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Cookie Dough Made to Eat!

A few things…
1. I’ve met very few people who don’t like to eat raw cookie dough, which leads me to believe that EVERYONE likes to eat raw cookie dough! 
2. I love Pinterest. I mostly use it for recipes. I have found two different recipes  for “safe to eat cookie dough” and decided to try them both and decide which one I  like best. 
3. I’ve been eating raw cookie dough for 23 years and haven’t gotten sick from it. So I think it’s obvious that I am not worried about salmonella from raw eggs, or whatever the problem is with eating raw cookie dough (or batter). I just decided to try these recipes for the fun of it. And hey, save myself some eggs. 

Just so you know, I liked the second one better. A lot better. I just want to give you your options!

I tried two different recipes. The first is from Fun Foods on a Budget Blog

Here’s the first one:

Ingredients:
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1 cup flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Here’s what you do…
1. In a medium bowl, cream together the brown sugar and butter.
2. Stir in vanilla and milk. 
3. Mix in the flour, salt, and chocolate chips until well blended.
4. Chill in the refrigerator. 
5. Eat

Here’s the second one. This recipe is from Willow Bird Baking Blog. I liked this one the best!

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Here’s what you do…
1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar.
2. Stir in the flour, salt, vanilla, and chocolate chips.
3. Eat 

I did make some adjustments to the second recipe. When I made it, it had way too much salt (it called for 1/2 teaspoon) so I made another half batch (no salt this time) and mixed them together and it was great. Also, it said to add water at the end for a different consistency, but I liked it how it was, so I didn’t add any. The recipe I’ve typed here is the one that is good in my opinion!

So now it’s time for you to do one of two things:
1. Make the second recipe and love it like I did and forever wonder if you would have liked the first recipe better
OR
2. Make both recipes and decide for yourself which you prefer.

Please comment and let me know which one you like best!

Happy cookie dough eating!

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Flower Cupcakes

Aren’t those just so cute! I found the idea on Pinterest! http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Desserts/Hello-Flower-Cupcakes.aspx

I was not aware that McCormick had recipes on their website…but obviously they do! I’ll be perusing around there more often now…. Here is how to make these adorable flower cupcakes…

You will need:

  • Cupcakes
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles
  • Marshmallows
  • Gumdrops
  • Shredded colored coconut (if so desired…I just had some left over from a previous project)
Wanna know how to color your shredded coconut? Just put the coconut into a plastic baggy, add some LIQUID food color, and shake it around! Add as much food coloring as you want to get your desired look as you go. Done. 

1. Make the cupcakes

First I made cupcakes. Because I am in Provo, UT, I have to make sure I alter them for high altitude…..I have made the mistake of NOT doing so, and I have not forgotten since then. Also, I always use Funfetti Pillsbury cake mix for my cupcakes….unless someone wants chocolate. But I don’t like chocolate cupcakes. I like Funfetti.  ALSO I always spray the cupcake lines with cooking spray (canola oil) before I add the batter. 

2. Make the icing

I had left over icing from my the minion cupcakes I made yesterday! https://byuflamingo.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/minion-cupcakes/

But I wanted green icing for the base of these cupcakes, so I added some gel food coloring until it was the hue I wanted.

3. Get your sprinkles ready

I LOVE SPRINKLES.

I always have an assortment on hand. 

I collect sprinkles.

If you are going to use only one kind of sprinkles for your flowers, then you will only need 2 bowls (1 for the green sugar sprinkles, and one for the petal sprinkles). But if you are going to do an assortment like I did, you will need lots of little bowls. 

Make sure you have a bowl of green sugar sprinkles. This is for the edges of the cupcakes.

4. Ice the cupcake

5. Roll the edges of the cupcake in the green sprinkles

6. Slice the marshmallows

Cut the marshmallows crosswise in 4 slices…..like this….

They automatically turn into petal shapes! And if you cut one kinda weird…that’s okay…still use it…I did! See?…..

7. Make the marshmallows pretty!

Be sure to use the side of the marshmallows what curves upward….does that make sense?

The concave side is the side you WANT to use:

The convex side is the side you DO NOT want to use:

Press the concave side of the marshmallow into the sprinkles/coconut until it is coated.

8. Put the petals onto the cupcake!

I added them 1 by 1 as I pressed them into the decoration, but you could just as easily decorate all the petals and then put them onto the cupcake.

9. Put a gumdrop in the middle!

When I was at Macey’s (the grocery store….not Macy’s the department store) with Shaylea and were looking for Smarties for the minion cupcakes I made yesterday, I also got gumdrops for these. I picked out the yellow and white ones from the bulk candy section – it was a bit of a challenge  to pick them out with the large scoop they had…but I managed!

YOUR CUPCAKES ARE DONE!!!

AND THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

And due to the fact that I love taking pictures of my cupcakes, here are some extra pictures….

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Melted Crayon Art

Total cost: $8 (canvas and Crayola crayons)

Total time: 1 hour and a few minutes (from start to finish)

My friend Samantha needed a ride to Hobby Lobby to get some supplies for an art project she was doing…so I of course gave her a ride…and joined her in the adventure of doing the art project! Ours each turned out a bit differently, so I will be able to show you how to do it either way! The exciting things is that it will turn out different each time you do it!

The inspiration for this Melted Crayon Art project came from Pinterest…but as far as exactly how to do it, I used these websites…

I didn’t like the look of this one with the wrappers off the crayons.

This is another one with the wrappers off that I didn’t like.

I provided those links just in case you like them better with the wrappers off….you can go there for instructions! 

I LOVED the way this one looks.

Ok so here’s how we did it….

We used 58 crayons for each canvas. 

We used a 15×20 canvas

Start time: 9:30pm

The supplies you will need include:

  • Canvas (we bought a two pack at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon! Sign up for the weekly Hobby Lobby e-mails to get deals mailed to you each week!)
  • Crayola crayons (I only like Crayola) (We bought them at Wal-mart)
  • Hair dryer (we had two because we had 2 people)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Newspaper (enough to cover working surface)
  • Scotch tape (to tape the newspaper together when it starts flying everywhere from the hair dryers)
Let’s get started!
 1. Lay out the crayons in the pattern you want them!
This is the beginning of mine…
Lay them out lower than the top of the canvas so that when you go to glue them, you don’t have to move them out of the way!
Time check: 9:34pm

Samantha was struggling choosing a pattern…she ended up just choosing mine….it was good-looking!

2. Time to hot glue them on!
Time check: 9:42pm
Here’s the best technique for gluing…put a lot of glue in a few inches of space across the canvas and then put a few crayons over that place. WORK QUICKLY!
I didn’t glue them on straight because they weren’t all the exact same as far as where the wrappers were placed on the crayon…some had more sticking out at the top than others. So I staggered the crayons. But I did try to make sure that the side of the crayon that said “Crayola” was facing the top. 
I DON’T suggest doing them one at a time…it takes too long. Also, don’t put glue all the way across and then put the crayons on, because the glue will be dry by the time you get to it…
Time check: 9:49pm
3. Lay newspaper all over the floor (or whatever working space you are using. You will want to use something to lean the canvas against so it can stand upright at an angle…gravity will help the crayon art be created! We leaned them against the frame of my butterfly chair.

4. Melt the crayons! Turn the hair dryer on high and go across the crayons! Hold it it one spot to get it going. 

This is when I realized that the hair dryer was blowing the newspaper up and it was exposing the carpet on the floor…so I simply took the scotch tape and taped the newspaper down to itself so it would stay put!

Time check: 9:58pm
Time check: 10:02pm
Samantha was able to keep hers flowing straight down in lines by holding the hair dryer directly on the crayons. 
Time check: 10:03pm
Time check: 10:07pm
I held my hair dryer at more of an angle, which caused it to splash more, which is how I got the splash marks at the bottom of the canvas, and it’s also why my colors ran together. 
Time check: 10:12pm
Time check: 10:13pm
Time check: 10:30pm

My completed canvas!

Samantha’s completed canvas!
Time check: 10:32pm
And of course, it is necessary to clean up at the end….but that was fast and easy!
Time check: 10:34pm
And there you have it. A simple, cheap ($8) project! And it only takes an hour! Enjoy! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me, and I will try my best to answer!

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