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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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flashback friday: drink your cookies

You know what summer means to me?

 

gin and tonic cookie

I haven’t had nearly enough gin and tonics this summer. Do you like yours with a lime?

cocktail cookies

 

Or maybe lemonade is more your thing?

 

lemonade cookies

lemonade cookies

 

 

 

 

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ice cream cone candy pops, my guest post for Hungry Happenings

ice cream cone candy pops

I know you know I’m a sucker for making candy pops from candy melts. I won’t even list them all in my blog history, because I list them all in this post for sea creature candy pops. But they are so easy to make, I must wonder why everyone isn’t addicted to them? Well, here are my latest candy pops for summer: Ice cream cones! And they melt much more slowly than real ice cream.

For full how-tos to make ice cream cone candy pops, click HERE to visit Hungry Happenings.

 

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wednesday links: fun food and craft finds and the Silver Spring fountain

silver spring fountain

This is my oldest cutie at the fountain in Silver Spring, MD two whole summers ago, when she was a wee lass of 4. While we live in Washington, DC, we are only about a mile from Downtown Silver Spring. They’ve done much revitalizing in the area, giving surrounding, better-known towns like Bethesda and Takoma Park some competition with all the new restaurants, concert and theater halls, fun stuff for kids, farmer’s market and festivals. This fountain is right downtown, and I’m surprised you only see my kid in this picture. It’s usually filled with kids in the summer.

TIP: You can keep up with all the fun links by following my Pinterest board: Wednesday Links: Fun Food and Craft Finds and Bits about Washington DC.

 

Now, here are your links:

Sigh, my grandmother used to collect sea glass from the NJ shore. I feel like it used to be more abundant back then. Now it’s a rare treasure. Learn to make a gorgeous sea glass bowl.

CakeSpy shows us how to make desserts float.

Loving these DIY paper flowers.

It’s cakes that look like fruit!

Carousels bring me right back to when my oldest was younger. She was addicted. Make a spinning carousel centerpiece.

For the paleontologist in your life: Rice Krispies dinosaur bones.

I’d try coconut curry ice cream.

Not very committal? Try some awesome temporary tattoos.

Make cake charms from washers.

 

 

 

 

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