Sorry I have been quiet for a few days. Miss M has a nasty virus that is attacking her tonsils and throat, so most of my time has been spent TRYING to get her to drink/eat something. Hoping she is on the mend though because her first day of school is THURSDAY!!
Anyway, here is the promised mint recipe. As you saw from the last post, we had lots of fun making the food for the tea party. We had some of our own ideas, but really enjoyed looking through her early birthday gift from my brother and his wife to form a menu for the party.
We also made mints while on the trip I posted about here. When Judy lived in our city, no baby shower was complete without her delicious and beautiful mints. Recipe and photos follow!
3 oz softened cream cheese
2 1/2 C powdered sugar
optional: 1/2 tsp your choice of extract (ex. mint, almond, orange)
Knead cream cheese and powdered sugar ( 1/2 C at a time) until it makes a firm ball and is the consistency of pie dough. If the dough is too dry, add 1/4 tsp water and blend into mixture.
You may also add flavoring at this time, if desired. As a side note, we decided the ones we made were tasty enough without adding any extract.
You might want to wear gloves for the next part. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces and put 2-3 drops of different food coloring into each portion. Blend the colors into each portion. You can leave the colors swirled in the dough or complete blend the color evenly. Place two portions of the dough into separate baggies to keep it from drying out while you work the other color.
Judy has made hundreds of mints and had lots of silicone molds to choose from. If you don't have molds, you can pinch off about 2 inches of dough, roll in a ball, and flatten with your hands. Then use small 1-in cookie cutters to form your shape. You can also divide dough into 1-inch pieces, roll into a ball with your hands, and then flatten.
Once the mints are all formed, put them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze in a single layer. Once solid, you may layer them in a freezer safe food storage container between sheets of wax paper. Arrange the mints on your serving tray 1-2 hours before your event so they have time to thaw.
Miss M didn't sample one as we were making them, but instead waited until the party. They were a hit, with several girls asking for seconds, and thirds, and so on! Oh...and do you like my chabby chic pedestal plate? Check back for directions on how to make it! (It will be a very technical post, with words like smoosh and is VERY expensive (around $1.25, plus glue!) Also, when Miss M feels like it later today, maybe we will finish up a super cute and simple bag tag for her backpack and lunch box that we want to show you! If you grew up in the 80's you will LOVE the supplies we used!
OK...off to get a certain little girlie to each something!! We have tried pudding, milk shakes, smoothies, shaved ice, hot chocolate, jello, and popsicles. She doesn't like soup or hot tea...any other ideas?