An Over-the-Moon Birthday

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our daughter, Ayla, is crazy about the moon (does that make her a lunatic?); she talks about it all the time, and can spot it anywhere in the sky, day or night. Also (unbeknownst to us when we chose it), her name means 'moon halo' in Turkish. So when it came time for her second birthday party, we knew just the theme:

Moon decorations for a birthday party.

Alicia made these great moon decorations out of craft foam and tissue paper. She just plastered on white tissue paper (and...

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Coffee and Donuts Cake

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Coffee and Donuts Cake

Right off the bat I like this girl's style. Heather from SprinkleBakes just combined everything delicious into this one fantasmagoriasmic cake. She found a Gourmet magazine chocolate cake recipe (which includes its fair share of brewed coffee), Swiss buttercream icing, cake donuts with a chocolate glaze, sprinkled it with espresso powder and silver sugar crystals. No more need for that 5-Hour Energy Drink, eh?

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DIY Bagels

by DIY Maven

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A secret: I could probably live on bread. English muffins, croissants, sour dough, BAGELS, whatever. I've baked my share of bread in the past, using both my mom's recipes and kneading it the old-fashioned way, as well as employing a bread machine. (The outcome from the bread machine doesn't even compare, I'm sorry to say.) I have not, however, attempted to make bagels.

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The World's Best Idea: Pie in a Jar

by Chris Gardner

The World's Best Idea: Pie in a Jar
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I think all tasty treats belong in individual servings, and most things belong in jars. (Just not brains...)

Plus, with this recipe from Our Best Bites, you can store them in the freezer and have pie whenever the mood strikes! I best they'd work equally well with savory options.

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How To: Brain Cake.

by Chris Gardner

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I first saw this digustingly clever how-to over the summer, and thankfully, Instructables is giving it its due featurin' 'round Halloween time. From homemade fondant cranium folds to a tasty corn-syrupy blood accent, this project will provide quite a tasty conversation starter to you Hallow's Eve Bash.

Materials

1. Cake Mix
2. Frosting
3. Mini Marshmallows
4.Powdered Sugar
5. Cake dye, red and green
6. Oil

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How To: Roy G. Biv Cake.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Roy G. Biv Cake.

Kaitlin from WhiskKid has got a few things figured out: 1) cakes should always be created from layers; 2) the more thin layers, the better, as they allow for more frosting; and 3) if you're gonna have crazy layers to support the frosting, you might as well make those substrates amazing.

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How To: Pie Pops.

by Chris Gardner

My recent visit to the State Fair has taught me two very important new concepts: first, everything is better in mini (mini rabbits, mini cheesecake); and second, all foods are better on a stick.

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And, oh buddy, do these Pie Pops capitalize on both. "Scoochmaroo says 'These little beauties can be assembled with pre-made ingredients or from scratch. I used this pie crust recipe and the following filling to utilize fruit in season at the time:

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Make 'Mall' Pretzels at Home!

by DIY Maven

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Aunt Anne's gets me every time. And it's not just because I'm a bit peckish from an afternoon of power-shopping either. Those pretzels just smell so warm and buttery. Mmm. To fill our homes with that same scent would be wonderful and to get a pretzel out of the deal too, well, that would be the icing on the cake. And Christa Rose has the recipe to do just that.

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Make Your Own Colored Sugar.

by Chris Gardner

Price check: 12.3 ounces of colored sugar = $10.00. 16oz of pure, white granulated sugar = $1.00.

Oh, but it's not colored, you say? Well, not yet.

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Instructable-r StarshipMinivan offers an unbearably easy tutorial for creating your own colored sugar. And most likely, you already have everything you need in your pantry.

Supplies:

Sugar
Food coloring
Fork
Bowl
Plate

Just mix the food coloring into the sugar with a fork. Spread it out, allow...

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Make Your Own Vanilla Extract.

by Chris Gardner

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I was 19. I was home the summer after my freshman year of college, and I decided I needed to bake...I went to my parent's kitchen, noted all the ingredients I'd need, and found them all...a four year old box of baking soda, a near empty bottle of imitation vanilla, a tin of grated nutmeg from the seventies. I mixed my batter, and baked the cookies...

It was a disaster.

So, I dried my tears, and went to grocery store and bought all new pantry...

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Create Your Own Custom Cookie Cutters.

by Chris Gardner

How's that for alliteration?! And how's this project for awesomeness: easy-to-make DIY cookie cutters!? With just an aluminum baking pan and free clip art, Carolyn from Juggling Frogs created her own camel cookie cutter. And, she provides the how-to here so you can ape her technique and bend some up for yourself. I think my first round will be Eames lounges and atomic ball clocks.

Create Your Own Custom Cookie Cutters.

Careful with those sharp edges!

Via.

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