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So I was playing around in the kitchen, thinking about this month’s “sweet” theme at Paper Craft Planet & though I’d try something different with my Sugar Cookie Recipe.
I’ve seen Roses made from fondant Icing & ones from Paper Spirals. This is a twist from that using my (okay Jill’s) Sugar Cookies, with a bit of Food Colouring & rolled, like you would roll a paper rose. The stick is a bamboo Skewer for support. (soak the skewer in water a bit)
The only difference between rolling a paper rose & a cookie dough rose is that instead of cutting it in a circle as you would paper, you just roll the dough like a sleeping bag from a strip of dough about 1″x6″ & pinch one end. Rolling Dough is easier when it’s chilled, so cut it in strips & then roll. Here they are sitting in the fridge before being baked. Because they are a bit thicker, they take a little longer to bake than just a flat shape cookie. I think I put them in for twice as long, actually, but they were on a stone, not an aluminum tray.
I did a handful of these, just to see if it would work. My this photo is a bit pink … must remember to white balance.
Dress it up a bit so the skewer isn’t showing so much …
Here’s my out-of-focus dd snagging a cookie. I tried to grab for the camera before it was all gone. Mental Note: Must keep camera on auto focus at all times.
So I was surfing and found THIS RECIPE on the Recipe Link, by Micha.
Jello Brain Mold Recipe
6 small or 3 large boxes of watermelon (works best) or peach Jell-o
1 can light or non-fat evaporated milk*
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup cold water
Green food color
Spray inside of the mold with a non-flavored cooking spray (like Pam).
Dissolve Jell-o in 2 1/2 cups of boiling water. Add 1 cup cold water and evaporated milk. Add food color to desired color (about 5 drops). Pour in mold and chill until set.
*Don’t use regular milk in place of the non-fat evaporated milk – it’s won’t be as cloudy and has a tendency to curdle or separate in this type of recipe. Don’t use whole evaporated milk, either, since it may also curdle.
This is what the mold looks like:
We tried using strawberry jello (ran out of peach, so hence the “live brain” colour) & peach jello combined with green & blue (5 drops) of food colouring.
Forgot to spray the pan, but it turned out alright this time:
I don’t eat jello. I like sweets, it’s just not “my thing”. My kids & DH LOVED it … LIVE BRAIN …
Okay, I’m trying ‘new’ halloween recipes this year, for our mini gathering after the kids trick or treat. I just bring out appetizers & goodies & we meet outside with our neighbours. Man, I hope the weather is nice.
I saw these MINI candied apples on Nichole Heady’s blog
They looked so cute & Nichole did include a link to where she got the recipe, but I thought I’d just try the Carmel one I have & the kids love, but on these adorable bite size pieces of apple. What could go wrong? LOL
Just making a small batch today, because it’s an experiment. So less than half of a normal batch. Caramels & Heavy Cream on the double boiler:
So, making mini apples, hmmmm.
Okay, parchment paper ready, sprayed with Pam (I learned that one the hard way, the first year I made my Candied apple recipe.)
So, I’m spinning this mini apple, but something doesn’t look right …
The caramel is falling off! It has no peel to cling to. I’m not sure what’s going on. I only know that the coating is very thin. I have made regular candied apples (with the peels on) for years, no problem. MAN!
I guess I should have used the butterscotch recipe, that was provided. Well, the kids ate the apples & the little hardened caramel puddles. Actually when the solidified, the looked like little graduation hats! LOL.
Okay, back to what I KNOW works … whole apples & spinning them on the stick.
Lesson learned, stick to what you know.
I was out last night & when I came back there was a bucket of veggies in our front porch. ”The neighbours dropped by earlier, it’s from their garden.” We have been blessed with many a wonderful neighbour, since we moved here going on 2 years ago.
Anyways, today was a bit of a do nothing day, as Liam was in a bit of a sour mood & wanted to come home, so after our outing, we came back & I got to work peeling & cutting:
I love fresh garden veggies. The taste is alive and not G.M. and wow, just flavourful. Organic veggies are also a bit, well, perfectly non-perfect. I came across many a 2 legged carrot, so stopped halfway through & went raided my daughter’s barbies:
I cuisinarted up the some of the carrots, and both cabbages. I must admit, I prefer the consistancy of hand cut coleslaw, but time was of the essence. I used this Amish ColeSlaw recipe, slightly modified. Using only 3/4 of the sugar, called for, I still found it sweet. I should have less than halfed the sugar or less. I also used 1/2 apple cider vinegar & 1/2 white, because I like the flavour of a.c. vinegar. Oh, & my son, doesn’t do onions, so took those out too. Goodness, come to think of it, I only used half of the mix too, because I don’t like it soupy. So really, I’m not sure how much I followed the recipe. LOL
What was Liam doing? Well, he was content to hang about the house & made a fort between the chesterfields: