Friday, January 27, 2012

Homemade Sugar Hearts


Yea!! As it nears the end of January,  I'm still keeping at least two New Year's resolutions. I think that may be a record for me. I continue to lose weight (15 pounds since November!), and the house is more organized.

Anyway, while cleaning out the kitchen cabinet above the frig (the one I can't reach unless I stand in a chair), I found some old candy molds. I'm not going to tempt myself  by making chocolate candy, but when I saw the tiny heart mold, I remembered making homemade sugar hearts years ago for a PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) Valentine tea. I thought I would share these with you. I even got out the good china!



It's so simple. Mix 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons water, and a tiny, tiny amount of gel food coloring in a small bowl. I dip the end of a clean toothpick in the gel (I used Wilton's pink) and then in the sugar. Stir until the food coloring is distributed evenly. It will take 2-3 minutes to get it mixed well. Add one or two drops of water, if needed. It should feel like damp sand.


Spoon the sugar mixture into the mold and press firmly. Brush off the excess sugar, and let dry in mold about 15 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap while you're waiting so it doesn't dry out.


Cut parchment paper slightly larger than the mold, place on top of the mold, and while holding it with one hand, flip the mold over. Set it down on the counter, tap the mold gently, and remove. Let the hearts remain where they fall until they dry and harden. Brush the remaining sugar off the mold, and repeat.


Makes about 75 1-inch hearts.


For a gift, fill a cellophane or organza bag and place in a pretty tea cup.



39 comments:

  1. This looks so easy - and such a cute result! I love it.

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  2. Good Morning Sallie. Congrats on the weight lose. While I was sick at Christmas I lost weight but I'm pretty sure I've gained at least 4 of those 5 lbs back because I can't keep my mouth shut. LOL.

    This is so cute. I just pinned it.
    Happy Friday Girlfriend...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

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    1. Tracy, I'm sorry you were so sick that you lost weight. I also have a problem keeping my mouth shut! Now I'm trying to fill it with more fruits and veggies.

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  3. Such a cute idea! I will have to try it when it gets closer to Valentine's Day! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  4. Those are adorable. Almost makes me want a cup of coffee just so I can put a sugar heart in it:) Stopping by from Serenity Now.

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    1. Kelly, thanks for visiting! I hope you come back soon!

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  5. This is just darling! I LOVE Tea so this would be a cute little touch in February :) Found you from Amanda's link up!

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    1. Michaela, I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  6. So cute! And love the idea of giving them in a nice tea cup. Visiting from Serenity Now!

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  7. I'm over from The Picket Fence blogs...I'm beyond thrilled to find your incredible blog! I'm a Texas girl too, living in a suburb of a busy city...hmmm, wonder if we're in the same part of Texas. I do happen to live in a cute cottage neighborhood and I share your fondness for cottages. I also just left teaching (Kindergarten) and am trying to decided what I want to be whenI grow up. For now, Homemaking....we agree on the definition of that word, is what I'm doing. I'm so excited to follow you and be homemakers together. And if it turns out we live close enough to meet in person, I'd totally be up for that!
    Sharon
    mrshinesclass.wordpress.com

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    1. It's great to hear from another former teacher! I'm also having a difficult time deciding what I want to be when I grow up. Right now I love blogging!! Send me an email at texascottage@gmail.com and we'll compare notes.

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  8. These little sugar hearts are just precious! I love the idea of gifting these in a cellophane bag with a pretty bow! I am also thinking about setting out a few on a nice plate in our office kitchen by the coffee and tea!

    Can't wait to make them soon!
    Christi

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    1. Thanks Christi! Your co-workers will love them. It's more fun adding a pink heart to your coffee or tea than a spoonful of sugar.

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  9. Oh!!! I sooo love these tiny .<3<3<3 hearts! Makes any coffee time a lot more sweet & enjoying for sure! :)
    Thank you very much for sharing with us.

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  10. So Cute, what a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a fun and adorable way to serve sugar ♥'s for your tea! Visiting from Susan's party. :-) Sue

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  12. Oh, now these are darling! I would love for you to link up with my party at: http://anoriginalbelle.blogspot.com/2012/01/make-it-yourself-monday-13-link-up.html

    Each week, three items get featured!

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    1. H.Rae, thanks for the invitation! I'm so glad you like the hearts.

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  13. These are so cute! What a great idea. Now I'm thinking of all the different shaped/colored sugar cubes I can make.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I'm making these in peach next week for a wedding shower.

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  14. So cute! These are super impressive

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

    PS. I'm having a great giveaway from Cutting Edge Stencils and would love it if you came by and entered :)

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    1. Jenny, I'm so glad you stopped by! I love giveaways so I'll be entering. Thanks!

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  15. Those are adorable and fancy! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share your awesome idea with us?
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=23692
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    ---Sheryl---

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    1. Sheryl, I usually link up at Cast Party Wednesday when I have a good recipe. Somehow I forgot this week. Thanks for reminding me!

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  16. I would have NEVER thought of that!!! Thank you for sharing! I'm following via linky (the girl creative) and pinning my favorites! Have a wonderful day,
    Melly

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  17. omg,these are adorable! the cutest thing ever! you're gonna make me go buy sugar!!(only use sweeteners)definitely trying this soon!
    www.miouprincesslovespink.blogspot.com

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  18. Those look fantastic. Love your pictures. Come visit us. We have a wonderful quinoa recipe this week.

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  19. These are so precious, and something else I can use my candy molds for. I can't wait to make some!

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    1. Thanks, Joan! It's fun to make something besides chocolate in the candy molds. Not that there is anything wrong with chocolate!

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  20. Wow so pretty! What a great gift idea!

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    1. Thanks, Annie. I would love receiving these with some special tea or coffee.

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  21. What a cute idea! I think I even have a couple candy molds around somewhere. I found you via the Somewhat Simple Link Party.

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    1. Tina, I'm so glad you stopped by. There are so many possibilities. You could make these for just about any party where you would serve tea or coffee.

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  22. You are just so creative! I love these and they are sweet! I stopped by to thank you for coming to my Destination: Inspiration linky party on Tuesday. I so hope you will join us again this week. I can't wait to see more of your projects!

    Michelle
    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I first made these sugar hearts years ago, so I don't remember where I first got the idea.
      I added your party to my Tuesday to do list.

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