July 4, 2009

happy mint-dependence day!

Sometimes you just need to step back and stop thinking. Turn off the ol' idea-machine. Let the engine cool down.


Leave your brain alone for a minute and it might surprise ya.

I spent way too long looking for and thinking about something festive to make for my coworkers in celebration of Independence Day. Ideas were few and far between, and none of them were good. I got frustrated and finally gave up, deciding not to make anything. Shortly thereafter, I had a miniature epiphany, and the Mint-dependence Day flag was born.


(I left the red part a bit swirly intentionally. Swirls are pretty.)

These are your typical cream cheese mints, which I've done before. A little food coloring, a little artistic positioning, and the result is a patriotic display of sweetness. It's not an outstanding production, but it satisfied me (and my co-workers, who I'm convinced will devour just about anything).

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

62 comments:

lisa said...

Love it! These are so cute. And, they're delicious with the cream cheese. Happy 4th of July!

kat said...

Super cute, have a great 4th

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Happy 4th! What a cute treat for your co-workers! Cool idea.

kimberleyblue said...

What a creative idea! They look so delicious too...your coworkers are very lucky.

Happy 4th!

culinography said...

Love it! Happy 4th!

finsmom said...

What a fun and yummy treat! Thanks for sharing! I will be bookmarking these! :)

oneordinaryday said...

That's perfect. Not only pretty, but patriotic and delicious too. Sounds like a winner to me.
And very clever.... Happy Mint-dependence Day. : )
Michelle

sweetflutterbys3 said...

I've made a chocolate covered version of these before, and I had to make another batch because the first disappeared! I will be trying your recipe too. They sound so good and I love the creative colors.

Happy 4th to you too!

Ingrid said...

Happy 4th!
~ingrid

Zoe said...

These are so sweet! Little pockets of minty heaven!

Gloria said...

I love these Grace!! Look absolutely yummy !!! amazing colours!! Happy 4th!! kisses!! Gloria

kellypea said...

You are so good to your co-workers. And I completely agree with you. Sometimes I spend a ridiculous amount of time entertaining myself with all the possibilities and then I don't make what I set out to make. DOH. Your flag is quite cute and definitely more patriotic looking than the dessert I made recently which was mauve and pink. Um...not quite 4th of Julyish? Hahahaha!

Cucinista said...

What a great idea to make mints -- I had never seen a recipe for those before. They open up a whole world of possibility for treats and decorations. Thanks!

Lynda said...

A great idea, Grace-I love these mints,although I've not made them before. I love the swirls too!
Happy 4th!

Rebeca @All Vegged Out said...

So Cute! Happy Independence Day!

OhioMom said...

What a clever minty flag .. Happy 4th!!

Kate said...

Cute idea! I am going to explore how to make mints. I have never made them before.

bigsis said...

Great idea, Grace! Sometimes simple is best, right? You have pretty lucky co-workers. I hope they appreciate you!

Beth said...

Happy 4th! Yummy looking mints too!

Jacque said...

Those are seriously cute! your little flag made me smile :)

Happy 4th!

KJ said...

Fantastic!! This reminds me of the time I made a massive Olympic flag out of lollies (jelly beans, snakes, smarties etc) for a work function to celebrate the opening of the Syndey Olympics.

Donna-FFW said...

Absolutely the most perfect idea fo the 4th. Have to remember this for next year. Nicely done !

Lindsey said...

So cute! I have never made cream cheese mints before, but they sound delicious!

Bunny said...

I'm bookmarking this Grace this would be fantastic Christmas gidfts! I've never made them before but cream chesse paired with anything has to be good! Happy 4th of July ( belated)

giz said...

The beauty in this is the energy to dedicated to it and the novelty of what you created. So cute and memorable.

Barbara said...

I say: your page is so very festive, patriotic and so yummy looking I could reach right into the page and grab one. Aren't the old recipes the best? Never have tried cream cheese mints- but I will now.

noble pig said...

Seriously that is stinkin' adorable...unreal.

sliceofsueshe said...

very cute and patriotic!
hope you have a great mint-dependence day!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Happy 4th of July Grace! Whata cool way to celebrate it and I like food related epiphanies! :)

Lori said...

So you are telling me to cool my jets, huh. Sure, no problem, pass me one of those and I can cool my jets with some mint!

You know, I must have lead a sheltered life cause I never heard of these. I am so grateful for this post. I need to make these now.

Karine said...

Such an original way to create the flag!

Bridgett said...

What a fun idea! Sounds delicious with the cream cheese. Hope you had a great 4th.

MaryBeth said...

Do we work in the same office and just don't know it? I think your flag is adorable and very creative.

Laura said...

Awesome! You know how much I love mint--why I have I never tried something like this? Oh and we have 2 eps to go in Fringe and we are LOVING it. Did you finish (or ever watch) Pushing Daisies? We have 1 to go there...

burpandslurp said...

wow!! These look sooo petite and whimsical and absolutely drool-worthy! Too pretty and cute for words!

Anita said...

Great photo! I've never seen these mints before... must look into it further

Nicisme said...

Cool! Hope you had a good 4th!
PS. Sent you an email.

Chef Fresco said...

Aww how cute! Hope you had a great 4th!

Albany Jane said...

Oh Grace, I love it when you play with your food! So freakin' cute!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

So cute! I'm a fan of Mint-dependance day!

The Blonde Duck said...

I want to be your co-worker. And your buddy. And pal.

Lucky bastards.

Marjie said...

Red, white and blue! It's nothing but Independence Day goodness.

LilSis said...

What a cute idea! Very clever. Amazing what you can come up with when you actually stop trying so hard.

Abby said...

I think we have the same co-workers.

I've made those mints before, and I colored them for Valentine's Day.

Great minds are we.

Robin Sue said...

Another fun recipe for my little ones! I think this is great any time of year too!

ovenhaven said...

Awww, these are so cute! What a creative idea :D

Indigo said...

So cute! I might try that recipe with orange flavouring... I'm not a big mint girl but love the texture. Hmm!

Maria said...

How fun!

Juliana said...

Great idea...really fun!

Megan said...

So creative! I love it!

unconfidentialcook said...

What a great idea...so much more interesting that the blueberry-strawberry flag on a sheet cake. LOVE it! Can't wait for next year.

Jaime said...

how creative! i didn't know you could make those mints at home!

Deborah said...

Beautiful! Hope your holiday was wonderful!

Caleb said...

I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn't know that the food blog community was so big. I love your posts!

I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I'll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at ramendays@yahoo.com or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.

Cheers,
Caleb
www.ramendays.com

Emily said...

I love it! That is one delicious, beautiful flag. What a great idea!

pigpigscorner said...

Very creative!

foodhoe said...

beautiful! I'd like have to have that with chocolate fondue... Hope your holiday was very festive.

Jessica@foodmayhem said...

I don't like mints but dig your design.

Lisa said...

And those are lovely mints too! Sounds fun to me. I hope your holiday was spectacular.

Pam said...

You clever, clever girl. Hope you had a great fourth.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Those are so cute and Happy belated 4th July Grace!

eatme_delicious said...

Great idea!! I've never had a cream cheese mint.