Cupcakes with Extra Icing January 10, 2012Posted by Sindy in Recipes.
Tags: cupcake, cupcakes, dessert, food, gift ideas, gifts, icing, recipe
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I’m not the biggest cupcake fan, but I really liked this idea.
This morning on the news (NPR to be precise) they mentioned a guy at an airport with a cupcake in a jar. I thought the idea was to put the cupcake into a tall jar and then fill the rest of the jar with icing. That way you’d get like 3 times more icing than even a mile-high frosted cupcake. (I personally would prefer whipped cream instead of icing though.) But then I Googled it, and I found something way more fun:
A new trend called Cupcake in a Jar!
In case you can’t tell, you’re basically making a two-layer cake out of cupcakes and using a jar so it stays all together. And the possibilities sound fun to me! Can you imagine it with cream cheese, or raspberry jam, or a cupcake-sized lush cake?
What are some of your ideas? What other things can we stack in a jar for a tasty, individual-sized treat?
Fave Instructables January 28, 2010Posted by Sindy in Uncategorized.
Tags: alton brown, Beatles, bike, clothing, custom, DIY, fashion, fleece, hat, heated, how-to, Instructables, meat, meat smoker, pattern, pillow, quillow, quilt, rack, recipe, Sewing, ski, ski bike, smoker, Snuggie, thread, Tutorials, warm, warmth
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This week, it’s all about keeping warm (and a few other things). I often tell people I’m related to the Abominable Snowman cause I just can’t keep warm. Maaaaaybe some of these will help.
It’s not just warm stuff though. There’s a thread rack which I’m going to put high on my projects list, and a mini meat smoker.
Ha ha. This reminds me of one winter I was at a camp lodge with some friends and one of the guys brought a VCR and an old, portable, 3″ TV. On that small, and unusual setup we watch the Beatles movie Help. I thought it was strange, but I always did like the ski bike. What a way to go down the slopes – while sitting down – without getting your backside frozen.
Custom Fleece Hats
My brother learned how to sew by making his own fleece hats several years ago, but these designs cut the cake. They’re so fun! I love the roman helmet! With this you could do just about anything! (Hmmm, a knight’s helmet, a dragon, funky hair, or perhaps an egghead – looks like an egg frying on your head )
Electric Heated Clothes
All right! Finally! I was thinking of making some clothes by just taking an electric blanket and cutting it up (it probably wouldn’t work though – too much electrical troubles), but this is such a superior way to do it that there just isn’t a comparison. Hmmm, perhaps I could make an electric business suit. Maybe then I’d finally stay warm in the office.
Warning: Be careful when heating with electricity. The heat is made by purposely creating a short. That, and since it is combined with flammable fabric, this can easily cause a fire. Never leave clothing unattended while it is on, and NEVER SLEEP IN THESE CLOTHES!!!!!
Make Your Own Snuggie
Another great Instructable for staying warm, and saving money. Just as I thought, this is really easy to make – it’s just a blanket with sleeves. I personally would make it out of an acrylic blanket (or better yet, an acrylic/wool blend) though since polyester fleece is one of the coldest fabrics on Earth.
Part Pillow, Part Quilt – It’s a Quillow!
I used to have one of these! (Can’t remember where it is now.) We called it a quillow. Sometimes we’d fold out the blanket, stuff the pocket with something like a couple t-shirts, and then use it like a light-weight sleeping bag (but of course it wasn’t really a bag). Fun times. Basically it’s just a blanket with a pocket for folding the blanket into for storage. It works best if you size the pocket mathematically (something like 1/3 of the width of the blanket and 1/4 the height) to make it easier to fold the blanket into it.
All Right! The perfect Instructable for any sewer! I so need one of these! It’s basically a board with dowels sticking out at an angle to hold the thread. This person covered the board with fabric so they can store their needles on there too. Since I’m just starting out in the sewing arena, making my own thread rack would let me make a smaller one for my smaller collection. Plus I’m constantly loosing my needles. This is also great for needles with some thread still on them.
DIY Mini Meat Smoker
“Sorry sir, I don’t smoke.” “Then what’s that hickory scent.” “Oh, that? That’s my new mini meat smoker that I just made this morning. I’m cooking some hickory smoked ribs right now.” Oh yeah, this sounds way too good. XD (And my brother thought his jerky was good. Just you wait bro…)
Recipe – Chocomallow Logs – What Christmas Tastes Like to Me December 22, 2009Posted by Sindy in Recipes.
Tags: candy, chocolate, chocomallow logs, Christmas, dessert, marshmallows, nuts, recipe, treats
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To me, the flavor of Christmas tastes like fruit flavored marshmallows, chocolate, and nuts. It’s surrounded with Grandparents and family and sits at the kiddie table downstairs. It’s coats on Grandma’s bed and the hope we get a glimpse of the cats underneath. To me, the flavor of Christmas is called a Chocomallow Log.
One of my favorite Christmas memories were the Chocomallow Logs that Grandma would make. She only made a couple of them, so she would slice them up and give just a slice or two to the grandkids for a special treat. Sadly she stopped making them a few years ago, so I got the recipe from her.
Her recipe used raw egg, so I found an alternative one online
But after some experience I have written the following adaptation:
1/2 bag chocolate chips (remember, you can use any flavor, but I’ll have to keep trying the white chocolate )
1/3 cup butter (I prefer butter)
3 cups marshmallows (Grandma always used the fruit-flavored Kraft marshmallows)
1 cup chopped nuts (remember, it doesn’t have to just be nuts (except white chocolate with toffee bits was a little too much))
About 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 glass bowl for melting chocolate in microwave
1 big bowl for mixing marshmallow mix with melted chocolate
1 spatula/spoon (I found this to be the most useful)
4 mini loaf pans for forming the logs
3 square sheets of wax paper
1 tiny bowl to hold the powdered sugar
1 dinner spoon for scooping and sprinkling the powdered sugar
1 measuring cup for the marshmallows
1 knife to cut the butter
1 plastic cutting board to cut the butter on
1 nut chopper (if needed)
And of course all the cleaning stuff for afterwords
- Make a stack alternating the mini loaf pans and the wax paper. Put a weight in the top one (I usually use the other half of the chocolate chips, still in the bag). This forms the wax paper to the loaf pans and prepares things so you can make the logs without a huge mess as you get with the other recipe.
- Cut, chop, and measure everything out in their correct bowls (the chocolate and the butter go in the smaller glass bowl, the marshmallows and nuts go in the big bowl). Don’t forget the powdered sugar in the tiny bowl with the dinner spoon.
- Microwave the chocolate/butter for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes just until the butter is melted.
- Stir the chocolate/melted butter with the spatula spoon until the chocolate is melted and smooth (except the white chocolate seemed to go kind of grainy-smooth).
- Scoop the chocolate mix into the marshmallow mix with the spatula spoon, and stir it up until everything is thoroughly covered. Don’t take very long cause you’ll need the chocolate to stay melted for the next quick step.
- Now, hopefully the chocolate is still good and melted. Quickly lay out the three mini loaf pans with a now-formed wax paper (make sure it keeps the form!) and sprinkle a little powdered sugar in the wax paper.
- Now to get your hands dirty! With your nice clean hands divide the chocolate marshmallow mix into the three loaf pans.
- When that’s all done and you’ve scooped what chocolate you can into the loaf pans then quickly wash up your hands to prepare for the next step.
- Now sprinkle the top of the logs with a bit more powdered sugar, and then tightly (but not too tightly – the wax paper likes to tear) wrap up the logs in the wax paper into a lovely little log bundle. I like to turn them over in the pans so the flaps don’t pop open.
- Stick ‘em in da freezer and let ‘em freeze solid!
That’s it! After a couple hours they should be ready to take out and either wrap up with little bows and gift tags, or sliced up and served. Yum!