Vampire Themed Blood Rimmed Cocktail Glasses

Whether decorating glasses for adults to drink cocktails from or for children to have their juice in, these blood rimmed candy drip cocktail glasses will both impress everyone and look amazing!

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The candy blood is very simple to make (and ever so delicious). The following is a recipe for how to make the blood candy and how to apply it your glasses to achieve such a great effect:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. Red food coloring (liquid, not gel

Directions:

1. After adding the sugar, syrup and water into a pan wide enough to fit the drinking rim of your glasses, place the pan on a medium to high heat and cook the mixture without stirring it until it reaches a temperature of around 150oC

2. Add the liquid red food colouring – about 15-20 drops depending upon how dark you wish for it to be.

3. Turn the heat down to low and whilst the mixture is still hot, dip the top of your cocktail glasses into the liquid candy (as deeply as you would like the candy rime to go) and then whilst using an oven mitt to avoid burning turn the glass the correct way up and place on top of greaseproof parchment paper to dry. The thick consistency of the liquid whilst it is drying will allow it to drip down the glass creating a blood like effect.

*Please Note* – The type of glasses that you use can be affected by the liquid candy, for example cocktail glasses made of glass will be OK however cocktail glasses that are made of plastic may melt slightly under the heat of the heated liquid candy.

Vampire Blood Type Welcoming Drinks

When throwing a party, one always like to have a selection of welcoming drinks ready for when each of the guests arrive. So for this Halloween why not make these amazing vampire themed blood type cocktails.

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These party favours are a doddle to make and look amazing, you can either create your own labels on the computer or visit the Hostess with the Mostess Blog at http://blog.hwtm.com/2009/03/hey-twilight-lovers-drink-up-printable-vampire-bottle-labels/ where she has designed and created the labels above which you can download and print out yourself.

Once you have your bottles made and labels attached, all you need to do is to fill them with your favourite red cocktail. Our favourite here in the FancyCrafting office – http://www.fancycrafting.co.uk – and one of the most simple to make red cocktail has to be the Cosmopolitan, here is the recipe should you wish to go down the Cosmo route too:

Cosmopolitan:

Ingredients:

The following ingredients will yield about 4 servings:

  1. 8 ounces (1 cup) Vodka
  2. 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Triple Sec
  3. 3 ounces (1/3 cup) Cranberry Juice
  4. 1 to 2 ounces (2 tablespoons to 4 tablespoons) fresh Lime Juice
  5. 4 x 2 inch Orange Peels/Twists

Method:

  1. Using a large pitcher add the measures of Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry Juice and Fresh Lime juice and then stir.
  2. Once stirred place in the refrigerator until cool.
  3. Once ready to serve pour them into your pre-made vampire blood type bottles.

 

10 Days Until Halloween!…

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If like us you love Halloween and all things fancy dress you’ll be as thrilled as us that it’s only 10 days until the Halloween Weekend commences. In order to celebrate this delightful fact we have compiled some of our favourite tips, tricks, recipes and other Halloween themed musings for those of you who wish for some added inspiration or guidance throughout this brilliant holiday.

Today we will be sharing all manner of recipes (both Food and Drinks), costume ideas and other general musings with you all related to one of the most favoured of themes – Vampires.

Pina Colada Day

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Well today is the day that we have all been waiting for ladies – Pina Colada Day!

It is said that Pina Coladas originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the term ‘pina colada’ is actually Spanish for ‘strained pineapple’

We all know that instead of being in work we’d rather be on a beach sipping one of these bad boys, however its nearly the weekend and the sun is shining so we think that gives us the perfect reason to celebrate and rustle up some pina colada’s, for those of you that wish to join us why not have a go at making some with the following recipe: 

Pina Colada Recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • 120ml Pineapple Juice
  • 60ml White Rum
  • 60ml Coconut Cream
  • Wedge of Pineapple to Garnish

 Method:

  1.  Put the Pineapple Juice, White Rum and Coconut Cream in a blender with a handful of ice.
  2. Pulse all the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour into a tall glass and add the pineapple wedge to the top of the glass as a garnish.
  4. Enjoy!!

 

Have a fabulous Pina Colada Day!

Happy Fourth of July

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With today being the July 4th, this is the day that all Americans celebrate Independence Day which is also fondly referred to as the ‘Fourth of July’.

It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.
Americans around the globe tend to mark the occasion with a day of family celebrations including picnics and barbecues, whilst showing a great deal of emphasis on the American tradition of political freedom.
There are many activities and events that are associated with the event including eating competitions, baseball games, three-legged races and other such sporting past times.
It is quite common that people will display the American flag outside their houses, buildings and places of work, with many communities coming together for an arranged firework display which are more often than not accompanied by some patriotic music. Independence day is a very patriotic holiday and The Statute of Liberty is a national monument that is associated with it.

Whether you are attending a Fourth of July party, hosting your own or fancy marking the occasion in your own way, we have put together some Fourth of July recipes for you to enjoy and get yourself in the U.S spirit.

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All American Mini Burgers with Special Sauce

If its one thing that the USA knows how to do, its make a good burger and what would an American theme party be without burgers? Here’s a recipe for some mini burgers that will go great at any social gathering:

Ingredients: (These ingredients will make around 10 burgers)

Burger Ingredients:

• 1 ¼ pounds of Ground Sirloin
• 2 Tablespoons Dill Pickle Relish
• 2 Tablespoons Steak Sauce
• 1 Tablespoon Grill Seasoning
• 1 Teaspoon Sweet Paprika
• 10 Sliced Dinner Rolls
• 2 Cups of Chopped Iceburg Lettuce
• 1 Finely Chopped Small White Onion

Special Sauce:

• ½ Cup of Ranch Dressing
• ½ Cup Ketchup
• 1 Teaspoon Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

Additional Optional Toppings:

• Sliced Cheeses – your choice
• Pepperoni
• Sliced Tomatoes
• Yellow Mustard
• Mayonnaise
• Blue Cheese Dressing
• Sweet Pepper Relish

Method:

1. Preheat your grill.
2. In a bowl mix together the ranch dressing, ketchup and black pepper and then put in the fridge to chill.
3. Mix the meat, dill pickle relish, steak sauce, grill seasoning and sweet paprika together until well combed.
4. Separate your burger mixture into 10 equally sized portion and then roll into little balls.
5. Squish each of the meatballs into round patties of around 3 inches in diameter.
6. Grill for 2-3 minutes and then serve on the chopped buns, dollop with special sauce and any additional toppings of your choosing.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro (Coriander)

Ingredients: Makes about enough for 4 portions

• 3 Unpeeled Sweet Potatoes
• Salt
• Lime Zest
• Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
• ¼ Cup Canola Oil
• Freshly Ground Pepper
• ¼ Cup of Finely Chopped Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)

Method:

1. Part cook the potatoes – Place in a pot of water and boil until fork-tender.
2. Let them cool and then slice each potato lengthwise into eigths.
3. Preheat your grill.
4. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt. The lime zest and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
5. Brush the potato wedges with the oil and season with salt and pepper.
6. Grill until golden brown on all sides – including the skin – and just cooked through, about 1 ½ minutes per side.
7. Transfer to a platter and then immediately season with the salt mixture and sprinkle with cilantro (coriander).

American Flag Fruit Cake

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Cake Ingredients: – The cake will serve around 24 people

• 18 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
• 3 Cups of Sugar
• 6 Extra-Large Eggs at Room Temperature
• 1 Cup Sour Cream at Room Temperature
• 1 ½ Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract
• 3 Cups of Flour
• 1/3 Cup of Cornstarch
• 1 Teaspoon Salt
• 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Icing Ingredients:

• 1 Pound of unsalted butter at room temperature
• 1 ½ Pounds of Cream Cheese at Room Temperature
• 1 Pound of Sifted Confectioners Sugar
• 1 ½ Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

Other Ingredients:

• Blueberries
• Raspberries

Method:

1. Preheat your Oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4
2. Grease and flour an 18 x 13 x 1 ½ inch sheet pan.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
4. Whilst mixing add the eggs 2 at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla. Make sure that you scrape all the mixture of the sides of the bowl and ensure it’s well mixed in until smooth.
5. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda.
6. Whilst mixing the egg and butter mixture at a steady and gentle rate add the flour mixture until just combined.
7. Pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top over with a spatula.
8. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
9. Cool to room temperature.
10. For the icing, combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
11. Spread three-fourths of the icing on the top of the cooled sheet cake. Outline the flag details using a toothpick.
12. Fill the upper left corner with blueberries and put 2 rows of raspberries across the top of the cake like a red stripe.
13. Putting the rest of your icing in a piping bag, pipe two lines of icing underneath the raspberry line to create a white line.
14. Alternate stripes of raspberries and icing until your flag is complete and use the leftover icing to ice little stars on the top of your blueberries.

We are most definitely gonna have a go at making these bad boys! We hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Happy Canada Day

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July 1st sees the National Day of Canada, a holiday which is for celebrating the anniversary of July 1st 1867 where three colonies united together to form a single country called Canada.

So whilst Canadians across the globe celebrate the birthday of their country we thought we’d look at some of the most awesome things that Canada has given us:

  1. Dan Ackroyd – The film world just wouldn’t be the same without the legendary dude who starred in greats such as ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and of course the fabulous ‘Coneheads’
  2. Blackberry – Can we imagine the world of business gadgetry and smartphones without Blackberry? It has transported the way we can conduct business on the go and also provided us with the much loved socialising tool of Blackberry Messager (BBM).
  3. Michael J Fox – An inspirational spokesperson for Parkinson’s Disease and another film legend! We’ve all been in love with Marty McFly since the 80’s and quite rightly so.
  4. Wonderbra – The invention of the Wonderbra is something that both Women and Men are thoroughly thankful for. It is a staple of many a ladies underwear drawer for that quickly added sex appeal and curvaceousness and well I think we all know why the men folk are pleased with the invention.
  5. Nathan Fillion – On behalf of geeks and Firefly fans everywhere we salute you Captain Mal! O and who could forget his rather creepy bad guy persona Caleb who gave Buffy Summers a run for her money.
  6. Java Programming Language – Invented by Canadian James Gosling – no relation to Ryan 😉 – Java is the pillar of the Android operating system and the internet and tech world wouldn’t be the same without it.
  7. Pamela Anderson – One for the guys, the ever beautiful Ms Anderson hails from Canada too and took red swim suits to a whole new level! ‘I’ll be ready…’
  8. Peanut Butter – this is something that I personally will be eternally grateful for. It’s one of the most important food innovations of all time and Yum, Yum Yummy!! 😀 It was first patented by Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884 and is enjoyed worldwide.
  9. John Candy – Incredible and legendary actor of the big screen who brought us such amazing classics as Home Alone, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and my personal favourite Uncle Buck.
  10. Ryan Gosling – No explanation is needed, we need only to say ‘Thank You Canada, we are eternally grateful’.

Wishing you all a happy Canada Day!

World Social Media Day

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Well it may be the first day of the week, but it is in fact the last day of the month and the last day of June brings with it Mashable’s World Social Media day.

This year sees the Fifth Annual Social Event take place after Mashable launched the event in 2010 in order to celebrate the digital revolution happening around the world and celebrate the profound effect it has had on our lives, especially in how we do business and interact with one another.

There are many parties across the globe to attend or why not even hold your own social media party?

For those of you that fancy joining an already existing shin dig the following link will take you to where you can find one in your area….

http://www.meetup.com/Mashable/

For those of you wanting the challenge of throwing your own party, why not invite some friends round and have a bash at making some Social Media inspired cake pops for you to enjoy!

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This delicious recipe will make around 20 Vanilla flavoured cake pops:

Cake Pop Recipe:

Ingredients:

Vanilla Cake:

  • 120g of Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 150g of Unrefined Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 free range eggs – at room temperature
  • 180g of Self Raising Flour
  • 4 tbsp of milk – at room temperature

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

  •  80g of Softened, Unsalted Butter
  • 40g of Softened Cream Cheese
  • 200g of Sifted Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Extra Items:

  • Candy Melts  – in your preferred colours to decorate the cake pops
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Lollipop Sticks

Vanilla Cake Method:

  1.  Preheat your oven to 180oC/Gas Mark 4
  2. Lightly grease and flour a 25cm round or 20cm square cake tin.
  3. Cream the butter and the sugar together until the mixture becomes light and fluffy, once thoroughly mixed add the vanilla extract to the creamed butter and sugar and mix in.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs ensuring that you mix well between each addition. Add half of the flour and then half of the milk and mix until fully combined. Repeat again with the rest of the flour and milk.
  5. Pour the mixture into your already prepared tin and bake for about 35-45 mins, or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Once baked, remove the cake from tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Method:

  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese together
  2. gradually add the sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy.
  3. finally mix in the vanilla
  4. refrigerate for about 30 mins before using.

Candy Pops Construction Method:

  1. Crumble the cake thoroughly in a large mixing bowl, using your hands can create a finer crumb although you can use your food processor if you wish. It might be worth noting also that the crusts of the cake if left on when crumbing may create lumps in your mixture and so removing then with a sharp knife first is something to consider.
  2. Once the cake has been crumbled as finely as possible, take your fristing, a heaped tablespoon at a time and being mixing it in with the crumbs
  3. It may be that you do not need all of the frosting, this will depend upon hjow moist your cake is, so take care to add just a little at a time.
  4. Keep mixing until you have a fudge-like texture. To see if it’s ready, squeeze a little of the mixture in your palm, it shouldn’t crumble but it should be pliable.
  5. Please note that by adding too much frosting the mixture will become soggy, sticky and heavy and the cake pops will just fall off the sticks when you dip them.
  6. Wrap your mixture in cling film and refrigerate for about an hour. Remember the mixture should be firm but not too hard to work with.
  7. Break off a small pieces of the mixture at a time about the size of a ping pong ball, shape with your hands each piece in the shape of a cube, placing each of them of a tray lined with baking paper. Refrigerate for a further 15-20 mins or long enough so that they are firm.
  8. Whilst, they are chilling make up your candy melts.
  9. Place the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl – make sure that you separate all the different colours you wish to use into different bowls. Place the bowl in the microwave on medium for 1 minute.
  10. take the candy melts out and stir thoroughly, they may have only just started to melt, place them back in the microwave and melt for a further 30 seconds.
  11. Stir again, making sure that you scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Return to the microwave for a final 30 seconds, then give the mixture a final stir. Candy Melts does not normally achieve the same silky, runny consistency that you would get with melted chocolate, so to make it easier to work with, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil per 400g bag of candy melts. Work enough oil into the candy to create a silky consistency.
  12. Take your cake cubes out of the fridge and then taking your lollipop sticks one at a time, dip the end of the stick into the candy melts and immediately push the stick about half way through the dough cube, ensuring that it isn’t too deep or shallow. Leave on the tray for the candy to set which should only take about 1 or 2 minutes.
  13. Once all the sticks are set in place, you can now decorate them to look like your favourite social media themes using the rest of the melted candy.
  14. for the main colour of the candy, ensure there is enough melted dip in the bowl so that you don’t need to tilt it and can fully tip the mixture into the candy to coat it. Repeat with all your cake pops.
  15. Once this layer has been set you can use the end of lollipop sticks or unused/clean paintbrushes to decorate them up with your favourite logos and themes.

We hope you have a fantastic Social Media Day, whether you are attending a patru ort hosting one and remember to share your experiences with #SMDAY