I am recently obsessed with painting my fingernails wild and whacky colors.
Here’s the thing: I hate painting my fingernails.
I love having my fingernails manicured and looking nice, but I hate painting them.
Someone else can paint them, and I’m happy for a bit, but eventually I hate them anyway.
I hate painting my fingernails because one of two things always happens:
I either ruin them before they dry because I have a bazillion things to do and I’m too impatient to wait for them to dry (not a good combo for painting fingernails).
Or they chip way too fast and I get angry because I hate chipped nails and now they have to go, even though I just painted them yesterday.
And despite all that, I have been obsessed with finding unique colors and painting my fingernails, almost every day.
It began about a year and a half ago with my toes, a pedicure, and a purple OPI polish. Over the course of about a year I began painting my toes all sorts of wild colors, and really loving it.
Then, about six months ago, it spread to my fingernails.
It all started with a shimmery turquoise. And it hasn’t stopped. I have acquired more new nail polish in the last 3 months than I bought in the entire first nine years of my marriage. Seriously.
My most recent acquisition is a blue that I like to call TARDIS Blue, and I stopped at Walgreens with my sister, during a ten hour drive, to try on and buy funky colored and glittered nail polishes for almost 30 minutes last week.
I’m telling you all of this, because I think I may have a problem.
Not that I plan to do anything about it or anything. Um. My nails look too pretty.
But if I don’t acquire some matte nail polish soon, I’m probably going to go into mental breakdown or something.
And, on that crazy, completely-unrelated-to-baking-or-Autumn-in-anyway note, wanna see how to make those pretty rice crispy treats up there?
Yes, they really are rice crispy treats.
I saw these pretty little ornaments on Etsy the other day, and I was immediately inspired. I love it when that happens.
After snooping around the interwebs for a little while, I found a tutorial for making the ornaments and knew it’d be a cinch to make them edible.
I also knew that the decorating would be a little more involved, so I wanted the food to be easy.
Enter the rice crispy treats.
I wanted to make some Autumn inspired treats that would look pretty on a Thanksgiving dinner table, and taste good as dessert afterwards, so I went with the original pinecone shape that I found, and added an acorn design of my own.
For the pinecone, I molded the rice crispy treat into a simple egg shape.
First, I shaped the bottom part into a half oval that was flat on top, then I shaped a flat disc to stick on top. That worked, but as you can see in the top photo, the disc part kept trying to pull away from the bottom.
In the end, it was better to shape the entire acorn from one treat. Just go for a bell shape, then give it a bit more of a lip, rather than a flare, to create the cap of the acorn.
As for the fondant, once I had it tinted, I rolled it out nice and thin. I wanted to work with thinner fondant so that the treats wouldn’t weigh a ton, and the fondant wouldn’t fall off from being to heavy.
Once dried, I used frosting to stick the fondant to the treats. Cover the bottom of the pinecone, or acorn, with a small round of fondant, then layer the triangles until you have the treat completely covered.
I capped all of the treats off with a piece of fondant cut out with a small star cutter. It was the perfect shape to layer in with the triangles and gave all of the treats a clean finish. Then I just added a stem and copper luster dust to add some striking details and a little shimmer to them.
I did everything identically for the acorns, except I laid the fondant triangles flat, rather than curving them out. I particularly like the caps on the acorns, and the lovely bronzy finish that the copper luster dust added to them.
For the trees, I covered them in exactly the same way, even using a star to finish off the top, but instead of using luster dust, I coated the ends of the “branches” in sparkling white disco dust, then “glued” red nonpareils on with almond extract.
Okay, so adding the nonpareils was a somewhat tedious step that can totally be skipped, but just look how cute! Totally worth it.
I had a lot of fun making these, and they’re easy enough that kids can help, too. Plus, the possibilities are endless as far as how to decorate them and what shapes to make. They are a little bit time consuming, but since the treats are so super fast and easy to make, it wasn’t too bad at all.
These would make an elegant, fun, and surprising addition to any Autumn get together. No one will know that the decor is the dessert.
1 recipe rice crispy treats