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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Curiously, You Can Make Just About Anything Right At Home ...


 It's true ... after reading this post online I tried making my own "curiously strong" mints. And, sure enough, they were.
 The gum paste can be found in the cake decorating department of your local craft or grocery store. ETA: The oils are from a local candy and cake supply store, Sugarbaker's. (Kroger used to carry LorAnn oils in the pharmacy, but I don't know if they still do.)

The paste just needs a little color and flavor worked in which is really easy to do.

 
 Then you roll it out flat ...

 And cut it into whatever size you want your mints to be, then let them dry until they are hard all the way to the center. These are chocolate/creme de menthe. They were a hit with our granddaughters.

My favorite is cinnamon, curiously. O.o 

 
 Other than making a mess in the kitchen, I've started piecing another quilt. (I was told it can be addictive, and that seems to be true.)

 These are stacks of blocks for the Lemon Squares quilt, 8 each.

 Sorry about the poor quality of these white-throated sparrow pics. The sun is hiding from us here in the foothills.

Oh, the feeder has been refilled with suet for this hungry mite. Have a great weekend, Y'all!

23 comments:

  1. Can I ask where you found the oils for the mints?

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    1. Hi Jacki, I got most of the oils from Sugarbaker's candy & cake supply store. I got the cinnamon oil from Food City several years ago. Hope that helps.

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  2. Hello from Stormy Snow Michigan. Your photos of the green grass and birdie look beautiful. How neat to make your own mint. Looks very good to eat. Have a great weekend. Hugs Judy

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  3. Thank you, Judy! I hope spring comes early for all of us. I'm ready to garden. :D

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  4. I love colorful dots, so your mints and dotted fabric make me happy just to look at them. I think this thing with dots started when I was a child. Remember those Little Dot comic books about the little girl who had a dot collection? Loved those stories!

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    1. Yes I remember Little Dot! I always loved the red & black dot color combination.

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  5. Curiously, just how strong are those mints, Mum? *ahem*
    Nice post, good to see the sparrows are being fed on the fast of the land. I can't keep feeders, here. The crowd end up trying to clean 'em out or pick off nests that attracted birds build. I need to lady in wait for those varmints.

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  6. Curiously, just how strong are those mints, Mum? *ahem*
    Nice post, good to see the sparrows are being fed on the fast of the land. I can't keep feeders, here. The crowd end up trying to clean 'em out or pick off nests that attracted birds build. I need to lady in wait for those varmints.

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  7. Curiously, just how strong are those mints, Mum? *ahem*
    Nice post, good to see the sparrows are being fed on the fast of the land. I can't keep feeders, here. The crowd end up trying to clean 'em out or pick off nests that attracted birds build. I need to lady in wait for those varmints.

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  8. Curiously, just how strong are those mints, Mum? *ahem*
    Nice post, good to see the sparrows are being fed on the fast of the land. I can't keep feeders, here. The crowd end up trying to clean 'em out or pick off nests that attracted birds build. I need to lady in wait for those varmints.

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  9. Curiously, just how strong are those mints, Mum? *ahem*
    Nice post, good to see the sparrows are being fed on the fast of the land. I can't keep feeders, here. The crowd end up trying to clean 'em out or pick off nests that attracted birds build. I need to lady in wait for those varmints.

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  10. Wow, the mints look so good! I love the new quilt pattern. And the colors too.

    Hope you're having a great Monday!

    :)Vicki

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    1. It's a good week, Vicki. Hope yours is great.

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  11. WOW~ who knew about the mints? That is awesome... may have to try those.
    The new quilt is going to be fabulous~ love those sunny colors!
    Great birdie pictures... I have some sparrows that help clean up leftover chicken feed around here... glad its not going to waste!

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  12. Thank you, Paula!
    You will have a blast with the mints. I made 3 different kinds the first time I did them. Fun.

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  13. Wonderful sounding mints! Cinnamon would be my favorite as well! Such vibrant and pretty colors for the quilt! Love the little birds!

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  14. Hey!Just wanted to pop by and say hi...HI. Boy have you been busy. Everything looks great. I so miss my Foothills.

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  15. I love the mints! I think these might become a "made by kids" gift staple around here!

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  16. What a fun post!! You have so many interests and that is what I LOVE about you. I want to try the mints...I've never see anything like that and can't wait to try. You inspire me ;)
    God's blessings, Magnolia Tea!

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