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Too Cute Tuesday: Peepshi

Editor’s Note: Too Cute Tuesday Saint Louis sent in this post. Thanks to Sarah for sending it in and keeping the crafting going in the Midwest!

Tada.

Tada.

We here at Too Cute Tuesday St. Louis love springtime (even though mostly it has just beenrainy here). And with springtime comes Easter, and with Easter comes PEEPS! We neededto do something with those delicious marshmallow animals covered in brightly coloredsugar.And that’s when we came across peepshi, the wonderful notion of sushi made of peeps.Perfect. (Peepfect?)

The final products look as good as the original blog entry. Go Saint Louis TCTers!

The final products look as good as the original blog entry. Go Saint Louis TCTers!

Kiri, Keith, and Sarah enjoying a little merge of American and Japanese traditions. Yum.

Kiri, Keith, and Sarah enjoying a little merge of American and Japanese traditions. Yum.

We used the directions here. http://www.seriouseats.com/

 

Supplies:

  • marshmallows
  • rice krispies cereal
  • fruit roll up
  • Peeps

1. Discuss how long it has been since you’ve made rice krispies treats.

2. Make rice krispies treats – you want a high marshmallow to cereal ratio for easiershaping.

3. While it is still warm, pull the rice krispies treats to make a rectangle sheet. It might helpto just make enough for one roll at a time.

4. Cut the fruit-roll-up to the appropriate size and layer it with the treats.

5. Slice up the peeps as you would sushi filling, in strips.

6. Roll it all up. This part is easier if the rice krispies treats are a bit warm. If the rollbreaks, no problem, just mold it all together again.

7. Take a sharp knife and slice up your roll into bite-sized pieces.

8. Let your imagination go crazy! Regular rolls. Inside-out rolls. Nigiri. Hand rolls. Thesugary possibilities are endless!

Cutting Peeps down the middle? Crazy stuff!

Cutting Peeps down the middle? Crazy stuff!

9. Eat one. Or two. Talk about how very very sugary they are. And how much you wantregular sushi now.

Aren’t you crafty? And ready to take on the Annual Peep Show? Check it out: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/070402/GAL-07Apr02-69859/index.html

On a roll...

On a roll...

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

Too Cute Tuesday: Irish Soda Bread

Dorrie may have cheated by using the mixer but the results were still delectable.

Dorrie may have cheated by using the mixer but the results were still delectable.

 

Due to Nicole’s travel schedule, Dorrie took over the Too Cute Tuesday reins and made her famous Irish soda bread in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s her post:

Due to the fact that the puppies ate my Really Yummy Blarney Scone Trader Joe’s Irish Soda Bread, I was inspired to make Irish Soda Bread myself. I Googled ‘easy Irish Soda Bread’ and found quite a few recipes. I went with Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread from Allrecipes (). It seemed easy enough and a quick trip to Hannaford to get the missing ingredients and I was off and running.

I mixed all the dry ingredients first (flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder). Then I mixed in the softened butter and buttermilk. (I cheated and used the Kitchen  Aid.) Once combined, I turned the dough onto the floured counter top and kneeded it just a bit to form it into a big round loaf.

Raisins: an optional addition to your Irish celebration (at least for Nicole!)

Raisins: an optional addition to your Irish celebration (at least for Nicole!)

Because the recipe I picked did not included raisins I did add a cup of those – I soaked them in some water to plump them up a bit too!

I melted the 1/4 cup butter with the 1/4 cup buttermilk in the microwave to brush on top of the bread. I cut the X and popped it in the oven.

*fingers crossed*

The Irish Bread: Ready to bask in the ovenly goodness.

The Irish Bread: Ready to bask in the ovenly goodness.

About 25 minutes through the baking, I brushed it again with the butter/buttermilk mixture and then with about 10 minutes left to go!

After waiting for it to cool, it was time to taste test. Delicious!

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

Too Cute Tuesday: Homemade Butter

It’s been a busy week already so yesterday, I had an email conversation with Sarah, who heads up Too Cute Tuesday in Saint Louis because I was feeling a bit more uninspired than usual. “Making butter is always fun.” she said, and her group did this a couple weeks ago. That Sarah, she’s good!

Materials
Whipping cream
Jar
Marbles or popsicle sticks
Willpower
Blue food coloring, maple syrup, honey, salt (optional)

1. Pour whipping cream in a jar (about half full) and stick in a few marbles or popsicle sticks. (The marbles or sticks may help get the butter agitated quicker, though in our field testing, having the marbles didn’t seem very significant in terms of getting butter quicker.) If you are feeling a little silly, add a few drops of blue food coloring.

2. Close jar and shake for a really really long time. What will happen is after awhile, most of your cream will become butter and the rest of it (more milky in texture) is buttermilk. To get best results, sing “Shake it like a polariod picture” over and over again. P.S. This video is hilarious involving both the Outcast song and an otter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LClXK59VP0Q

3. Pour or strain out buttermilk and immediately pour the butter back into your jar. Stir in anything you want for flavoring. At the very least, you’ll probably want salt but you can also make it fun, like honey, maple syrup, and more.

4. Put in the fridge to chill if you want it a bit harder, or spread and enjoy fresh.

Nate has promised me to send photos of the blue butter on his bread which I’ll post on the Facebook page for all to see.

Aren’t you crafty, and like a pioneer?

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Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

Too Cute Tuesday: Fused Plastic Bibs

Every Tuesday, it’s an easy craft, cool cocktail, and fun friends. To learn more check out the archives at www.toocutetuesday.com or the Facebook page.

I may not have a kid, but I have a small cute model willing to try on my bib. Go Gidget go.

I may not have a kid, but I have a small cute model willing to try on my bib. Go Gidget go.

You may remember our first foray into fused plastic last year. This year, we did a specific baby related craft (dedicated to new mom Michelle and soon to be new mom Sue) with the fused plastic and ignored the extra step that could have involved stitching on bias tap as piping. Oh well, can’t do it all.

Dorrie took the plastic bags her newspaper comes in everyday and fused a few different colors. Ooohhhh, shimmery!

Dorrie took the plastic bags her newspaper comes in everyday and fused a few different colors. Ooohhhh, shimmery!

A fused bib made from grocery bags. I could have added the piping if I wanted to be ambitious!

A fused bib made from grocery bags. I could have added the piping if I wanted to be ambitious!

Don’t have a baby in your life? You can use fused plastic bags to create bags, placemats, snowflakes, shower curtain, tablecloth, pouch, wallet, and much much more. Clearly you could fuse plastic bags all day long and come up with some fun stuff. Voila our original inspiration: http://www.homemademamas.net/2010/02/fused-plastic-bib.html

This week we were joined by Sarah and her daughter. Passing crafting onto future generations…

Materials
Plastic bags (3ish)
Iron and ironing boar
Scissors
Bias tape, needle, and thread (for the optionally motivated)

Cocktail of the Night: Gin and juice… laid back….

1. Heat iron to rayon setting. This is apparenly not 3 on Dorrie’s iron. We recommend starting on the one setting and slowly increasing the temperature if the fusion isn’t working. Too hot and the plastic puckers. Eww.

2. Cut into desired shape. If creating a bib, you can use a bib as a template. We made ours with a pocket and thick wrap around the neck.

3. Fuse the pocket onto the bib on three sides. You can inside out the pocket to hide the fusion.

4. Add velco for closure. Add piping with bias tape if you are feeling super ambitious.

Other variations of the craft also happened (see photo gallery below) and a good and recycling filled time was had by all. Aren’t we crafty, and kid friendly!

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Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

Too Cute Tuesday: Mustache Pacifiers

Too Cute Tuesday logoEvery Tuesday, it’s fun friends, a (relatively) easy craft, and a refreshing cocktail. To learn more, check out the Facebook page (we post additional photos there), the Too Cute Tuesday archives, or our new Etsy store.

My sister just had a baby and somehow it came up that we ought to make some baby crafts at Too Cute Tuesday. And now that Sue has a bun in her cute oven, it makes even more sense to jump on the baby bandwagon.

Pictures you'd never thought you'd post of yourself online...

Pictures you'd never thought you'd post of yourself online...

I saw these mustached pacifiers on the Readymade website and thought this would be a fun easy craft for us to try out. I’m not sure if you’ve had a pacifier in your mouth since you were a baby but it’s kind of weird!

Materials
Pacifier
Knife (for scoring the plastic)
Cardstock in brown or black
Index card and pencil (to create templates)
Cutting mat and Exacto knife
Scissors

Cocktail of the Night: Limeade (Gin optional)

Dorrie tries out her curly creation.

Dorrie tries out her curly creation.

1. Acquire supplies at the craft and drug store.

2. Browse online for mustache inspirations. Just go to Google Images and type in ‘mustache’ to see all the fine examples the internet has to offer.

3. Create a template on an index card. We did it straight onto the cardstock and unless you really take your time, it doesn’t work so great.

4. Cut the template out of your colored card stock. We used a combination of Exacto knives and scissors to get the desired crisp edges.

5. Lightly score the pacifier where you will add the hot glue. This gives more surface area for the glue (I think).

6. Heat glue gun and add a bit of hot glue. Attach to mustache and let dry.

7. Mail to your sister and wish you could see her reaction when she opened the package.

Aren’t you crafty, and kid friendly?

Our mustache pacifiers on the table, awaiting cute babies to model them.

Our mustache pacifiers on the table, awaiting cute babies to model them.

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

Too Cute Tuesday: Mustache Pacifiers

Too Cute Tuesday logoEvery Tuesday, it’s fun friends, a (relatively) easy craft, and a refreshing cocktail. To learn more, check out the Facebook page (we post additional photos there), the Too Cute Tuesday archives, or our new Etsy store.

My sister just had a baby and somehow it came up that we ought to make some baby crafts at Too Cute Tuesday. And now that Sue has a bun in her cute oven, it makes even more sense to jump on the baby bandwagon.

Pictures you'd never thought you'd post of yourself online...

Pictures you'd never thought you'd post of yourself online...

I saw these mustached pacifiers on the Readymade website and thought this would be a fun easy craft for us to try out. I’m not sure if you’ve had a pacifier in your mouth since you were a baby but it’s kind of weird!

Materials
Pacifier
Knife (for scoring the plastic)
Cardstock in brown or black
Index card and pencil (to create templates)
Cutting mat and Exacto knife
Scissors

Cocktail of the Night: Limeade (Gin optional)

Dorrie tries out her curly creation.

Dorrie tries out her curly creation.

1. Acquire supplies at the craft and drug store.

2. Browse online for mustache inspirations. Just go to Google Images and type in ‘mustache’ to see all the fine examples the internet has to offer.

3. Create a template on an index card. We did it straight onto the cardstock and unless you really take your time, it doesn’t work so great.

4. Cut the template out of your colored card stock. We used a combination of Exacto knives and scissors to get the desired crisp edges.

5. Lightly score the pacifier where you will add the hot glue. This gives more surface area for the glue (I think).

6. Heat glue gun and add a bit of hot glue. Attach to mustache and let dry.

7. Mail to your sister and wish you could see her reaction when she opened the package.

Aren’t you crafty, and kid friendly?

Our mustache pacifiers on the table, awaiting cute babies to model them.

Our mustache pacifiers on the table, awaiting cute babies to model them.

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.
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