Chocolate Easter Bunnies – DIY

Happy almost Friday!! Do you have big plans for the upcoming holiday weekend? Mine will be filled with celebrations, starting with a baby shower in Vancouver BC on Saturday and a quiet Easter gathering with my family on Sunday. The weather is shaping up to be warm too so if we’re lucky we’ll be able to move the Easter egg hunt we have planned for our girls outdoors.

Speaking of Easter, what is your favorite memory from the holiday? (If you celebrate it.) Mine has to be the hollow chocolate bunny that I remember receiving in my basket each year as a child. As much as I loved them growing up, it would be nearly impossible to locate a soy and dairy free chocolate bunny in the grocery store these days…story of my life, but since I have a goal of carrying the tradition forward for my children, I’ve made a version my own. My motto these days: Can’t find it?! Make it! So here I present to you a modern rendition of the classic chocolate bunny, using a trio of chocolates; white, milk and dark (vegan optional) for my entire family to enjoy, and yours too!

DIY chocolate bunnies

This darling trio of sweet bunnies is made with very simple steps (perfect for last-minute gifting) and since they’re bite size, they’re a little (or a lot) less guilty. Ah!! My kind of Easter treat!

Chocolate Easter Bunnies – DIY

If you are looking to make these vegan, you can just use the dark chocolate, but be sure to read the ingredients as many dark chocolates out there still include dairy. The dairy free dark that I use comes from Trader Joes.

bunny supplies

Ingredients/Supplies

1 pan sized sheet of parchment paper

6 to 8 oz of quality milk, white and dark chocolate

miniature bunny cookie cutter

small cellophane bags

edible Easter grass (Target) snipped into bite-size pieces

decorative sugar pearls (for posh)

ribbon or bakers twine

Instructions

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place chocolates into 3 separate heat-proof bowls and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted.

Pour each kind of chocolate separately onto parchment paper.

Smooth out any lines or bubbles in the chocolate using a rubber spatula.

Place in the fridge to chill for 3-5 minutes. You want the chocolate to be partially chilled but soft enough to cut and hold the shape of the cookie cutter, but not fully chilled, otherwise you won’t be able to cut it.

chocolate bunnies

Cut multiple bunny shapes into each of the 3 chocolates.

Place back into fridge to fully chill. I give it an hour.

chocolate bunnies - DIY

Keep chilled until ready to serve/gift.

DIY chocolate bunnies

Treat Bag Assembly

chocolate bunnies

Fill bottom of cellophane bag with snipped edible grass.

Free pour about a teaspoon of sugar beads.

Add chocolate bunny.

Finish them with a pretty bow and you have a posh little treat/gift to give for the holiday.

Place them in your child’s Easter basket, or put them out to enjoy on Sunday.

DIY chocolate bunnies

Wishing you all a fabulous holiday weekend!

DIY chocolate bunnies

Please check back in soon for your next dose of posh.

xoxo

This DIY concept was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

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Edible Easter Baskets – DIY

We’ve finally been experiencing some warmer weather here at home but over the weekend I chose to stay indoors. For some reason I was in a total mood for baking so I spent most of my Saturday and Sunday creating in the kitchen and coming up with concepts for next weekend’s Easter celebration. I love when my schedule allows spare time for this and I also love that my hubby was nice enough to take my daughters out for the afternoon so I could create in peace and quiet.

Easter for us is all about our little girls and so this time around I’m sharing a festive DIY suitable for children and inspired by my little ones. If you have kids too, they will LOVE to help you create these.

A fun alternative to the basic Easter basket with customized ingredients for little ones with allergies.

Sweet to look at and even sweeter to eat.

edible Easter baskets DIY

Mini Edible Easter Baskets

Sugar Cookie Cups

I made the “baskets” by using a mini muffin pan and my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Since I cannot eat dairy, I substituted the butter in the recipe for vegan buttery sticks.

Preheat oven to 375

Using your favorite sugar cookie recipe (you can even use store-bought,) roll prepped dough onto floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick.

Cut dough into circle shapes using a round cookie cutter or drinking glass.

Mold the circles of dough into each muffin tin cup, sealing the edges, while also being certain that the dough has no tears.

DIY Easter Baskets

Gently puncture the center of each cookie dough cup with a fork to stop it from rising.

Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Remove cookie cups from muffin tin by gently loosening the seal with a butter knife.

Below is an image of the finished cookie.

DON’t worry if they aren’t perfectly shaped. Once you put them in the muffin tins, you won’t even be able to notice.

DIY - Edibile Easter Baskets

 Filling/Supplies

Feel free to customize the ingredients based on what your children enjoy the most.

Edible Easter Grass (this stuff tastes like cardboard, but it went along with the edible theme so I got it anyway. I found mine at Target.) Snip it into bite size pieces using kitchen shears.

Annie’s Organic Gummy Fruit Bunnies

Edible Sugar Pearls

Jelly Beans

Mini muffin tin liners

Silver twist ties (they usually accompany cellophane bags)

Cupcake wrappers (optional)

Easter Basket Supplies

Instructions

Steps 1 & 2

Pour edible Easter grass into cup, filling most of the way full.

Top with edible sugar pearls for the always necessary touch of posh.

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Steps 3 & 4

Add 2 Jelly Beans to each mini basket.

(I also made a few vegan chocolate hearts from another project I’ll be sharing later this week. So I added one of these to the basket as well.)

Add 1 gummy bunny.

DIY Instructions

Steps 5 & 6

Place filled cookie basket into muffin tin.

Place muffin tin wrapped basket into cupcake wrapper (optional.)

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Steps 7 & 8

Bend twist tie into “U” shape.

Insert each side of U-shaped twist tie in-between cookie and muffin tin.

Please Note: The twist tie is easily removable. If you’re looking for something more secure you can always attach the twist tie to the muffin tin with a few small pieces of tape.

DIY Instructions

And there you have it!

Edible Easter baskets and instant fun for the your little ones!

Mini Edible Easter Baskets

I hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as we did!

Edible Easter Baskets

But wait, there’s more!! Another edible Easter DIY is on the way so be sure to check back later this week.

xo

This DIY concept was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Hand Painted Easter Eggs – DIY

Today is the first day of Spring but apparently mother nature did not get the memo here in Washington. She served up a full dose of stormy sideways rain and blustery wind to welcome the new season. This is pretty typical in our area, which means I’ll  just have to continue daydreaming about sunny days, floral blooms and vacation too. That’s ok though because as usual I have loads of things to complete before Spring kicks into full gear. One of which is a collection of Easter blogs posts, since the holiday falls at the end of March this year. First up is a fun little DIY perfect for today’s arrival of Spring and inspired by some of the things that I’m currently loving.

swoon list

Watercolors (I’m obsessed)

Floral print trend (seen in fashions for Spring and Summer 2013)

Hand written script (so chic)

Sounds like the perfect recipe for beautified Easter eggs to me, and also a great indoor activity for the stormy weather outside.

My 3-year-old daughter and I had so much fun making these.

diy hand painted easter eggs

Supplies

1 Carton of Large or Extra Large Eggs (12)

1 small paint brush

Non-toxic watercolor set (any kind will do – don’t laugh…I actually used my 3-year-old daughter’s princess paint kit)

1 paper towel

1 shallow dish of water

Instructions

Boil eggs in large pot for 12 minutes.

Remove from heat and run under cool water for 3 minutes.

Pull eggs from water and dry on paper towels removing all moisture.

Dip your paint brush in water and then brush over the paint color of your choice. (you can blot your brush on the paper towel to remove some of the excess paint for a lighter finish.)

Create a 2 inch floral shape or (squiggly circle) in center of an egg.

Paint a small circle in the center of your floral shape using a darker color of paint for contrast. It should start to resemble a flower at this point.

Add a green stem.

Repeat these steps creating additional flowers in different shapes and sizes for variety and range.

Place back in carton to dry.

These are a great conversation starter so be sure to display your works of art on Easter Sunday!

hand painted diy

Since my baby girl is about to turn 1, and her 1st birthday will be inspired by Spring in Paris, I used the leftover eggs to test out my artistry skills or (lack thereof,) for her upcoming celebration. I seriously have terrible hand-writing and I’m certainly no expert, but overall was pleased with how these Paris inspired eggs came out.

DIY hand painted easter eggs

Think of how many different notes or words you could hand paint on your Easter eggs. Your children’s names, etc.

spring in paris - easter eggs
Get creative and have fun!
diy hand painted easter eggs

Hoping this springy post brightens your week!

I have more Easter ideas on the way, as well as some Paris party inspiration coming up.

Check back again soon for more.

xo

This DIY concept was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013

Repost: Vegan St. Peppermint Patties

Lately I’ve been having some serious issues with the wordpress iPhone app. Has anyone else been experiencing this? I have lost this article twice, so I’m reposting today for all of you to enjoy a second time. Hoping the problems I’ve encountered with WP will be resolved soon, but until then I’ll be doing all my blog work from my Desktop. Lesson learned.

Enjoy…again.

It’s March, almost St. Patty’s Day and I have a taste for mint and chocolate. Unfortunately, most of what’s available in the grocery store is loaded with dairy ingredients, so my solution: make something homemade with a fitting and festive twist. The festive part is really just an excuse for me to indulge but I think after spending the last few weeks camped out on the couch with 2 sick girls, I deserve it.

An old favorite transformed, vegan and perfect for the holiday on Sunday.

vegan peppermint patties

Vegan St. Peppermint Patties

You can certainly make these with milk chocolate and regular shortening (trans fat free) if you are allergy free!

Ingredients/Supplies
2 1/2 Cups powder sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
1 tablespoon coconut spread (solid)
10 oz dairy and soy free chocolate (I found mine at Trader Joes.)
2 12 inch sheets Parchment Paper
Shamrock Mold

Mini heart fondant cutter or round cutter (2 inch)

vegan peppermint patties

Instructions

Remove 2 pieces of 12 inch parchment paper from roll and set aside.

Mix 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar and next 4 ingredients in stand mixer with paddle attachment until combined.

Dust solid surface with remaining powdered sugar (1/4) and knead patty mix until smooth.

Place patty mix between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out into an 8 inch round (about 1/4 of an inch thick.)

Freeze for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place chocolate in a heat proof bowl and heat in double boiler or in 30 second intervals until melted.

If you don’t have a shamrock mold, bypass the Shamrock steps and see below.

For Shamrocks

Pour melted chocolate into the corner of ziplock bag.

Snip the tip and pipe chocolate into each shamrock mold filling 1/3 of the way full. Tap mold on solid surface to spread evenly.

Remove rolled patty dough from freezer and cut into heart shapes using a fondant sized heart cutter.

Place 1 peppermint heart into each of the clover leaves right side up (3 per shamrock.)

Pipe remaining chocolate over the patty filled shamrocks and tap gently on solid surface until patty is completely covered.

Place in fridge until fully chilled. About 1 hour.

Serve and enjoy!!

peppermint patties instructions

For regular patty

Remove rolled patty dough from fridge and cut into rounds using a 2 inch circle cutter.

Place each round on the tip of a fork and dunk in dark chocolate until fully coated.

Place on parchment paper in fridge until fully chilled.

Enjoy!!

vegan peppermint patties

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Remember to check back in soon for Easter inspiration and more!

xo

Peppermint Hot Cocoa (vegan)

Chocolate and peppermint are a long time favorite flavor combination of mine. Really, I love the two together so much that I concocted a hot cocoa recipe (dairy free) that’s kept me cozy all Winter. Now I know you may be wondering why I’m blogging about hot cocoa with Spring on the way, but the evenings in the Pacific NW continue to be chilly…definitely not open toe heel kinda weather yet (darn,) so I’m squeezing in a few more cups before they’re replaced with a frozen alternative. Plus St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend so chocolate and peppermint just seem fitting.

If you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day bash I haven’t forgotten about you. Just a few simple steps and these transform into party shooters both festive and fabulous for your party this weekend.

Vegan Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Creamy and chocolaty with a hint of peppermint sure to keep you cozy until the weather warms up.

Ingredients/Supplies

(makes 2 servings or 4 shooters)

2 Cups Vanilla Coconut Milk (I use silk brand) if you’re not dairy free you can use regular milk or soy.

1 tablespoon raw sugar

1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder

4 drops peppermint oil (to taste) (if making for shooters, omit the peppermint oil)

Vegan Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Instructions

(The coconut milk I purchase is already lightly sweetened so not much sugar is necessary…if you purchase an unsweetened version you can add your sugar to taste.)

Pour coconut milk in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Whisk in raw sugar and cocoa powder and allow to boil for one minute until combined.

Reduce heat to low and add in peppermint oil.

Remove from heat and pour into your favorite mug.

Serve immediately.

Now if you know me well, you know I wouldn’t leave without sharing the party alternative…oh yes, as you can see below, this hot cocoa transforms into the perfect Paddy’s Day party shooter.

St. Patrick’s Day Shooters

(here’s what you’ll need in addition to the hot cocoa above)

Ingredients/Supplies

4 shot glasses

2 oz dairy free dark chocolate

Green & White Sprinkles

Peppermint Schnapps

St. Patrick's Day Shooters - Vegan

St. Patrick’s Sugar Rim

Place dark chocolate in heat proof dish and heat in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.

Rim shot glasses with dark chocolate in dip in festive sprinkles until fully coated.

Instructions

Fill shot glasses half full with hot cocoa and top with Peppermint Schnapps to taste.

Serve immediately.

Did you know that Easter is in March this year? Stay tuned for more inspiration and recipes coming soon.

Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

xo

Pantone for St. Patty’s Day

As most of you know, Pantone has chosen Emerald as the color to represent the year of 2013. A vibrant hue with elegant air that reminds me of nature and the upcoming arrival of Spring. Oh how I love that this shade transforms so easily into soft mint, one of the color trends seen in fashions, weddings and parties the past several months. Hello warmer weather, longer days and blooming flowers. Are you as excited for Spring as I am? Well in the meantime feel free to go gaga for green and channel your happy as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Not only will you be on trend, but perhaps you can avoid being pinched too…(wondering if people really do that anymore?!)

Here’s how you can celebrate green in all it’s glory for your St. Patty’s Day bash.

Emerald & Mint

Think emerald. Think mint. Choose chevron patterns. Modern garland & poms. Shamrock touches. Mason jar centerpieces. Serve San Pel. and festive cake. Give Andes mints (my all time favorite.)

1 Chevron cake 2 Garland 3 Shamrock paper punch 4 Tissue poms 5 San pellegrino 6 Andes Mints 7 Tinted Mason Jars

posh little tip: san pellegrino bottles easily transform into fabulously chic vases for single stem floral arrangements.

Fun tidbit about me: I happen to have a personal connection to the lovely color of green. Both my girls have birthstones in this hue (Peridot and Emerald,) so my appreciation for the color extends far beyond the trend.

Although Spring is near, they days in the Pacific NW are still quite chilly. Stay tuned for my next St. Patty’s post featuring a simple recipe that will keep you nice and cozy until the weather warms up!

xo