How-To: Edible Utensils.

by Chris Gardner

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This one goes into the why?-because-you-can file : Toasty pâte brisée serving utensils and ramekin. Bread bowls? Ha!

Speak French? Then tell us all what this says, cause I'm sure it sounds savory: "oilà il est à présent temps de voter pour le projet qui vous semble le plus pertinent. Attention, fin des votes le lundi 9 novembre à 12h. Un grand merci à Nathalie pour avoir joué le jeu et pour sa proposition qui donne carrément envie de lécher l’écran !"

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Homemade Candy Corn Recipe.

by Chris Gardner

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Candy corn's the kinda thing that divides loved one's right down the middle. Either you hate it, or you love it. And like all good things, if you love it, you should make it. And like those very all good things, the homemade version tastes even better.

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup salted butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
red and yellow food coloring


What's your favorite thing to do with candy corn. Me? I combines 'em with peanuts. Tastes just like a Payday.

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Halloween How-To: Vampire Blood Lollipops.

by Chris Gardner

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Whether or not you care about the influx of vampire art/literature/tv/films over the last few years, you can't deny the sugary excellence that is these "bloody" lollipops. Make 'em for your party, for Trick-or-Treaters, or for yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • red food coloring
  • white lollipops stick - you can find them at your local craft store.

Check out the technique!

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10+ Best Uses for Your Toaster Oven.

by Chris Gardner

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In my very first Curbly post EVER (almost 1,000 ago), I announced my love affair with the magical silver box that is my toaster oven. Way more effecient to run and way quicker to heat, the toaster oven is a great addition to small and large kitchens alike. The Kitchn has assembled 10 great times to opt for the tiny versions over the big dudes, and the comments are full of excellent additional options.

Plus, they're perfect for Shrinky Dinks. :)

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Home-Made Spray Starch Recipe

by DIY Maven

Home-Made Spray Starch Recipe

Show of hands...who uses spray starch when they iron? I do, depending on the fabric. My weapon of choice has been Magic Sizing (light body), and it really does make ironing easier. Next time I run out, I just might make my own spray starch, however. According to Luxury Housing Trends, the recipe couldn't be easier. Here it is:

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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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DIY Apple Chips!

by Chris Gardner

Come fall time, apples simply seem to just find themselves in our kitchens. From sales at the super market, to orchard picking excursions, or from the trees in your own yard and neighborhood, autumn is abundant apple time.

 

DIY Apple Chips!

And, apparently, it's quite easy to use 'em in bulk by making your own apple chips, perfect for adding to granola or cereal or just munching for a healthy snack. Here's how.

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Cherry Jubilee Week: Bourbon Cherries and Manhattan Floats

by Chris Gardner

Cherry Jubilee Week: Bourbon Cherries and Manhattan Floats

Check out Part I: Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler and Part II: Canned Fresh Cherries, Perfect Over Ice Cream.

With basic canned cherries accomplished, I thought it might be fun to try a twist on preserving the rest of the cherries. I'd seen 'bourbon cherries' in gourmet shops...fresh whole cherries swimming in bourbon, adding that smoky oakiness to the cherries, and the cherries giving their sweetness to the bourbon. Here's...

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Cherry Jubilee Week: Canned Fresh Cherries, Perfect Over Ice Cream

by Chris Gardner

Check out Part I: Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler.

Cherry Jubilee Week: Canned Fresh Cherries, Perfect Over Ice Cream

So....with more than five pounds of cherries left from syrup making, I realized I was gonna have to get these dudes processable so that, come winter time, I'd be to able use them in a variety of ways. Creating pie filling for freezing was an option, as well as just throwing the cherries whole into the freezer, but I wanted to be able to keep them versatile for whatever...

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How to Make Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler

by Chris Gardner

How to Make Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler

So, on Saturday, I went to pick up my weekly CSA harvest, and the wonderful young lady pointed to an enormous box of bing cherries, and said, "Also, you're welcome to take as many of those as you want, but they're super ripe, so they gotta be used today."

"Really?" I said, as I grabbed a produce bag.

"Yeah. Take the whole box if you want..."

Well, I DID want, so I took the box, and realized, as I popped my third into my mouth on the walk...

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DIY Stickers!

by Chris Gardner

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Sometimes, you've got an image you need to stick somewhere, the soft pixelatedness of inkjet sticker paper simple won't do. Sir Brittanicvs provides a recipe for some homemade adhesive to place on a contact paper substrate that gets your message where it belongs.

Materials

White Vinegar
White Glue
Your design(s) printed out on paper
A wide brush
Tupperware container OR jar
Packaging tape OR Clear Contact Paper
Straight edge
Little spray...

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How to make a 5 minute pizza.

by DIY Maven

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So you've just hauled your sorry behind home after a late night of partying and you're STARVING! One of my brothers' favorite after-kegger snacks was a piece of white bread with Lawry's Seasoned Salt sprinkled over it. You could try that, but I wouldn't advise it.

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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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How to: Repurpose a Ketchup Bottle for Perfect Pancakes

by Chris Gardner

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You've seen the technique at your local diner: a handheld dispenser full of batter is floated over a nice cripsy griddle, creating perfectly round and drip-free flapjacks. And you can buy things for home use...

But why would you, with this tip from Real Simple. Just throughly wash a large, squeezable condiment bottle, and fill it with your batter of choice. "Portioning pancake batter with precision and without the usual mess of transferring...

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