Sep 22, 2010

Camp Out Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids, Recipes

It’s starting to get cooler in NYC and it is the last opportunity here to go on a camp out before it gets too cold.  Jeannie of Cakes by Jeannie sent over these pictures of her family reunion camp out held in Washington State Park, Missouri and I’m just loving all of the details.  Jeannie and her parents, six siblings {and now their 15 kids!} spent a weekend at their cabin enjoying nature and plenty of good food.  Her family has had a tradition of camping out each year for the last 15 years!  This year Jeannie made a sweets table that included s’more pops, chocolate confetti, owl cookies, oatmeal chunk cookies and golden cupcakes with chocolate fudge frosting {yum!}.  Jeannie was inspired by the colors of the vintage plates and thermos bottles that she remembered from camping trips when she was younger.  Jeannie filled up the table with cute owl signage from Cupcake Cutiees Designs.  Scroll down to see Jeannie’s Chocolate Confetti recipe.

Jeannie – This looks like a lovely family reunion and what a beautiful spread you created for your family.  I hope that all the kiddies and adults got to it before the forest friends!  PS – I had my first semi-camp out experience with my boys this summer.  Okay, it was in a backyard, but that’s a lot of nature compared to NYC.  I think we’ll do our first real camp out next year and I’m going to bring this chocolate confetti recipe with us…

Chocolate Confetti Recipe

3 different colors of chocolate candy coating, 1/2 pound each
3 tablespoons paramount crystals
4 cups Kix cereal
1 bag popped plain popcorn
4 cups corn flakes

Starting with lightest color of candy coating, in a microwave safe bowl, melt 1/2 pound of chocolate candy coating with 1 tablespoon of paramount crystals on high for about 20 seconds and then stir. Continue heating and stirring until chocolate is completely melted. Pour over Kix and mix well. Spread out in an even layer on a wax paper covered tray. Set aside.

Using the same bowl, melt the next darkest color of coating, using the same ratio of chocolate and crystals. When melted, pour over popcorn. When completely coated, spread out on another tray and allow to set.

Finish with darkest color and coat the corn flakes in same method.  When all of the treats are dry, break apart and combine in one large, airtight container.  Chocolate Confetti will keep for at least one week.


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  • So cute! I love the colors and those mushroom and owl cookies are ADORABLE!!

  • This is very cute! I love her cookies! Congrats on the feature Jeannie!

  • I just love cute owls so of course I’m loving those cookies! the color scheme is great and so nice that it was outdoors I love the design and colors on the picture frame as well Everyone must have had a great time!

  • I’m very excited because I’m getting married for the second time (with my already husband) this weekend and I’m hosting a wedding picnic.
    I hope it will turn out as beautiful as I imagine it and I’m definitely following lots of advice from you.
    Hopefully I can enter the sweet table contest in Spain!

  • Just thrilled to see my work here on your blog! Thanks, Amy!

  • Judith

    Me encanta Amy !!!! …its very pretty , thanks 😉

  • Jeanne – you did a marvelous job with all of the attention to detail. The cookies are superb! What a lovely setting and very pretty, subdued color palette. Great job!

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  • Elizabeth

    Love everything about this design, especially the owl signage and cookies! And I will definitely give the Chocolate Confetti a go. Thanks, Jeannie and Amy!

  • I love that the color palette was pulled from the vintage camping plates that mean so much to her family. Simply beautiful! (Doesn’t hurt that I’m completely enchanted with all the adorable owl things this fall.)

  • Such a cute blend of rustic and sweet, with all the soft colors. The place settings on the table are my favorite.

  • Claudia

    Hi Amy, my name is Claudia, im from mexico, you don’t know how much I admire you. I do kind of the same things you do, of course im not as good as you, yet hahaha. Everyday I go to work and the first thing I do is open the internet and do “Amy surpise me”. I really really would appreciate a way to comunicate with you, so you could give me tips or some advices.

    Thank you, you are awesome.


  • Ramona


  • adorable!!!

  • Jeannie

    Several people have asked; the menu frame is from Hobby Lobby. It even has matching plates :).

  • Holly K.

    Jeannie, The whole thing is absolutely adorable. You have so much creativity.
    I’m so proud of you. Great job!

  • Ami

    How lovely! Especially the yellow-brown mushrooms. I so want to eat them.