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…

Free Kids Superhero Valentines -- Stuck on You

I have four kids,
which, come Valentine's Day,
means bucketloads of candy and junk
find their way home from school.

To help cut down on cavities and landfill,
I decided to come up with a fun, but sneakily practical
valentine for the kids to give to all their classmates last year.

These Marvel superhero bandaids came from the Dollar Tree,
so they were very budget-friendly.

The kids loved them because they're superhero-themed
and they sure beat the icky old skin colored
bandaids that we grew up with.

My parent-friends appreciated them, because they
were one of the few things their kids got
that they didn't toss in the trash
as soon as the novelty of the Valentines Day
haul had worn off (around 10 minutes).
Win * Win

Here's how you can make your own:

Stuck on You Bandaid Valentines

  • FREE hang tag (Download HERE)
  • Cardstock or Photo Paper
  • Plain cellophane treat bags (4x6)**
  • Bandaids (3 per valentine)*
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Step 1:  Download free hang tag and print on heavy paper.  Cut out hang tags and fold.
Step 2:  Place a strip of 3 bandaids in each cellophane bag. 
Step 3:  Place hang tag over the top of the bag.  Staple in place.

*Bandaids:  I'm not sure if Dollar Tree is still carrying this specific set.  However, I've confirmed that both Walmart and Target presently sell Avengers bandaids.

**Bags:  I've found these at Walmart and Michael's for around $5 for a pack of 100.

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