Homemade colorfull jelly beans for easter

Homemade jelly beans

Easter is an observed holiday in Norway, Schools are out for a week during the Holy week and Holy thursday, Good Friday untill the third day of Easter everything is closed exept that the stores are open for a few hours easter saturday( Easter eve). We observe the holidays with family and friends, either spent skiing in the mountains, vacating at home or just stay at home. Here as in many countries arround the world we prepare for easter by making decoration, treats and of course the big family dinner on Easter eve.

One year I pimped some Kindereggs see post HERE


I used beans and beads to make my molds.

While waiting for my sweets to finish, I made some flip top boxes with a little window and little paper baggies.  DIY for the the flip top boxes HERE baggies HERE.

Jelly beans


1 packet 500 g cornstarch

A shallow tray or some trays dempending on the size.

1,5 dl sugar
0,5 dl glucose
0,5 dl water
2 tsp gelatin powder
2 tsp cornstarch
I like mine a little sour so I added 1 tsp citric acid

For coating

food colour and flavouring
castor sugar or superfine sugar

Homemade jelly bean recipe

Fill some trays with cornstarch, glue some beans to a stick and press them into the cornstarch to make your molds
Mix together the sugar, glucose, gelattine and cornflour until smooth then add the. Heat to 120 C  using a Candy Thermometer to check the temperature. When it reaches 120 C take it of the heat and add the citric acid.

Pour into the molds and leave to cool for at least a couple of hours.

When they are set, sift off the cornflour.

In a bowl add foodcoloring and castersugar and flavoring, stir to coat and then dip them into powdered sugar to give them the sugar coating.

I do not have a tumbler,so I thought why not use a salad spinner, it worked quite well.

Instead of spinning, I just rocked it back and forth, if i spunn the spinner the candies would not tumble. It worked quite well to just shake them about in a bowl.

Jelly bean recipe

Profeshionally made jelly beans are shiny and tumbled with edible bees wax and since I don’t have bees wax I did not bother to tumble them very long. I tumbled until they had a smooth coating and dusted them with edible luster to give them a shine.

Yummy homemade jelly beans

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Homemade cupcake liners. decorative life hack

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Life hack videos have become very popular. If you do not have something, hvat can you use instead. I had bought some cup cake tulip liners a few years ago and thought they were quite expencive, a package with 12 tulip liners cost US $ 10.- ( This is in Norway)

I took a closer look at one of the liners and discovered it was just a square piece of paper that was the same size as some of my oregami paper and I have a lot of oregami paper from my time in South Korea. HERE is my first blog post making cup cake tulip liners.

If tou want the rough and rustic looking kind  go HERE to se how they are made

In the video below MiniMe is making a cup cake liner.

The tulip baking cup liner I had bought had four pleats, but you can make as many as you can manage and what you have patients for.

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For the ones we made you need:

Origami paper or any printed paper you want
Baking paper
2 glasses that fits your cup cake tin.
Some double sided tape

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In the video above MiniMe shoved how to make the one on the left, but if you do not cut the corners of the paper the result will be like the ones in the top picture and the one to the right in the picture above.

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  1. Put a bit of adhesive on the bottom of the glas and along the side of the base.
  2. Fold the paper squares diagonaly as in the picture.

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3. Place the senter of the glas on the center of the square.

4. Press the paper dovn the side of the glas.

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5. Fold and pleat the paper-

6. Place a second glas on top and twist to make the folded edges sharper.

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7. Do the same with the baking paper

8. Place the baking paper inside the decorative paper.

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If you want you can tie a ribbon around the paper liners to decorate, but do this after you have baked the cup cakes.


Homemade paper bag DIY for your treats.

Paper bag DIY

Do you like to personalize your treats?

I do, I have been doing it ever since I was a kid, I can remember making sweet and wanted to put them in something nice before I gave them away. If I recolect right he first sweets I ever made was peppermint buttons were half was dipped in chocolate and I was so proud.

Paperbag  with window DIY


This DIY is for simple paper bags with a celophane window.  Today it is easy to just buy paper bags, but sometimes you do not have one at hand and this post is to show you how easy it is to make.

You need:
Cards stock
Pinking scissors
Double sided tape
X-acto knife
Cutting board

and something to fill the baggies with.

MiniMe and I have used graph paper for this illustration.

We used a business card sized piece of cardstock for the size of the baggie base. Then we marked where to fold the paper and where to put the window.

Next stage is to tape with the double-sided tape around the window and where to glue the baggie together.


Cut out the window, glue the cellophane on. Fold the paper and glue the edges together.


Glue the card stock to the bottom of the bag as seen in the illustration and in the video above.

When you have finished gluing the bag together cut the top with a pair of pinking scissors to give the bag a decorative edge. Fold the bag to close it and use string or ribbon to decorate it.

Homemade Christmas crackers

Using Bon bons for Christmas is a very British tradition.
Crackers are typically pulled at the Christmas dinner table or at parties and are often filled with coloured paper hat, a small toy, or other little trinket, a joke, a riddle or a piece of trivia on a small strip of paper
I like to use them as gift wrappers and place cards. Mini me even got one on her christmas calendar
The Christmas crackers are very easy to assemble. The tricky part is to find the strip of paper that cracks. My solution is to buy cheap crackers and remove the trip, plus I get a paper crown and a hopeless joke, but the jokes kan easily be changed with some other joke, trivia or words of wisdom that you want to give to the person receiving your Christmas cracker.
You need:
Empty toilet rolls
Friction strips
Wrapping, tissue paper
Filling for the crackers
A sharp knife
Cutting board.
Cut a piece of paper that is the same length as three toilet rolls and wide that it will overlap when you wrap the rolls with 1-1,5 cm or 1/2″. Score the paper from the long side to the other, this is to make it easier to pull the cracker a part.
Glue the friction strip 2,5 cm about 1 inch from one of the edges and glue the middle toilet roll next to it with a thin strip of glue. PS. DO NOT PUT GLUE ON THE WHOLE ROLL, IF YOU DO IT WIL BE DIFFICULT TO PULL THE CRACKER A PART:
Wrap the toilet rolls and pull the outer rolls a little out in order to wist the ends.


Tie a ribbon arround one of the twisted ends and fill the other with the stuffing you want, tie the other end and decorate your bonbons. When you are finished decorating  remove the outer toilet rolls. Easy as pie, just remember to use paper that ripps easyli

Liver paté with bacon

Christmas is around the corner and homemade pate is nice a addition to the breakfast, brunch or lunch table. It has been a while since I have made this but a sweet friend asked me on Facebook if I had a decent recipe for a pate, of course I have.
The story goes that when I lived i Pusan South Korea, the scandinavian ladies could not find decent liver pate for their open faced sandwiches. So we had to make our own and since there was an abundance of the ingredients that was not a problem.
This recipe makes about 500 grams
150 g pork liver

4 pc anchovies filets

100 g bacon, 50 g fat/lard, 1/2 ts salt

or if you do not want the bacon flavor use

100 g fat/lard, 1,5 ts salt

1 onion
1 ½ dl milk
3 tbs flour
½ ts pepper
½ ground allspice
1 egg
Cut the liver, bacon, fat and onions in to small pieces and put it in a food processor with the anchovies and blend it all up, then add the rest of the ingredients and continue blending until it becomes a smooth mass.

Pour the it in to a greased pot or 2 smaller pots and place it/them on a baking tray that can hold water, add about a liter of water in the tray and bake in the oven for about an hour on 175  ºC (347 Fahrenheit)The pate is finished when the baking thermometer shows 76 ºC.(169 Fahrenheit)

You can make a big batch of this and freeze it, just make sure that the pots you use can be placed in the freezer and oven.