Recipe: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Apricot Gelée

Panna Cotta, an Italian dessert of silky, sweetened cream set with gelatin, is all at once simple, classic and elegant.  It is, at its best, subtle, not overly sweet, and the perfect way to end a meal on a light and refreshing note.
Panna cotta comes together quickly and can be molded in any type of vessels you choose -- from ramekins to demitasse, martini glasses to mason jars.  I like to compliment my panna cotta with a thin layer of gelée -- a gelatin stabilized glaze made from fresh fruit.  Apricots are in season right now, and are bursting with summer sweetness, so I chose to do an apricot gelée.  You can use my recipe with any type of fruit you'd like.  
Here are some photos of panna cottas I've made in the past with a variety of gelées and vessels:
Vanilla Panna Cotta with a Honey Gelée and Bee Pollen
Lemon Panna Cotta, no gelée
Meyer-Lemon Panna Cotta, Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelee

I like to decorate my desserts with edible flowers, especially in summer and springtime. My theme fo…

CAMP CUPCAKE: An Elmer's Kids Craft Camp Party + Giveaway

What do you get when you cross cupcakes and frosting, arts & crafts, four little girls and a crate full of supplies from Elmer's?

A crafty summer camp that really takes the cake!

Details on how to enter to win craft supplies from Elmer's at the end of this post!Elmer's

I'd be willing to bet that you'd be hard pressed to find a creative person whose earliest experience with art did not include some sort of Elmer's product.  My earliest childhood craft projects would be just a mess of construction paper clippings and loose macaroni if it weren't for Elmer's Washable School Paste. So, it was with great excitement and a nostalgic heart that I jumped at the opportunity to take part in the Elmer's Summer Craft Camp program.

Here's a 2 minute slideshow that shows the whole process, from start to finish!

It all started with the arrival of this crate...
...filled to the brim with arts & crafts supplies!
There were 5 adorably wrapped kits for kids,
and one big, incredibly generous pack for ME!

We had fun deciding how we were going to make OUR
version of the Elmer's Kids' Craft Camp a sweet success.
Once we picked a theme, we cooked up an invitation:


Blue & Orange Construction Paper
White Card Stock
Brown Felt
A small trimming from the orange burlap craft bag

Step 1:  Using the scissors that came with the large pack, we cut the three papers to size.

Step 2:  Using the tape runner that came in the large pack, we stacked the adhered the papers together.

Step 3:  Using the same 8" scissors, we cut a cup shape from the orange burlap, and a frosting shape from a brown felt.  Using a thin line of Elmer's Glue All, we attached the two together and then affixed them to the invitation.


On the day of the party, we created a station for each camper:
Each station included:
a white apron
an Elmer's mini bi-fold foam board
AND an Elmer's Kids' Craft kit containing:


The Elmer's Painters were so easy to use and went
on the blank aprons beautifully!
The paint can be heat-set with an iron or in the dryer after application.


PROJECT #2:  Cupcake Sleeves
The girls enjoyed trying out all the different patterns on the decorative scissors and found them fun and easy to use!

The full tutorial and a free downloadable template will be posted on Friday.


PROJECT #3:  Cupcake Platforms
We used scrapbook paper and our glue sticks to make these pretty and functional collapsible cupcake platforms out of the mini bi-fold foam boards.  The girls also thought they'd be a great place for their Barbies to throw a dance party!


PROJECT #4:  Cupcake Picks

We used the X-acto Corner Rounder Punch on 2x2 pieces of scrapbook paper to make the backgrounds for our whimsical cupcake picks.  We used the thin mini glue spots to affix the sticks and the tulle.

A tutorial for this project will be posted on Monday


PROJECT #5:  Fondant Flowers
Each girl got their own tray of Neapolitan cupcakes.
I taught the girls how to work with rolled fondant and guided them in making their own fondant flowers.


As we were winding down, the girls used the Craft Bond Gel Pens and Project Popperz Dual-Tip Markers to decorate their take-home cake boxes.


Feeling inspired and ready to get craftin' with Elmer's?
Elmer's has generously offered to give one lucky Rook No. 17 reader
(1) Adult craft camp kit and (2) kid craft camp kits
(packaging may differ from the ones pictured here).

Each kid kit includes:

·      CraftBond Extra Strength Glue Stick
·      CraftBond Glue Spots
·      Project Popperz Markers
·      Mini Bi-Fold Foam Board

Each adult kit includes:
·      CraftBond Gel Pens
·      CraftBond Extra Strength Glue Stick
·      CraftBond Tape Runner
·      Painters Markers
·      X-ACTO Zigzag and Scallop scissor packs
·      X-ACTO 8” Scissors
·      X-ACTO Punch

To enter:  
1.  Be a follower of Rook No. 17
2.  Visit the Elmer's website, then come back and tell me which of their craft projects you'd most like to try.

One winner* will be chosen by on Wednesday, July 27 at 11:59 PM PST
*must be a U.S. Resident
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