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homemade funnel cakes made EASY

homemade funnel cakes

My daughter is now a big fan off funnel cakes. In that, she tried them once and said she’s a big fan. She doesn’t try new foods often (or ever, really), but she is slightly more flexible with her self-imposed rule when it comes to dessert.

And now she wants to make funnel cake, which isn’t too hard to make, I just have such an aversion to deep frying. Ugh. All the oil just seems a waste. And it’s so greasy. And it involves thermometers. And ever since that Little House on the Prairie episode where the blind school goes up in flames (Oh Albert, you had to try that pipe in the basement), I’m terrified of anything that can cause a fire.

homemade funnel cakes

So here is a slightly easier and quicker way to make homemade funnel cakes. You can use the same recipe for deep frying, but here I just fry them like pancakes. They aren’t deep fried, and you can tell, but they are still delicious, according to my daughter. You can use this method for your own recipe for funnel cakes, too.

homemade funnel cakes

 

how to make funnel cakes 

you will need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk plus additional
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
powdered sugar
1 to 2 disposable decorating bags*
2 to 4 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

*Find these in the craft store.

homemade funnel cakes

 

what to do: 

In a bowl, briefly whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. In a standing mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, 1/2 cup milk and vanilla. Gradually blend in the flour mixture. Scoop about half of the dough into a disposable decorating bag and tie closed tightly with a rubber band.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium-high heat. When heated, lower to medium-low. Snip 3/8-inch from the tip of the bag (if the dough is too thick, you may need to snip up to 1/2-inch). Pipe a crazy pattern of dough to make a funnel cake about 3-inches across. If it fits, pipe more in the same pan. TIP: When finishing your design, use caution withdrawing the decorating bag, as it can pull the cake with it.

homemade funnel cakes

Lightly brown the cake on one side for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook! Flip and lightly brown the other side. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Immediately sprinkle a generous coating of powdered sugar on top.

 

homemade funnel cakes

Continue with the remaining half of the batter, stirring in a bit more milk if the batter has become too thick.

Makes 18 funnel cakes. These are best eaten the same day, but if you can’t eat 18 funnel cakes in a day, store in a sealed container. The moisture will absorb the powdered sugar, so when ready to reheat, pop in the toaster for a bit and sprinkle more powdered sugar on top.

 

homemade funnel cakes made EASY

homemade funnel cakes made EASY

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk plus additional
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 disposable decorating bags*
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • *Find these in the craft store.

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, briefly whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. In a standing mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, 1/2 cup milk and vanilla. Gradually blend in the flour mixture. Scoop about half of the dough into a disposable decorating bag and tie closed tightly with a rubber band.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium-high heat. When heated, lower to medium-low.
  3. Snip 3/8-inch from the tip of the bag (if the dough is too thick, you may need to snip up to 1/2-inch). Pipe a crazy pattern of dough to make a funnel cake about 3-inches across. If it fits, pipe more in the same pan. TIP: When finishing your design, use caution withdrawing the decorating bag, as it can pull the cake with it.
  4. Lightly brown the cake on one side for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook! Flip and lightly brown the other side. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Immediately sprinkle a generous coating of powdered sugar on top.
  5. Continue with the remaining half of the batter, stirring in a bit more milk if the batter has become too thick.
  6. Makes 18 funnel cakes.
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Craft Book Review: Paper Fun Mania, Button Mania and Star Wars Mania

Love crafts? Got kids? Then you need to get on board the mania craze with my friend Amanda Formaro‘s books. I have Duct Tape Mania. I have Rubber Band Mania. Now I have her three latest:

Paper Fun Mania

Button Mania

Star Wars Mania (awesome, right?)

Each book has over 40 crafts and activites and includes fun facts, easy-to-follow step-by-steps, and colorful photographs. My favorite is Star Wars Mania. Dress up as your favorite characters with some costume how-tos, make a salt dough Jabba the Hutt, tin can C-3PO, paper cone Jawa, or a paper plate Death Star, make your own R2-D2 tee shirt, or craft cute craft stick figures.

Star Wars Mania

 

With Button Mania, you can make jewelry, toy cars, games like checkers, wind chimes and bottle cap flowers, instruments and more.

Button Mania

 

My daughter and I dug into Paper Fun Mania. The book covers mosaics, quilled art, weaving, paper mache, origami, paper toys, and even costumes. You can also learn to make your own paper, make your own scratch art, create marbled paper art, and more.

Paper Mania

 

My daughter made the origami stars from page 34 (easier to make than you’d think). And she loved this paper plate weaving from page 26, a project-still-in-progress.

paper plate weaving

Having this collection at hand means whenever my craft-loving kid whines she is bored, I hand her the books and suggest she looks through to find something she wants to make. Usually, we have the supplies on hand. And usually, I have peace for at least an hour as she works on her craft. So yeah, I recommend these books.

 

 

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EASY watermelon pops for summer

easy watermelon pops for summer

So these are simply balls of watermelon on lollipop sticks. That’s it. Hence, the term “easy.” But when you paint the sticks to look like watermelon rind, it looks so much fancier, right? Party-worthy fancy. Pinterest-worthy fancy? I could use the traffic, so I hope so. Hint, hint.

You know how I love Americolor and only use Americolor and I love Americolor Soft Gel Pastes and Gourmet Writers. And how I tell people all the time to only use Americolor? I’ve never worked for Americolor, I promise. I just like their products. So they noticed how much I talk about them and they sent me a big box of awesome (just because, no expectations, no post necessary). They included these new food coloring sprays in the box and I’ve been wanting to try them. They are perfect for quickly painting lollipop sticks even though they are meant to paint icing and such edible things.

easy watermelon pops for summer

 

And a note before you begin: If you don’t want your hands to look like the Hulk’s (as mine currently do), wear rubber gloves. If you do get some on your skin, not to worry, the coloring will wear off in a day.

easy watermelon pops for summer

 

how to make watermelon pops

 

you will need:*

baking tray
wax or parchment paper
lollipop sticks
Americolor green food spray
watermelon
scoop or melon baller
white and green food coloring (optional)
paint brush (optional)
rubber gloves (optional)

*Find the lollipop sticks at the craft store. Find Americolor food coloring spray online. See below for resources.

easy watermelon pops for summer

 

what to do: 

Line a baking tray with wax or parchment paper. Wear rubber gloves, if using. Place a few lollipop sticks on the tray.

easy watermelon pops for summer

 

Shake the food coloring and lightly spray the sticks. The sticks may move around, just chase them with the spray. Immediately take a paper towel and run it along each stick. If there are any white spots on the sticks, spray and wipe again. If the green is mottled, that’s good. You want it to be mottled. Let the sticks dry.

easy watermelon pops for summer

 

For extra watermelon likeness, mix some white food coloring with a drop or two of green food coloring. Dab a paint brush in water, dab in the food coloring mixture and paint stripes on the sticks. Let dry. (Or, skip this and just leave them all one green.)

easy watermelon pops for summer

 

Use a small scoop or melon baller to scoop small balls of watermelon. Or cut squares or whatever. Place on the end of the stick and serve.

easy watermelon pops for summer

 

IMPORTANT: Because watermelon has so much water, after awhile, the moisture can affect the paper lollipop sticks. So prepare your sticks and watermelon any time, but assemble right before serving.

 

 

EASY watermelon pops for summer

EASY watermelon pops for summer

Ingredients

  • baking tray
  • wax or parchment paper
  • lollipop sticks
  • Americolor green food spray
  • watermelon
  • scoop or melon baller
  • white and green food coloring (optional)
  • paint brush (optional)
  • rubber gloves (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a baking tray with wax or parchment paper. Wear rubber gloves, if using. Place a few lollipop sticks on the tray.
  2. Shake the food coloring and lightly spray the sticks. The sticks may move around, just chase them with the spray. Immediately take a paper towel and run it along each stick. If there are any white spots on the sticks, spray and wipe again. If the green is mottled, that's good. You want it to be mottled. Let the sticks dry.
  3. For extra watermelon likeness, mix some white food coloring with a drop or two of green food coloring. Dab a paint brush in water, dab in the food coloring mixture and paint stripes on the sticks. Let dry. (Or, skip this and just leave them all one green.)
  4. Use a small scoop or melon baller to scoop small balls of watermelon. Place on the end of the stick and serve.
  5. IMPORTANT: Because watermelon has so much water, after awhile, the moisture can affect the paper lollipop sticks. So prepare your sticks and watermelon any time, but assemble right before serving.
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SUPPLIES:

Note here the spray on amazon is really expensive. The spray is new for Americolor, so it doesn’t appear to be widely available yet. You can substitute any other food coloring spray, but if you can find Americolor elsewhere, I suggest that brand.

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granola bar ice cream sandwiches for Tablespoon

granola bar ice cream sandwiches

It’s summer. The season of ice cream sandwiches. Have you had one yet? If not, you can easily make your own. Plus, by using granola bars for the cookie part you feel extra super healthy. And you get all kinds of extra super energy. So there is no reason NOT to make these.

Make granola bar ice cream sandwiches HERE at Tablespoon. 

 

 

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2-ingredient ombre chocolate yogurt pops for Tablespoon

chocolate ombre yogurt pops

Seriously delicious. Seriously good for you. Seriously easy. No, seriously. All you need is vanilla yogurt and cocoa powder. (And the popsicle molds, of course.)

Make ombre chocolate yogurt pops HERE at Tablespoon. 

 

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