No Peanut Butter, Sun Butter Cups

DSC_0913My favorite candy used to be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, until I randomly become allergic to peanuts, and all nuts for that matter. I had to give up Reese’s cold turkey and I thought I would never be able to eat one again. But last night, I got an urge to make myself some personalized Peanut Butter cups without the peanut butter. I substituted the PB with sun butter and skipped the crushed graham cracker so that they would be gluten free as well. They turned out very well to say the least. There are only a few left.DSC_0881I purchased this plastic container at Michael’s but you could also use a small cupcake tin and liners, though the cups might turn out a bit larger (which wouldn’t be a bad thing).
DSC_0884Pour a small amount of chocolate into each cup and use a spoon to spread the chocolate up the sides. Lightly tap the container to remove any air bubbles.DSC_0891Fill a plastic bag with the sun butter mixture. To do so, pace a large ziploc bag in a mug with one corner at the bottom, roll the extra bag over the mug. This way the mixture gets to the bottom corner easily. Cut a small opening in the bottom corner, about 1/2 inch.
DSC_0895-001Once the first layer of chocolate is relatively hard, fill each cup with the sun butter mixture (about 1/2 tsp.) Lightly press the butter into the cups so that it does not stick out over the top.DSC_0896 DSC_0901Fill the remainder of the cups with the melted chocolate, tap lightly to remove any bubbles.DSC_0907 DSC_0914 peanut-butter-cups-directionsGet the printable directions here.

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Gluten Free Apple Pie

DSC_0540After peach pie, apple pie is probably my favorite dessert. We’ve been having quite the cold streak here so this apple pie was perfect served warm. The filling is an old family recipe, I left out the tablespoon of flour so that the recipe was gluten free and I found a gluten free pie crust recipe here. It didn’t quite have the flakiness of a traditional pie crust, so I may keep trying other recipes, but it definitely satisfied my pie craving.
DSC_0522 DSC_0524 DSC_0527 DSC_0530apple-pie-filling-directions-2Get the recipe card here

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Gold Blocked Jars

DSC_0788-001I seem to have a penchant for crafting projects that use gold spray paint. Check out my other gold inspired projects here and here.
suppliesIt took me a while to collect a variety of glass jars, I even made my Dad finish the remaining maraschino cherries so I could use that jar for my project. I thoroughly washed the insides of the jars and removed the labels by soaking them in soapy water. DSC_0768 DSC_0780I strategically placed the frog tape where I wanted the gold to end, making sure it was adequately straight. I covered the top portion of the jar with paper and taped it tightly into place.DSC_0785I then made stripes with thin masking tape so that there was a bit of variety. I put the jars upside down on top of newspaper and sprayed two coats of paint, allowing the paint to dry in between coats. After the paint was completely dry, I slowly pulled off the tape to reveal the final product.DSC_0793How cute would these look with a variety of pink flowers in them?

Who is ready for the weekend, I am definitely looking forward to a relaxing time with friends.

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