· comments  · 10-28-2011 · categories:halloween · links ·
These are photos of the test Zombie Head Cheese we created, thus the poor lighting and the two kinds of cheese. But I wanted to show you the idea for a tongue that I decided to skip.
I carved the tongue from a block of Spam I had coaxed out of the can as a whole rectangular chunk. Know what? Spam is surprisingly easy to carve. It’s also very slippery.
The tongue was ghastly. And since the skull wasn’t secure in order to keep the jaw open it tilted to one side when we attempted to scoop some cheese off. Eeek.
In the end I decided to drop the tongue made of Spam in part because it was slippery and in part because it smelled too strongly for me to recommend. But, if you want to have a go at making a Spam tongue it is really effective.
· comments  · 10-27-2011 · categories:food · halloween ·
I made you something for Halloween. You can serve it a party. Or maybe make it as a snack for your viewing party of The Walking Dead.
These are both made of soft cheese spread on a plastic skull. Easy. Creepy. Delicious. That is, if you can get people to dig in.
You know that old trick of unwrapping a block of cream cheese and topping it with soy sauce and some sesame seeds? Yum right? I added some food coloring and a life sized plastic skull and called it Halloween worthy.
(This is version #1, a slightly easier version is just below.)
First get a life sized plastic skull (wash it really well), some soy sauce, one 12 ounce tub of cream cheese spread and some food coloring. Tint the cream cheese to a fleshy color, I used about 15 drops of red and 10 drops of yellow here.
I found a plastic skull like this one at a local party supplies store, but I really wish I’d managed to find a plastic skull where the top of the head is removable. Something really frightening could be made with that. Spinach dip brains anybody?
Then add just one drop of blue food coloring and stir only a few times until the blue appears streaky. Less is more here, it will further streak as you spread it. Now, frost your skull like a cake. Start with the tricky bits around the face first. If you can’t hold the crown of the head to stabilize the skull it makes it much more complicated. Try to keep the teeth clean.
A detail of the blue-streaked cream cheese.
I used a small flexible spatula to spread this. There is no need to be tidy here, the messier the grossier. Grosser? Grossest? You know what I mean.
You can also stick a few rectangles of parchment paper surrounding the head so you can be a bit messy while frosting and then pull them out after you are done, a trick I learned about frosting cakes. If you can putting the head on a smaller plate on top of a larger plate will be useful to catch the fake blood, and it will be easy to artfully arrange the crackers. Saltines are the traditional cracker for this but these more artisanal crackers I found looked like creepy bandages and still have that bland and salty taste you want. You can frost your head a few hours early and refrigerate. It’s amusing to sit nearby and observe as unsuspecting people open the fridge.
Cocktail onions create nice dead eyes.
Just before serving mix a bit of soy sauce with some drops of red food coloring and drizzle it over the head so that is streams down. I used a pipette but if you don’t have one handy a small measuring cup with a pour spout or a carefully wielded spoon will work just as well. If you can get the soy sauce to pool around the onion eyes, it looks extra creepy that way. Also sprinkle on some bugs, I mean, toasted sesame seeds.
It’s even scarier after it’s been eaten. Yikes.
This is version #2, it’s slightly less involved. You just need spreadable cheese, cocktail onions and a plastic skull. Let’s face it, just about any pink or orange tinted spreadable cheese will look suitably disgusting.
I used this cheese that has reddish port wine streaks in it. I didn’t manage to capture the reddish colors in these pictures as well as I hoped but I promise it was pretty gross looking.
I’m smitten. What should I name it?
· comments  · 10-26-2011 · categories:food · halloween ·
· comments  · 10-20-2011 · categories:halloween · links ·
· comments  · 10-10-2011 · categories:halloween · links ·
Sprinkle Bakes: Breakfast for Dessert: Boiled Custard Eggs, Shortbread Soldiers and Coffee on a Stick. More faux eggs, via Edible Crafts.
Hungry Happenings: Fun idea for an Easter Brunch – Carrot Crescents Filled with Egg Salad. These are so cute.
Hot Cross Buns | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond. Yum.
Bread roll chicks | Flickr. These knotted bread roll chicks are adorable. I couldn’t find the specific entry but they are from The Secrets of Our Supper.
Minimalist Pysanky @Craftzine.com blog.
Felt Carrot pattern, at I Make Stuff. (Warning: PDF). I love the line of stitching that dds a bit of detail to these.
Bunny Fold Napkins at Martha Stewart. This is an old one but a good one and it’s been popping up on Pinterest lately. And I like it as a last minute way to add Easter decoration.
· comments  · 04-21-2011 · categories:holidays · links ·
For Easter I made papier-mache polka dotted eggs.
I made small pinatas using water balloons and tissue paper.
I filled them with candy, then sealed them shut.
You can also put toys or notes inside.
They have to be ripped to open them, which is way fun.
Click here: Papier-Mache Easter Eggs to find (much) more detailed instructions on how to make them.
· comments  · 04-18-2011 · categories:craft · holidays ·
I’m going to experiment with using more images in links posts. A lot of these were found using Pinterest, which I have been liking a lot.
Minimal Easter Eggs at Pickles. Very simple idea decorating eggs using white puffy paint, I love this.
Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs | Not Without Salt. These adapted a bit from the Instructables project but I like these because she uses Golden Syrup, which I’m having a bit of a crush on at the moment.
Wheat Grass at Design Mom. Good practical tips for growing wheat grass as a project for Spring.
Crepe Paper Surprise Carrots, at Martha Stewart. Just like surprise balls and pretty darn cute.
Secret Message Easter Egg, made by Present&Correct and seen over at Poppy Talk. This is so sweet.
Pixie Dust Easter Egg favor, at Family Fun. A very cute idea.
Cake baked in egg shells! Genius! At Delicious Days.
· comments  · 04-14-2011 · categories:holidays · links ·
May luck surround you today. And may you find a heap of gold.
Also a quick note, the how-to for the Leprechaun Trap Cake has been posted, you can see how the rainbow got inside (hint: magic).
· comments  · 03-17-2011 · categories:holidays ·
This may look like a perfectly innocent cake meant to lure a leprechaun to the top but it has a few secrets.
Secret #1: Beneath the pile of gold coins are fragile bars, when the leprechaun approaches to grab the coins he’ll fall into the pit and be trapped.
Secret #2: There is a rainbow hiding inside the cake. The leprechaun will discover this as he eats his way to freedom.
Have you heard of Leprechaun traps? I hadn’t encountered these until this year, and I am completely charmed by them. Leprechaun traps are created by kids in order to lure and trap a leprechaun. They are often a craft or sort of science experiment, there are some amazing ones collected here at Geek Dad. You can see plans for some at Family Fun (including the one that inspired my cake), and a round up at How Does She.
I decided that my angel food cake pan, with the hole in the middles, would make an excellent shape for a leprechaun trap. As bored kids growing up in suburbs we used to make traps similar to this for each other by digging a hole in the ground then covering it with a few fragile branches, a layer of leaves and finally topped with some loose grass to hide it. I’m shocked nobody ever broke an ankle.
To read the complete how-to for this cake please click on MORE.
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· comments  · 03-16-2011 · categories:food · holidays ·
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· comments  · 02-10-2011 · categories:holidays · links ·
Happy Year of the Rabbit! May it bring you friends and celebrations. (The card above was sent by a friend who made it all by hand, I love the origami rabbit with the sticker dot for a tail!)
· comments  · 02-3-2011 · categories:holidays ·
Wants and Wishes: 14 days of Valentines. Fourteen days of free printable tags and project ideas from food packaging to cute little gifts! Great stuff.
Molly’s Sketchbook: Valentine Heart Barrettes – the purl bee. So sweet.
say YES! to hoboken: Valentines Day Traditions. I love each of the Valentines Day projects she’s linked to below. Swoon worthy.
Curbly Roundup: Seriously Awesome Valentine’s Day Cards for Him » Curbly | DIY Design Community « Keywords: Valentine’s, Holiday, card, paper.
Personalized Hot Chocolate Spoons + Coupon | giverslog. I’m too late posting this to get them in time for Valentine’s Day, but I wanted to point out how amazing these spoons with a hidden message are.
Twig & Thistle » Naturally Sweet DIY Valentine. Printable stickers for fruit with sweet messages, love these!
Heart Cake Tutorial – i am baker. Pulled from last year’s links, this is great. The cake has a secret red heart inside revealed only when you cut a slice.
Bake It in a Cake • Bake a Heart in a Cake! Pretty pink cake heart inside a cupcake, awesome.
Sprinkle Bakes: Chocolate Pâté with Crème Chaud-Froid. This is amazing but what I love most is the picture with the little dash of various sized heart sprinkles, so darling.
· comments  · 02-2-2011 · categories:holidays · links ·
One of the most asked questions about my Christmas Tree Ornament Mobile was how I was planning on storing it. Some people were curious how much space it would take to store, others wanted to know how I would do it without it getting tangled. So, here is a photograph of everything that comprised the mobile excepting the ornaments themselves. The ornaments went back into their packaging (in this case tubes about the size of rolls of wrapping paper which will be easy to store with the paper). Otherwise I took the mobile one set of string lengths at a time starting with the outer rings and working my way in. So, I took off all the longest strings, tucked away the ornaments, took off the hooks, looped all the strands and tucked them into an envelope together. I used orphaned envelopes I had left over from various greeting and Christmas cards, so they are all reused. I have separate envelopes holding each set of string, numbered from longest to shortest, on bag holding all the ornament hooks, I left the hooks on the grid rack itself on, so it will be a snap to reassemble the next year we use it as the spacing is already in place. It’s flat, and just about as big around as my wreath so they’ll be stored together.
· comments  · 01-31-2011 · categories:christmas · craft ·