With the long winter behind us, we are dreaming of the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of SUMMER here at Candle Warmers Etc.!
It’s time to unbox the capris, dresses and sandals and tuck away the winter coats, sweaters and boots. Drive with the windows down and even slide the screen door over. Grilling fills the air and we invite family and friends over to maximize the good weather by lounging on porches and relaxing in backyards.
Let’s skip the entrees though and head straight for the dessert because behind hamburgers and hotdogs, ice cream maybe the quintessential summer food staple. A great, low maintenance dessert idea for any party is providing your guests with an ice cream bar.
Guests can build their own ice cream sundaes with various toppings to choose from. Sprinkles, toffee chips, crushed chocolate chip cookies, caramel, toasted coconut, hot fudge, Oreos, salted almonds are just a few topping ideas. You can even put a twist on the classic bonfire sandwich, S’mores, by using marshmallows in your ice cream bar!
Giant Roaster Marshmallows (12 ounce bag) 4 ounces of Vanilla Candy Coating (2 squares of Almond Bark) 4 ounces of Chocolate Candy Coating (2 squares of Almond Bark) 12 Lollipop Sticks 2 long sheets of Wax Paper
Toppings: 2 tablespoons assorted Non Pareil Candies 2 tablespoons assorted Dark Rainbow Candies 2 tablespoons White Sparkling Sugar Candies 2 tablespoons Pink Sparkling Sugar Candies 2 tablespoons Granola or Graham Cracker Crumbs 2 tablespoons Shredded Coconut
Insert a lollipop stick into each of the marshmallows stopping about 1/8 inch under the top of the marshmallow. Put each of the topping ingredients into a separate small bowl or plate. Lay out the sheets of wax paper on a large platter or two large plates.
In separate bowls, melt the candy coating in a microwave on 30 second bursts making sure to stir between each 30 seconds. Roll the sides of a marshmallow in either the vanilla or chocolate candy coating. Have a small spoon handy to smooth out the coating on the marshmallow if it's too thick in a particular area.
Dip the top side of the marshmallow in the candy coating. If you would like a multi-colored coating, use a spoon to drizzle the opposite color coating over the fully coated marshmallow (if you have multi-color coated marshmallows you may want to put the candy topping on just the top of the marshmallow so the multi-colored drizzles show up nicely on the sides).
Dip the sides and top of the coated marshmallow into any one or more of the toppings. Then lay the candy coated marshmallow top side down on to the wax paper and let cool. Repeat the steps above for the remaining marshmallows.
Another fun Summer pastime that reminds us of our childhood is catching fireflies! Capture the magic with these makeshift lanterns:
What You’ll Need:
- Glass jars
- Glow-in-the-dark paint
What You’ll Need to Do:
- Wash your glass jars thoroughly. Make sure to remove any stickers or glue residue.
- Stir your glow-in-the-dark paint to evenly spread the glowing particles.
- Take your paintbrush and evenly paint dots on the inside of the jar. The dots will look like fireflies and the more the better!
- Let the paint dry entirely.
- Charge the paint under a lamp or in the sun so that it can glow in the dark.
With its fresh notes of white woods the After the Rain scent will help you get into an outdoorsy mood as you revel in the fact you were the best firefly hunter on your block back in the day.