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how to make food scary just by adding eyes

“Cute,” “scary,” …. “tomato,” “tomahto.” No one is likely running away from these in fear, but it is stunning how you can transform anything into a Halloween treat by just adding candy eyes. I buy candy eyes by the 100s, by the way. Especially this time of year. Here are a few treats from the archives that are easy to make “scary” with candy eyes.

Halloween dessert roundup

easy monster cookies

googly-eyed cupcakes

fuzzy monster pops

cocoa crackle cookies

chocolate blob pops

monster cookie sticks

 

NEED SOME EYES?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Links: fun food and craft finds AND Obama isn’t Beyonce

So I always lead my Wednesday Links with a little bit of “life in DC.” This week’s is quintessential DC awesomeness. As I’ve mentioned before, my daughter attends the Inspired Teaching School, a public charter school, in DC. This year, we moved (amid construction dust) to our permanent location in the NE neighborhood of Edgewood.

photo from the Inspired Families Association

photo from the Inspired Families Association

 

On September 11, hundreds of volunteers from the school, community, and military and service organizations gathered at Maeve’s school under the direction of KaBoom to build a playground. Our hearts are so heavy on September 11; for me it’s a combination of sadness for those lost, a memory of the fear, and gratefulness that the friends and family I had at both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon survived. So volunteering on this day can’t help but lighten them. You can read more about the day’s event HERE at the Washington Post (only in the article, they name the neighborhood as Brookland, which directly borders Edgewood).

But oh wait, there is more…

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photo from The Obama Diary

We knew a VIP would be coming later to the school, given the Secret Service milling about and the street closures. As it turns out, later in the evening, the Obamas, or rather, the O-freakin’-BAMAS!, (Barack looking fit in his casual jeans, and Michelle gorgeous with that awesome hair!) paid Maeve’s school a visit to help finish the playground and fill backpacks with toys for homeless children. Did you catch this photo in the news? So very sweet and lovely in person, and I may or may not (OK I did) have showered her with praise the next day in the hallway, that’s 6th-grader Madissen admitting to Obama that she thought he would be Beyoncé. She quickly considered his feelings and claimed his visit is “better.” See more photos of the day HERE. My favorite is the photograph of the family in the neighborhood awaiting the arrival of their president. When a school moves into and disrupts a neighborhood, we can’t help but worry how we will be received, so that photograph made me smile.

 

taken by my friend, Kirsten

taken by my friend, Kirsten

 

The Obamas signed the outdoor chalkboard, much to the elation of the entire school. Early the following Saturday, my friend, Kirsten (who took this photo) and I, desperate to save the piece of history, sent our husbands to the school to take that thing off the wall, secure it indoors and cover it with Plexiglass. Wouldn’t you? (Not to worry, we are getting the school a replacement chalkboard.)

 

And now, finally, YOUR LINKS! Remember, you can keep up with every Wednesday Links post on my Pinterest page.

 

Strawberry candied bacon. (Throwing down mic.)

My daughter is picking out fleece today so we can make her a poncho.

Fall crafting for kids: Make wax leaves.

Simple field goal cupcake toppers. (That’s football, right?)

I’m loving this DIY birch shadow box.

Ah, something for both me AND my daughter: Wine cork fairies.

We’re totally starting Friday Night Meatballs. One of these days soon.

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how to make bacon chocolate pops

chocolate bacon pops

Bacon is terribly overexposed. Bacon devotees are such a fanatic bunch. Bacon is found everywhere and in every food. Bacon, bacon, bacon, will the world ever rid of its fascination with bacon? No. Because bacon is so freakin’ good. I was a vegetarian for over a decade. But bacon. Bacon is just so freakin’ good. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

bacon chocolate pops

Here’s a quick, easy (really) treat that will impress fellow bacon devotees. Also, fellow chocolate devotees. And note to those that didn’t fall off the wagon, you can substitute vegan bacon and vegan chocolate.

bacon chocolate pops

 

how to make bacon chocolate pops

 

you will need:*

bacon
chocolate chips (semi-sweet, dark, milk chocolate, whatever)
disposable decorating bag
baking tray
parchment or wax paper
lollipop sticks

*Find the decorating bags and lollipop sticks in the craft store.

 

bacon chocolate pops

 

Line the baking tray with parchment or wax paper and set aside. Cook up a few pieces of bacon (or more or less). Fry it, bake it, any way you prefer, only crispy is better. Dab it with a paper towel, let cool, and cut into little pieces.

chocolate bacon pops

 

Place 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (or a little more or a little less) in a disposable decorating bag. Microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds, then 15 second intervals, massaging the bag after each, until the chocolate chips are fully melted.

chocolate bacon pops

 

Snip 1/4-inch from the tip of the bag. On the tray, pipe a dab of chocolate. Place the lollipop stick on top. Pipe a circle of chocolate on top, about 1 1/2-inches across. Immediately sprinkle with bacon pieces. Try and load the pop with a good amount of bacon. Fill the tray and refrigerate until set, about half an hour. A 1/2 cup of chips yields about 8 pops.

chocolate bacon pops

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Wednesday links: fun food and craft finds AND the Lincoln Theatre in DC

lincoln

Last week my husband got us tickets to see Spoon, a band I loved when I actually listened to music, you know, before kids. Of course, when I first saw them back in 1998 at The Black Cat, both the price and the crowd were a fraction of what they were last week. This time around they played at The Lincoln Theatre located in the U Street corridor of DC and built in 1922, and prior host to the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole… with an interior grand enough for those talents. Note the theatre sits next door to THE place of late-night-indulging (at least in my past), Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC establishment since 1958, famously surviving the race riots of the ’60s and other setbacks through decades of revitalization in the area. Bill Cosby pops in every time he’s in DC, you know.

 

And now your links:

I’ll always love Harry. I need to make a Harry Potter tree house.

I’m making this tomorrow for cooking: Super greens powder.

Remember having a locker? Locker cookies.

Oh my gosh, a Kwik-E-Mart reusable bag.

This Snoopy cookie house is insane!

I absolutely love this idea to make family beads.

I’ve really gotta make some apple pie moonshine.

At a time when technology consumes us, this IKEA ad had me cracking up.

 

Remember, you can follow all the Wednesday Links on PINTEREST!

 

 

 

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craft book GIVEAWAY! Rubber Band MANIA!

Mania indeed…also,  the perfect collision of design, content and craftiness in books about, somehow, rubber bands and duct tape. My friend,  Amanda Formaro, who skillfully manages an infinite supply of creative ideas (seriously, where do they all come from? how does she never run dry?) over at Crafts by Amanda, has published her first two craft books for kids ages 6 to 12 in the Mania series: Duct Tape Mania and Rubber Band Mania. More about Duct Tape coming soon. Today I’m all about rubber bands.

rubberbandmania

 

I have a 7 year old who crafts incessantly, so she ripped open the package and tried to take my books before I had a chance to review them. Nice try, Maeve. Nice try.

Rubber Band Mania has over 40 rubber band projects, each with clear step-by-steps and photographs that kids can follow on their own or with minimal help. There are also tips and fun facts sprinkled throughout. Did you know the US Postal Service uses millions of pounds of rubber bands a year to help sort mail? I do now.

If your kid has discovered the loom like mine, not to worry. The first section of the book honors the craze with bracelets, necklaces, and rings you can make with with your fingers, a fork and even a DIY loom. But there is much more, like organizers and notebooks and luminaries kids can make, or a rubber band car, marshmallow catapult, slingshot and bow and arrow. They can paint and stamp and tie dye with bands or make a harp or guitar or even do magic tricks.  My kid has already made the popsicle charm. Two of them. And has promised more for her friends.

 

boat2

 

Next, we made a boat. She outfitted the boat with duct tape while I painstakingly blew up our inflatable pool. I’d have rather have had her job. Oh yeah, just relax at the table playing with tape. Don’t mind that woman passed out on the ground behind you.

 

boat1

 

And the boat is ready to launch. Please note the top of the pool is barely inflated. I gave up half way. And I forgot to take video of the boat zooming across the pool. I can make a thousand more boats, but please don’t ask me to re-inflate that pool.

 

boat3

 

 

THE GIVEAWAY!!

Leave a comment here before Monday September 15th, midnight EST for a chance to win a copy of

Rubber Band Mania by Amanda Formaro

Winner drawn randomly.

Winner has 48 hours to respond after being notified before another winner is notified.

Ships to US addresses only.

 

 

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