How To Make Olive Penguins.

by Chris Gardner

Try floating one of these in your next Ultimate Arctic Martini.

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From Serious Eats: "These are probably meant for six-year olds, but they still provide me with gobs of joy. All you need is a black olive (for the penguin head), a bigger one (for the bulbous bod), a little carrot medallion (with a triangle sliced out for the beak), and a mozzarella ball (or cream cheese works). Extra credit if you can make them an edible igloo. It's pretty...

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How To: Shrunken Apple Heads.

by Chris Gardner

Shrunken Apple Head

I got The Amazing Apple Book for Christmas 1993, and I adored each of its pages. My favorite project included carving a face in a fresh, ripe apple and leaving it out to dry and shrivel into a little fruit flavored shrunken face...though my parents always made me store mine in the basement, and they usually caught a coat of mold.

But, Floral Showers seems to have this perfect fall project down. Super fun!

This one above my favorite: It looks...

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Meat Head.

by Chris Gardner

So, it's kinda like not being able to look away from a flaming car crash, but it'll still make you giggle.

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"Hubby discovered that whipped cream cheese (whip your own with a mixer) made wonderful "glue". Smear it all over a cheap skull then cover it with thin slices of meat (ham seems to look the best). The eyes are olives stuffed into martini onions." From Flickr.

Happy Halloween, hamfaces.

 

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20 Foods That Freeze Surprisingly Well...and 20 That Don't.

by Chris Gardner

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The fall harvest, prolific gardens, bulk discount stores, or weekend cooking frenzies. We often find ourselves with an abundance of deliciousness, but full bellies. So what to do with long-term leftovers and extra ingredients? As it turns out, your freezer is just as suited to hold fresh ingredients and homemade dishes as commercial pizza rolls and popsicles.

DIYLife lists twenty foods that freeze perfectly, and twenty that won't fare so...

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How To: Growing Sprouts.

by Chris Gardner

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All you need is a mason jar.

Growing sprouts is super easy, super inexpensive, super nutritious, and makes a super great project for those who aren't home often and have a hard time taking care of other plants.

Simply pick your seeds, such as "alfalfa, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, chickpea, garlic, lentil, oats, yellow mustard, peas, onion, radish, sunflower, fennel, arugula, pink kale, fenugreek, wheat, or wheatgrass." Soak them overnight, and...

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The Littlest Veggie Gardens

by Lilybee

The Littlest Veggie Gardens

What's better than chomping on food you grew yourself? Not a lot really. Except maybe chomping on food you grew yourself in a tiny space, without a garden, as if by MAGIC (like 8th-floor-balcony, middle-of-the-city Sweet Peppers). TheKitchn has a roundup of the loveliest, tiniest veggie patches for us urbanites looking for inspiration to play in the dirt. There are links to the best crops for pots ("crops" squee!) and a how-to on building...

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Freaky Food Fun: Spaghetti-Laced Hot Dogs.

by Chris Gardner

Freaky Food Fun: Spaghetti-Laced Hot Dogs.

Yeah, so, the details are in Russian, but it's one of those projects where the photo conveys the step-by-stepness: gather some hot dogs (or my fave alternatives, the Tofurky Chipotle Franks by Turtle Island or SoyBoy NotDogs), insert some uncooked pasta, and then boil until al dente.

Of course, it's not something you'd probably actually eat, unless with a mind blowing sauce (but even then...really?), but tasty consumption's not really the...

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Make Your Own Vanilla Extract.

by Chris Gardner

Homemade Vanilla Extract
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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Clean Silverware Quick!

by Lilybee

Holidays are nearly here, which means it's almost time to break out the fancy flatware.

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In my family polishing the silverware for big shindigs was always a job delegated to kids and grown-ups not quick enough to come up with an excuse. At the time I hated it but now... kinda comforting.

If you have neither the time nor the inclination (or a few children to use as cheap labour) to get with the polishing, then you could try the quick...

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How To: Make Your Own Gummy Candy.

by Chris Gardner

"Bears and worms aren't very similar, until you think....gummy." -Demetri Martin, These Are Jokes

Yeah, but bears and worms are SO 1922...and 1981.

How To: Make Your Own Gummy Candy.

So, instead, make your own. SFHandyMan has provided a great detailed instructable on creating your own candies out of a DIY silicon mold. He's chosen Legos as his design, and its remarkable how finely sculpted the results are. The details are more defined than in commercial candies!

 

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How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

by Chris Gardner

First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?

How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

Materials

  • food colouring
  • dried pasta of any shape
  • rubbing alcohol
  • ...

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