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Too Cute Thursday: Edible Crayons

Every week it’s a craft, a cocktail, and friends. To learn more see the Too Cute Tuesday archives, join us on Facebook, or contact Nicole to start your own chapter. (It’s easy and free; we just like to coordinate).

At Too Cute Tuesday, we’ll attempt anything that can be accomplished in an evening. And when I saw these edible crayons on the ReadyMade blog, I put them on the ‘future crafts’ list.

OK, so my crayons wouldn't rock this much but how cool is it to make something pretty, functional, and edible? I was going to try to make this.

OK, so my crayons wouldn’t rock this much but how cool is it to make something pretty, functional, and edible? I was going to try to make this.

I think what actually inspired me is that I started watching Cake Boss this week. I think watching them do crazy stuff like this made me enthused about attempting to make something a little crazy myself:


Well, ok it’s not this crazy but hey, I’ve got no skills and one evening to work with here.

When I read closer that all the crayons were being held together by nuts, cereal, and melted marshmallows. And so began my experimental crafting on Tuesday.

What happened was my crayons, while crayon shaped and slightly pigmented, never quite hardened. They were sort of like off Rice Krispie squares. I was about to wave the white flag when Chef Dan called.

My chef/lobsterman boyfriend assured me that if I held off on crafting until Thursday night (when he was available), he could probably figure it out. Just to see him try to make this work, I did.



Materials
Cereal (the trick for pigment seemed to be fruity pebbles)
Marshmallows and honey (the apparent glue)
Sunflower seeds
Mortar and pestle (or food processor)

1. Grind cereal and sunflower seeds with mortar and pestle.

2. Add marshmallow (very little marshmallow at first). The idea is that the mixture gets crumbly and a little sticky. I found it more sticky than anything!

3. Shape into crayon and let dry overnight. It’s supposed to harden like a biscuit. (It does not. I even waited overnight hoping I was wrong. Still like a marshmallow treat, not a crayon!)

An idea that Dan thought of is adding wax. Wax is edible and would give some stickiness to the project. He also noted that maybe it was the fact the author used chocolate covered sunflower seeds that might have helped (we didn’t have them in our grocery store).

Upon staring at the recipe for awhile, Chef Dan has come to the conclusion that the author ‘left something out’. I have no idea. The craft fail was so epic, the pictures aren’t even worth posting.

So if you attempt to make these, please let me know what you did and if it worked or not.

Aren’t we crafty, even if things don’t exactly come out as planned?



Too Cute Tuesday: Homemade Ginger Ale

Too Cute Tuesday Mini LogoToo Cute Tuesday is a weekly event involving a craft, a cocktail, and friends. To get involved, find TCT on Facebook, check out the TCT archives, or contact Nicole.

After a couple of weird weeks, Too Cute Tuesday is back with friends and fun again.

It’s been stressful all the way around so what better to calm our nervous stomachs than a bit of homemade ginger ale. I believe Sarah at the Too Cute Tuesday group in Saint Louis sent in this idea awhile back. Tomorrow, I’m going to be giving a big presentation at a statewide social media conference so I need all the calming agents I can get!

The recipe we used is on Food Mayhem. Here’s the link.

The raw materials for homemade ginger ale. Ridiculously easy.

The raw materials for homemade ginger ale. Ridiculously easy.



Materials:

Cheers to a delicious and semi-nutritious cocktail.

Cheers to a delicious and semi-nutritious cocktail.

Fresh ginger
Zester (or even better, a microplane)
Sugar (brown or white)
Strainer
Spoon
Lemon juice
Seltzer water

Cocktail of the Night: Since I’m getting up at 4 am, just the ginger ale is fine!

1. Finish presentation just in time for Too Cute Tuesday festivities but still have a desire to do more.

2. Grate ginger and discuss this with Sue. Mix in sugar (about 1 tbsp. ginger to 1/2 tbsp. sugar).

3. While ginger is doing it’s thing for half an hour, go over presentation. Get constructive criticism from Sue and improve presentation. Listening to a nerdy presentation on craft night? Now that’s a good friend!

4. With spoon push juice out of ginger and into a glass. Squeeze 1 lemon of juice into the glass. Fill glass with seltzer. Tada! (Add more sugar to cut the lemon-y taste if you want. Bonus is it does a cool fizzing thing!)

Sue seemed surprised to find this was good. I was just happy it was something easy and tasty. Aren’t we crafty, even when slightly nervous?



Too Cute Tuesday: Skittles Vodka

Too Cute Tuesday is a weekly event involving a craft, a cocktail, and friends. To see more, check out the Too Cute Tuesday archives or join Too Cute Tuesday on Facebook.

I love Too Cute Tuesday because it’s the most memorable part of my blog. Last month at our college friend’s wedding, my old roommate Bailey asked if I had ever heard of Skittles vodka. She sent me the link.

This week, I had a presentation to give at a nighttime meeting. What’s a crafty girl to do when she gets home late and misses the party? Get something fun started for two weeks from now… like the intriguing Skittles vodka.

For those who want more detailed directions or visuals, here’s the original: http://mixthatdrink.com/skittles-vodka-tutorial/



Materials
Skittles
vodka (It’s suggested to not go cheap but come on, you’re putting Skittles in it so not the best stuff ever, right?)
plastic bottles
glass containers (for after infusion 2-3 weeks from now)
coffee filters (for after infusion 2-3 weeks from now)

Cocktail of the Night: Anything but a vodka one, you’re saving that stuff!

1. Separate the skittles into flavors and put each color in its own bottle. (They suggest 60 of each color for each eight ounce bottle but there is no need to make that much until you realize you like it!)

2. Pour vodka into bottles. Shake shake shake.

3. Wait several weeks.

After a few weeks, we’ll filter the vodka into glass bottles (the coffee filters keep the grainyness from getting into the final bottles). Ta da!

My blogging friend Jodi also mentioned she had a friend who infused vodka with bacon and it came out delicious. The things you learn on the Too Cute Tuesday Facebook page…

All in all, if you want a laid back craft where all you have to do is count, pour, and wait, this is it. Plus it makes a fun party gift (I mean look at those colors!).

Aren’t you crafty, even if you did work until 9:30 pm?



Too Cute Tuesday: Bubble Paintings

Editor’s Note: Too Cute Tuesday is a weekly craft and cocktail. We have a Bar Harbor chapter and a Saint Louis chapter.This week’s post is by Sarah, blogger and Saint Louis Too Cute Tuesday organizer. Want more? See all the posts at www.toocutetuesday.com.

Inspired by the St. Louis Art Museum, last week we here at TCT-StL tried our hands at paint-infused bubble art. Sounds fancy, huh? Get ready to be amazed.

Ashley is totally in tune with her inner artist.

Supplies:
– white paper
– plastic cups/bowls (the wider the mouth, the more paint on your paper)
– straws
– dish soap
– water
– water-based non-toxic paint (poster paint works well)

Cocktail of the night:
– white wine or beer of your choice ) it was still plenty hot here in St. Louis!

Beth, Hugh, and Keith thinking about bubble-prints.

Beth, Hugh, and Keith thinking about bubble-prints.



1. Troubleshoot bubble-making with the person who suggested the project. Realize that neither one of you bothered to read the directions and decide that maybe a few guidelines would be helpful after all. We used this website: http://www.things-to-make-and-do.co.uk/painting-and-pictures/bubble-painting/bubble-painting.html Realize that there is more to it than what you did when you were five.

2. Now that you (sort of) know what you’re doing, fill up each cup (one for each color) with about an inch or so of tap water and add a splash of dish soap.

Keith trying very hard to master concentrated paint bubbling and popping.

Keith trying very hard to master concentrated paint bubbling and popping.

3. Pour in paint until it looks like “enough.”

4. Mix everything up with the straw and then blow bubbles until they come up over the rim.

5. Put your paper over the top of the bowl and pop the paint bubbles. Reassess paint/water/dish soap ratios.

6. Repeat bubble blowing and paper popping with as many colors and as many times as you’d like.

The supplies, ready for action.

The supplies, ready for action.

Note: Be sure to have extra straws. While your nearest and dearest may not mind using your spitty straw, some new-comers may be afraid of cooties (and other communicable diseases).

In the end, you get a pretty awesome work of abstract art, worthy of hanging up in lab.

Aren’t you crafty?



Too Cute Tuesday: Sailor Bracelets

Every Tuesday, it’s friends, a craft, and a cocktail. To get involved,check out the Too Cute Tuesday archives, join Too Cute Tuesday on Facebook, or contact Nicole to start your own Too Cute Tuesday group (it’s free and fun, we just like to coordinate!)

It has long been a friend of Too Cute Tuesday Facebook friend Kate to visit Too Cute Tuesday in person in Bar Harbor. This week, she was able to make it happen on her vacation.

We tried to pick a craft that Kate could take home. I’m not sure who sent this in (so if you did, claim it in the comments and I’ll credit you in the post!) but I thought sailor bracelets were perfect. Nautical and something Kate could cherish forever… you know, until we started trying to make them.

 

She came. She attempted. She takes a good craft fail photo. Kate and her attempted bracelet. Oh well, we tried!

She came. She attempted. She takes a good craft fail photo. Kate and her attempted bracelet. Oh well, we tried!

Kate to her credit found a nautical themed cocktail to go with the mixers we had on hand. Heave-ho!

Materials

Twine
Scissors
Can

Cocktail of the Night: Warped Bermuda Triangle, 1 oz. spiced rum, 1 oz. peach schnapps, fill with juice (supposed to use orange, we ‘warped’ it with pomegranate lemonade)



If you want actual step by step directions with photos, see the originals (why recreate something that’s perfectly good, right?):http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-tuesday-sailors-knot-bracelets-9314/

1. Open up the website directions and attempt to follow the visuals. Hope friends who are good at this sort of thing show up. Sadly, August is busy with regular Too Cute Tuesdayers so it was just Kate and I (and briefly, Jen with ice cream).

2. At the end of steps 1-7, you’re supposed to have a braid. Well, this kind of looks like a braid… Have visiting friend make up the cocktail. That we can do!

3. Attempt the bracelet five-ish times, having parts that look right and parts that don’t. Realize if you had enough time, you could figure this out. Decide to watch bad internet television instead.

See, part of my attempt was right. Just not enough of it to make something nice!

See, part of my attempt was right. Just not enough of it to make something nice!

I have a theory. My best customers are people who have attempted website work before then call me when they realize it’s harder than they expect. I’m guessing that many attempting the sailor bracelet will just go to the guest bloggers Etsy store and buy their own for $25.

Aren’t we crafty… at least in our attempt!



Too Cute Tuesday: Microwaveable Chocolate Cake

Every Tuesday, it’s friends, a craft, and a cocktail. To get involved, check out the Too Cute Tuesday archives, join Too Cute Tuesday on Facebook, or contact Nicole to start your own Too Cute Tuesday group (it’s free and fun, we just like to coordinate!)

The cake will rise over the top of the cup. Don't be alarmed. OK, directions. Besides, it's Sue's microwave anyway!

The cake will rise over the top of the cup. Don’t be alarmed. OK, directions. Besides, it’s Sue’s microwave anyway!

My Vinalhaven friend Meg sent me this recipe for microwaveable chocolate cake. Some have called it the ‘most dangerous recipe in the world’ because basically once you discover it, at any moment you are five minutes away from chocolate cake. Since we had several birthdays in the group in the past month (and I had a really crazy weekend as a bridesmaid), this seemed like an easy craft to relax with friends and get back in the swing of things.

Sam examines her cake. She's a bit skeptical but it turned out delicious.

Sam examines her cake. She is a bit skeptical but it turned out delicious.



Materials:

Sue stirs it up. Yup, that's as complicated as it gets.

Sue stirs it up. Yup, that is as complicated as it gets.

4 tbsp. flour
3 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 egg
3 tbsp. milk or half and half
2 tbsp. canola oil
large splash of vanilla extract
(Sue added instant coffee, which was good, and the recipe suggests chocolate chips, which also sound good)

A big mug

Cocktail of the Night: Limoncello (store bought this time)

1. Mix the three dry ingredients in a big mug. Pour limoncello in separate glass.

2. Stir in egg. Then add milk, oil, and vanilla.

3. Stir in extras, if you desire.

4. Microwave on high for three minutes. the directions warned it might go over the mug and it does if you have a shorty mug like I do. Sue and Sam’s cakes did not do this.

You can eat it out of the mug (uncivilized) or reversed onto a plate with ice cream and fruit (much more civilized).

I also appreciated the controversial nature of the cake. The original recipe is supposedly over 1000 calories but there were some good suggestions to cut down the oil (or substitute it for apple sauce) and substitute whole wheat flour and use egg substitute. We didn’t use applesauce because Sue’s allergic and because I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store. In other words, you can modify this as necessary to feel less guilty or just share it with someone.

I asked Nate’s Magic 8 ball app if I was going to eat the whole thing. It said ‘Yes’. That’s a good future predicting application because I totally did!

Aren’t you crafty… and an easy baker!



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