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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 115 ENTRIES / Broken Candy Cotton Candy on: October 09, 2016 03:31:29 PM

Rainbow Inside Cotton Candy!

I made this cotton candy using the broken pieces of Jolly Ranchers.
Get a mallet and hammer away.  Used pink, orange, green, blue, purple.

Placed into a cotton candy maker and spun it as sugar.
See the fun colors inside?

By the way, I don't think sour apple jolly rancher translates into cotton candy well LOL.  Tart!  However the rest of the family liked it. 

Happy Challenging!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spinach Powder, for smoothies on: August 15, 2016 05:29:38 PM
Spinach powder.  We use it for smoothies, but you could add it to anything you want.  Muffins... breads... soups....

My girls really enjoy spinach smoothies.  .... I think it is more to freak their friends out... but adding spinach to smoothies does nothing to the flavor, but it does up the nutrition.  Their favorites are chocolate smoothies with spinach.  My picky youngest would rather eat this than a milkshake.

While it's awesome for smoothies, store bags of spinach often get bad fast.  So this is the solution!  Dehydrating it!  Then powdering and it takes up so much less space too.  Plus it is shelf stable, no taking up precious fridge room.

I can fit about 2 large bags of spinach on my dehydrator.  I just pack it on by the handful.  These will get much smaller after drying.  I dry at 135* for about 12 hours.  Probably could go less, but that works for my schedule best.

After drying.  This tray was packed full of fresh. [when I dry spinach again, I'll take a before pic of how full I get it]

Take the dried spinach off the trays and put right into a blender.  Just keep squishing until it all fits in.

Blend until thoroughly powdered.  If your blender has an open top like mine does, squish a cloth or paper towel at the top to stop powder from being thrown around your room.

Let it set a few minutes so that the dust settles in the blender.  Then pour into your container to keep it in.  This is a washed out spaghetti sauce jar (reuse!).  This amount is about 36 cups of spinach.

I didn't even clean it before I blended some blackberries for jam.

Just add a spoonful on your smoothie ingredients.  I usually add a teaspoon per serving.

Breakfast with vegetables.  Scary!

Love having this around!
Thanks for looking.
3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Practice Makes Perfect on: August 15, 2016 07:34:35 AM
Take one of your earliest craftster images and remake the craft now.  Let's see how much you've grown.  If you're a craftster newbie, then post a picture of one of your earliest crafts and remake it.
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Inspired By... on: August 15, 2016 07:30:36 AM
How about take a project found on the site and use it as inspiration for another medium.

Like an embroidery hoop image?  Sew it into a stuffed animal.
Like the colors of a painting? Use them in a quilt.
Like a cake? Use the printed picture on an ATC.
Like a bracelet? Draw a picture of you wearing it.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Giant Reeses Peanut Butter Cup on: August 11, 2016 09:05:38 PM
For girl's birthday party this year, she didn't want cake.  She only wanted peanut butter cups.  So I made a giant one to be fun.  Lasted through a gaggle of girls and an entire week of nibbles, lol.  But it was so good!

Here it is pictured on a pizza pan!  Wish I would have taken a better picture to show just how massive this thing really is.  Guess the birthday candle in the center will have to do.

Cutting through.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 114 ENTRIES / Colorful Rainbow Cheesecake on: August 06, 2016 06:14:23 PM

My tutorial inspiration came from Rainbow Cheesecake Tutorial, by aliastriona_angerboda ~ the Pirate Queen, Insane Person, Complete Nerd.  I (like a lot of others probably!) had a hard time focusing down on one tutorial.  (I actually did another too but it is one that needs a ton of time to set and an unfinished project isn't exciting to see lol) But cheesecake sounded yummy, so here it is.

Started off with cheesecake mix separated into 5 bowls and mixed with food coloring.  My orange is rather sad because I was out and was nervous getting darker of a self mix.  Oreo crust already in my cheesecake pan to mimic the brownie they used.

Blob the colored cheesecake mixture down into the pan, and then swirl it together with a toothpick.  It is easy to go overboard with swirling, so keep it simple.

I'm also going to take off on my own in that I like to bake cheesecakes in my pressure cooker!  Cover tightly with foil, and make a long foil 'rope' underneath so you can pull the cheesecake pan out when it's hot.  Just push them over the cheesecake while baking.  My pressure cooker is electric, so I lock the top and then set to high for 30 minutes.  (beats two hours in the oven on a hot summer day!) 

Let it naturally release, then cool on the counter just enough to get it into the fridge.  Refrigerate for 4+ hours, cut and serve.

Then YUM!

Even rainbows are better with chocolate.

Thanks for the challenge  Smiley

7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 113 ENTRIES / Birthday Candy Bouquet on: May 06, 2016 06:00:52 AM
Birthday Candy Bouquet!

My dollar store splurge was to make a birthday candy bouquet for a gift.  Its great for anyone and I will probably make a bunch more for Fathers Day gifts.  Best part is its less than $10 and there was candy to spare for me to munch on while working!  A quick google search shows that these kind of bouquets cost $50 or more to buy direct.

The ingredients:

Coffee Cup $1
Balloon Stick: $1
Reeces: $1
Snickers: $1
Kit Kats: $1
(not used)  Air Heads
Wrapping Paper: $1
Flower Foam Block: $1
Curling Ribbon: $1
Popsicle Sticks: $1

= $9
If you wanted to get technical you could add $1 for tape and still be in budget.


Cut up the flower block to fit inside your mug.  If you get the same size as I did, youll need to shave off the points in a diagonal to fit down inside.

Choose a candy to start with.  I chose Kit Kats because it was the birthday guys favorite.  Tape the back of the candy to the popsicle stick and depending where you want it to be positioned in the mug, you may have to tape another popsicle stick together to lengthen.  Ill note that I wanted to use skewers, but my dollar store didnt carry skewers so I made due with popsicle sticks.  It added a step to tape two together, but the final product worked well anyway. 

Continue pushing in candy sticks until you feel it looks like a good arrangement with tall and short.  Think of a flower bouquet where you want to see all the flowers, so use different levels. Ill suggest using an odd number of candies as thats usually better to an artistic eye, but go with what you think looks great.  I dont have to tell craftsters how to have an artistic eye! And I had bought air heads for some more color, but in the end I felt I had plenty of chocolate candies to use and to nibble, so I didnt use them.

Once you are happy with the candy, cut the wrapping paper into squares.  Fold the pieces haphazardly and stick them between the candy to cover the popsicle sticks.  I then put some more pieces at the back with tape to frame around the candy.  I actually thought I was buying cellophane wrap, but the shiny wrapping paper was a happy surprise when the back side was a pretty silver.  Gave a nice two tone effect.

Curl some ribbon and stick in a few places around the candy for more interest.

Find a place to stuff in the balloon stick, trimming the stick in you feel necessary, and then give away. 

These are great for any celebration, just change out the balloon.  You could even tie a helium balloon to the handle.  I just like that it gives some height and makes the gift look more impressive than just the candy mug alone. 

Another thing you can do is paint pen the mug and make it personalized.  If you were willing to spend a few extra bucks grab a paint pen and decorate the mug.  This neon set was at Walmart for nine bucks. 

Thanks for looking!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Sorting Hat Cupcakes on: January 13, 2016 07:09:09 PM
What's a Harry Potter party without cupcakes?
Made little sorting hats out of caramel.

And if it's the sorting hat, he has to tell you which house you belong to.  To do that I filled with colored pudding for the different houses.

So when you take a bite, you can see where you belong!

Funny note, when my family all broke into our cupcakes by luck we all got the colored filling of the houses we claim! LOL

sorting hat tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kW767Kal68
chocolate cupcakes & vanilla buttercream were both basic no frills recipes that you could find anywhere.  Pudding, just instant vanilla from a box.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Face Paintings - Harry Potter & other characters on: January 13, 2016 06:56:57 PM
One of my hobbies has lasted more than six months!   Shocked  LOL
Face paintings, all using professional quality face paints.

I actually tied in a face painting contest with professional painters for this painting.  It then went to a tie breaker and the other person won by one vote.  Guess who I voted for.  Undecided  Owl theme

Anna Frozen Inspired
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 111 ENTRIES / Miniature Gingerbread Necklace on: January 07, 2016 11:28:18 AM
Miniature Gingerbread Necklace

My gingerbread challenge project is a Miniature Gingerbread Necklace.  The combination in the rules of "only non-edible parts allowed are a base" as well as "miniature to life-sized" somewhere in my twisted brain sparked an idea to make a miniature attached to a base that was attached to a necklace.  I don't know the exact order of events in my head but that was the inspiration LOL.

A whole tray of minis, no premade kit for me! Needed to make a few because I have kids that will steal my crafting supplies and I wanted some extras in case I wasn't happy with the outcome.

Decorating Fun! Front.  US Quarter for size.

Back, with necklace connector.

Close up of the edible glitter!  IRL it really shines.

In action.  Yes, it is a necklace!  Hangs by itself.

Thanks for looking!
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