tying the tag on with black and white Baker’s Twine.

Super simple!    You can get a great deal on the M&M’s for this project using the following coupons:

M&M Chocolate Candies $2.66 ~ Buy 2
$1/2 Target printable coupon
Save 10% with Cartwheel by Target (-$.22)
$1.50/2 coupon from 8/18 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $1.30 each

You can also save 10% off (4) items from the Target Dollar Spot with Cartwheel by Target.

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My daughter saw these Father’s Day treats in the May issue of Family Fun Magazine and she knew she wanted to make some for her Dad for Father’s day.

First, you will want to pick up some Model Magic at Target, it sells for $5.99.   You might be able to find it cheaper at one of the craft stores if you use a coupon.

Next, you will need some clear plastic or glass jars.   We used some containers we already had around the house,  we just emptied out these sprinkles into Tupperware containers in order to use them for the project.

You will want to cover the lid of the container with the Model Magic.

Shape the Model Magic to look like the top of a mushroom.

For the dots on the top of the mushroom, just roll some of the white Model Magic into small balls and them push them onto the top of mushroom until they are flat circles.

Add Dad’s favorite treats and a tag that says “Dad, You’r a real fungi!”   They do recommend letting the Model Magic drying for a day or two before you add the lid to your container.

They turned out super cute!   These are great, because kids of any age can help make them.   Younger kids can roll the dots into balls or add the treats to the jars.     Let us know if you end of making some too!

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Make your own Pre-Package Smoothie Mixes

by Christy on April 4, 2012 in Food

I love the convenience of the pre-packaged smoothie mixes that you can buy in the frozen section, but they can get expensive. You can make your own version of the convenient smoothie mixes at home. It’s super easy and they are a lot less expensive too.

You will need some ice cube trays, if you don’t already have some you can pick up a set of inexpensive ones at Target for only $1.49.

Here are the other supplies you will need for the smoothie mixes:

    • Fresh Fruit or Frozen Berries
    • Juice (any kind will do – orange, cranberry, pomegranate, etc)
    • Yogurt (any flavor will do – vanilla, berry, etc)

Start by filling the ice cube trays with yogurt and place them in the freezer.   If you have fresh fruit you plan on using you will want to freeze that as well.

To make your pre-packaged smoothie mixes, you will need to remove the yogurt cubes from the ice cube trays.  You can do this by sliding a knife down the side of the tray and they will usually pop out.  If you have problems removing them, try placing the ice cube tray in a dish of warm water for about 10 seconds too loosen them up.  Don’t leave them in the water too long, they will get too soft.

I usually just store all of my yogurt cubes in one large ziploc freezer bag and just take them out as needed.

If you prefer the convenience of having everything pre-measured, you can put the following into smaller individual freezer bags.

    • 1 cup frozen Berries
    • 6-8 frozen yogurt cubes (depends on the size of your cubes)

When you are ready to make the smoothies, you will add the following into a blender:

  • 1 cup juice
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 6-8 frozen yogurt cubes

The smoothies mix will make (2) 8 oz smoothies. It’s fun to experiment with different flavor combinations.    Enjoy!

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