If You Really Want to Know, It’s All About Dark Chocolate

If you really want to know what I would like for Valentine’s Day, I will give you one BIG hint and it is from See’s Candies. I don’t need a dozen roses, white or pink for me if you are curious, a gift card to a Spa (see below for discount!) is always a great idea, a dinner out would be very welcome, but a nice big box of dark, nuts and chews would be my favorite present of all.  See’s Candies are the best and a very rare treat…

Guess what Ridgely Brode, blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, would like for Valentines Day? A box of Dark Chocolates from See's Candies!

To buy: See’s Candies and a Spa Gift Card (Save 12% off + Free Shipping this Valentine’s Day! Use: HEART12)

 

 

 

Setting the Table: Halloween

I have been a fan of See’s Candies since I was a very little girl.  Every year, I would get a box for Christmas from great friends of my Grandparents who lived in Los Angeles and I would eat the entire box by myself.. almost before Christmas Day ended. Since then I order them for holidays or have someone pick me up a box (or two) when they are traveling to the West Coast.  My favorite are the Dark Chocolates and my husband and sons love the Lollypops.  I thought for Halloween it would be fun to give out our favorite treats at the table and even serve them for dessert.  When else can you just eat candy for dessert?  I am a creature of habit and only get what I(we) like, but they have so many delicious Halloween Gifts and Treats, next time I am going to break out and get the Peanut Brittle and maybe the Sour Bats…I know anything I order will be delicious. You have to give them a try, you will not be disappointed!!!

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to buy: See’s CandiesJuliska Berry & Thread Dinner plate   /  Juliska Berry & Threas Cake Platter

Thank you to See’s Candies for sponsoring this post.

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DIY Candy Corn Baskets

I wanted to make something festive, not spooky like this, for Halloween and came up with these little candy corn baskets.  They are the perfect size for candy corn and are really fun to put at everyone’s place at a pumpkin/ orange themed Halloween table.  I found the little cups (that hold ketchup and mustard0) at a local fast food restaurant, but you can use any size you like.  It is a really inexpensive (under $5 dollars!) and an easy project that you could do for really any holiday or occasion, just change up the colors to suit your theme.

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (1) | Ridgely's Radar

 

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DIY Candy Corn Baskets (5) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Candy Corn Baskets
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~ Supplies ~

  • paper streamers: white, orange and yellow (I found mine at Walmart)
  • paper condiment cups (I found mine at a fast food restaurant)
  • Orange thread
  • sewing machine
  • glue gun
  • candy corn
~Directions ~
  1. Cut paper streamers to desired length: to determine length, measure paper cup circumference and multiply by how many baskets you want to make. Add an extra few inches to accommodate for the pleating and folding over finished edge.
  2. Layer the three colors with white and yellow on the bottom and the orange on top.
  3. Sew the paper streamer with a sewing machine.  I pinched the paper into pleats as I slowly  sewed them together.  Careful not to tear or rip the paper.
  4. Cut a piece of the sewed length of streamer to fit a cup with a little extra to fold over.
  5. Hot glue the streamer to the cup.  Do not worry if the bottom hangs off a little bit, you can cut it to fit and be straight. Just make sure you have enough yellow showing.
  6. Hot glue the end piece under to finish it off.
  7. Cut off any overhang on the bottom to clean it up and be straight
  8. Repeat for remaining baskets.
  9. Fill with candy corns.
*DIY Note: Make these for any holiday/ occaision using appropriate colors to match.  i.e.. red and green streamers for Christmas or fun colors for a birthday
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Setting the Table: Easter Morning

Here is a sneak peak at what my table will look like on Easter morning.  To get these pictures I set the table, took pictures, and then stepped away for a short bit.  While I was away our cat, Milo, working in cahoots with our Havanese dogs, Bailey and Jax, discovered the eggs and little chicks! I can’t be sure who did what, but I can say that I found yellow feathers, broken eggs and colored foil in places far, far from the table.  Just to be safe, I packed it all up and will re-create it all again right before breakfast on Easter morning..

Setting the Table: Easter Morning (1) | Ridgely's Radar
Setting the Table: Easter Morning
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photographs by Ridgely


It is all about the Candy!

Halloween is all about the candy in my house.  Our kids want to see how much candy they can get and then they hoard it away in their rooms. Our older son has celiac and can not eat most of the candy he gets, but he still loves the thrill of the trick-or-treating, counting out his bounty and swapping with his brother.  In the end,  most of the candy goes uneaten and remains a temptation for little critters.  This year, I wanted to see if I could create a dessert out of the leftover candy.  I started doing a search for candy friendly recipes and, little did I know, there is a lot you can make with leftover candy!

 

 

 

The hardest part will be making sure the kids bring home the right candy!  I am partial to the Snickers Ice Cream Pie…maybe I can ask the boys to grab those when they are trick-or-treating?!?
Have a Happy Halloween!
For more Fall and Halloween Decorating and recipe ideas take a peak at my Pinterest Board

Halloween Party Favors

Every year we host my husband’s family for Halloween since our neighborhood is filled with kids of all ages. My husband and his brother take the kids out, criss-crossing the streets for maximum loot, while I stay home with the ladies of our family. We are in charge of handing out the candy to the neighborhood kids, and getting dinner ready for the adults. It sounds so civilized and organized but, in actuality, it is a mad house! Whether my kids have school or not it is the same craziness. They start getting excited and so jumpy that feeding them dinner is almost impossible and the frenzy builds so much that, by the time our nieces and nephew arrive, it is a stampede to get out the door, costumes trailing, to get the most CANDY!  It is all I can do to stay calm and let the revelers enjoy their night!

I like to make party favors for the kids to prepare for this night. I realize it seems counter intuitive to make party favors for kids who are about to get a pillowcase full of candy, but I like to entertain, set the table to match the theme of the event and who doesn’t like party favors?  For Halloween, I try to get the kids things that are not candy and are little novelties for the holiday (meaning: Party City is my go to store!)  As I look at all these homemade party favors, I think my little bucket is not worthy… you be the judge!

Here is my party favor which includes silly string, glow in the dark bracelets, silly putty, ring pops, note pad, erasers, pumpkin tattoos, etc…..

Well, what do you think?