We hosted a party to get together with a group of our friends we hadn’t seen for awhile. It was a bit last minute (one week’s notice) but we managed to still have some fun activities for all of the kids (age range of 6 months to 13 years) and adults.
Did I remember to take pictures of everything? Nope. To start, I had the idea to make a bunch of cupcakes and frosting and let people decorate their own. I bought a variety of sprinkle packs that were Halloween/Fall-themed. I took them and poured them into silicone cupcake liners that I put into a brownie pan. This way, people could pinch the liners and sprinkle the decorates on, or use measuring spoons I put in the pan to scoop some out.
If desired, they could use the orange frosting, a pretzel stick, and green frosting to make a pumpkin design.
Well, that was the idea…but I didn’t care what people did. And they were all so creative! The kids had fun, as did the adults. Then, the two oldest kids sat and decorated the second dozen of cupcakes (I told them to feel free to do more since they had so much fun with their initial ones). Look what they made!
So, we started with dessert. Then, the toddlers and early-elementary students made a ghost craft I got from the store.
Again, I used silicone liners to help. I sorted the stickers and would tell the kids how many items to grab from each liner (some were single items and some were pairs). I also had a completed ghost for them to look at for a model…although I didn’t actually put the stickers on, just placed them.
For dinner, we ordered individual pizzas from a local chain that lets you completely customize the pizzas–the Chiplet could even get a dairy-free cheese on his! While we waited for our order, I again pulled out a craft for the kids when they got restless/hungry. It was just putting stickers on paper, but they liked it.
Now for the recipe….all you have to do is….
Take a can of sweetened condensed milk (I used two but it doesn’t matter, it just depends on how much you want to make) and pour it into a bag good for sous vide machines. Then, add a bit of vanilla extract and salt if you wish, otherwise you can omit the salt.
Set the sous vide machine to 186 degrees F and cook the milk for 11-12 hours making sure to check the water level occasionally.
That’s it! It is just like when people make dulce de leche on the stove with cooking the can in water, but it is even easier since you can watch the bag to see what color it gets to and sample it, too. I sampled it around the 10 hour mark and let it go for longer to get a slightly stronger flavor.
All I did was cut a corner off and poured the caramel onto the cupcakes, into the cupcakes, etc.