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August from the archives… Dum Dum lollipop cookie pops

So I’m joining the rest of DC and checking out for a week in August. My kids are driving me insane. My house is a mess. It’s hot. I’m bothered. I’m doing something I never do… I’m taking a break. I’m using the “advice column method.” When advice columnists are on vacation, they post past posts from the archives, right? So every day this week, through the magic of advanced scheduling, I’m posting something from my August archives. Also, to make things really easy, I’m copying and pasting this paragraph to start each post. So if you visit me every day, you’ll read this same paragraph. I’m OK with you skipping this paragraph.

Your first post from the archives, from August 2010: DumDum lollipop cookie pops!

 

For how-tos to make DumDum lollipop cookie pops, CLICK HERE.

lollipop cookie pops

 

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August from the archives… Panda marshmallow pops

So I’m joining the rest of DC and checking out for a week in August. My kids are driving me insane. My house is a mess. It’s hot. I’m bothered. I’m doing something I never do… I’m taking a break. I’m using the “advice column method.” When advice columnists are on vacation, they post past posts from the archives, right? So every day this week, through the magic of advanced scheduling, I’m posting something from my August archives. Also, to make things really easy, I’m copying and pasting this paragraph to start each post. So if you visit me every day, you’ll read this same paragraph. I’m OK with you skipping this paragraph.

Your first post from the archives, from August 2013: Panda marshmallow pops!

 

For how-tos to make panda marshmallow pops and a roundup of 29 other panda treats and crafts, click HERE.

 

panda marshmallow pops

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Cheerios teething biscuits

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The drool, the whining, the crying, the gnawing on furniture… Did you guess I mean teething babies? Ugh. Of course I was also the parent who, any time my baby fussed, blamed it on teething. It couldn’t possibly be her perfect temperament. No, it had to be teething.

I wrote all about foods to help with aching gums and created a recipe for Cheerios teething biscuits (that I kept eating my self and that even my six year old was willing to eat)…

HERE at Cheerios.

cheerios teething biscuits

 

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wednesday links: fun food and craft signs and sign graffiti

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Please don’t take this photograph as my sanctioning of sign graffiti. (While, um, not sanctioning this illegal act, I feel my first link should be these really rather funny examples of funny graffiti I happened upon when writing this post.) Defacing property is something I have never and would never do. Similarly, the stuffed shirts and the political bigwigs and all the political not-bigwigs who think they are political bigwigs who think you’ll be impressed by what congressperson they work for (we’re not) wouldn’t dare do such a mundane act of rebellion. That is why I stopped and got out of my car to take a photograph of this altered sign when driving up Oregon Avenue along Rock Creek Park in Washington DC. Because it’s so UN-DC. So beautifully un-Washington. And it made me laugh.

 

Here are your links:

I heart kits! I collected 21 DIY craft kits for home decor.

Sweet! How to make sprinkle silhouettes.

Meep beep bop. The most fantastic chocolate robots ever.

All the tips you need to make perfect Rice Krispies treats.

As an amazon prime member, I appreciate this roundup of 50 things you can do with cardboard boxes.

Cute with a capital C: Fairy garden kit favors for a child’s birthday.

Oh my golly gosh. Reason to head to London: The store filled with sewn versions of convenience store items.

This sidewalk chalk chocolate bar is adorable.

 

 

 

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Shark Week! How to make shark marshmallow pops

shark marshmallow pops

As many, many, many of you already know, SHARK WEEK kicks off today! The Discovery Channel headquarters is in Silver Spring, MD. And I live in Washington DC about a mile from Silver Spring and said Discovery Channel HQ. Every year I wonder, will Chompie return? I remember well a couple years ago when the giant, inflatable shark transformed the building for Shark Week. Click HERE to see awesome photos of Chompie from 2010. An inside source told me this year I won’t see the shark’s shadow as I drive up Georgia Avenue… but hopefully for the next big anniversary. And apparently, the day I wrote this post there was a big to-do that included popcorn and toy sharks and other fun things at the HQ for passers-by to kick off Shark Week. Shucks to have missed that.

 

shark marshmallow pops

 

These sharks are relatively simple and easy to make with only a few supplies. They aren’t too scary looking, though, huh? You could always get a red food coloring pen and add some blood in the teeth. Or a foot.

 

shark marshmallow pops

 

But I’m sticking with the Jabberjaw cute thing. Oh dear. If you weren’t born in 1972, you might not know who Jabberjaw is. And another oh dear. You might not even know what Saturday Morning Cartoons were.

 

http://www.retrojunk.com/content/child/description/page/5018/jabberjaw

 

how to make shark marshmallow pops

 

you will need:*
marshmallows
lollipop sticks
light blue candy melts
candy eyes
Styrofoam block
black edible writer

for the fin:
blue paper
glue stick
scissors

*Find the lollipop sticks, candy melts, candy eyes and Styrofoam block at the craft store. You may also find a black edible writer (or, food coloring pen) at the craft store. Though I prefer the Americolor Gourmet Writer. For tips on buying edible writers, click HERE.

shark marshmallow pops

 

what to do:

Skewer marshmallows with the lollipop sticks. In a jar or deep microwave-safe bowl, place about 1 cup of candy melts. (TIP: To make the melts easier to dip, you can also add a teaspoon of vegetable shortening.)

shark marshmallows

 

Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Stir and continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until fully melted. Dip a marshmallow in the candy melts, but leave the space shown at the front and bottom of the marshmallow un-dipped. Gently tap the stick on the jar to shake off excess melts.

shark marshmallow

 

Prop the marshmallow in the Styrofoam block. Attach two candy eyes at either side of the marshmallow pops. Repeat with the rest of your marshmallows and let the pops dry well, at least 30 minutes.

shark marshmallow pop

 

Use the edible writer to draw teeth on the marshmallow and gill slits on the candy melts. Note edible writers often don’t write well on candy melts. It’s best to make quick, short lines using the tip of the marker.

shark marshmallow pop

 

For the fin, fold a piece of blue paper. Sketch a fin shape along the fold. Cut out and glue the fin around the stick.

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Uh oh, it’s a shark face-off. My money is on the one on the left. The one on the right just looks nervous.

shark marshmallow pops

 

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