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drunken rainbow marshmallow pops (as in, vodka-dipped)

vodka marshmallow pops

OK, super cool party people and anyone in the DC area who may come to my house for a happy hour in the near future, I have something I think you’ll like. Vodka dipped rainbow marshmallow pops. It’s a colorful cocktail and dessert in one, and on a stick no less. And sparkly. And rainbow. Perfect for a grown-up My Little Pony party.

vodka marshmallow pops

I did fancy myself brilliant when the bizarre train of thought in my head stopped at these. Though truthfully, I don’t know what happens to the alcohol in vodka when it dries. So I got to test them out in the middle of the day to make sure they still tasted alcohol-y after a few hours. They do. I even tried them the next morning. (Vodka for breakfast!) They still work. I don’t know how many you’d have to consume to make a dent in your sobriety though.

But I still call them “drunken.”

vodka marshmallow pops

 

Or maybe this is what “drunken” rainbow marshmallow pops look like:

vodka marshmallow pops

 

I used the same method of creating sparkle marshmallow pops I’ve used for years, starting HERE. Then HERE. Then HERE (with video!). And don’t forget those rainbow marshmallow kebobs. Only this time I replaced the water with vodka. So easy and drunk-like. And if you have kids around, you can of course make some the old-fashioned way, with water instead of vodka. But they look exactly alike, so pleeeeeease label them well so I don’t have angry parents writing me angry emails.

Next time, I’m trying these with gin.

vodka marshmallow pops

 

how to make drunken rainbow marshmallow pops

 

you will need:*

vodka
8-ounce mason jar
marshmallows
lollipop sticks
sprinkles
Styrofoam block

 

*Find the Styrofoam block, lollipop sticks and sprinkles in every color at the craft store.

Pour vodka in a cup. I used a small, 8-ounce mason jar as that minimized vodka waste because it’s so narrow. You need only pour in about 2-ounces. Skewer a marshmallow with a lollipop stick. Submerge the marshmallow in the vodka, remove and tap the stick on the edge of the jar to shake any excess vodka from the marshmallow. Hold the marshmallow over an empty bowl. Shake sprinkles over the wet marshmallow to generously coat the marshmallow.

vodka marshmallow pops

Prop the marshmallow in the Styrofoam block to dry. Repeat with any desired colors.

vodka marshmallow pops

 

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The Mystery of the Monkey and Banana Decorated Cookies

monkey banana cookies

So I was going through my (completely overwhelming, folders and folders) of photos on my computer and I found these cookies. I recognize them as mine and I sort of remember cutting these out by hand and decorating. But… why? For whom? For what purpose? A birthday? A baby shower? A friend’s request? I have zero recollection. None. Zippo. Zilch.

monkey banana cookies

Do you know me? Did you ever request banana and monkey cookies? Perhaps this is a sign of age that I forget.  I am 41 after all. And I have two kids, so that makes me stupider. But I do sudoku and crossword puzzles aaaalllll the time to keep my brain sharp. And I read tons and tons of teen fantasy and adventure books, which must keep the brain juice flowing. So I have no explanation for forgetting these guys.

 

monkey banana cookies

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Just for Kix: Painted planet sandwiches

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Have you ever tried painting bread with milk and food coloring? It’s so easy, and such a wonderful food craft to keep kids busy for at least a little while. I made some painted planet sandwiches, but you can paint anything.

Find the how-tos for painted planet sandwiches HERE at Kix.

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wednesday links: fun food and craft finds and the Civil War in DC

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So I stole this photograph from my husband’s facebook page. And here, I’ll even steal his description because it’s easier than writing my own. (Now I know why there’s so much copyright theft on the interwebs. Because it’s easier.) I’ll at least quote him though, “150 years ago today, the only battle of the Civil War to occur in the District of Columbia began when rebel Gen. Jubal Early threatened the city by advancing on Fort Stevens with 11,000 troops… Early withdrew on July 12th, but not before 59 soldiers were killed in defense of the Union and our capital, and President Lincoln himself came under fire. 41 soldiers from that battle are buried just down the street from us at the tiny but graceful Battleground National Cemetery.”

The site of the only Civil War battle in DC is Fort Stevens, just off of Georgia Avenue NW, about a mile from our house. Had that battle gone differently, the whole course of the war would have changed. This is my youngest with my husband scouting out the place. I took the two kids the following weekend to make clothespin dolls and whirlygigs at the 150th anniversary.

Here are your links:

Ha! I love these paper berry pie decorations.

No-bake cookie dough ice cream sandwiches need no exposition.

Turn a maxi skirt into a mini in 30 seconds.

I’ve been making tons of homemade pizza lately. I want to try this 2-ingredient pizza dough.

Gumdrop ice cream cone toppers are adorable.

I might be able to sew reusable bowl covers.

I would totally try aerosol cake batter. Would you?

Smart! Make a  Lego marble run.

 

You can keep track of all the Wednesday links by following my Pinterest board HERE.

 

 

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“En Kagemand” cookies for a Danish birthday

danish birthday cookies

If you spotted these and visited this post looking for authentic, real-life, honest to goodness Danish cookies… yeeeah, these are so not that. Here’s the story of these “En Kagemand,” or “cake man” cookies that merely evoke tradition rather than stick entirely to it. You see, my good friend is from Denmark. And it was her birthday. Every year for her kids’ birthdays she makes “En Kagemand,” just as she had as a kid. “En Kagemand” is a traditional Danish pastry shaped to look like a man and decorated simply with lots of candy and little Danish flags. I wanted to make said traditional pastry, but I didn’t want to ask her for the recipe and I didn’t have much luck with google. Aha! I’ll make little man cookies that look like “En Kagemand.” Brilliant! Only I strayed even further from tradition.

Danish birthday cookies

 

I did add some almond extract to the cookie dough, as this is a popular flavor in Denmark. I also bought this beautiful licorice to chop up and use as the candy to decorate the little men, as this is also a popular flavor in Denmark. But then I took one test taste of licorice, spit it out and thought, “Uh uh, no way, no freakin’ way, not happening.” Sorry, licorice lovers, my States-bred taste buds just couldn’t do it.  I couldn’t even imagine it tarnishing my beloved cookies. So instead, I chopped up fancy chocolate from Whole Foods. So these cookies took one step further from tradition. But gosh, they are delicious.

licorice

 

how to make nontraditional “En Kagemand” Danish decorated cookies

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
gingerbread man cookie cutter
white food coloring
disposable decorating bag
coupler
size “5″ decorating tip
rubber band
chocolate or candy

*Find the cookie cutter, decorating bag, coupler, and tip at the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Paste, Bright White. See below for resources.

Prepare cookie dough (I added 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract in addition to the vanilla), chill and roll out according to the recipe. Cut out the men and bake. Let cool. Prepare royal icing and tint white. Prepare a decorating bag with coupler and tip, fill with white icing and close tightly with a rubber band. Chop up chocolate or candy in small pieces and set aside. Pipe a swirl back and forth to cover the gingerbread man from head to toe. Immediately sprinkle chocolate on the icing so it sticks. Let the cookies set overnight before packaging and handling.

Danish birthday cookies

 

I also made cheesecake cups for the celebration, so I made these Danish flags using straws and my hand printer to put in the cheesecakes.

Denmark birthday cookies cake

 

 

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